Westward Seattle was the perfect venue for this adventure loving couple. I love how elegant their day was, while staying true to their love for the outdoors. Jill, the talented artist behind the nautical themed invites and menu cards, did a fantastic job. The couple could be felt in every aspect of the day and it was clear how much they valued the presence of their family and friends. Each place setting had a personalized hand written thank you note to their guests. Talk about making you feel loved! It showed how deeply the bride and groom appreciated being surrounded by each person in attendance. Apart from gorgeous decor, this couple kept things surprising by arriving separately by water. The groom kayaked to the ceremony (so cool!) and changed into his wedding shoes once on shore. In ten years of shooting weddings, it was a first (and I hope not last) time I’ve had a groom that brave. The bride arrived in style, chartering a beautiful wooden boat with her father and sister, who was also the maid-of-honor. But my favorite part of the day was how Jill and Nate decided who went first to recite their vows…by playing rock, paper, scissor! Seriously, what a fun idea! All around, Jill and Nate’s wedding was a celebration like no other. I am so happy for this beautiful couple and cannot wait to see what is next for them!