It’s the hour long ferry ride which starts about 2 hours north of Seattle that really makes the impact on where you’re going. After you navigate the amazing islands in the Puget Sound bordering the Pacific Ocean, a clearing gives way to Friday Harbor. It’s the actual name of the main town on San Juan Island, with a population of around 2,200 and a harbor dotted with fishing boats, small sailboats, and sea planes docked from time to time.
It’s also where I spent the next 3 days with Josh, Amelia, her daughter Azalynn, and 14 of their very close friends and family. About the only definitive plan was that at some point there would be a ceremony conducted by Amelia’s cousin Sarah. The rest, as Josh put it, would be an adventure.
And the adventure couldn’t have been better. From a late night closing down of Coho, to spending all day touring the island on Susie’s mopeds, the pre-wedding was just as impressive as the wedding day itself. We stopped by San Juan Vineyards where the ceremony would take place. Verified it was there, confirmed we had the little church for a couple of hours, and took off to the sculpture garden. After a lunch at the 2nd harbor on the island, we learned Azalynn has a way with Alpacas. We rode our way to the small lighthouse and did a little whale watching. While we didn’t see any whales, I couldn’t help but wonder if the USS Enterprise was cloaked and floating around off the shore looking to save the future planet.
The wedding day started with a trip into the local farmers market. Amelia picked out her bouquet from a local vendor under the tent and we explored the boutiques in town. Somewhere along the way someone figured around 3pm would be a good time to get married so we headed back to the room to get ready and then drove up to the chapel. Earlier when we were in town Josh had spotted Guthrie, a young local bagpiper player who was playing for donations by the harbor. As a surprise, he hired him to play for Amelia for both the precessional and the recessional. Such a cool move.
After the ceremony we did a few photos back at the lighthouse and followed up with a waterfront dinner overlooking Roche Harbor. After dinner, a special private tour of the gin and cider distillery closed out the night and most of the weekend.
When you spend 3 days so close to such an amazing group of people, you learn and see things. You see Ashley and Amelia have a tight and special friendship. Isaac is the only person I know who gets a birthday call from the space (as in outer space, from the International Space Station). Don’t play Ashley in some dumb touch screen game at the airport because you’ll lose (like I did). Doris loves to take photos and is really good at it. Then again, so is Isaac. You learn about flavor testing pizza for Pizza Hut and about making your wine. The list goes on. But most of all, you learn that Josh and Amelia are crazy in love for each other. Look at the photos, and see the touch. It’s all in touch.