San Juan Islands

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Pacific northwest weddings are distinctly great at incorporating beauty and elegance with a natural, laid-back feel. I worked with an amazing team to put together a styled, bridal inspiration shoot, set in the San Juan Island County countryside, that exuded an easy elegance.

San Juan Island was the perfect setting for this styled bridal inspiration shoot–the streaming sunlight and wild countryside paired so nicely with the gorgeous gowns and bouquets to create a look that was naturally beautiful, but not stuffy.

It was such a pleasure to work with Leah of Bloom San Juan, who graciously invited us to her workspace on San Juan Island, led us to some amazing locations, and made beautiful bridal bouquets for the shoot. I loved our team for the day–Matthew photographed our gorgeous models who wore gowns and accessories from The Dress Theory and jewelry from our friends at T. Anthony Jewelers. All the talent, beauty, and generosity made styling this shoot so much fun!

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Bridal Inspiration: Pacific Northwest Countryside

Photography: Matthew Land Studios

Styling: Erin Land

Florals: Bloom San Juan

Gowns & Accessories: The Dress Theory (Designers: Sarah Seven, Bo & Lucca, Twigs & Honey)

Jewelry: T. Anthony Jewelers

Models: SMG Models

A Rainy Autumn Visit to Orcas Island

 

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Visiting Orcas Island in the off-season is such a treat—it’s incredibly quiet and cozy without the summer crowds. No matter the season, Orcas always offers some pretty incredible pacific northwest scenery, so naturally I was pretty excited when Matt and I booked our trip to visit this little island with our friends from out of town.

We rented a small house through Airbnb in East Sound on Orcas. The rental ended up being further from the downtown area than we had anticipated—it was at the top of a wooded mountain—but it was the perfect little spot! The wind and rain really added to the cozy atmosphere of our short stay.

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

One of my favorite parts of the house was the cedar, wood-burning hot tub—I loved the woodsy, campfire smell of the stove. While you have to work a bit to get the temperature right, the soak that follows is worth the effort.

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

When we weren’t soaking in the hot tub or playing cards, the four of us enjoyed taking walks out in the yard. There were deer everywhere and it was so refreshing to be completely surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest WomanOrcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Matt met our friends Ben and Beth, who made this trip with us, when they were just getting married—he photographed their wedding in California. Last Halloween they came to visit and the four of us hit it off! This trip fell on our “friendiversary,” so we kept up our tradition (is it a tradition if it started last year?) of watching a trilogy of late-90s horror movies.

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

The trip concluded with a three-hour ferry delay, so we played many, many more games of cards and fed stray cats french fries from lunch.

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

If you’re looking for a low-key getaway, off-season travelling is refreshing—there are fewer crowds, it’s quieter, and you get to take a peek at what local life is really like. I can’t wait to visit Orcas Island again, soon!

Photos by me and my husband, Matt.

Vacation Preview: Orcas Island

Last week I was able to get out of town for a few days to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. Orcas is probably my favorite island in the PNW, and visiting this time of year was such a treat.

Orcas is a place that’s completely transformed by Autumn. Typically in the summer, downtown Eastsound is sunny and buzzing with visitors. In the off-season, everything seems to have been blanketed in a quiet, foggy slowness.

Here are a few snaps from the trip—I can’t wait to finish up the rest of the pictures for a full post!

 

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

Orcas Island | The Northwest Woman

 

 

 

 


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