Each wedding is so special to me and always stands out in my memory for a few reasons. First and foremost is the relationship I’ve been honored to build with the couple. After all, there is no wedding ceremony without them. After that are the truly beautiful venues – in this case, Gray Bridge Venue in the forests of Sultan, Washington. Last, but certainly not least, are the amazing wedding professionals I’m fortunate to work alongside. Here are some of my favorite reflections from this beautiful wedding along with some incredible gray bridge venue photos taken by my talented friend, Joanna Monger (Joanna Monger Photography).

Intimate Family Wedding at Gray Bridge Wedding Venue, Sultan, WA; PC Joanna Monger Photography

Zack and Brianna are an amazing couple that I was honored to “meet” virtually in the fall before their spring wedding and then I got to meet them when they came back up to Washington for their venue walk-through on Valentine’s Weekend. They are sweet, fun and very gracious. I also love how much respect they have for one another and how much in love they are with each other. The day of their wedding was a typical spring day in Washington…a mix of rain and sunshine and the folks at their venue were prepared for both. Zack and Brianna even had umbrellas for their guests in case it rained during the ceremony…which it did, though just a little bit. Their Coordinator, Photographer, DJ and caterer had everything under control just in case…I’ll share the list of wedding team members below. 

As the wedding started, the guests were seated, the groom, Zack was in his spot (after escorting his future mother-in-law and his own parents to their seats) and their Best Man and Maid of Honor were also in situ…next to come was Colton, the two-year-old ring bearer, extraordinaire. 

A Ring Bearer with Personality:

When it was little Colton’s time to join the procession, I looked up and saw Kerry, the Wedding Planner. She was enticing a smartly dressed little gentleman dressed in a Navy Tuxedo along the path with what I assumed were little candies or snacks. Picture a little bird following a trail of bread crumbs – it was that cute! As he got to the aisle and started to walk down, he realized he didn’t have the ring box. He stopped, went back up the ‘almost too tall for his two-year-old legs’ steps, accepted the box and one more candy (for good measure) and headed back down the steps toward his date with destiny.

A ring bearer with personality coming down the steps at Gray Bridge Wedding Venue; PC Joanna Monger Photography

As he got to the ceremony spot, he headed over to the best man. Little Colton transferred the box and received his payment…a candy diamond ring lollypop. As he headed back up the steps to sit with his family, his little fist was clenched around his prize, and he very excitedly said, “I NEED this!” (in his little two-year-old voice). Laughter exploded from the family all around. 

I need this! Gray Bridge Wedding Venue PC Joanna Monger Photography

A hush fell…

Then, amazingly, a hush fell. Everyone’s attention was diverted. We were all transfixed as the bride, Brianna gracefully made her entrance through the forest and around the pond. We got to celebrate what we had come to celebrate…the love and commitment of this amazing couple. 

Beautiful Brianna glides around the pond and through the forest, Gray Bridge Wedding Venue;
Photo credit Joanna Monger Photography

A quick note about Gray Bridge Venue:

Gray Bridge Wedding Venue is a beautiful, magical wedding venue in Sultan, Washington that allows couples and their guests to celebrate in a fun, relaxed and safe atmosphere. With the forest, the ponds, the farm, horses, friendly host cat (and of course, the gray bridge) it also has a touch of whimsy. You will LOVE getting married here and your photos will be spectacular.

Other Wedding team members: 

Venue: Gray Bridge Venue – 

Wedding Coordinator: Kerry at KW Events& Weddings – 

Photographer: Joanna Monger Photography – 

DJ: Clinton dove – 

Catering: Navi’s catering Kitchen – 

Florist: Pollin in Love – 

Photo booth: Aha Party Co – 

Transportation: Butler Seattle – 

Drinks/Bartending: Party on the Rocks Seattle – 

Cakes and Desserts: Birch Bakery – 

Hair and Make-up: Anne Timms (Mstimmsmakeupartist) – 

Officiant: Chanelle Carlin Weddings – 

Photo credit Roxanne Best

About Chanelle: 

Chanelle Carlin is Your Celebrant for Life. She is an ordained minister, professional wedding officiant, gratitude coach, self-care coach, and owner of Chanelle Carlin Weddings, LLC. Believing that life and love should be celebrated every minute, she collaborates with couples who’ve already started building the foundations of their relationship over the years and are now ready to venture forth into marriage with a custom, memorable (for all the right reasons) elopement/intimate wedding ceremony. While Chanelle works throughout the Pacific Northwest and Ireland primarily, she gladly travels to wherever her couples prefer to marry. As their Celebrant for Life, Chanelle also celebrates all the special milestones and moments that matter in each of her couples’ lives. She lives with her family in rural Okanogan County, Washington, USA, and totally LOVES her life. You can visit Chanelle at, on FacebookInstagram, or Pinterest