Quirky Harbour Wedding: Max & Sarah

Carly Bish Photography

June 26, 2013


Max and Sarah were married at Rocher Harbor Resort, Washington. The wedding was timelessly elegant with rustic touches but with a dash of punk rock awesomeness thrown in! “Our wedding was a true labor of love,” began the bride. “From the handmade terrariums topping our tables, ceremony arbor, and DIY’d program goodie bags – every step of our wedding was a group effort. It would not have been the gorgeous and action-packed hootenanny it was without the efforts of our dearest friends and treasured family members.”


“As part or our program goodie bags we collected 150 vintage hankies. What a beautiful moment to look out at our guests and see almost every one in use! Max wrote the ceremony, and it had everyone (especially me) in tears. Favors, while an afterthought for many, were a huge priority for us. my dad designed and hand screen printed commemorative shirts and each guest received a vintage hankie and ‘kissing bell’ in their program bag. We also had custom water bottles and frisbees for our rehearsal dinner field games. We wanted our guests to take home the feeling we created and keep it all year.”


Music was also super important to this couple, and the mosh pit at the end of the night was a definite highlight! “We love live music, and the first thing we agreed upon when wedding planning is that live music would be featured in both the ceremony AND reception”, Sarah explained. “We were so honored to have my brother Charlie provide a beautiful and unique version of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and were thrilled when our friends and favorite band of all time, The Damage Done, agreed to play our wedding reception. They learned several must haves, and brought the house down with their original tracks as well. While most folks may not envision a punk band playing their first dance, we couldn’t see anything but! The mosh pit of all ages featuring a dear friend wearing nothing but a penguin suit was quite memorable as well!”


“We loved finding new ways to use things we love, such as vinyl for our guest book and hanging umbrellas and parasols from the ceiling for decor. I loves live plants and grew up gardening with my Mom and Grandma, and building terrariums for the table tops was a way to honor that.  Max is a writer, and it was a huge priority for him to write our ceremony from scratch. Above all, our inspiration for the wedding was to honor each and every guest, including those that couldn’t attend, and thank them for helping to build our family. It didn’t hurt that it provided an opportunity to set a beautiful stage for fun as well.”