Autumn Wedding Day at Fort Worden State Park Melds Rustic Charm with Lush Florals

Real Wedding
Sarah and Ross embraced warm colors on their big day with a whimsical design that brought shades of red and ivory into the day.
Written by
Catherine Cortes


Seattle Bride Fall/Winter 2023

Amidst the serene beauty of Port Townsend, Sarah Marchitto’s and Ross Rowinski’s long-awaited union took place in a stunning outdoor ceremony at Fort Worden State Park. Beneath the sprawling branches of a magnificent madrone tree, the couple looked smitten as they exchanged vows in a vintage-inspired ceremony, perfectly complementing the historic charm of the venue. The event’s design struck a perfect balance between simplicity and boldness, with a refined color palette of white and ivory, accentuated by subtle shades of marsala, cinnamon, dusty rose and burgundy to highlight the verdant greenery of the surroundings. After the idyllic ceremony, the wedding party continued the festivities under a cozy sailcloth canopy tent, where a combination of rustic banquet-style tables and traditional seating created an inviting atmosphere. The space was adorned with lush garden-style floral arrangements that contributed to the whimsical and lively ambiance. As guests grooved the night away on the dance floor and sipped on Champagne and signature cocktails, they also indulged in slices from a stunning five-tiered cake, which was accompanied by homemade cookies lovingly baked by the couple’s grandmothers. It was a sweet and heartwarming touch that perfectly captured the intimate feel of the day.

City State:

Port Townsend


Peninsula / Coastal







Bridesmaids' Attire
Event Design, Florals + Wedding Planning
Grandmothers Donna Miller and Betty Pitts
Groom's + Groomsmen's Attire
Hair + Makeup
Invitations, Programs + Signage
Catering + Venue