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, du

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.

"The engagement ring is a 1920s European estate piece from Alexandria Rossoff in downtown Seattle. I looked at modern conflict free rings, but quickly became enchanted with antique options," says Liz.
Liz held a bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, lavender and button mums. The purple and green hand tied bouquet popped against Liz's champagne and ivory wedding dress.
Liz posed near the water on Orcas Island with an antique umbrella, rented from Bella Umbrella in Seattle, WA.
Liz's 'maids wore gray frocks from J.Crew, with added handmade ivory shrugs. The ladies held smaller green arrangements of button mums and hydrangeas.
Chris wore a rose, lavender and paper flower boutonniere on the lapel of his gray J.Crew suit. The groom included his favorite color, purple, by wearing a matching  polka dot bow tie and pocket square.
Chris' groomsmen wore coordinating J.Crew vests and pants, sans jacket. The guys sported the same plum-hued bow ties and pocket squares.
Guests enjoyed a view of the fishing bay at Eastsound Waterfront Park in Eastsound, Washington.
Arrangements of rose, fern, paper flowers and lavender hung from the aisle seats at the outdoor ceremony.
Bride and Groom Pinky Promise Ceremony
Bride and Groom's First Kiss
Bride and Groom Recessional To Reception
Bride and Groom at Inn Reception
Groom Playing Music During Cocktail Hour
"I handmade hundreds of paper roses and hearts from vintage sheet music and books that we used in flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centrepieces," says Liz.
The bride and groom opted for a nontraditional cake choice– cheesecake.  Annie Sparks Dempster used the same recipe Liz won Chris over with in their first few weeks of dating.
Dessert Bar at Reception