When you want to unwind, be truly present with your guests on your wedding day, and smell that ocean air - you should consider your wedding to be on the island. Just keep on reading to hear my thoughts and advice.
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et's start off by saying this: I absolutely love being a Whidbey Island wedding photographer. Just being on the island feels more peaceful. And the venues are all beautiful in their own way. Have a look below for some advice for having your wedding on Whidbey Island, and keep scrolling to towards the bottom for a grid of what I consider to be the best Whidbey Island wedding venues.
o, you're thinking (or planning) your Whidbey Island wedding. LOVE IT. You're making the right choice, I promise you. Having your wedding in the area makes it feel like a destination without all the extra logistics.
- Kyle Goldie
Personally, I have been at Whidbey Island wedding photographer for more than a decade (I promise I'm not 100 years old!), and each wedding I work on the island is a little bit different than the last. Some are rustic, some are modern, some are big, some are itsy-bitsy small. But no matter what, they're all peaceful. Because that's what Whidbey Island weddings have to offer.
It's a very short ferry ride (or drive around) to get to the wedding venues, and no matter where you choose, the simplicity of each wedding day is what's truly beautiful. Because when you get married here, it truly allows you to focus on your special day, your friends, your family, and each other. So, have a look around on this page dedicated to Whidbey Island weddings, and message me with all your questions. Let's chat ASAP!
A: Any day! It's so gorgeous, and if it's M-F, you're going the opposite direction as most traffic. That said, make sure to do your research about Whidbey Island public events and festivals when choosing your wedding date - or at the very least - after you have your date to plan for traffic. There's always something to consider when having the extra level of logistics involved. But as a Whidbey Island wedding photographer, I get there very, very early. I don't run any risks of traffic. And depending on your timeline, I might spend the night on the island prior to your wedding day. PRO TIP: Quite a few wedding vendors give discounts on Sunday-Friday dates (Saturday is a peak date). So, if you want to save money, think about getting married on a day that's outside of Saturday.
Q: IS THE FERRY DIFFICULT FOR ME OR MY WEDDING GUESTS?
A: The simple answer - no. It's really quite easy. That's assuming a Friday or Sunday wedding, and that's also assuming that your guests coordinate their schedules appropriately to catch a ferry in the morning and allow ample time for the trip. Personally, I plan to miss 2 ferries and catch the 3rd. And if I catch that 1st or 2nd ferry, then great -- I got there super duper early. And if I catch that 3rd ferry, I'm still on time (early again).
Plan for worst-case scenario, hope for the best, and you and your guests will be totally fine. And for those who don't want to risk any ferries, just drive around. Yep, you can drive around across the Deception Pass bridge in Anacortes and south down from there. It's a peaceful drive. Yes, it will take longer than catching that first ferry, but if you are at all concerned about it, driving around is an option. And if you or your guests live around Everett or a bit further north, driving around rather than catching the ferry might actually be a faster option, too.
But personally, I would highly recommend that you and your primary guests (and all of your wedding party) rent cute little vacation rentals on the water to make the most out of your wedding weekend experience.
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A: This really depends on where you are getting ready. If you happen to book a gorgeous house/location for your getting ready photographs, it could be the perfect spot to also do your first-look with each other! So, we can totally start there and then get even more photographs with the rest of your wedding party at your wedding venue itself. That way, you are getting two locations without any extra driving! Win-win. And when a win-win scenario is available, that's always awesome.
There's Fort Casey, Ebey Landing, Deception Pass, and lots of other hidden gems around the island.
That said, there's also a lot of really gorgeous wedding venues that have beautiful areas for portraits right there at their property. And if I'm here to give my personal opinion to get the most out of your Whidbey Island wedding photos, this is what I would do:
First, book the most beautiful wedding venue that meets your goals for both the aesthetic of the property itself and that can fit the amount of guests you're wanting for your big day. Second, book your Whidbey Island wedding photographer (hopefully me!). Third, book your vacation rental that's right on the water with a beautiful view looking over the Puget Sound or the Olympic Mountains. Then after all of that is locked in, start booking all your other vendors and fill in all those gorgeous details.
I say this because if you choose to book a waterfront vacation rental, you are not only getting those waterfront photos, but you are also maximizing your entire wedding experience and filling your memories with that many more beautiful details. Do it!
For exact vacation rental properties, just reach out to me. I would be happy to send you some recommendations based on your wedding venue location on Whidbey Island.
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How Many Hours of Coverage Do We Need?
A: I highly recommend to book at least 8 hours with your Whidbey Island wedding photographer if you are wanting that "full day" sort of experience. With 8 hours, you can cover everything from the tail end of you getting ready, all your portraits, ceremony, cocktail hour, dancing, and we can even do a staged send-off. Getting 10 hours of coverage truly isn't necessary, in my professional opinion.
That said, it also really depends on the style of wedding you are having. After all, you won't be needing 8 hours of coverage if you are choosing to elope on the island or if you're having a non-traditional wedding. So, as with most things, make sure you reach out to me to go over all your ideas. I am totally happy to point you in the right direction. Let's do this thing!
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How long have you been a
A: Over 12 years now! Man, I feel old just saying that... but you know what? It's been so amazing. And the vibe of Snohomish weddings is traditionally super laid back, so it really has been loads of fun. Just reach out to me using the contact form on my website and let's chat about all your gorgeous wedding day details.
Use me as your resource and guide. I'd love to be there for you. And I know it's going to be awesome.
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A: Yep! The advice I give here for Whidbey Island wedding venues is the exact same advice that I give for any other wedding venue region that is incredibly popular. So, as soon as you know your wedding date that you want - book it! Don't wait at all. Lock it in! And when you approach the venue of your dreams, it's even a good idea to have a backup date in mind.
After all, if that Saturday you want to book is already taken, booking that venue on Sunday might not only be available, but it might be available for a lower rate as well! Each owner/manager operates differently, so make sure to get in touch with them directly and ask your questions early. There's never a time "too early" to lock in the venue and the vendors who you really want to ensure are there for you on your wedding day. Same goes for your Whidbey Island wedding photographer - me. I've had many couples even book with me prior to their wedding to ensure they have their date reserved on my calendar, and then they find a wedding venue that fits that date.
Bottom line, you're getting married once. And you are naturally going to have one favorite wedding venue and one favorite wedding photographer. So, do your best to research early & book early.
Personally speaking, my wife and I chose to have an 18-month engagement so we can simply enjoy our engagement, not feel rushed with wedding planning, and to help ensure we booked everything we wanted with total ease.
PRO TIP: Booking further in advance also allows you the option to stretch out your payment plan to make everything super easy financially.
A: Start with your ideal aesthetics that you're wanting for your photographs. Then, think about your budget. And then figure out which wedding venue can hold the number of guests that you are searching for. (Have a look at the Whidbey Island wedding venues page that I created for you). After you have the basic details set in your mind between you and your fiance, start contacting those wedding venues and inquire about their availability, rates, and what is included. And through that process, get in touch with me as well to ensure that I still have your wedding date available on my calendar. After all, I want to be your Whidbey Island wedding photographer. Use the contact form on my website, and let's chat!
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