MADELINE & DYLAN

MADELINE & DYLAN

THE WELCOME PARTY

Saturday, July 20th, 2024
5 - 9 PM

The Great Potential | 17919 Colony Rd, Bow, WA

Bow-Themed Outdoor Party with Dinner & Drinks
Smart Casual Attire, Bows Encouraged

We are so thrilled to welcome you to our home in Bow, Washington! As you know, we've been working on renovating our log cabin home (a.k.a. "The Great Potential") for the past three years. We can't wait to have all of our family and friends gather in the place that we've built together.

We will be celebrating outdoors, so please check the weather and dress accordingly! There is gravel and grass, so keep that in mind when you choose footwear. Since we'll be celebrating in Bow, we want you to surprise us with how you incorporate bows into your outfits!

THE WEDDING

Sunday, July 21st, 2024
3:45 - 10 PM

Lairmont Manor | 405 Fieldston Rd, Bellingham, WA

Ceremony & Reception
Formal Garden Party Attire

We can't wait to celebrate our marriage with you all! Weather permitting, the entire event will be outdoors. There is minimal grass, so any footwear should be fine. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4pm, so please plan to arrive by 3:45pm to take your seats.

For those of you who would like to continue celebrating after the reception, the bride & groom will be grabbing a night cap at Galloway's Cocktail Bar. The deco-era cocktail bar is reserved for our private use from 10pm until midnight and is located next door to the Fairhaven Inn (1200 10th St #102, Bellingham).

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Please respond by May 1st.

TRAVEL

A NOTE ON BOW & FAIRHAVEN

Bow, the location of our Welcome Party, is a lovely little town in rural Skagit County. It is a 1-hour and 30-minute drive north of Seattle. Fairhaven, the location of accommodations and our wedding ceremony & reception, is a charming historical district 20-minutes north of Bow. There are no reliable public transportation options between the airports and Bow/Fairhaven, so you will need access to a car for the weekend.

FLYING

There are three airports you can fly into for the weekend.

SEA

SeaTac (SEA)

SeaTac is located south of Seattle and has many options for flights and rental cars. It is a 1-hour and 30-minute drive to Fairhaven. We anticipate most out-of-town guests will fly into SeaTac and rent a car.

PAE

Paine Field (PAE)

We love Paine Field! Paine is a small airport with relatively few flight options - but you could be surprised! Paine is located in Everett and is a 1-hour drive north to Fairhaven.

BLI

Bellingham International Airport (BLI)

Bellingham airport is a small airport with a limited number of flights. It is a 15-minute drive to Fairhaven, so it's worth checking if there is a flight option here.

STAYING

We recommend three options for accommodations. If these aren't suiting your needs, there are other hotels and AirBnbs in the greater Bellingham area. Feel free to stay wherever makes you most comfortable!

FAIRHAVEN VILLAGE INN

The bride is staying here the night before the wedding, and the bride & groom are both staying here the night of the wedding.


The Fairhaven Village Inn is a charming 22-room inn located in the heart of historic Fairhaven within walking distance of shops and restaurants. The inn serves locally made pastries, seasonal fruit, and coffee in the lounge every morning. There is a free parking lot. It is a 5-minute drive to the wedding and a 20-minute drive to the welcome party.

We have reserved all 22 rooms for the dates Saturday, July 20th - Monday, July 22nd, 2024 for guests to book individually. If you'd like to arrive on Friday, July 19th, the hotel can easily accommodate! They have a 2-night minimum in the summer. Rooms will stay reserved until May 1st (the RSVP deadline).

Room rates are in the $200+ per night range. Click on the "Rooms & Rates" button below to learn more about the room types and to call the inn to reserve your room.

THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA

The parents of the bride are staying here.


The Chrysalis Inn & Spa is a lovely 64-room boutique hotel in Fairhaven situated right on the waters of Bellingham Bay. It is within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants of Fairhaven as well as The Fairhaven Village Inn (where the bride & groom will be staying). There is a spa, restaurant, and free parking lot onsite, and rooms are dog-friendly. It is a 5-minute drive to the wedding and a 20-minute drive to the welcome party.

The Chrysalis doesn't allow for room blocks during the summer months, so rooms are first come first served. The room rates at The Chrysalis are a bit higher than The Fairhaven Village Inn, but the views of the water are spectacular! The Bellingham train tracks are located close to The Chrysalis, so if you are a light sleeper, we'd recommend going to the hotel's website to learn more about the potential railroad noise.

Room rates are in the $300+ per night range. Click on the button below to go to the hotel website to book your room.

