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Megan & Lance: A Home Wedding in Winlock, WA

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Megan started planning her wedding long before there was any potential groom on the horizon, and she knew that she wanted to be married at home, where she had grown up playing in the gardens and orchards on her parents' five acres in Winlock. Megan's family was enthusiastic about a home wedding. "Our families were absolutely incredible," says Megan ...
Towner Press, Winlock
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Like any family faced with hosting a home wedding, the Raubuchs set about making improvements to their house, eventually doing some significant landscaping and putting on a new roof. Fortunately, the wedding was an outdoor affair set in three tents, so the work was mostly limited to the yard and gardens. Even so, reports Megan, "My sister, Kaitlin, ...
The bride's childhood home
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Megan tried without much success to find her dream wedding dress. Fortunately, her cousin, Becky O'Connor, is a talented seamstress who eventually "spent tons of time" making not only the bride's gown, but dresses for the entire bridal party. "She's wonderful," says Megan, who was shocked at the effort involved.
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Of course, Megan and Lance considered the weather when they made their plans for an outdoor celebration. This is the Seattle area, after all, and rain was definitely a possibility. They consulted the almanacs and were pleased to learn that it had not rained on September 9 in Seattle for the past 27 years. By noon on the day of the wedding, it was p ...
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As the sun was setting, Megan and Lance were married before a crowd of 275 guests. They exchanged their vows beneath a huge maple tree in the Raubuch's front yard, which still held the remnants of the tree forts that Megan and her sister had built as kids. The aisle, which ran from the front porch to the tree, was lined with flowers collected from  ...
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A buffet dinner and dancing followed in the tents set up in the orchard. An ice sculpture, created by Megan's dad (stepping in at the last minute for Lance's brother, whose wife had just had a baby, glittered on the table). The trees were lit with hundreds of twinkling white lights, and once the bride and groom had their first dance, the floor was  ...
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Treena Gardipee, Winlock
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Megan & Lance in Winlock, WA

The planning for Megan and Lance's wedding at the bride's parents' home was a joint effort on everybody's part. Their work was well rewarded with a wonderfully warm wedding celebration.

THE BRIDE

Megan Raubuch

THE GROOM

Lance Bunker

THE DATE

September 9 Megan and Lance met the summer they both worked for the Lewis County road crew, flagging cars and flirting in the hot sun. As the weeks passed, their flirtation gradually morphed into a romance. They dated for three years, criss-crossing the state regularly as they visited between Western Washington University, where Megan studied, and Central Washington University, where Lance attended school. When Lance finished school he joined Megan in Bellingham. One day, as they moved into a new house, Lance repeatedly urged Megan to open the boxes that held the watering cans and plant care products. "He kept asking, 'Don't the plants need water?'" remembers Megan, "And I kept saying, 'No, no, they're fine.'" Finally, to appease Lance's unprecedented concern for the health of their houseplants, Megan unpacked the box to find an engagement ring hidden inside.
- Lisa Carse
Their Ingredients
  • Towner Press, Winlock
  • Treena Gardipee, Winlock

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