N E L L Y & M A R K
After 9 years of dating, Nelly and Mark planned the perfect wedding in the tropical archipelago, the San Juan Islands, surrounded by their friends and family and of course the day wouldn’t of been complete without their dog, Elly May getting to walk down the aisle too!
F R O M T H E B R I D E
We first met…
At the time I was living in Scottsdale, AZ and Mark was living in Maui, HI. We both flew home to our hometown of Anacortes, WA for Christmas and reconnected while out with friends & family.
We knew it was love…
When Mark was visiting me in Arizona, and changed his flight two times because I didn’t want him to leave. The long-distance thing only last 6 months and we were both back in Seattle permanently.
Mark had planned that he would propose to me at my sister’s birthday party in front of all of our friends and family. Well Mark got cold feet and decided to propose to me 2 days later when it was just him and I at home with our dog, it was incredibly romantic! I’m happy he waited until the timing was just right and I was totally surprised.
T H E W E D D I N G
Our dream wedding…
We both wanted our guests to have a romantic evening on one of the longest days of the year, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the San Juans Islands and the glorious summer gardens in Roche Harbour. A romantic evening, in the garden right on the ocean, just perfect!
Sara Parsons Photography. She’s the best photographer around and we were honoured to have her shoot our wedding! She’s incredibly talented, adventurous and romantic with her style, her photos are breathtaking. We can’t stop looking at them!
Ceremony and reception location…
I’ve wanted to get married in Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands ever since I was a little girl. It was a place my family went every summer on our sailboat, so many great memories in such a beautiful place!
Pre wedding celebrations…
Our rehearsal dinner was on the Shipwreck Beach, a chef cooked seafood paella over an open fire right on the ocean with our violinist playing in the background. After dinner the guests were invited out on a yacht for a sunset cruise. It was a perfect way to kick off the wedding weekend with our guests!
The bridal party…
We had 6 groomsmen and 6 bridesmaids. My sister was my Maid of Honour and Mark’s Best Man was his best friend since childhood.
The bridesmaids wore…
I let them pick their own dresses! I wanted my sister, who was my Maid of Honour to wear a navy dress and all my bridesmaids wore a peach or blush coloured dress. I requested that all the dresses be long and fancy.. I loved how all the dresses turned out together, they were incredibly gorgeous and one of my favourite parts of the wedding!
The groomsmen wore…
Navy blue tuxes, black bow ties, custom monogramed cuff links and black patent leather shoes.
The groom wore…
Navy blue tux, navy blue bow tie, Burberry cuff links and black patent leather shoes.
Dress- Justin Alexander –I Do Bridal”
Shoulder Bolero - Hayley Paige - Nordstrom
Wedding Veil - Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils - La Belle Elaine's Bridal
Brides Shoes - Valentino
Jewelry & Wedding Ring - Aaron Tipp, Tipp & Co.
Peonies, poppies, eucalyptus, garden roses.
We used the rectangle tables and made long rows with navy table linens with a navy and white striped runner and named each table for an island in the San Juan Islands. Each place setting had a gold charger, white napkin and white plates. The ceremony flowers that were re-purposed for the table centerpieces to give it an ombre effect. Other table decor included gold candlesticks and pieces of driftwood with votive candles.
For ceiling decor, we had Edison Light Bulbs and branch wreaths that were made by the bride’s mother.
On the menu…
We had a cocktail hour and sit down dinner.
Tray Passed Menu Items
Sundried Tomato & Basil Polenta Cakes with Lemon - Artichoke Heart Aioli
Creamy polenta infused with sundried tomato, basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Topped with lemon-artichoke aioli.
Cherrywood Smoked Wild Pacific Salmon Crostini
Local salmon smoked in house with lemon - artichoke pesto on crispy baguette slices.
San Juan Valley Local Lamb Meatball with Rosemary – Mint Chimichurri
Fresh local lamb ground, fresh herbs, aromatic spices and sundried tomatoes pan-seared and dipped in house made chimichurri sauce.
Bay View Orchard Salad with Westcott Bay Hard Apple Cider Vinaigrette (gluten free)
Local Mama Bird Farms gathered greens, tart apples, dried apricots and black cherries, Maytag® blue cheese crumbles, toasted
hazelnuts, tear drop heirloom tomatoes and crispy garlic chips tossed in our local apple cider vinaigrette
Caramelized Rainbow Carrots with Fresh Purple Sage & Local Pelindaba Lavender (gluten free)
Organic Skagit Valley multi coloured carrots sautéed with honey, shallots, sage and a hint of lavender.
