Vashon Island is a magical place. A place that you can feel the community as soon as you get off the ferry. It's a small community where everyone knows each other, people rely on their neighbors, and pretty much everyone is treated like family. This wedding held that same magic through it all. The wedding was held at Dirk's fathers home. The home he grew up in, roaming the woods and being a kid in the pre-technology laden time of the 80s and 90s when a boy had to go out and play in the woods to pass the time. Him and his brother were friends with the family next door. Next door being an acre away, and that same family opened up their land to let Ali and Dirk have their wedding reception there after the ceremony in the yard of Dirk's dad's. Ali and Dirk met here in Seattle, but have since moved to Florida, so it was important to them to enjoy the time they had here with their friends and family that they never get to see.

Laughter, friends and good food were their priorities, and they were successful on all counts!

This backyard wedding was full of fun little details that spoke of their personalities, while not being over the top, just check it out!

They have an inside joke between them about salt and pepper, and so Ali's bouquet had tiny salt and pepper shakers attached, and vintage salt and pepper shakers that I thought was a great addition to her shoes photo :)

groom whispers into brides ear as she laughs during their vashon Island backyard wedding by Seattle Wedding Photographer Rebecca Ellison Photography

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When I walked outside the house and saw that the bouquets were being kept in beaten up old shoes to keep them upright, I loved it. I loved the funkiness of the shoes next to the beauty of the flowers and how very backyard wedding it was!wedding bouquets held in old shoesportraits of groom waiting in the backyard for the first site of his bride

groom wears a shipping wheel pin instead of a boutineer for his wedding detailsbride walks into the backyard to see her groom for the first time at their backyard wedding on Vashon Islandgroom sees his bride for the first time during his vashon island weddingportraits of bride and groom walking down a dirt path, kissing and then looking back at the camera during their backyard weddingbridal portraits of couple standing in front of white picket fence and an old vintage bikeblack and white image of bride and groom kissing

I usually don't do ring shots when the rings are still on fingers, as it can be awkward positioning, but I saw how they were holding each other here, and how it showcased their rings  and I love how it turned out!!!!bride and groom embrace showing their wedding ringsportraits of bride and groom at their vashon island wedding in the backyard of his parents houseportraits of the bride and her wedding hair by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison Photography

Love the salt and pepper shakers!bridal bouquet with salt and pepper shakers attachedBackyard vashon Island wedding portrait of bride and groom

Instead of boutonnieres they opted for gold pins that showcased their passion. Dirk had a boat wheel and his brother had a diving mask.groom and groomsmen wear pins instead of boutineers

Vintage rusty funky fun bicycles were throughout the backyards, some with signs, some with flowers and some just because. Guests hopped on some of the (less rusty) bikes for a little fun ride around the houses.vintage bicycle with flowers on top at backyard weddingvintage bicycle themed backyard weddingwedding bouquet sits on top of vintage rusty bicyclebride and groom expressions during wedding ceremonybride and groom hold hands during wedding ceremony in backyardbride laughs at joke during backyard wedding ceremonybride and groom kiss during backyard wedding ceremony

They had some very clever wedding favors. Instead of bubbles or chocolates or something easily forgotten, they had mason jars filled with emergen-c and asprin for a little help with the expected hangover the next day. Talk about clever.backyard wedding detailsmason jars with emerganc-e and asprin for wedding favors by Rebecca Ellison Photographyvintage bicycle gears used as wedding details under flowers on reception tablewedding favors

Pig roast!!!! So much fun!pig roasting on a spit during backyard wedding reception on Vashon Island by Rebecca Ellison Photographyguest eat off the pig roast at backyard wedding receptionwedding ring detail on vintage bicycles

And to top it all off, Ali's wish of good food was granted by the amazing food from the Corson Building. A mostly gluten free dinner that was oh-so-delicious! bride and groom toppers with groom on bicycle, and gluten free food made by the Corson Buildinggluten free wedding food by the Corson Buildingguests laugh at wedding toastsbride and groom toasts

We finished the night with a quick portrait along the trail that Dirk traveled as a kid, and now he travels it with his wife in hand!portraits of bride and groom in the woods

Thanks to all these amazing vendors who helped bring their wedding together. First, Seattle wedding photography, Rebecca Ellison . Her beautiful wedding dress from Klienfelds in NYC , Delicious gluten free dinner from the Corson Building , and gluten free cake from D:Floured , and the rest was all DIY!

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