Initially, we wanted to get married in Seattle proper, preferably somewhere on/near the water. We wanted a space that allowed for inside ceremonies (in case of rain!) and had an easygoing Northwestern-y vibe. (Exposed wood, nothing too fancy or overdone)
The venues we found in Seattle proper were decent...but overpriced and we found the staff borderline rude. Apparently the 'best' venues in Seattle book up a year in advance...so when I was looking for a Saturday in September in January...well a few places basically laughed me out of the building/phone/email.
We expanded our search radius to include parts of Puget Sound, including the Hood Canal and San Juan Islands. We found this gem and scheduled a tour the next weekend. When we got out of the car that weekend, we knew. This was it.
The view from the back patio/lawn
The site is an old fishing/port town that has been rebuilt. it's now home to cute little shops, a beautiful chapel (St. Paul's) and this Pavilion.
It's fantastic for what we want - places to get married, drink, eat, and dance.
This weekend we have a tasting with the caterer we hope to use - and the weekend after is the cake tasting. : )
The best part about Port Gamble? We get to buy and bring our own booze. Hello signature cocktails and tasty champagne!