A Natural, Rustic Wedding at Old Chaser Farm in Vashon, Washington

Grace McRae (28 and a polling and research director at Sierra Club) and Kevan Yalowitz (30 and a senior manager in strategy practice at Accenture) wer

Grace McRae (28 and a polling and research director at Sierra Club) and Kevan Yalowitz (30 and a senior manager in strategy practice at Accenture) were both attending college in Washington, D.C. when they first met at a crowded bar. Kevan approached Grace and started a conversation, and by the end of the night he successfully got her number to stay in touch. One date led to the next, and the couple remained together ever since! They maintained a long distance relationship for years when Grace was going to graduate school in D.C. and Kevan was back home in Seattle, Washington. Since traveling on airlines to see each other had become such an important part of their relationship, Kevan proposed with a custom-made ring right before take-off to see Grace’s family in Sydney, Australia. The couple decided to have their wedding ceremony on Vashon Island in Seattle, Washington, with a gorgeous backdrop of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Vashon Island is plentiful in lavender, blackberries and lush greens in general, so the couple used purple and green to complement the rustic elements. Following the ceremony was the reception at Old Chaser Farm in Vashon, with a catering crew that served farm-to-table cuisine. “From providing ceremony refreshments to putting out baskets of flip flops and shawls, to stocking bathrooms with emergency sewing kits, Advil and toiletries, we wanted to allow guests to relax and enjoy themselves,” says Grace.

Traditional Set of Silver Wedding Rings
Ivory Wedding Dress, Jacket and Shoes
Grace held an ivory bouquet of gardenia, roses and hydrangeas for the wedding day. “One small, improvised detail was the letter that Grace wrapped around her bridal bouquet,” says the couple., “One of Grace's bridesmaids (a best friend since childhood) couldn't make it to the wedding at the last minute, but sent a beautiful letter.”
Bridal Party Toasting to Wedding Day
Grace wore a simple ivory wedding dress in a strapless, sweetheart style. She had a classic tulle veil that complemented the dress.
Grace Approaching Kevan, First Look
Intimate Shot of Couple First Look
“Vashon Island is a serene island in Puget Sound; it is a quick ferry ride from West Seattle,” says the couple. “Kevan's parents built a house on the island over twenty years ago, serving as a weekend getaway ever since.”
Couple and Wedding Party with Officiant
“As an east coaster, Grace immediately fell in love with the green woodsy and hilly island,” says the couple. “With a population of just 10,000, it's impossible not to breathe easier on the island.”
Close-Up of Grace and Kevan
“Our wedding was totally inspired by Vashon Island and the Pacific Northwest,” says the couple. “Our colors were purple and green, which immediately come to mind when you think of Vashon summers. Vashon Island is famous for its lavender farms and its wild blackberries, and the entire island is densely green during the summer.”
“We wanted our wedding day outfits to complement the natural beauty of Vashon,” says the couple. “Grace wore a whimsical strapless dress, with a crystal-studded bodice that seemed almost "fairy-like." The bridesmaid's flowing dresses were light enough to withstand the August heat! Kevan and his groomsmen wore light colored suits.”
At the reception, a tent was set up outside that spread out the seating. Long wood tables were connected to each other, with simple table settings and centerpieces.
Guest Book and Card Table
The indoor reception space had long wood tables with white table runners, decorated in the middle with colorful small flower arrangements. Table numbers marking where guests sit were on simple, white stationary.
Small colorful flower arrangements of dahlias and lilies accented with Queen Anne's lace decorated the long dining tables.
Simple Menu Card on Dinnerware
Grace and Kevan During Reception Toasts
Lavender and Lemonade Dessert Sign
The three-tiered wedding cake was a simple white cake topped with fresh blackberries.
“Old Chaser Farm was the perfect wedding reception location,” says the couple. “Owned by the iconic Seattle chef Matt Dillon, Old Chaser Farm is a small, responsible farm that raises vegetables and meat including sheep, goats, pigs and chicken.”
Grace and Kevan First Dance