Jon & Katie
July 29, 2017
By: Isabelle Morrison |Photographed by Stefan And Audrey Photography
From the beginning, Jon and Katie knew they were meant to be. Their first encounter was around six years ago, at a small gathering at a mutual friend’s house. Jon, 26 at the time, noticed Katie, 24, wearing a flannel shirt (the true mark of a fellow Seattleite) and conversation flowed from there. There was immediate chemistry. Katie was shy, but fun and easy to talk to. Her occupation as a nurse shone through in her sweet and caring personality. Jon had a contagious sense of humor, making Katie laugh from the start. Just a few days after meeting, they went on their first date.
During the early days of their relationship, Katie lived in Tacoma and Jon lived in Seattle. Katie’s work schedule as a nurse would have her on duty for two days then on weekend for three to four days, which she would spend the entirety of with Jon.
Their abundance of time together never felt claustrophobic or pressured. It was natural, and easy going. After only two months of dating, Jon knew this was something special.
Four years later, the pair decided to take a trip to Cancun, Mexico. They spent the second day of their vacation exploring the ruins of Chichen Itza. When they got back to the hotel that night, Jon suggested they go for a walk at a nearby beach. It was there that Jon popped the question with a (temporary) fake diamond ring from Amazon.
Afterward, they trailed back up to their hotel room where a complimentary bottle of champagne was waiting. Jon presented Katie with a stack of congratulations cards from their loved ones, and a special music playlist he’d made for her.
The couple got married in the summer of 2017. When choosing a date and location, good weather and a unique destination were important factors. When they were told it hadn’t rained on July 29 at Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands in 30 years, the decision seemed clear.
Although they had never been to Roche Harbor, they were instantly sold after their first visit. Everything in the area was close to the wedding venue—a dockside bar overlooking the water, a quaint little village with shops and restaurants, and the charming “Shipwreck Beach.”
It was the perfect spot for a gorgeous destination wedding, and a fun weekend getaway to catch up with friends and family.
Because Katie wanted to use the outdoors and keep decorations to a minimum for a natural feel, the couple was wed near the water, surrounded by beautiful flowers and lush greenery in the sunken garden at the Roche Harbor Resort.
Katie wore a timeless white, form-fitting dress with a plunging back and long train, along with a flowy white veil edged with lace. Jon wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a navy tie and cufflinks.
Dress: The Dress Theory
Venue: Roche Harbor Reseort
Catering: Felicitations Bakery
Music: Injoy Entertainment
Lodging: Roche Harbor Resort
Hair: Amber Petersen & Shawnna Vert
Make-Up: Afterglow Spa
For a special twist, their wedding ring was passed through the crowd during the ceremony in the “warming of the rings” tradition, so each of their loved ones was given the opportunity to bless their marriage. Everyone was in tears as Jon and Katie read the vows they’d written for each other.
“Everybody was so in the moment and feeling the love,” Jon said. “I remember looking around at one point and half the people I know were crying simultaneously.”
The reception was held in the resort’s pavilion and courtyard. String lights and elegant chandeliers hung from the ceiling. Decorations were simple navy and gold accents, and romantic bouquets filled with white and blush-colored flowers, along with eucalyptus leaves.
Guests raved over a white, pink champagne flavored cake with gold brush detailing and flowers adorning the top, along with incredible appetizers like bacon-wrapped shrimp.
“It’s so humbling when you get married,” Katie said. “All of these people who you love so much travel so far for you and stay the night, just to celebrate your relationship. It’s a very humbling experience.”