We are so fortunate to be in a business where we work all over the state. Western Washington alone offers so much variety with its many incredible venues. It does make for some hectic weekends, though. Whether we are in in the San Juan Islands to the north, The Red Barn in Chehalis south of us, Lake Chelan on the other side of the Cascades, or on the coast at our new favorite spot in Seabrook, we’ve had some long days (but always fun). We love when our booking schedules come together nicely, like this summer when DJ Sean booked 3 weddings in a row, all on Whidbey Island.
Fireseed Catering, on the south part of the Island, hosted the first wedding, a perfect Friday, complete with two Osprey (Seahawks!) in a nearby tree feeding their young. Seattle bistro-jazz group Pearl Django played the Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun” over the bird cries as bride Chloe walked down the aisle to groom Andrew, who was all smiles. After the outdoor cocktail hour in the amazing gardens and an excellent meal as par the course at Fireseed, the couple danced to Ben E. King’s timeless “Stand By Me.” The rest of the night was highlighted by a packed dance floor and high energy until the very end.
Next on the docket for Sean was with one of our favorite planners, Megan Keller at a funky old inn and restaurant, Captain Whidbey’s Inn, located in the Coupeville part of the Island. Very stylish couple Isaak and Blair had a nice connection to this place as Blair’s family enjoyed living on the Island for years while Isaak had the good sense to propose to her many months prior at the end of the dock of this wonderful property. The ceremony overlooked the lovely bay as the groom’s father officiated. A local musician played some pretty guitar lines and Blair walked down to “Here Comes the Sun” (I sense a pattern here). During the ceremony, a groomsman broke out his mandolin and sang a touching version of “Fade Into You” By Mazzy Star. Coolness abound!
A great meal under a tent on the north lawn was followed by dancing on the same deck as the ceremony. A first Dance to Alabama Shakes’ “I Found You” followed by the more traditional “Unforgettable” Father Daughter Dance while the groom danced to the Beatles’ “In My Life” with his mom. Then the party was really on, with Hip Hop classics mixed with old soul soul and motown shaking the deck with great dancing and fun. The only downside was the 10 pm noise ordinance that seems to cover the whole island, shut down the dancing at it’s peak. No problem for these wedding partiers, though, as the Inn’s bar filled up and the celebration probably went long into the night.
The final Whidbey Wedding Weekend party was back at Fireseed, for very friendly and fun couple Dan and Deborah. The weather continued it’s incredible run of warmth this summer, but the Whidbey breeze made things manageable. Our very own Haggis Brothers were added to help with music during the early part of the day. Violinist Lou Alexander played some traditional Jewish songs and mixed it beautifully with Celtic and Old American folk. Guess which song the bride selected for Lou to play for her procession? Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun,” making it a trfiecta for the weekend. It was interesting to hear three different versions.
After the ceremony, DJ Sean joined the band on bass for the cocktail hour. Guests moved inside, Dan and Deborah were introduced and immediately went into their first dance to “We’ll Be OK” by Imaginary Future. After a great dinner (of course) the band started the night out with a 15 minute rockus version of the hora dance, aided by Lou’s singing “Simon Tov” into “Hava Nagila.” Guests and family were going crazy. Sean put his bass down, and took over as DJ, and the fun continued until, you guessed it, 10 pm. The ferry was waiting for Sean to take him back home after a long, but very thrilling weekend on Whidbey.