We were smitten the first moment we laid our eyes on this enchanting al fresco wedding in the forest captured by ANNA PETERS. Forrest and Jillian met when a mutual friend invited them to a group game of cards. After a few more encounters, they were both thoroughly intrigued. Then a month or so later, Jillian says, “Forrest took the leap and asked if he could take me sailing… and it was smooth sailing from then on!” That was especially true when Forrest proposed on board a ferryboat from Bainbridge Island back to Seattle one crisp October evening. With such an iconic PNW proposal, it was only fitting that the wedding would take place there too. With a forest setting and a modern-meets-romantic aesthetic in mind, the couple set about creating a wedding to remember with their family and friends on board to help. Says Jillian: “They took our vision and not only helped bring it to life, but added so much more love than we thought possible.

Kitsap Memorial State Park seemed too good to be true, but as soon as we walked on the property, all our hopes were fulfilled. It allowed our friends and family from far away to experience a piece of the Pacific Northwest nature we love, while still having everything we needed for a great party.

Forrest and I have a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature as well as clean aesthetics, so our wedding style needed to honour both of these. We chose a palette of green, simple white, and more green! We wanted our flowers to complement the natural beauty of Kitsap Memorial and not distract from it. KALEB NORMAN JAMES brought our elegant, nature-focused flowers to life in everything from table centerpieces to simple boutonnieres. He even made me feel like a woodland princess with an amazing greenery hairpiece.

Our dinner setting was absolutely magical. Market lights were strung among tall trees and guests ate breakfast for dinner in an intimate setting overlooking the Puget Sound. Among the laughter and conversations of family and friends, it felt like time stood still in our own private woods.