Venue & Lodging: Roche Harbor Resort
Catering: Roche Harbor Resort
Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel
Photographer: Ifong Chen Photography
Videographer: Ferguson Films
Ceremony Music: Joe Miller
DJ: DJ Doug (Doug Rhine)
Wedding Cake & Desserts: Felicitations Bakery
Flowers: Robin’s Nest
Wedding Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Suits: Joseph A. Banks
Hair & Makeup: Afterglow Spa
*** A special thank you to our parents and family for all of your help! Especially my mom, Kerry Barbour! This day came together without a hitch because of all your hard work! Thank you for all you did to make the wedding of our dreams come true!
In a year and a half both Katie and Jeremiah would have never guessed their lives would have changed so dramatically in such a short period of time. It started with a blind date set up by a wonderful couple who thought these two should meet. They were right; on January 12th their love story began! They learned quickly how much they had in common. A few beer festivals, kayaking adventures and trips to the San Juan Islands and Mexico later they both knew they had found the one. The surprise kayaking engagement was the ideal setting to ask Katie to be his wife and best friend forever. Now, less than a year later they are living in Denver with new jobs, a new house, a new puppy and now newlyweds! Katie and Jeremiah summed it all up perfectly, “What a wonderful adventure! The best year and a half of our lives with many more to come! We feel so blessed to have found each other!”
It’s difficult to tell a story about how two people fell in love, more difficult yet when you’re as close to those two as I am. The journey of wedding planning may have just started the moment Spencer put the ring on my sister, Charli’s, finger, but the relationship is one that I’ve been lucky enough to grow up watching.
Charli and Spencer weren’t just high school sweethearts. It began even before that, when Spencer sat kitty-corner to Charli in the sixth grade and started thinking of her as ‘that cute girl.’
Both bride and groom have a stubborn streak in them (okay, when it comes to the bride it may be a bit more than a streak) so of course it couldn’t be as simple as, “I like you, you like me.” Instead, we all endured years of the two of them dancing around one another, until high school when they finally decided to give a relationship a chance. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m pretty confident neither have regretted that decision.
Taking a groom as easy going as Spencer and adding a bride who’s always finding new projects and constantly ready to go and do makes for an incredibly adventurous relationship. From traveling together to help build water lines in Puebla, Mexico to cruising around the Caribbean, it’s hard to imagine two people better suited for each other’s personalities.
While most of us were still bumbling along trying to figure things out, Charli and Spencer were already buying their first house and settling into adulthood. Then came the question all of us were dying to know… When is he going to propose?
If I had it my way the two of them would already be married with a few babies, but luckily they’re both a bit more sensible than that and gave themselves a chance to grow together and start their lives together.
Needless to say, last winter when Spencer told me he’d been looking at rings I was on cloud nine. Then even more so when I watched him make my sister’s dream ring a reality. And true to Spencer’s nature, he wasn’t rushing himself into the proposal. Our conversations for the next few months revolved around me begging Spencer to propose already and Spencer giving me his signature, ‘don’t worry about it’ shrug.
Finally, on a morning in April I got the call. Well, multiple calls. My mom, my Grams, and of course the just proposed to bride. We spent the morning on numerous three way conversations while I grilledCharli for every detail about the Seattle proposal when Spencer pulled Charli on a stage during the Can-Can and made me the happiest sister in the world. And now, in July of 2014, I’ll get to stand next toCharli and play Maid of Honor to a wedding that I know I’ll never forget.