This weekend I had the privilege of attending the wedding of my friends Preston and Jessica on Shaw Island in the San Juans. Preston and I have gone to school together since our elementary years (college included) and he can still make me laugh as hard now as he did in third grade. Jessica and Preston started dating early on in college, so fortunately I was able to get to know her well, too. Being in their company is so easy and comfortable, and filled with so much laughter (and always good food, thanks to Jess.)
Their wedding felt very much the same way. 230 of us showed up bright and early Saturday morning to walk on to the ferry to Shaw. Shaw Island is comprised only of private residences, so all of us brought our camping gear to make the pilgrimage to Jess’ family’s special beach cabin for the night. We had all heard so many wonderful things about this particular place on Shaw and as we all walked along the beach en route to the house, it was easy to see why. Special doesn’t do it justice.
The ceremony on the beach was so personal and lovely. Ferries passed by and the water lapped at the shore. Jess even had the best accessory of all on the bottom of her dress: seaweed. Jess works at The Pantry at Delancey and is an incredible cook, so it was no surprise that the food was just beyond. The oysters. The crab. The salad with grilled apricots. The sorrel pesto that we basically licked from the plate. She did all of the handwriting on the menus and signage. And just when we didn’t think she didn’t have any more talents, she surprised everyone (including Preston) with a rendition of Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘You and I’ on her ukelele. I would’ve recorded it if I weren’t so busy wiping my tears.
We then proceeded to dance for six plus hours, eat hot dogs and pie, wander to our campsites under the stars, and fall asleep snuggled in our tents. It doesn’t really get any better than that.