Edward + Alysse | Enchanting Forest Wedding | Janet Lin Photography

This unique wedding venue made the perfect canvas for the whimsical wedding day that Edward and Alysse envisioned. A ceremony surrounded by trees, just a short walk from the beautiful Hood Canal peninsula of Western Washington, provided a setting that was both enchanting and romantic.

The ceremony site was nestled in a clearing in the forest. Guests sat on rustic log benches and were serenaded by the sound of a solo flutist and the babbling of the creek that ran just a few feet away from the alter. Everything about it was beautifully Pacific Northwest!

So many personal, intentional touches made this wedding day one-of-a-kind. The invitations were designed by the groom, wooden signs by the bride’s dear friend and bridesmaid, the traditional Italian candied almond favors were made by the mother-of-the-groom, and the gorgeous personalized Jenga-style guest-book created by the father-of-the-bride, just to name a few. Nearly every detail was handcrafted or carefully designed by the bride, groom, and their friends and family.

The brides gorgeous wedding ring was a family heirloom; her grandmother’s 1954 Tiffany ring, bearing an original inscription by her grandfather. What a gift to wear something with so much history and significance as a symbol of your love for each other!

One of my favorite details was the wedding dress. The mother-of-the-bride designed and made the wedding dress by hand and every precious detail was crafted with Alysse in mind. It was a 3 piece ensemble, with the option to remove a detachable long skirt to reveal a shorter dress, more suitable for dancing and partying the night away. While the dress was made of the most delicate white lace, the skirt itself had just a hint of lavender, a nod to the brides love for lavender which was incorporated throughout the wedding day.

Edward and Alysse are two of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. They went above and beyond on their wedding day to ensure that their guests were well taken care of and felt appreciated. Did I mention that the bride (a spectacular bartender) even jumped behind the bar to mix drinks for her guests during the reception? Yep, wedding dress and all!

Ed & Alysse, yours is a wedding I’ll certainly never forget. Best wishes to you as you start your life together as husband and wife!