Pan-Seared Broccoli with Balsamic Syrup & Fresh Lemon (gluten free)
Tender blossoms of Japanese broccoli sautéed quickly then seasoned with kosher salt, reduced balsamic syrup and fresh lemon.
Oven-Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes (gluten free)
Local variety of young fingerling potatoes tossed in garlic, butter and rosemary then roasted until golden.
Chef’s Iron Griddle Seafood Searing Station
Fresh Pacific Salmon with Fresh Dill – Caper Crème Fraiche (gluten free)
The finest fresh salmon available, seasoned with olive oil, fresh garlic and lemon then griddle seared and served with fresh dill-caper crème fraiche.
Wild Pacific Prawn Wrapped in Pancetta with Grand Marnier Syrup (gluten free)
Wild Mexican shrimp hand selected for Roche Harbor, wrapped in Italian bacon then griddles seared and finished with Grand Marnier syrup.
Panko Crusted Chicken Dijon with Citrus-Mustard Sauce
Naturally raised breast of chicken seasoned with Dijon and breaded with panko breadcrumbs then roasted golden brown. Served with a citrus-Dijon sauce.
Roche Harbor’s Famous Slow Roasted Prime Rib Center Eye of Beef (gluten free)
USDA Prime, 40-day aged hand selected beef.
Cake- Daniel Van Hamersfeld - Cake & Co
All the guests had a welcome bag waiting for them in their hotel room upon arrival.
The bags were shaped like Anchors and said “Welcome to Nelly & Marks Wedding Weekend!”, in the bags there was…
- A “Welcome to Seattle” postcard
- Swedish Fish
- Bottled Water
- Pirates Booty & Pretzels
- Two cookies shaped as Washington State made by “From The Farm”
- Seattle Seahawks Zipfizz
- Luggage Tag
- Ring Pop
- A boarding pass for the sunset cruise that happened after the rehearsal dinner.
Mark walking our 11 year old dog, Elly May, down the aisle with him. It was so cute and she loved all the attention (so did Mark)! Also having the entire harbor full of boats and people honk their horns and cheer for us as we left the marina on our sailboat after the ceremony.
- Our first dance was “At Last” by “Etta James”, fitting for a couple who dated for 9 years before they finally became husband and wife!
- Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake –Wedding party, Bride & Groom reception entrance.
- It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube
- Best of My Love by The Emotions
- Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac
- Treasure by Bruno Mars
- Summer Nights by Iration
- You and Me by SOJA
- Loving You Easy by Zac Brown Band
- Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley and The Wailers
- Shoop by Salt & Pepper by Last song of the night.
M A R R I E D L I F E
We stayed one week at The St. Regis Resort in Punta Minta Mexico and 5 days at Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. It was incredibly relaxing and romantic!
For now we will continue to enjoy living and working in Seattle, WA. We look forward to becoming homeowners and parents in the near future!
In 40 years we hope to…
Be happy and healthy and sailing off into the sunset together…hopefully with our kids and grandkids in tow.
W E D D I N G W I S D O M
Take a few months to enjoy the engagement before you start planning the wedding.
I literally transformed a room in our house that we called the “wedding command center”, I had bulletin boards with my inspiration and ideas on it, seating chart, reception floor plan, a crafting station and all of the wedding supplies and decorations. I also created my own wedding email address that I had all my vendors contact me on. It helped keep me super organized and sane!
On the day…
Hire a wedding planner or at least a day of coordinator. You will enjoy the day so much more!
Wedding Photographer: Sara Parsons Photography / Wedding Planner: Elegant Affairs / Venue: Roche Harbor Resort / Florist: Flowers by Shamay / DJ: Dubreezy Entertainment / Cake: Wedding Cakes by Daniel Van Hamersfeld / Musician: Pasquale Santos / Hair : Jilian G. George Salon / Make-up: Afterglow Spa / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal Justin Alexander - Dress / Hayley Paige - Shoulder Bolero / Wedding Veil: Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Joseph Abbound Lighting: Slava Caireac / Rentals: Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals / Invitations: Minted / Wedding Rings: Tipp & Co.