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Abby & Rishi’s IslandWood Fusion Wedding

What do you do when you have loads of friends traveling from around the country to your wedding? You invite them all to join you for a full weekend of events together! Abby and Rishi selected IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride away from downtown Seattle, for their wedding weekend and created an epic weekend, reminiscent of summer camp, sure to remember for years to come! The weekend which blended Abby’s Jewish heritage and Rishi’s Hindu heritage, featured a Welcome Bonfire complete with s’mores, Henna and their favorite popsicles, King of Pops. Saturday was all about connecting with friends and family as there were nature hikes, games, cooking classes and lots of laughter and conversations over breakfast and lunch before guests celebrated Abby & Rishi’s love! The weekend ended after a farewell breakfast Sunday morning.

The details and personal touches were around all weekend! We were most impressed with the sewing skills of Abby and her Mother as not only did her mom sew all of the wedding party members dresses but Abby refashioned her mother’s wedding dress into something her very own – well done!

 

After signing the marriage license and Ketubah, it was time to marry! The ceremony, which incorporated elements of Abby’s Jewish and Rishi’s Hindu heritage, was officiated by two of their dearest friends. During the ceremony Abby and Rishi stood under a canopy which represented the Jewish chuppah and a Hindu Mandap. The canopy was adorned with bright floral (oranges, deep coral, fuchsia pink and magenta tones) and sari’s gathered by Rishi’s family. In the Jewish tradition, the chuppah is open on all four sides to represent the openness and hospitality of a home; in Hindu weddings the Mandap represents the Temple. When Abby and Rishi processed into the ceremony they circled each other seven times before entering the chuppah/mandap. The circling, which is common to both Hindu and Jewish wedding ceremonies, is significant in both Hindu ceremonies (represents a vow to pursue four purposes of life) and Jewish ceremonies (symbolizes the creation of a household that protects and supports one another).    

Abby and Rishi’s parents took part in lighting both the Agni and the Havdalah candle. The fire is a traditional part of a Hindu ceremony representing the Hindu god Agni who bears witness to the wedding while the Havdalah candle is lit at sunset (we can pretend it was lit at sunset) to signify the end of Shabbat, the Jewish holy day.

At the end of the ceremony, Rishi and Abby took seven steps while the seven Jewish blessings were recited. To end, they broke the glass, a Jewish tradition which expresses that even in the happiest moments, we want to recognize the pain and sadness in our world. Mazel Tov!

 

Abby’s brother’s played during cocktail hour.

 

Dinner featured Abby’s & Rishi’s favorite Indian dishes cooked perfectly by IslandWood!

   

Hi Andrea and BreeAnn! Thank you so much for everything, we had an incredible weekend. We are still basking in the magic of last weekend and are finding it hard to come back to reality. Everything was truly a dream and even the minor hiccups make memorable parts of the story! Andrea and Linda were fantastic and so on top of things that we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves and our family and friends. No small feat at such a large venue! Cheers, Abby + Rishi

Venue & Catering: IslandWood 
Photography: EarthMark Photography
Henna: The Preets Artistry
Hair & Makeup: Offwhite Beauty
Floral: Melanie Benson Floral
Desserts: Blackbird Bakery
Wedding Cakes: Deep Sea Sugar & Salt
Bridal Gown: Abby repurposed her Mother’s Wedding Gown
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mother of the Bride
Groom: Indochino Seattle
Groomsmen: The Black Tux
Childcare: Stay & Play Childcare
Ceremony & Dinner Music: Rosenoak
Cocktail Hour Music: Abby’s Brothers
Reception Band: Modern Tribe
Rentals: Puget Sound Farm Tables, Make A Scene & Pedersen’s Seattle
Stationery: Swell Press Paper Co & Minted

Bob & Weston ~ July 5, 2014

As we head into the Holiday weekend we are reminiscing about all the great memories and fabulous food from Bob & Weston’s IslandWood Wedding. Thank you to Theilen Photography for capturing all the love, laughter and memorable moments from their wedding day! Happy Anniversary Bob & Weston!

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Thank you for everything you did to make Weston & Bob’s wedding so wonderful. It was magical and perfect, and everything the kids envisioned.  ~ Laurie, Mother of the Bride

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events

Photography – Theilen Photography

Venue & Catering – IslandWood

Live Music: Ceremony & Cocktail Hour – Tracie Marsh Band

DJ: Dinner & Dancing – Let’s Dance DJ

Live Band: Dancing – Soul Siren

Lighting & Ceiling Treatment – Prop Gallery Events

Hair & Makeup – OffWhite Makeup & Hair

Ceremony Benches & Dishes – Seattle Farm Tables

Rentals – Pedersen’s Event Rentals

Wedding Cake – Sweets & Savories

Floral – Valley Nursery

I can’t believe our big day has come and gone! It was absolutely amazing from start to finish. We most definitely could not have done it without you! Everyone keeps calling us and emailing us saying how wonderful the wedding was and saying how it’s the best one they ever attended, Bob and I agree! We were so Lucky to have you behind the scenes making sure everything went according to plan, thank you!  Thanks so much for making our day wonderful! ~  Love,  Weston and Bob

Jim & Lesley – September 21, 2013

For Lesley and Jim it was love at first “wink”. A success story from an online dating site, these two knew right away the stars had aligned. Ten days of exchanging heartfelt letters via email, they agreed to meet in person and haven’t left each others side since. On September 21, 2013 they would finally become husband and wife and despite the rain that decided to fall right as the bridal party lined up for the ceremony and proceeded to stop once the guests gathered around for a celebratory sparkling cider toast while they watched the newlyweds sign their marriage license, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day!

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