An Intimate, Natural Forest Wedding at TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

When they planned their intimate forest wedding, Alicia Lockhart (29 and an agreement sales manager) and Ryan McCallum (34 and a financial consultant)

When they planned their intimate forest wedding, Alicia Lockhart (29 and an agreement sales manager) and Ryan McCallum (34 and a financial consultant) wanted to celebrate their enduring love for nature and each other. “We both have a connection to nature and love being outdoors. We have spent the last seven years traveling and exploring amazing landscapes everywhere we go,” says Alicia, who did her own hair and makeup for the day and wore a 1920s-inspired lace gown. “I wanted the ceremony to be natural, outdoorsy and not too fussy.” The couple exchanged personalized vows in the fall before an officiant (no guests) at TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington; a curtain of evergreen trees served as their backdrop and a colorful blanket of golden leaves laid at their feet. “Our ceremony reflected us perfectly. We don't exactly like being the center of attention,” Alicia says. “So to be married privately in a quick 15-minute ceremony was the best. We spent two days hiking in Issaquah and checking out the surrounding area, just the two of us.” Alicia advises engaged couples to imagine a wedding that feels natural to them, regardless of how it breaks with tradition. “No matter what your plans or who is paying for what, if your family and friends do not respect your decisions, you have to accept it and move forward, and don't let your feelings be hurt.” —Carolyn Meers

"My dress was my favorite part about the ceremony," Alicia says. "It is a 1920s-style dress by Needle and Thread."
"I used a flower hair comb from a local jewelry shop I found on Etsy and created a natural chignon with braids and twists," says Alicia, whose relaxed updo allowed her vintage-style lace gown to shine.
"I found a picture of a bouquet on Pinterest that incorporated flowing greens and dark flowers," Alicia says. "I showed it to a florist at Pike Place Market [in Seattle] the morning of the ceremony, and she did an amazing job re-creating the bouquet." Alicia wore a 1920s-inspired dress by Needle and Thread, and Ryan wore navy pants and a vest from Nordstrom with a berry-colored tie.
"Ryan and I are both Scottish by heritage, and we found inspiration from traditional Celtic vows," Alicia says. "My favorite part of the ceremony was the end, when [our officiant] wrapped our hands in a cloth in the Celtic tradition of handfasting, which bound us together, our hands clasped in friendship and love."
“I wanted the ceremony to be natural, outdoorsy and not too fussy,” says Alicia, who exchanged personalized vows with Ryan before an officiant (with no guests) at TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington.
At Alicia's request, the officiant included quotes from Henry David Thoreau's essay "Walking" throughout the ceremony. One particular quote—"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees"—resonated with Alicia. "Because that is what Ryan and I would be doing."