5 Hidden Gems for Your Outdoor Wedding

Planning an outdoor wedding in the often-unpredictable weather of the Pacific Northwest is not for the faint of heart. For couples willing to gamble on Mother Nature, and who want to showcase her beauty as part of their nuptials, one of these five hidden gems in the South Sound may be the perfect venue to say ‘I do.’

The private, five-acre estate of Laurel Creek Manor is just minutes outside of downtown Sumner. This family-owned and operated property offers several backdrops, from landscaped English gardens to Italian fountains to a historic barn, that will create lasting memories of your romantic day. Learn more at laurelcreekmanor.com.

Located in the heart of Tacoma’s Stadium District, the W.W. Seymour Botanical conservatory and gazebo provides an intimate wedding experience within the 27-acre arboretum of Wright Park. The conservatory is one of only three public Victorian-style conservatories on the West Coast and includes more than 250 species of exotic tropical plants, in addition to a seasonal display of blooming plants. Learn more at metroparkstacoma.org/rental/w-w-seymour-conservatory.

Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Park is the ideal venue for beautiful views of the Puget Sound, snow-capped mountains, and colorful sunsets. You’ll easily find a picture-perfect spot on this 930-acre site in University Place that includes more than two miles of saltwater shoreline, meadows, a large lawn and two event facilities. Learn more at co.pierce.wa.us/254/Weddings-Special-Events.

Lakewold Gardens is uniquely filled with lush beauty year-round. This 10-acre garden estate in Lakewood is packed with blooming flowers and trees in the spring and summer, a palette of reds and golds in the fall, and intricate architecture during the winter. Learn more at lakewoldgardens.org.

Tucked away on Olympia’s Westside, Albee’s Garden Parties offers big impact in a small package. The immaculately manicured open lawn and mature, colorful landscaping is a photographer’s dream. The arbors, deck, and patio spaces give you the flexibility to make your special day one to be remembered. Learn more at thealbees.com.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

Wedding Bliss at the Edgewater House

The inspiration for Haley and Alex’s wedding in July was to create a day filled with love, happiness, and fun. They wanted everything to look romantic, luscious, and whimsical. With that vision in mind, The Edgewater House in Olalla, was the perfect location. When you step foot onto the property, the ocean views take your breath away—it is a comfortable and very private space that also feels inviting and yet intimate.

“What made the day so special was knowing that we were marrying our soulmates and being surrounded by the people that love and support us,” said Haley Judson. The couple met when they were 17—at a mutual friend’s birthday party during their senior year of high school. “I thought he was so cute, and immediately came up with an excuse to talk to him. We then officially started dating nine months later,” said the bride.

When planning the wedding, the couple wanted to be sure that they had a DJ that was lively and kept the crowd dancing with great energy. They chose DJ Jeff Onorato with SG Mobile DJ Service. “He made the night memorable with all of his song choices and made sure the crowd was having a great time—especially during our group dances! He created a space that was fun, loving, and special. We all didn’t want our day to end—and he played an instrumental role in the event,” Haley recalls fondly.

LEAH GROUT

flowers & decor
Blitz & Co. Florist
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sound
SG Mobile DJ
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photography
Devon Michelle Photography
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