Have you been looking for a place to host your all-inclusive destination wedding in the beautiful Pacific Northwest? Imagine a magical place where you can host an intimate wedding, and be married amongst family, friends, and nature. A quiet, rustic retreat set amongst the tall mossy trees of the PNW on one of Washington’s beautiful islands. A place where you can host a beautiful and personal wedding weekend, spending plenty of quality time with your guests while the venue takes care of food, lodging, and entertainment.   

If this sounds like the place you have envisioned having your dream wedding, then you have found the most amazing place at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. IslandWood is an environmental education center, which also offers different retreat options for elopements, weddings, and more. 

A couple in wedding attire at their venue IslandWood standing on a suspension bridge in the temperate rainforest

Anika and Rylan had been looking for a venue to host their intimate destination wedding where they would not have to worry about their guests finding lodging and traveling back and forth to different event locations. IslandWood offered the perfect setting — a beautiful location where they could get married and spend quality time with their guests.  


IslandWood catered meals and hosted activities throughout the weekend. There was something for everyone — young, old, adventurous, active, or calm and quiet. They offered a variety of classes and outings such as yoga, hiking, bird-watching, and even a class about where their food comes from. Their meal options are carefully curated using local food, and they cater to dietary requests such as vegan or vegetarian.  

friends gathered around a bonfire at a wedding celebration
salads catered at IslandWood
Dishes of food and sushi platters served at a wedding at IslandWood
Vegan Boba Tea Bar for dessert at wedding reception
family and friends singing at campfire at wedding celebration

The evening before the wedding there was a friendship circle surrounding the fire pit, which offered guests a chance to get to know one another, reconnect, and reminisce with the happy couple.  


Anika and Rylan were so happy to find such a beautiful place to host their springtime wedding in the PNW, where their closest friends and family could meet for a weekend of celebration and fun. There were ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, or spend time in one of the cozy lodges talking or playing games around the fire. 

On their wedding day, they hiked over a suspension bridge, climbed to the top of the canopy tower, and enjoyed spending time in nature with one another. 

A couple on top of a lookout tower. Anika squeezes Rylan's cheeks and they both smile
Anika and Rylan dance on the road with the backdrop of the temperate rainforest of Washington
A wedding couple looking into the distance on top of a lookout tower
A wedding couple kisses on top of a lookout tower, with views of the forest below.
A bride and groom sit on the back of a golf cart while being driven to different portrait locations
Groom buttoning his jacket in the forest on Bainbridge Island, Washington
Bride holds flower bouquet in front of her face on top of a lookout tower. She wears a green and pink wedding dress
A couple shares an intimate moment together in the rainforest before their ceremony.
Detail shot of couples' shoes. Anika wears Teva adventure sandals, and Rylan wears brown dress shoes.
Couple walks onto a suspension bridge in the middle of a forest
Bride and groom hiking during their intimate wedding in the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest
Wide shot of Anika and Rylan on the suspension bridge at IslandWood venue on Bainbridge Island.
Detail shot of bride and groom dancing with their foreheads together.
Groom picks up the bride and spins around on top of a lookout tower with views of trees and larches.

After exploring the grounds of IslandWood, it was time for Anika and Rylan to say “I do”. Because Washington can have quite questionable weather in April, they had opted for the indoor ceremony option. The Great Hall was the perfect indoor setting for them to exchange vows during the unpredictable PNW springtime weather.  


During the reception, guests were treated to local, seasonal foods that had been carefully personalized and curated by the chef. There were many plant-based, vegan and vegetarian options available. 

After cocktail hour and dinner, everyone rejoined in the Great Hall for toasts. After some tears were shed, it was time for dancing! Anika and Rylan danced the night away with their closest friends and family. Thanks to IslandWood providing lodging, food, and activities, Rylan and Anika were able to spend time focusing on celebrating and sharing their love story, making for the perfect wedding weekend.  

Bride and groom cheer down the aisle as they exit their ceremony
Husband and wife signing their marriage license while wife sips on a beer
Anika signs the marriage license
Couple listens to the bride's dad give a toast at reception. The groom is laughing, drink in hand.
Family dancing at wedding reception.
Groom's mother hugs the bride during the toasts at reception
Mother and son dancing at wedding reception. Emotional and intimate, the mother sheds tears.
Bride feeds groom cake from a Seattle bakery at their wedding in Bainbridge Island, Washington


  • Venue: IslandWood - Bainbridge Island, WA