On Saturday, September 24, Lydia Place and Boundary Bay Brewery will welcome 300 runners adorned in wedding dresses, tuxedos and bridal attire to the first Wedding Dashers Fun Run, a unique and exciting new outdoor event designed to raise awareness and financial support for homeless families.
Wedding Dashers, a whimsical fun-run, kicks off at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham, and sets off on a 2.7 mile course down the Boulevard Trail and back. The finish line is just the beginning, as the Boundary Bay beer garden is transformed into a faux wedding reception complete with DJ, cake, mimosas and games. Registered attendees are asked to put on their wedding gear, lace up their runners and get dashing for families in need here in Whatcom County.
Wedding Dashers is the brain-child of Jenny Schmidt, local event planner, runner and events manager of Boundary Bay Brewery. Her hope was to design a fun, community-oriented event to engage people in an important and challenging issue and cause, in an accessible and creative way.
“The team at Boundary Bay Brewery and I wanted to find a way to honor the incredible work that Lydia Place is doing in Bellingham to end homelessness, while adding a little fun and humor to our downtown and beer garden." Schmidt said. "Wedding Dashers has been an exciting opportunity to collaborate with our local community and Lydia Place, while shining a light on this important issue.”
Online and in-store (Fairhaven Runners) is open through September 22. The cost to participate is $25, with 12 and under free. A limited edition tuxedo T-shirt by Iron Street Printing is also available to registered guests.
On the day of the dash, event participants are invited to enjoy complimentary wedding hair styling services provided by The Beauty Institute-Schwarzkopf beginning at 8 a.m. at Boundary Bay on Railroad Avenue. Additionally, the first 100 registered guests will receive a wedding-themed goodie bag filled with exciting items and services from event sponsors and wedding industry professionals. All participants will receive a wedding themed participation ribbon, and can enter to win prizes and goodies courtesy of Wedding Dash sponsors. Donations include prizes from Fairhaven Runners, Boundary Bay Brewery, Belle Bridal, LyLy’s Wonders, Wise Buys, lululemon athletica and more.
This lovely couple came together from across the country, and we're so glad they did. Their happiness radiates from them in these photos by Kelsey Michelle Photography. Read their story below.
This lovely Bellingham wedding photographed by David Clumpner Photography is bright, cheerful and filled with love and good times. What more could you ask from a wedding? Take a look below.
Kayla and Lee's engagement session with Kelsey Michelle Photography took them right back to where they began. Take a look!
We just adore lifestyle shoots that showcase pieces of a couple's real life, like Kenny and Amanda's at Brio Laundry in Bellingham. Katheryn Moran Photograpy helped them caputure a routine moment in their lives in such a beautiful way.
Photo by Radley Muller Photography
Most modern brides place a high value on a wedding that’s personal and one of a kind. Incorporating a tradition from your own cultural heritage or, if done with respect, another culture, can be a beautiful way to infuse a little extra personal meaning into your wedding ceremony.
These cultural wedding ceremonies can be easily integrated into your own wedding.
Australia: An Australian tradition is the unity bowl. For this, guests hold small stones through the wedding ceremony and at the end place them in a decorative bowl, which the couple keeps in their home to remind them of the support of their loved ones.
France: In France, the groom traditionally picks up the bride at her home and walks her to the ceremony. Children block their path holding white ribbons which the bride must cut to symbolize overcoming obstacles in marriage.
Greece: Part of the Greek wedding ceremony is for the bride and groom to take their first walk as a married couple around the altar three times to symbolize the trinity.
Japan: Japanese couples honor their parents at their ceremony with a toast, flowers or a letter expressing their thanks and love.
Israel: Jewish couples traditionally marry under a chuppah, a canopy that is believed to protect the bride and groom from evil spirits.
Mexico: As part of a Mexican wedding ceremony, the priest wraps a rosary, chain of flowers or rope in a figure eight around the couple’s necks as a representation of eternal unity.
Nigeria: Yoruba couples from Nigeria and Benin traditionally sample the four elements of taste: vinegar for bitter, lemon for sour, cayenne for hot and honey for sweet. These elements represent marriage’s ups and downs, always ending with sweet.
Sweden: Customarily Swedish brides carry coins in their shoes. They carry a silver coin from their father in their left shoe and a gold coin from their mother in their right shoe. The coins are to ensure that she will never go without.
Wales: Welsh brides carry myrtle in their bouquets as a symbol of love, and traditionally give a cutting of myrtle to their bridesmaids to plant. If one of the bridesmaid’s cutting blooms, she will soon marry.
Allison and Garrett's island engagement photos by Kelsey Michelle Photography are lovely and so much fun! They even made a cute little friend. See their story below the photos.
This sweet couple came together from across the country, and we're so glad they did! Rhiannon and Jesse's happiness just radiates out of these photos by Kelsey Michelle Photography. Read their story below.
Photo by Clinton James Photography
INVITATIONS – WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Invitation – Include the information of who is giving the wedding, who is getting married, and where and when the ceremony will take place.
Reply card – Include a place for invitees to indicate how many people will be attending as well as their meal choice.
Reception card – Provide the date, time and location of the reception. Maps and directions are not traditional, but are now commonplace.
Envelope – One or two. Traditionally, invitations had two envelopes – one outside with the addressee’s information, and one inside with the names of those invited (Mr. and Mrs. Miller). Now it is more common to address a single envelope to all those specifically invited. Either is correct.
*Etiquette says never to include your registry information in the invitation.
Tip: Make sure to order extra envelopes, because inevitably mistakes will happen while addressing.
Cory and Chad's August 2015 at-home wedding, photographed by Katheryn Moran Photography, is sweet and lovely.