CAMPING AT THE GREAT POTENTIAL

The groom is spending the night before the wedding here, and the groom's parents are spending both nights here.


Bring your tent or van and set up camp for the weekend on The Great Potential's property. We have 24 acres that you can scope out for the perfect camping spot - in the middle of the field, along the creek, or even in our old barn (yes, the 40-foot decaying boat is gone)! You will be able to come inside the house at any point to use the facilities or get some air conditioning. We have three bathrooms with showers that you can use to get ready for the wedding. We have also rented a luxury restroom trailer for campers to use for the weekend.

This is the location of the welcome party so you won't have to worry about transportation on Saturday! However, we won't be providing transportation to the wedding venue for campers so you will be responsible for getting yourself to and from the wedding on Sunday (a 20-minute drive). If you'd prefer to not drive yourself, you can reserve a cab or Uber in advance.

Camping spots are $0 per night ;)

THINGS TO DO

EATING & DRINKING

IN BOW

EATING & DRINKING IN BOW-EDISON

Bow-Edison is an extremely quaint town and is less than a 10-minute drive from The Great Potential. This is basically our hood! There are cute shops carrying hand-made goods and antiques, as well as some of our favorite restaurants and bakeries. The first two buttons below lead you to Madeline's all-time favorite restaurants in the area (there isn't a thing as too many oysters at Taylor Shellfish).

IN FAIRHAVEN

EATING & DRINKING IN HISTORIC FAIRHAVEN

There are some amazing spots to eat and drink in Fairhaven! Here are some of our favorites that you can check out while you're visiting. A crawl we recommend is brunch at Avenue Bread (make sure to get the rosemary bread), beer at Stones Throw, lunch/dinner at The Black Cat, cocktails at Estelle, and ice cream at Acme (get the mint chip! It's so goopy and delicious).

EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

LOCAL HIKES

There are tons of trails within a 15-minute drive of Fairhaven, ranging from short & flat to long & steep. Click on the buttons below to check out our favorite trails in the area!

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Ranked among the top 10 places to ride in the nation by Singletracks Magazine, Galbraith is a short 10-minute drive from Fairhaven. It has over 65 miles of singletrack that winds through 3,000 acres overlooking the city and Bellingham Bay.

DAY TRIPS

We are situated within a 1-hour and 30-minute drive of the North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker Wilderness (where we got engaged!). Both are beautiful places to see if you're able to extend your trip. Hit us up for our favorite spots and recommendations!

QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?

Welcome Party dress code is "Smart Casual Attire, Bows Encouraged." Think summer dresses, shorts, and button-down shirts with bow details. Be creative! We want you to surprise us with how you incorporate bows into your outfits.

Wedding dress code is "Formal Garden Party Attire." Ladies can wear a floor-length, tea-length, or midi dress. Consider pastels, floral prints, and color. No white dresses please. Gentlemen can wear a suit & tie. No jeans please.

To see images for inspiration and guidance, click on the buttons below.

CAN I BRING A DATE?

Due to limited space, we are only able to accommodate those guests formally invited on your invitation envelope. Thank you for understanding!

ARE KIDS INVITED?

Our welcome party and wedding are adults-only (21+) events.

ARE PETS WELCOME?

To Otis and Noca's chagrin, we kindly ask that you leave your furry friends at home so you can enjoy a weekend away!

DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT PARKING?

There is ample parking at The Great Potential (the location of the welcome party and tent camping), Lairmont Manor (the wedding venue), and the Fairhaven Village Inn (the wedding inn). There is no overnight parking at the Lairmont Manor, so if you plan to drink, then read below.

I'LL BE DRINKING AND DON'T WANT TO DRIVE. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Welcome Party on Saturday, July 20th: Though we want you to let loose and enjoy yourself, we also don't want you to drink so much that you're hungover for our wedding the next day! If you're staying at The Fairhaven Village Inn or another hotel in the area, we encourage one person from each car to act as a designated driver. Bow is a rural town with few street lights, so we're ending the welcome party before the sun sets to help with the drive back to Fairhaven. If you're camping at The Great Potential, drinking as much as you want and stumbling to your tent is totally acceptable!

Wedding on Sunday, July 21st: For guests staying at the Fairhaven Village Inn, there will be a shuttle to transport you to and from Lairmont Manor (a 4 minute drive), and it will operate in 10-15 minute loops departing the inn at roughly the following times: 3:15pm, 3:30pm, and 3:45pm. You will receive more specific information in your welcome bags. If you're staying at The Great Potential or another hotel/AirBnb in the area, you'll want to ensure you have a designated driver to get you to and from your accommodations safely.