These brides celebrated their love with a magical forest wedding at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington
We love a good love story, especially when it’s a lesbian love story. Elli and Sara’s romantic tale is one such narrative that started with a chance online connection, leading to unforgettable moments, a proposal, and a magical forest wedding at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
THE FIRST DATE
In the summer of 2017, Elli and Sara embarked on their journey together with their very first date. They chose a local cidery as their meeting spot, setting the stage for a love story that would soon become a beautiful blend of flavors and experiences. Little did they know that this first date would foreshadow one of the most cherished activities in their relationship: pub trivia.
As they stumbled upon a literature-themed trivia night that evening, it was as if fate had already planned their path. The instant chemistry between them was undeniable, and it didn’t take long for them to realize that they had something truly special.
LOVE KNOWS NO DISTANCE
Despite living on opposite sides of Seattle, Elli and Sara couldn’t bear to spend too much time apart. They quickly fell into a routine of spending most of their evenings together, sharing laughter, dreams, and stories. The physical distance between them did little to dampen their growing affection.
Over the next few years, their love journeyed through countless milestones. They traveled across the country to meet each other’s families, creating strong bonds that would form the foundation of their future together. Moving into a shared apartment brought them even closer, as they learned to navigate the intricacies of living together.
BOARD GAMES AND ADVENTURES
Elli and Sara’s relationship wasn’t just about romance; it was about friendship and shared interests. They became avid enthusiasts of board games, often inviting friends over for exciting game nights. These gatherings created cherished memories and strengthened their connection with their close-knit group of friends.
One unforgettable chapter of their love story unfolded during an incredible vacation to Italy. Exploring the historic streets of Rome, savoring the finest pasta, and admiring the timeless beauty of the Colosseum, they shared a love for adventure that matched their love for each other.
Their love was further tested when they faced the global pandemic together. It was a challenging time, but it only served to reinforce their bond. They emerged from this shared experience with a deeper appreciation for their love and an unshakable determination to build a future together.
A HOUSE, A PROPOSAL AND A DREAM WEDDING
In early 2021, Elli and Sara took a significant step in their journey together by purchasing their first house. Little did Sara know that Elli had an even bigger surprise in store for her. Right after they received the keys to their new home, Elli got down on one knee and proposed, sealing their love with a sparkling ring.
With their engagement, the couple embarked on a new adventure: planning their dream wedding. The two brides chose a weekend wedding at IslandWood on beautiful Bainbridge Island, a lush, forested paradise that symbolized the enchanting nature of their love story. The magical setting was perfect for their forested adventure.
In May 2022, Elli and Sara exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, their love blossomed even more as they said “I do.” It was a day filled with love, laughter and cherished moments that they would carry with them throughout their lifetime.
BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER
Today, Elli and Sara continue to celebrate their love by sharing their passions. They enjoy playing board games, which remain an integral part of their relationship, bringing joy and competitiveness in equal measure. Exploring the outdoors is another shared love, and they often embark on adventures with their two furry companions, Pepper and Cola.
Their love story is a testament to the idea that love knows no boundaries, not even the distance between two sides of a city. It’s a story of laughter, shared interests, and a deep connection that has only grown stronger with time. Elli and Sara’s journey, from that fateful first date at a cidery to their magical forested wedding, is a reminder that true love is worth the wait and the effort it takes to nurture and grow.
In their story, we find inspiration – a reminder that love can bring two souls together, no matter where they start, and lead them on a journey filled with adventure, laughter and cherished memories that last a lifetime.
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Photographer: Shantel Wall Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Jewelry: Green Lake Jewelers
Dress Store: BHLDN
Dress Store: Lovely Bride
Design and Decor: Olympic Farm Style Events
DJ: Wize Guys Entertainment
Beauty: OffWhite Makeup and Beauty
Event Venue: Islandwood
Bakery: Blackbird Bakery
Event Planner: Finn Events