Summertime is truly magical in the Pacific Northwest. The water glistens, flowers are bloom, and excitement for the season is palpable. As the temperature rises and the sun sets later and later, I seek opportunities to stay outdoors as much as possible. There are many Port Townsend restaurants and eateries that offer patios and decks for outdoor dining, so here are just a five of my favorites.
Few things are certain, but one I know to be true is trends will come and trends will go. A difficult aspects of planning a wedding is choosing how you want to incorporate trends into the ceremony and reception while staying authentic to you and your partner as a couple and as individuals. There’s no right or wrong way to integrate popular trends. Many of the couples I’ve worked with have put their special twist on popular wedding traditions. Here are just a few of the unique, Olympic Peninsulaadaptations.
If you’re traveling to Port Townsend, chances are you’re going to be taking one a Washington State Ferry (WSF). It is one of the loveliest ways to travel and commute. The WSF is the largest ferry system in the United States (and 4th largest in the world!) with nearly 25 million people riding the ferries last year. To ensure that your travel experience goes smoothly, here are a few tips & tricks to riding the Washington State Ferries.
The Olympic Peninsula has many beautiful and unique venues & destinations for your ideal wedding. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning an elopement or a ceremony/ reception for 150+. The perfect mountain vista, rustic barn, or historic, Victorian venue is waiting for you and your partner to say “I do.”
The Pacific Northwest will without fail provide you with unpredictable weather and the best coffee you’ve ever had. And no matter the weather - rain, wind, snow, shine; there is never a bad day to enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee. Here are just a five of With These Rings favorite local coffee shops (and a bonus tea room!) for a quintessential Port Townsend experience.
One of the best ways to experience the Olympic Peninsula is on foot and there countless amazing Olympic Peninsula hikes of varying difficulties, lengths, and views. It was hard to narrow it down, so I’ve picked just five of my favorite hikes within an hour of Port Townsend.
Some people want to add a little (or a lot of) sparkle to their rings by incorporating stones. Diamonds are generally the first stone that comes to mind when people picture an engagement ring. But for reasons ranging from taste to budget to politics, some people are leaving diamonds behind. Keep in mind that rings take a lot of abuse, especially wedding rings since they are typically worn daily. Not all stones are created equal, so be sure that you consider how your stone choice will hold up so that you can love wearing your ring for years to come.
There are numerous reasons why couples choose to elope. Maybe you want to save for the future or an adventurous honeymoon or you want to keep one of life’s most special moments private and sacred. No matter the reason, there is no wrong way to say “I do” if it feels authentic and true to you two.
Just 20 minutes from the With These Rings studio is a historic, agricultural community full of rich history and artisan farms specializing in produce, meats & cheese, flowers, and wine & cider.
From shopping to the great outdoors, there is so much explore, eat & drink, and breathe in the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Here are just several of With These Rings favorite spots in Chimacum and beyond.
Tanya Rublaitus is the owner of PT Weddings & Events and is an amazing wedding planner, day-of-coordinator, and officiant. Tanya is lovely and wonderful and exactly the person you want in charge of the important details on your big day.
Tanya was kind enough to do a Q&A for the With These Rings blog. Learn more about Tanya and her services and what makes Port Townsend such a special place to say "I do."
A common question I get asked by couples while their planning their trip to the studio or during the workshop is “Where should we get lunch?” There are so many delicious and great local spots to dine at in Port Townsend, but here are four of my favorites that are within walking distance from of the studio.
This Valentine’s Day, I invite you to learn a little bit more about the history of the holiday. (It has a sordid and wild history dating back to ancient Rome involving sacrifice and brutality!) Perhaps by acknowledging the strange and confused history of the holiday, it will implore you to create your own traditions and spread love.
I am excited to be a part of the I Do Sodo wedding show this Sunday, February 11th!
I Do Sodo is Seattle’s newest wedding show featuring over 100 Seattle wedding professionals in eight different venues in the Sodo neighborhood. My booth will be located at the beautiful Westland Distillery along with 16 other amazing vendors. And bonus, free parking at Safeco Field!
We are fortunate on the Olympic Peninsula that the majority of restaurants feature fresh food from local farmers, foragers, and fisheries. The creativity and use of in-season ingredients is one of my favorite aspects of dining in Port Townsend and beyond. Lucky for us, this applies to our cocktails and mixologists as well. Check out 6 of my favorite places to enjoy a unique cocktail (or 2!)
Port Townsend had two distinct districts - Uptown and Downtown. Uptown was home to the society elite who built commanding homes on the bluff with a separate shopping district, churches, schools, hospitals, and parks. As opposed to downtown featuring boarding houses, saloons, theaters, and brothels.
I love to walk around Uptown and look at the Victorian homes, but here are many shops, restaurants, and historical sites to check out. Here are just a few of my favorite stops to make in Uptown.
There are iconic moments that we’ve come to accept as part of the quintessential wedding, guests expect to see a first dance and the cutting of the cake. Nowadays, ceremonies and receptions are as unique as each couple to be wed. Read about five creative twists on classic wedding traditions.
I love working with couples who are celebrating their anniversary! It is incredibly special to see these couples so deeply in love years after they’ve said “I do.” It is clear they feel love and commitment to each other as deeply as they did on their wedding day.
Many of the couples who visit Port Townsend for their fabrication or carving workshop choose to make a weekend (or longer!) out of the experience. There is so much to explore in Port Townsend and beyond. I feel incredibly grateful to call the Olympic Peninsula “home”.
Whether it is after your workshop or PT adventures, perhaps a trip to the spa is in order. Port Townsend has many spa offerings and below are four of WTR’s favorites.
I can’t believe it is less than two weeks till Christmas! Have you finished your holiday shopping (don’t worry, I haven’t either…) Luckily, Port Townsend is full of local shops offering the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Stroll down Water Street and downtown Port Townsend to stumble upon the perfect gift for your partner, parents, family and friends. Listed below are just a few of With These Rings favorite shops in Port Townsend.
Rings, no matter the type of metal or karat, will show age with daily wear. As we go about our day-to-day lives, our rings will inevitably collect scratches, marks, and myriad of buildup. (lotion, dirt, makeup, ect.)
Everyone’s rings will wear at a different rate depending on your lifestyle, but all ring will wear with time. I personally like the way that rings age to show the years that we have been together. But some people want to keep their rings looking new for as long as possible. Wear is inevitable but luckily, there are simple and inexpensive solutions to care for your rings and freshen up their finish.
Port Townsend is a dog-friendly city. You’ll often find a bowl full of water outside of shops and restaurants and a friendly faces offering your four-legged friend a treat. These are some of my favorite hotels, activities, and destinations for you, your partner, and your dog to enjoy during your time in Port Townsend.
The fabrication workshop is the most popular and hands-on option at With These Rings. The workshop allows you and your partner to create handmade wedding bands from gold in several color and karat options or palladium sterling silver. Whether you want a more traditional and polished look or rustic and textured, you will end up with heirloom-quality rings. Many couples walk out of the fabrication workshop with their finished rings.
Port Townsend is rich with Pacific Northwest history, in fact - the Downtown District is a National Historic Landmark.
Ornate, Victorian buildings line the city streets providing shelter for shops, restaurants, and hotels. The historic structures have been well cared for, and some renovated, since their construction in the late-1800s.
From B&Bs to castles, you have the opportunity to spend the night in a piece of Port Townsend’s past.