Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A ferry tale wedding for Kentucky couple

By Justin Fujioka

It’s not every day that people get married on our ferries. But what made a recent wedding aboard Wenatchee so rare is that the bride and groom traveled more than 2,000 miles for their dream ceremony.

Lara Wilder visited Seattle for the first time in 2007 and fell in love with our ferries, finding them to be a very peaceful place to be. Years later, she would bring her boyfriend Matt to the Emerald City to share this experience. He too was instantly captivated by the ride. The Hopkinsville, Kentucky couple now regularly visit the Pacific Northwest to take in the views of Puget Sound.

Lara and Matt Wilder of Kentucky got married aboard our ferry Wenatchee while sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge on June 11.

Lara and Matt knew they wanted a special and unique wedding. Getting hitched on our ferries seemed like the perfect idea...except for the distance from home.

But they went ahead and planned to get married on our Seattle/Bainbridge route this past June 11. The couple says they were delighted to share the memorable moment with about 30 family and friends who travelled from Kentucky and South Carolina.

About 30 friends and family traveled from Kentucky and South Carolina to attend Matt and Lara Wilder’s wedding about our ferry Wenatchee on June 11.

The newlyweds are now on their honeymoon in Alaska. Their next stop? Their first of many return visits to Seattle to enjoy a ferry ride as Mr. and Mrs. Wilder! Congrats to the couple and thanks for letting us be a part of your special day!