I love the look and feel of Red Rabbit Farms so much I wanted to dedicate a post just to it. Even though I’m a Seattle Wedding Photographer, I’d like to think that includes destinations only accessible by ferry as well (Like Orcas Island in the San Juan’s). In truth I love doing destination weddings (near or far). Bridal Beauty Magazine published a feature on one of my distant destination weddings I did in New Orleans. You can check it on their blog. But I digress, let’s talk about Red Rabbit Farms.
Getting to this island getaway means a hour and 40 minute drive from the heart of downtown Seattle, then an hour long ferry ride to Orcas Island. Because the boats only run ever 90 minutes, and there is limited room for cars, it’s important to arrive early for the ferry to get a spot. Adria, my assistant, and I did just that and were enjoying some friendly conversation when the boat begin to load. I attempted to start my car and it wouldn’t go! For anyone that knows me, I know nothing about cars. One of the ferry terminal workers took one look at our problem and diagnosed it as a dead battery. (Of course the car was working fine before we parked in the ferry boarding line!) He also noticed that there was a severe amount of battery corrosion. So I grabbed the change from my dashboard, ran to buy a Pepsi, and proceeded to dump it over the battery to eat the corrosion (thanks Mythbusters for teaching me that little trick!) We got a jump and pulled on the ferry as one of the last cars. It’s the little miracles that always make me the most grateful.
Once on the island Red Rabbit Farms is easy to find, which is a good thing since cell and GPS coverage is spotty at best. As the technology fades away and the scenery unfolds around you, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve been transported to a simpler life with all of it’s nostalgic enchantments. As you pull past the quaint Red Rabbit Farms sign you find a open grass fields, an organic garden (which I would surmise lends to the gourmet menu) and an adorable chicken coup. It’s easy to see that this is a picture perfect place for a Summer wedding.
Just above the kitchen is the bride’s getting ready room. This attic hide away is a blend of vintage, sophistication, and rustic that Martha Stewart could appriceate. Decorated with local maps, beaded necklaces, elaborate chandeliers and Victorian furniture, it’s simply a photographer’s dream! And though I didn’t photograph them, I cannot fail to mention the claw foot tub in the bathroom, and pair of queen size beds hiding in each corner of the room. All in all, it’s a perfect place for a bridal party pampering.
For an intimate gathering, the area just below the bride’s room make’s a a cozy reception. It also has great access to the kitchen so guests enjoy the smells of their meal as it cooks. I couldn’t help myself and early in the day I grabbed this shot of the owner and chef Christine as she not only prepared a wonderful dinner, but did all of the floral arranging and coordination of the staff. Talk about a big job! Also, her wall of spices made me extremely jealous. Red Rabbit Farms are known for their farm to table dinners during the summer, and visiting for such an occasion would be the prefect way to sample the food first hand. If you’re lucky you’ll be treated to entree’s such as the ones our guest enjoyed. For larger weddings I imagine that the lower lawn and tent make for a lovely reception area.
Orcas Island is especially magical at sunset. Our final image is of Christine and Ryan sealing their amazing wedding day with a kiss overlooking the pond. Again congrats to our happy couple and a giant thank you to Red Rabbit Farms. I hope to return soon!