Emma & Larkin
An LA-based couple celebrate their Northwest roots with a three-day-long Lopez Island wedding
Emma Libby, 29, and Larkin Seiple, 28, first met at Montlake Community Center when Emma was 5 years old. They attended middle school and high school together, and by Emma’s senior year, Larkin was committed to courting her with romantic gestures, including trying out for the school play because Emma did, tricking her into seeing movies with him and creating mixed CDs for her. It worked, and the couple began dating in the spring of Emma’s senior year (Larkin was a junior), just in time to start an annual tradition: a summer trip with their closest friends to Emma’s family home on Lopez Island.
Eleven years later, through college, law school, growing careers and long-distance dating, Larkin, a cinematographer, proposed to Emma, an advocate for Medicare and Medicaid patients, on a cliff overlooking Anza-Borrego Desert State Park outside Palm Springs, California. Of course she said yes, and of course the couple knew there was one singular place they should be wed: Lopez Island.
Emma’s favorite shade of red anchored the wedding’s color palette, complementing the wild, sun-soaked beauty of the laid-back island. The bridesmaids’ dresses (and groomsmen’s socks) were shades of reds, pinks and oranges paired with bright blue bouquets. Long dinner tables were lined with joyful centerpieces that created an ombre effect, ranging from light pink to dark purple, and Bella Umbrella parasols in shades of poppy were hung from the ceiling.
The island’s bounty was showcased all weekend long on dinner menus: crab, salmon, locally raised pork and fresh vegetables were all on offer. On Friday night, guests grabbed s’mores kits—berry cartons filled with all the fixin’s—and cozied up on driftwood seats surrounding fire pits on the beach. On Saturday, a cake was replaced with Emma’s favorite dessert: locally sourced strawberry shortcake.
Surrounded by family and their dearest lifelong friends, Emma and Larkin began the next chapter of their love story where they started the very first chapter more than a decade ago.
The Bay Café; Vita’s Wildly Delicious; Vino Verité