I was connected with Danielle and Andrew by a past client, Jen, and I honestly cannot thank her enough because this was a wonderful experience. It was just short of a week before their special day when Danielle and their mini golden doodle Sarge (short for Sergeant Biscuits) met with me at Linda’s Tavern to talk about hers and Andrew’s Lummi Island wedding. And not just a wedding wedding.. But an intimate, outdoor elopement. Outdoors. Someplace absolutely beautiful I had never been before, or even thought about.
Traveling to Lummi Island, WA requires you take a quick ride across the pond on the Whatcom Chief Ferry. After so many adventures to other islands (Bainbridge, Whidbey, Orcas, you name it) I didn’t know Washington State even had ferries this tiny. And yes, cars can come too! And let me tell you.. It’s worth a visit, because Lummi Island is absolutely breathtaking. Magical, even. I mean, there were rainbows!
This day, although I was only there for three hours, was one of my favorite experiences of my entire career. Smaller, more intimate weddings where the day can be entirely about the couple and the environment are one of my favorite things to document. Danielle and Andrew wanted their wedding to be 100% about them, and that is exactly what it was. Their Lummi Island wedding makes for such an inspirational example that you really can have the perfect wedding without the stress or breaking the bank.
From big wedding plans to a soundside elopement
“When we first got engaged we looked into having a traditional wedding. The more we tried to plan, the more stressful things became. We finally decided to elope. We wanted to day to be low-key, intimate, just the two of us celebrating our love together. My favorite part of our wedding day was having breakfast together. It was just the two of us and our pup. We woke up to an amazing view, made a delicious meal, and were able to relax and enjoy the morning. I wanted to elope to have a moment just like this. I didn’t want the day to be us stressing out and rushing around. I wanted to have quality time together and that morning was perfect! Andrew says his favorite was huddling around the cheeseboard after our nuptials and celebrating (even though he almost took his eye out with the champagne cork). I agree that was pretty good too :)”
So without further ado, welcome to Lummi Island, population 816.