Same-sex Real Wedding in Washington Same-sex Real Wedding in Washington
Because we only wanted to have a wedding if it was truly authentic, we had many years to visualize what the perfect wedding, for... Same-sex Real Wedding in Washington

Because we only wanted to have a wedding if it was truly authentic, we had many years to visualize what the perfect wedding, for us, would look like. When the State of Washington voted for marriage equality early in 2012, we knew that it was time to commemorate our many years together as a couple! We got married on our 15th anniversary, in a small town called Waitsburg, just outside of Walla Walla. Over the last several years, Walla Walla has become our home away from home. We love it there – the people, wine . . .everything. We’ve been frequent customers

oDeesing_Watkins_Mark_VanDonge_Photography_2014AlexShane063421AE_lowf, and become friendly with, Jim and Claire (the owners of jimgermanbar) and were truly honored when they agreed to host our event in their magical space. The 20-minute drive from town flows through rolling vineyards and wheat fields and is simply breathtaking. The short trip forces you to leave your troubles behind. Once there, jimgermanbar is in a beautiful building from the late 1800’s, with amazing rustic wood floors, 20 foot ceilings, incredible architectural details, a combination of one-of-a-kind artwork (Jim and Claire are both talented and accomplished artists) and quirky antiques, and an energy that makes you feel comfortable, relaxed, and inspired all at the same time. Befitting of this environment, the bar is divided into two spaces; the second of which is a large room that is aptly named ‘Heaven’. We couldn’t think of a better place for our wedding. The decor we chose was meant to embrace and complement, not change, the space that we love so much. The flowers were hand-gathered and minimal, displayed in vintage blue mason jars sourced at a local antiques store. We used extensively, to create personalized invitations and programs that we crafted into hand- held fans. We found artisans on Etsy to create table numbers out of hand-painted recycled barn wood, hand- stamped linen bags to hold wedding favors, and to makeDeesing_Watkins_Mark_VanDonge_Photography_2014AlexShane07961AE_low boutonnieres out of wood and fabric. Our ‘best ladies’ carried bunches of loose flowers and wore earrings that were hand-made by a friend. We wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day! It was exhausting and emotional, but really fun. We took a cue from the environment in Waitsburg and focused on slowing down; being sure to enjoy the conversations, savor the food, and treasure each moment.

Pre-Rehearsal Dinner: Fat Duck Inn

Pre-Wedding Picture location: PartyGrape Hill Wedding

Reception: Jimgermanbar

Transportation: Imbibe Wine Tours

Groomswear designer: Nordstrom Groomsmen

Shoes: J.D. Fisk

Mark VanDonge Photography