lake cushman

In regards to Washington state, many people believe that it rains every day of the year. Admittedly, they are not too far off. Or at least that is what it seems like on occasion! However, those days when the rain gives way to something else… there is no place like home.

John and I routinely discuss picking up and moving. Whether that is to another home in our city or to another state, it varies. First, we joke about moving to Kauai. Then, we weigh the pros and cons of moving to Virginia. Lastly, we decide that we will have to stick it out here a little bit longer. I know that it bothers him a tad bit more than it does me.

lake cushman

Usually when we decide that moving is not in the cards for us yet, we try remind each other why we love our home state — Washington. One of our favorite ways to do so is to go for a drive! There is something so exciting about adventure, even if you’ve gone before. In fact, going for a drive is our first pick every single time. (It is the whole reason we bought our SUV!) In the end, the list of reasons to stay is almost a mile long. But, it doesn’t hurt to occasionally dream of other places.

lake cushman

Our small town provides us easy routes to many gorgeous and scenic places. About half an hour away is the lake, and a half hour further the mountains.

Of course after the first real snow, my favorite time to drive to Lake Cushman is during the winter. I love the bite of the frost in the air and the stillness of our surroundings. Regardless, Lake Cushman is gorgeous any time of the year. Even though the gravel road seems never ending, especially on a snowy day.

lake cushman

It is views like this that quickly remind us why we love where we live.

wedding: venue

wedding venue

In four days John and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary! Truthfully, it feels unreal how quickly time has flown by. Is it really 2017 already? Not to mention, I never did get around to posting about our wedding or honeymoon last year. Huge fail. Although, I feel like just yesterday we were making our last minute arrangements for our wedding.

the venue

Built in the 1920’s, the Colonial House is unlike any other place in our quaint little town. Our architecture, sadly, is very different than the colonial-style of this home. Full of history and allure, I fell in love with this venue. John and I had visited a couple other venues which were gorgeous! However, none quite stood out like this place.

the wedding day

Originally we had planned to get married outside in the garden with the gorgeous bridge over the creek. However, mother nature had other plans for us! Due to already being overwhelmed with so many other things, I was a lot less bothered by this fact than I thought I would be. Thank goodness. I distinctly remember a few family members “tip-toeing” around me due to the rain all morning ha ha! Even though we moved the wedding inside, I still absolutely loved how everything fell into place.

looking back

Truthfully, I wouldn’t change a thing. Especially when it came to the venue! Everything about the Colonial House was a dream come true. The stunning kitchen that I could do cartwheels in, the winding staircase with a perfect view of the garden, the many rooms with vintage decor. Honestly, the list goes on and on!