Roche Harbor Resort was the fantasy setting for a dream wedding that encompassed all the desirable elements a young couple would want their family and friends to experience and remember. I was a wedding planner and singer at an event that, in all, took place over 3 days in July. The RHR location is rich in panoramic beauty, compelling history, luxurious yacht traffic, picturesque seaplane arrivals and departures, venerable hotel backdrop and lodging, and any number of local activities and destination points. These include wine and cider artisans within walking distance for tasting and presentation-- very educational. Likewise, visitors can get a glimpse into the mystical beliefs of the limeworks' founding family through the dramatic setting of a mid-forest classic mausoleum built a century ago.
The wedding itself was facilitated professionally by the Resort staff, who assisted and enabled many non-standard ceremonial requests, including a touching and inspiring entrance by the bride from the top of 1886 Hotel de Haro to the formal gardens below. The ringing of the Chapel bells as the couple kissed was thrilling. The formal gardens made a perfect setting for both the wedding itself, as well as any number of colorful photographic backdrops.
Finally, the facilities and services for reception, dancing, audio-visual, and informal conversation for wedding guests were superb. A dinner served on a beach or a raucous reception in a fireplace and dancehall venue were both possible and well done. This was one event that will be permanently etched memorably in the minds of all guests and participants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Juan Island historic resort nestled along the shoreline. Guest amenities include marina, three restaurants, kayaking, whale watching, full service spa, pool, playground, bocce ball, tennis courts, and nature trails. Resort center has complimentary wireless internet for all resort guests. Some (not all) of our rooms have microwave, coffee service, refrigerator, and air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Roche Harbor Hotel Roche Harbor Village
- Roche Harbor Village Hotel
- Roche Harbor Village Resort
- Roche Harbor Resort Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA