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Simple, natural wedding at Northwest Trek


Photos by Lavender Bouquet Photography


Native Washingtonians Amelia and Michael Sharpe chose to get married at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park because they wanted to be surrounded by nature and animals. “We wanted to keep the Pacific Northwest feel in our ceremony,” says Amelia. “We feel Northwest Trek captured it perfectly; the setting was amazing.”


The couple’s best friends introduced them. “People who know us know how much fun we have together,” says Amelia. “We laugh together and just really enjoy each other’s company.” After an 18-month engagement, they were married July 15, 2017.

VISION: With a vision of a simple wedding in a natural and comfortable environment, the couple wanted guests to enjoy the beauty of the park. When the 60 wedding guests arrived, they were transported on the Northwest Trek tram, which winds through the park, so the guests got a mini tour on the way to the wedding ceremony site overlooking Horseshoe Lake. 

After the ceremony, they enjoyed a dinner in the same location. “It was so awesome that our guests got to experience this part of Washington state,” says Amelia. Usually their visitors stay in Seattle.


COLORS AND DÉCOR: Following a wedding color theme of lavender, they used fresh lavender and baby’s breath in the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. The couple, helped by the wedding party, assembled the centerpieces in vases purchased from antique shops. They purchased lavender and white paper lanterns to hang on the wires of the white lights provided by Northwest Trek.

GREEN TOUCHES: The couple borrowed décor items from friends or repurposed items from their home. “We didn’t buy a lot of decorations,” says Amelia. “We really accepted anything that people had that they wanted us to use.”

FAVORS: Guests received wooden magnets in the shape of the state of Washington, with the couple’s names and wedding date.


Amelia worked in the banking industry and is now a stay-at-home mother. Michael works in construction. They and their young son make their home in Puyallup.


VENUE: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

CATERER: Lancer Catering

CAKE: Cupsakes

FLORIST: Blitz & Co. Florist (bride’s bouquet, groom’s boutonniere and baby’s breath), Mountain Meadow Lavender (lavender)

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Published on August 20, 2018.

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