A Romantic Plum Wedding at The Outlook Inn in Eastsound, Washington
Liz Carter (30, Naturopathic Doctor/Acupuncturist) met Chris Wadsworth (32, Environmental Engineer and Musician) on OkCupid, an online dating site, during the last year of graduate school. Chris, curious about acupuncture, reached out to Liz. The two got to talking over the site and made plans to get Greek food together later that same week. "We shared a meal and Chris made me laugh more times than I can count. Chris is an extrovert and I'm an introvert, and he helped me to come out of my shell that night and all the days that followed," says Liz. ?On a warm sunny day in March, Chris and Liz went for a hike on Orcas Island. Chris nervously hiked up the summit with his love, who continuously risked finding the hidden ring in his backpack during every water break. Eventually, they reached their intended summit. There, they climbed to the top of a 1930s stone tower to get a better view of the Washington and Canadian coasts and surrounding mountains. "Chris told me he wanted to take a picture of me looking out over the Sound. When I turned around, he was down on one knee, ring in hand," says Liz. The pair made their way back down from the summit but in the midst of their post-engagement excitement, made a wrong turn and added five miles to their hike. "We became tired, hungry and mildly stressed, but were not at each other's throats, so we thought maybe this marriage thing could work," says Liz. Over the course of their 14 month long engagement, Liz and Chris planned a spring wedding to take place on the same island where Chris proposed. On June 7, 2013 (4 years to the day they met) Liz and Chris tied the knot at Eastsound Waterfront Park in Eastsound, Washington. Following the ceremony, the 45 guests walked to The Outlook Inn, a 40 room hotel just down the street. The fete took place in The Victorian Room, a stained glass-filled dining area, perfect for the intimate reception. Kimaya Lutz and the team at Cloud 9 Events planed the event, while Sean Hoyt of Affinity Photography captured every memorable moment.