I have been dying to photograph a Saltwater Farm Wedding on San Juan Island for ages, and it finally happened. Not only did I check a dream venue off of my bucket list, but I had the honor of working with fellow backcountry skiers Molly and Cam of all people. I don't know if there were more doctors at this wedding or more backcountry skiers, but I definitely lost count of both.
Molly and Cam had their first look and wedding photos at the Cattle Point Lighthouse at Lime Kiln Park, then it was back to Saltwater Farm for their traditional wedding with a dash of Molly's Jewish heritage. Believe me when I say Cam was very excited to stomp on the glass (you'll see the hype in the photos below)
This wedding had incredible style and even more incredible energy, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part. Just below, you will find some tips on getting married on San Juan Island. Or you can skip right to the photos!
Having your wedding at Saltwater Farm on San Juan Island
If you're thinking about having your wedding on San Juan Island, you will want to take a few things into consideration.
First of all, let's talk about how the Ferry is a wild card. The ferry that goes to the San Juan Islands departs from Anacortes and requires a reservation. You can make ferry reservations here.
You will want to make sure you arrive at the ferry line least 45 minutes to an hour before your reservation, or there is a pretty good chance they may stick you in the standby line. Even still, the stinking thing is often delayed, sometimes by an hour or longer. So it's pretty important that your guests and wedding vendors especially arrive to the island the day before.
If the ferry isn't your cup of tea, I cannot recommend flying into Friday Harbor by seaplane via Kenmore Air. They depart from, you guessed it, Kenmore. Or you can also catch a flight with them out of Lake Union. It boasts stunning views, and sometimes you even get to see some pretty sweet Orca pods since you're flying quite low. If you're really lucky, you might even get to sit up in the cockpit with the pilot.
The downside of this is you won't have a vehicle, but you can easily rent a car on Turo.
Where to stay
Saltwater Farm is located just outside of Friday Harbor proper, so staying anywhere in town is usually a fantastic spot. Guests and vendors can find plenty of accommodations on AirBNB, VRBO or by searching for hotels in general. However, San Juan Island is quite a vacation destination. Book early!
What else to do on San Juan Island during your wedding weekend
- Have dinner at Downriggers
- Visit Lime Kiln Point State Park, check out the lighthouse, and see if you can find a red fox!
- Get spooked at the "haunted" McMillin Memorial Mausoleum at Roche Harbor
And now for some photos from Molly and Cam's wedding at Saltwater Farms so you can get an idea of the space!