Real Weddings: Sadie and Derrick

What's a girl to do when she isn't sure she really wants to have a wedding, but then finds the dress of her dreams and knows she has to wear it?

Plan an island elopement with her closest family and friends, of course, and rock that gown in style.  

Sadie and Derrick's simple, gorgeous and low-key wedding all came together in a mere six weeks (which we think means Sadie probably has magic powers, because anyone who has planned, or is in the process of planning a wedding knows that that is a lot of work in a very short amount of time). 

But some how, some way the dress, food, venue, flowers and shoes still all fell into place at the exactly the right moments, keeping this eager-to-be-married couple on track for the to say "I do" on September 13. 

The couple whisked their family and friends away to Roche Harbor for the reception and ceremony, and got married exactly the way you should when you're on the islands – in a casual and laid back sort of way.

Reception first, ceremony second, dinner and dessert and an evening boat ride back to the mainland. It doesn't get any better than that. 

Sadie says: I call our wedding "the planned elopement."  We were not sure we were going to have a wedding at all until six weeks before it happened.  I found a dress that I just loved and it went from there ... I was then able to snag a venue in Roche Harbor for a month later. 

My favorite part of the wedding was having the reception prior to the ceremony.  We greeted guests in the patio area with a band, drinks and appetizers and had so much fun mingling with everyone before the ceremony!  

We then walked down with all the guests to the garden for the ceremony and followed that with dinner and dessert.  I found that this format worked very well and helped make the day more relaxing.

David Clumpner Photography says: Sadie and Derrick's fall wedding at Roche Harbor was a perfect mix of small, beautiful, and relaxed.  Sadie, Derrick, and their closest relatives and friends rented townhouses in Roche Harbor and woke up to a perfect September wedding day, complete with autumn-colored leaves on the trees and a cloudless sky above.

Sadie took the morning getting prepped by Roche Harbor's in-house hair and makeup artists while I found no shortage of ideas to photograph her details.  After photographing Sadie's bridal portraits, I was able to take the couple out for an hour to explore the various nooks in the gardens and along the waterfront to do their portraits.  At such a well-photographed venue it was important for me to create photos that hadn't been done before, but this was easy with all the variation offered in the landscape at Roche Harbor.

The afternoon ceremony took place in a wonderful harbor-side garden, then we moved just across the road to a private courtyard for the reception, which ended just in time for many of the guests to make the evening ferry back to Anacortes. 

Sadie and Derrick's wedding was exactly as they'd hoped: low key and gorgeous.  I am honored to have been able to document this amazing day for such a wonderful couple!    
Wedding Venue: Roche Harbor Resort
Hair and Makeup: T-Spa at Roche Harbor
Flowers: Sandy Kraljevich
Photographer: David Clumpner Photography
Dress: Cicada Bridal 
Band: San Juan Jazz Quintet