Kendall + Joshua
Kendall admits that she had to do some serious flirting to get Josh’s attention! Joshua got on board pretty quickly and proposed on a sunset beach in Maui. This couple had to deal with Covid-19 interrupting their wedding plans in New Orleans. No matter! They found a private park in their hometown of Seattle overlooking the ocean with the mountain peaks behind. Kendall & Josh were not going to let anything get in the way of celebrating their love. So, with family by their side, they eloped in the sunshine and took their photos on the beach. We are so happy this couple was finally able to tie the knot with Simply Eloped! Did we mention that we love their first look? Be sure to check it out!
How did you meet? What was your first impression of one another?
Kendall: We met on my first day of work at a local restaurant. Josh worked in the bar, and, cheesy as it sounds when I met him, I knew! It took some aggressive flirting on my part, but eventually, he came around!
How did you propose or accept the proposal?
Josh: I proposed in Maui at sunset on the beach outside the hotel. She had no idea the ring was in her snorkel bag in her suitcase the entire time!
Kendall: I don’t even remember what I said, but it was obviously yes! A sea turtle was “watching” our proposal, so Josh got a spontaneous sea turtle tattoo before we flew home!
Where did you choose to elope, and why did you choose that destination?
Kendall: We originally planned on eloping in New Orleans, but when the pandemic just kept going, we switched to Seattle, where we live. We had a tough time finding a location that would allow more than five people to gather at once – and having our parents and my brother was a non-negotiable. I ended up having a co-worker offer the private park and beach included in her HOA – she saved the day!
What attracted you to the venue you chose for your elopement? What were your favorite parts about eloping there?
Josh: It’s a quintessential Seattle spot – water and mountain views all at the same time! We loved how quiet the park was and that a few steps away, we had the beach for photos – it looks like we went to an entirely different location!
How would you describe your elopement venue to someone who has never been there?
Kendall & Joshua: It’s a private park, so, unfortunately, you’d need the keys to go – but on entering the gate, there’s a massive grass park with a gorgeous view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains range and beautiful landscaping. Through another gate, you’ll find beach access complete with tide pools and driftwood.
What did you do before the wedding? How did you get ready? How did you feel in the moments leading up to your elopement?
Kendall: We stayed at the Fairmont Olympic hotel the night before and just did a bit of wandering around Downtown Seattle during the day. We wanted to spend some time together and relax. When we went to dinner that night, our server happened to be someone we worked with when we first started dating! It definitely felt like a full circle moment!
Josh: The day of, we had breakfast at the hotel (though neither of us ate much – we were a little nervous!), and I went to lunch with my dad and Kendall’s dad and brother. Afterward, we then got ready together in my parent’s room.
Kendall: My mom, Josh’s mom, and I had our hair and makeup done together in our room. I was definitely getting the excited nerves by this point – I even tried sending a few work emails just to distract myself a little!
How was your experience with Simply Eloped?
Kendall & Joshua: Our officiant and photographer were fantastic and definitely the highlight for us!
How did you choose to celebrate your elopement?
Josh: We went to dinner as a family at a beautiful and delicious waterfront restaurant. We had a private room, so it was great to be able to celebrate together without distractions.
Kendall: The next morning, we went for brunch as a family, and then Josh and I bar-hopped in Seattle together! The weather was perfect, so we took advantage of all the patios!
What words of encouragement do you have for those considering eloping?
Kendall: We felt so much less stress on our wedding day and truly felt able to enjoy and cherish every moment. We didn’t need to visit with or entertain guests. We were just together on our big day.
Josh: What she said!