Editor’s Note: Summer/Fall 2015

Photograph by Ryan Flynn Photography

When talking with local newlyweds and soon-to-be-weds about planning their big day, the sentiment I encounter more often than not goes something like this: “We just wanted the wedding to feel like us.” Meaning that, in true freethinking Northwest fashion, the city’s brides and grooms are hand-picking which time-honed traditions they’d like to follow while inventing entirely new rituals of their own.

So throughout our pages, you’ll find evidence of couples forging their own path down the aisle, whether in our five vastly different Real Weddings, one couple’s clever DIY elements, or the unique reception menus in our Food and Drink section. Not a single shindig is exactly alike.

Brides are slipping into statement gowns in two-piece, colored, and unconventional styles. (Get inspired with our Fashion feature.) Wedding parties are no longer restricted by even numbers or gender—and they don’t always show up in matching outfits, either. Hop over to Desserts and Flowers to peruse cakes and bouquets ranging from daringly bold to quietly classic.

The point is, the ways in which to celebrate are as immeasurable and individual as your love. Just remember, as Seattle newlyweds Carolyn Stigge and Daniel Harris (pictured above at their fall 2014 elopement on Cape Flattery) so eloquently close this issue, the best and most important thing is to “focus on the reasons you’re choosing to marry and the future you envision together. Everything else is just details, and it’ll all fall into place.”

All the best,