(Closed) San Juan Islands?

posted 9 years ago in Seattle
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m getting married on Orcas next August as well!

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

August should be rock solid weather in the islands!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Where are you getting married on Orcas? It’s such a beautiful island isn’t it?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love Orcas! We only stopped there for a little bit, but it was gorgeous! Your wedding is going to be beautiful!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We are having our ceremony and reception at Orcas Hotel. It’s the hotel you see right when you pull up to the ferry landing.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I practically grew up on Lopez (on the mainland nearby, but my parents had lived there and we still had our friends and property there so we were always back) and I just got married there this past August.  It is gorgeous and I love it there!!

We had our wedding on a Monday because we didn’t want to deal with the craziness of weekends on the islands in the summer (all the tourists).  Turned out to be an excellent decision…the weekend before there were SOO many weddings on Lopez…at LEAST 1 Fri., 5 Sat., and 2 Sun.  And Orcas and San Juan tend to have more weddings than Lopez, so definitely plan early!

We used Steve Horn (http://stevehorn.net/) for photography.  He happens to be one of the old family friends, so this was a no brainer for us.  I was a bit worried cuz I wasn’t utterly thrilled with the pics on his website, but I completely love our pics and he was great to work with.  It’s obvious from the pics on his website that he doesn’t really update it.

Absolutely everyone recommended Susan Bill for flowers (she’s on Lopez, but I don’t see why it would be a problem getting flowers to the other islands)…I went with her off a couple pics Steve gave me since she doesn’t have any sort of website for her florists buisness (here’s the website to her other buisness, which has her contact info on it http://www.arbordoun.com/).  The flowers she provided were gorgeous!!!!!  Her prices were also really really reasonable.

Jeff Nichols, owner of The Galley on Lopez http://www.galleylopez.com/index.htm, did our catering (actually we had the reception at the restaurant because of personal connections to it but they mostly do off-site catering).  Him and his staff were fabulous.  There was SO MUCH food and it was delicious!!  Seriously…tons of people didn’t realize we were even having an actual dinner because there was so much food during the cocktail hour.  When my aunt told my cousin that there was a dinner as well as he was headed back for more appetizers, he replied “you’re kidding?!!”, then shrugged and said “well, this is good…I’m getting more anyhow.” 

The most difficult thing in planning a wedding on the islands (at least Lopez) is that people aren’t always all that internet-crazed…so websites aren’t always updated and emails aren’t always promptly answered.  I live online so this could be frustrating at times (though the people listed above were actually pretty good about things…this was more in the early planning that I had issues with people).  I also live in CA now so most of my planning was done over phone/internet.

I would love to answer any other question or give you any advice or anything…just send me a message!!  Also I have approximately a gazillion photos if you’d like to see any…just let me know!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not getting married there, but the San Juans are our honeymoon destination!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We also honeymooned there!  We spent a few days each on Orcas and San Juan, staying in bed & breakfasts, then headed down to Seattle for several more days, then took the train back down to CA.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We went to the San Juans this summer for vacation- my favorite vacation ever!  I’m very jealous of you guys getting married there!

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