Sharon and Brad Rogers were married Aug. 20, 2016, at St. Paul’s Church in Port Gamble. Their reception followed at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion, down the street from the church.
“We got to have a church wedding, dinner under the big tent and dancing under the stars overlooking the water,” says Sharon.
The couple met on eHarmony and were engaged for a year and a half.
VISION: The couple’s vision for the wedding was an elegant family party. “Family is very important to us,” says Sharon. “Most people speak of giving away their daughter or losing their son, but we wanted to demonstrate that we are truly joining families, and everyone we invited is an extension of our family.”
During the ceremony the couple had a salt ceremony. The bride used pink salt while the groom used gray. They alternated pouring their colored salt into a clear vase. To the couple, it signified that they were joining two families into one.
THEME, DECOR: Their wedding colors of navy blue, rose-petal pink and champagne were carried throughout the wedding and reception. Beautiful sequined tablecloths showcased the newlyweds’ head table, remembrance table and cake table.
Strings of white lights were hung over the patio at the reception, and white leather couches were placed on the lawn for extra seating. There was an ice bar for guests, and diamond-shaped ice cubes were served in beverages at the reception. The dinner was served family style, so no one had to wait to eat.
A remembrance area featured photos from the couple’s parents’ and grandparents’ weddings, plus photos of loved ones who couldn’t attend the wedding.
After dinner, the couple and their guests danced to live music. For a late-night snack, ice cream was served.
GREEN TOUCHES: The couple used silk flowers at their ceremony and reception.
GUEST FAVORS: At the dinner tables, each guest received a small box with silver-and-glass salt and pepper shakers, as an extension of the couple’s salt ceremony and promise of family.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: Sharon’s favorite moment was watching her husband-to-be tear up as she walked down the aisle. Another favorite memory is the parade from the church to the pavilion. The newly married couple rode in a car while everyone waved colorful wands and marched, with a bagpiper leading the way.
The couple and the wedding party rented guest houses at Port Gamble from Thursday through Sunday, so the bridal party had extra time together. “We enjoyed the experience,” says Sharon.
Sharon works in sales and Brad is an electrical engineer. They make their home in Kirkland.
This wedding was featured in South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2017.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Wallflower Photography
VENUE: St. Paul’s Church and Hood Canal Vista Pavilion at Port Gamble Weddings
CATERER: Chef Sunshines's Catering
CAKE: Honey Crumb Cake Bakery
ICE CREAM: Sub Zero Ice Cream
ICE CARVING: Creative Ice Carving
FLORIST: The Pink Peony
WEDDING COORDINATOR: Weddings with Wendy
BAND: Michael Benson Band
BAGPIPER: Neil Hubbard
HARPIST: Mary Frank
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