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DIY wedding at the ocean

Rylee and Jared’s wedding was at Kalaloch on July 22, 2013. The couple’s wedding was in the coastal Kalaloch National Park, only four miles from where he proposed.

“When it came time to pick our location, we both knew that the only place it could be was near Kalaloch National Park,” says Rylee. “It is such a peaceful location that holds a special place in both of our hearts.”

Rylee’s family had gone there for vacation each year since she was born and once Jared joined in on the tradition, he fell in love with the park too.

When it came time for planning the wedding, the couple’s families pitched in to help with the DIY wedding. Rylee’s mother made the cake and flower girl dresses and her dad coordinated the

transportation. Jared’s mom was responsible for dinner, his grandmother helped tirelessly with wedding and reception decorations and his grandfather built the couple’s altar.

“The wedding was amazing with the help of wonderful people,” says Rylee.

They rented the cabins for a couple days and had time to relax before and after the ocean-side wedding. “It was great to have such a small and intimate wedding with close friends and family,” she says.

Since it was a small, rustic, intimate wedding with 24 guests, the couple gave each of their guests framed wedding photos.

Rylee and Jared met in 2010 while playing co-ed flag football in Seattle. They would carpool to the games and stop for dinner on the way home.

Jared proposed December 30, 2012, only four miles from Kalaloch. Laura says Jared “was going to wait until New Year’s Eve but was too nervous and excited to wait any longer.”

 

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Published on March 9, 2016.

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