Pebble Cover Farm on Orcas Island by Satya Curcio Photography
Sweeping grasslands. Old-growth forests. Rocky shorelines. The San Juan Islands are enchanting. Like a moment out of time, they seem to be almost untouched. The clean air. The 220 days with sunshine. The enchanting views.
It’s what makes the San Juans the ideal wedding destination for couples with adventurous souls. The following outlines some of the best wedding venues, florists, and photographers — all home based in the San Juan Islands. Whether you’re eloping, want an intimate gathering or are planning a soiree for the whole crew, there’s magic to be found in the San Juans.
Top Wedding Venues
Walking through the stone laid roundabout, with Roche Harbor Resort’s idyllic Hotel de Haro in the background. Photo by Sara Parsons Photography.
At the northern edge of San Juan Island, tucked along 12 miles of glistening coastline, Roche Harbor Resort elevates old-world elegance with first-class amenities. More than 130-years-old, the 4,000-acre estate is steeped in history and surrounded by lush gardens. It offers a wide range of hotel rooms, cottages, and rental homes that offers lodging options for parties both large and small. Plus, many of the island’s top excursions depart from its docks, allowing adventurous couples to add some untraditional fun to their wedding getaway.
Saltwater Farm’s beautifully designed ceremony site sits at the edge of the property’s ridge overlooking the mountains and ocean. A dog-friendly venue, its new 5,000 square-foot, solar-powered event barn offers an elegant event space. Photos by La Vie Photography.
Just outside of Friday Harbor, and less than a two-minute drive from the Friday Harbor Airport, is the newly-established and sustainably-conscious Saltwater Farm. This idyllic retreat grew out of a dream and a love for the land. The 162-acre property has been carefully crafted to offer couples a chance to spend a long weekend with loved ones, celebrate their big day, and preserve nature — all with a carbon negative footprint. Nestled along a ridge, the property can accommodate up to 40 overnight guests and parties of up to 249. Guests are treated to breathtaking views of the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains. Plus, the property is a budding animal rescue that’s currently home to a family of rescue goats, chickens, and a new puppy.
The lush garden at Outlook Inn offers a stunning destination for ceremonies, receptions and more. Photo by Satya Curcio Photography.
In the heart of Eastsound, Orcas Island’s quirky downtown, Outlook Inn rests perched beside the waters of Fishing Bay. Not quite big enough to be a resort and not quite small enough to be a Bed and Breakfast, the captivating destination was first founded in 1888. Refined and updated over the years, echoes of its historical charm can be felt in the handcrafted objects that grace its interior. In addition to its beachfront access, the inn features a full acre of flowers and trees in Sara’s Garden.
Small touches, like a hammock thoughtfully hung by the water, make Pebble Cove Farm a wedding destination full of wonder. Photo by Satya Curcio Photography.
For couples who love animals, you-pick organic gardens, bonfires, and kayaking, Pebble Cove Farm is a slice of paradise. The four-acre estate butts up against the water’s edge, offering private beach access to guests. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent. A vegan animal sanctuary, it’s home to a wide range of rescued animals, including a pony named Hank and two mini Juliana pigs. Five on-site accommodations are available, allowing the wedding party to home base at the farm for the weekend while guests visit for everything from rehearsal dinners to post-nuptial Sunday brunch. Pebble Cove Farm’s rustic elegance will make your unique wedding truly unforgettable.
Located in Friday Harbor, Robin’s Nest is one of the oldest florists on San Juan Island. Specializing in intimate weddings and special occasion bouquets, owner and florist designer Robin Zemek leaves no detail overlooked.
Originally a wedding cake designer, Jami Plummer wanted out of the kitchen and into the garden. Turning her front yard into flowerbeds, she began creating seasonal bouquets for local businesses, special occasions, and weddings. Her whimsical bouquets are heavily influenced by Orcas Island, where her flower studio and garden are located.
Photography by La Vie Photography, venue Roche Harbor Resort, and flowers by Camas Designs
Erin Shackelford, founder of Camas Designs on San Juan Island, harnesses the simplicity and elegance of nature to create stunning floral displays. Specializing in weddings and events, she creates everything from whimsical bouquets and centerpieces to grand archways and flower arbors. Sourcing many of her flowers locally, Erin will often weave in a few final touches from her own cutting garden.
Cindy Morgan has been a florist since she was a little girl running into her mother’s garden to create arrangements for the kitchen table. In 2004, she founded Nest Flowers on Orcas Island. What began as a small operation blossomed over the years allowing Cindy to expand her love for creative designs into everything from large installations to simple bouquets.
The whimsical nature of Kara Navradszky’s artistic flower displays often feels as though it should be art. (She doubles as a living jewelry artist, creating stunning wearable arrangements on rings, necklaces, and headpieces.) From flowing bridal bouquets to enchanting tablescapes and large living walls, Kara’s eye for natural beauty seems to echo the very essence of love.
On a misty morning, Satya Curcio uses the texture of a rocky cliff to provide an intimate moment for this new couple.
Based on Orcas Island, Satya Curcio’s use of natural light allows her to capture realistic snapshots brimming with emotion. Using the natural beauty of lush forest beds, rocky cliffs, and sweeping views, Sara preserves couples and their story. She has a nimble eye for highlighting the mood of an event while making the day easy and seamless.
Sara Parsons uses a slight breeze to add a touch of mystique to this beautiful couple.
Light and airy, Sara Parsons captures moments with an ethereal eye. Her focus on the little details and her use of movement creates images that feel as though they are alive. A San Juan Island local, she understands how to capitalize on the best lookouts and time sunset photos, while adding a dose of fun that makes taking pictures feel effortless.
Kim Bamberg capitalizes on the sweeping landscape to give this new couple a moment alone that’s captured without intruding.
Vibrant and full of life, Kim Bamberg catches love with an enchanting focus on color. Her use of natural structures creates a sense of closeness. Finding the seconds that make a lifetime, Kim allows you to stay immersed in the day by providing just enough direction to make getting a great shoot a breeze. Plus, she offers overhead drone footage for those who want a bird’s-eye view of their big day.
More About the San Juans
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