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A Bride's Story

Sabrina Mashburn knew she wanted to marry Shawn Wayt even in the earliest days of their relationship. She would ask him when he was going to marry her, and he would get a kick out of teasing that it wouldn't be for another six years. The Seattle-based couple has to laugh now though, because it actually did take them six years to make it to the altar.

Bride and Groom on the dock on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel

The Wayts wed in a traditional Catholic church ceremony near The Woodmark last summer and joined us afterward for an enchanting lakefront celebration. The reception was held in the Olympic Terrace Tent on the only overcast day of the season, making for some unexpectedly beautiful wedding photos. And fortunately, rain on your wedding day is said to bring good luck!

Wedding Party On The Dock By Lake Washington Near The Woodmark Hotel

The décor was minimal so as not to overshadow being on the water’s edge, and an elegant dinner featured the couple’s favorite seafood dishes. (They also had fresh, local donuts in place of a wedding cake, which was Sabrina’s favorite detail of the night.) “I liked having it at the hotel because it was kind of homey, and people weren’t bustling around us,” Sabrina said. “It was a really welcoming and elegant.”

Flowers and Tables in Wedding Tent at the Woodmark Hotel On Dock Overlooking Lake Washington

The newlyweds danced their way into the evening, choosing not to stop for a bouquet or garter toss because they were having so much fun on the dancefloor. The bridesmaids, dressed in blush, joined the couple along with groomsmen in grey – although it would have been navy had the tuxes been available to rent at this time last year.

Bride And Bridesmaids At The Woodmark Hotel Overlooking Lake Washington

When asked what advice she would give to future brides, Sabrina encouraged letting go of the little things and enjoying each moment. “Take it all in,” she said. “Think of all of the amazing people that have come to celebrate you and your husband’s new life together, and feel really loved on that day. Don’t let any of the details worry you.”

Man Giving Speech At Wedding In Tent On Dock Overlooking Lake Washington At The Woodmark Hotel

To celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary, the Wayts will be returning to The Woodmark for a boat cruise on Lake Washington.

Bride and Groom Kissing on the dock on Lake Washington by the Woodmark Hotel

Read more about wedding season on Lake Washington here.

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