Tessa & Kenny
May 25, 2013
Photography: Clinton James
By: Dakota Mackey
Kenny proposed to Tessa while boating in the San Juans with their two dogs. After getting down on one knee, Kenny directed the boat to sail to Roche Harbor where their friends and family awaited with a buffet, champagne and a sign saying, “She said yes.”
“He carried out the best engagement that I could have ever imagined, and I wouldn’t change anything,” Tessa said
Before they knew it, they were at Roche Harbor once again. This time, they were getting married. The pair chose this location because it has always been one of Kenny’s favorite Pacific Northwest destinations, and he shared it with Tessa early in their relationship.
Tessa said no other location even came close on her list to the Seaside Resort in Roche Harbor, and once they set their wedding budget, this venue was a “no brainer.”
In addition to their fond memories of Roche Harbor’s Seaside Resort, they also love the natural beauty of the surroundings. Tessa described it as “intimate and secluded with a spectacular, quaint marina. The morning of the wedding day began with rain, but by 2 p.m. there wasn’t a cloud in sight.”
Their wedding, on May 25 2013, was perfect. “It was perfect weather, and wonderful friends and family surrounded us,” Tessa said.
The colors were fresh — a theme of yellow, coral and light grey. The colors carried through the bridesmaids’ yellow chiffon strapless dresses from Moms, Maids and More in Bellevue. Kenny and his groomsmen wore Baroni Prive suits with matching golden yellow ties by The Tuxedo Club in Kirkland.
Tessa wore a pure white, exaggerated A-line dress covered in soft ruffles. Their friend, Casey Rukeyser, officiated the ceremony.
The venue catered the buffet dinner, offering two entrees: Columbia River steelhead salmon and Alaskan weathervane scallops, or oven-roasted bacon-wrapped chicken breasts with wildflower honey. The couple focused on having locally-sourced beer and wine. They featured a Washington beer flight and other beer selections from Redhook, Elysian and Widmer brewing companies.
After dinner, the couple danced for the first time as husband and wife to “Better than Love” by Griffin House, and finished the night dancing to contemporary alternative songs.
Kenny and Tessa live in West Seattle with their two Shiba Inu dogs and are currently saving for a house on the Eastside of Seattle.
Venue Roche Harbor Seaside
Resort Dress I Do Bridal
Catering Roche Harbor Seaside Resort
Flowers Robin’s Nest
Lodging Foxtrot Village Home & McMillan Suites
Hair & Makeup Afterglow Spa