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This Foggy Seaside Wedding Had Kilts, Oysters and a Guest Appearance by Orcas
The Venue Report
byThe Venue Report

What happens when you combine Seattle's best local offerings and Irish traditions into one wedding? Abigail and George decided to find out when they brought a raw oyster bar, local ice cream, a kilt and bagpipes all to a little island off the Seattle coast. Having met when they were nine years old at camp, the couple wanted every part of their wedding to be full of meaning and reflect their lives together from childhood to adulthood. From choosing a venue neighboring Abigail's childhood home to marrying with George's great grandmother's ring, every detail was meticulously thought out. 

We caught up with Callista Osborn of Callista & Co. about designing this wedding and all of the incredible details that went into it. Some of our favorite aspects include the towering florals serving as the wedding backdrop, the oyster bar and the mist that enveloped the day. Oh, and the orcas that decided to make a guest appearance don't hurt either. 

Photography: Sarah Carpenter

Can you tell us about the couple? 

Abigail and George met at camp at age nine, over 19 years ago, and have been together ever since. George made it official by proposing with his Great Grandmother’s ring, which was given to her in 1896. 

Why did they choose this venue? Any standout features? 

The Country Club of Seattle, just steps away from Abigail’s childhood home, was the perfect venue for their refined, minimalistic, Pacific Northwest Wedding. We knew the wedding day would be a success after breaching Orcas crashed our ceremony rehearsal.

Was anything special incorporated into the day? 

Abigail’s brother and George’s sister married the couple after a dramatic processional along the coastline led by bagpipes and the bride and groom’s Newfoundland puppy, Sal. Guests then celebrated in a sailcloth tent overlooking the Seattle skyline. 

What did the menu look like for the reception? 

Food and beverage was of utmost importance to Abigail and George, who selected an abundance of local and seasonal shellfish, cheese, salmon, artisanal brews, and the island’s own, Mora Ice Cream.


Venue: Country Club of Seattle, Bainbridge Island | Photography: Sarah Carpenter Photography |
Planning & Design: Callista & Company | Floral Design: Wild Bloom Floral | Rentals: Bar - Happy Hour Bar Rentals, Keg Bar - Puget Sound Farm Tables, Furniture - Something Borrowed, Linen - La TavolaCort Party Rental | Cake: Delicately Sweet Confections | Stationery: Brylo | Calligraphy: Ebb & Flow Ink | Catering & Bartending: Ravishing Radish | Ice Cream: Mora Ice Cream | Music: Blue Wave Band | Transportation: Butler Seattle | Hair & Make Up: Erin Skipley (Groom’s Family), Mia Leicht (Bride & Family), Angela Kingery (Bride & Family) 


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