I love this time of year and not just because of the holidays and the changing seasons. Thanksgiving thru Valentine’s Day is proposal season! It is so fun to think about all the people keeping this special secret that will soon be unveiled and two lives will be forever changed.
Many details and emotions go into a proposal and one frequently asked question at With These Rings is “Where should I propose?” We came up with a few of our favorite local spots to ask the surprise question that will forever be etched on your hearts.
One of my favorite things to do during the fall is explore the raging waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula. There are so many different waterfall hikes in terms of length, difficulty, and destination, so here are just five of many waterfalls to experience.
The Olympic Peninsula is an ideal destination an intimate wedding. Many couples choose to say “I do” with some help from our amazing farm-to-table caterers, talented local vendors, diverse & exquisite venues, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Great Gatsby. AndI can’t say I disagree. I love when the when the air starts to get crisp, my wood burning stove becomes handy once again, and the unparalleled beauty of watching the leaves change colors. The Olympic Peninsula is one of the best places to leaf peep whether it is by foot, by bike, or by car.
Weddings don’t exactly have the reputation of being eco-friendly but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t or can’t be.
There are many small ways you can make your special day a little greener and have less of an impact on the environment. From buying local flowers to a serving a farm-to table menu - we have five eays ways for you to incorporate eco-friendly elements into your ceremony and reception!
One of my favorite things about living on the Olympic Peninsula is the access to high-quality, local foods from region’s farmers, foragers, fishermen, artisans, and chefs. There is no bad time to enjoy PNW delicacies but late summer is an especially great time to enjoy just a few of the native treats of the Pacific Northwest. Here are just a few of our favorite local foods and our favorite places to enjoy them.
There’s something about watching wildlife that brings out the inner child in everyone. It is a joyful and beautiful experience that brings you closer to nature and provides a sense of belonging. Watching animals in their natural habitat is a memorable experience that will provide lasting memories of your time in Port Townsend and on the Olympic Peninsula.
Whether you and your favorite person are looking to savor the best of PNW cuisine, take time to spend relaxing, quality time at the spa, enjoy dinner and a movie in a historic 100+ year old movie theater, or watch the sunset over Puget Sound from a kayak or stand-up paddle board...we’ve got you covered!
We’ve put together several Port Townsend date night suggestions for you and your partner to enjoy our sleepy, seaport and just a few of the romantic ways to celebrate love on the Olympic Peninsula.
I have worked with many people over the years who plan a ring making session as part of their proposal. Each story has been unique to every couple. And while I am honored that some have happened right in my very studio, most are planned as a private moment ahead of time so that the couple can decide on the ring details together. The intention behind the proposal is of course what is most important, but many people want to commemorate the moment with something tangible to give to their partner. So I often I have been asked the question "What should I propose with?"
Flourish Flowers is a local flower farm in Port Townsend owned and operated by the lovely Lexi Koch, specializing in weddings, special events, flower mandalas, and a seasonal CSA. From March through November, Flourish Flowers provides fresh, cut local flowers to brides and businesses.
We were lucky to do a Q&A with Lexi for the With These Rings blog! Learn more below about Lexi, her passion for petals, and her services (including her amazing mandalas!)
There is nothing like summertime in the Pacific Northwest. The salty water sparkles and the sun takes its sweet time setting, it’s magical. With sunshine on the forecast for quite some time, you might want to enjoy the beauty of Port Townsend (and the surrounding area) on the beach! Check out a few of our favorite local beaches to enjoy a walk, picnic, or just a beautiful spot to lounge for an afternoon.
In July the Olympic Peninsula turns a beautiful shade of purple. A distinct and lovely fragrance permeates the air and you know, it's lavender season. Here are a several ways to enjoy the bounty of the season on in Port Townsend and beyond.
No matter the month, day, or time of year - there is always a new place to explore, cuisine to be savored, trails to be hiked, and festivals to enjoy in and around Port Townsend. Enjoy this musical themed edition of July’s Top 5 Activities in Port Townsend (and beyond!)
Port Townsend is a sleepy, Victorian seaport. It’s vibrancy and energy is experienced during the day as you stroll through the streets of the city’s two distinct neighborhoods, downtown and uptown, shop at local stores, dine at the restaurants, visit art galleries, and breathe in the salty Pacific Northwest air.
Like most small towns, Port Townsend closes early. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite restaurants, pubs, and activities for those who want to enjoy Port Townsend after dark.
Many couples prefer to write their own vows or put their own unique twist on traditional vows. And speaking from personal experience, it can be challenging to begin to writing them! Here are some of our favorite literary quotes, poems, passages, song lyrics, and quotes from thinkers & scientists to help spark inspiration and creativity in writing your one-of-a-kind vows.
There are so many delicious local treats to be savored at Finnriver this summer, from woodfired pizza to fresh oysters! Every day of the week there is a different delicacy to be enjoyed with a cold cider overlooking the beauty of the Chimacum Valley. Check out the schedule of rotating food vendors. Almost all the vendors offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options!
For decades people all over the world have celebrated the nuptials of British royals. Popularity of royal couples like Diana & Charles, William & Kate, and Meghan & Harry has created worldwide allure for many years.
I found myself curious about the fascinating (and fascinators!), unique, and deep-rooted traditions surrounding British royal weddings and how these traditions can be authentically incorporated into your wedding day or celebration.
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.