An Elegant, Woodlands-Inspired Rooftop Wedding at Majestic Inn and Spa in Anacortes, Washington

After a chance meeting at a Raleigh, North Carolina, bar, Vanessa (28 and a nurse) and Jonathon (30 and an Air Force officer) became inseparable. “I can't tell you why things happen the way they do, but the smallest events and most seemingly minute decisions can change your life forever,” Jonathon says. Vanessa and Jonathon said their vows before 100 guests on the rooftop of the Majestic Inn and Spa in Anacortes, Washington, which overlooks the San Juan Islands. “We both love the outdoors but didn't want our guests to have to hike up a mountain,” Vanessa says. “Bringing the outdoor feel to them was the next-best thing.” A pristine palette of navy and cream was paired with champagne gold and plenty of fresh green garlands, which served as centerpieces at the indoor reception’s banquet tables. Personalized touches like the reception’s communal seating, a choreographed first dance, and duck-tag favors (Jonathon is a duck hunter) made the elegant affair even more special. “Our entire wedding reflected us as a couple. We tried to make it personal and intimate,” says Vanessa, who advises other couples to enjoy the week before the wedding. “Yes, there's so much to do, but I am so glad we put things aside to spend time with our friends and celebrate why we were getting married to each other.” —Carolyn Meers