Rachel Sorensen married Galen Boydston in an outdoor wedding on Waldron Island on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the home of the groom's aunt, Thea Patten.
Rachel is the daughter of Don Sorensen and Sara Smith of Tacoma. Galen is the son of Tom Boydston and Suki Patten Boydston of Friday Harbor. The new Boydston couple will reside in Deer Harbor, on Orcas Island.
The wedding was attended by the couple's families, much of the Waldron community, and a few dozen of their other friends.
The cermony was followed by a picnic supper of roast goat and skewered vegetables, fresh bread, wedding cake and potluck dishes, music and dancing. Many guests camped overnight, and were served breakfast before returning to the mainland next day.
Galen moved to Waldron Island in 2001 with his family, to the house built by his grandparents, John and Edith Patten, in the early 1970s. He worked on a fish tender, the Caleb Haley, part time during high school and college years. The family moved from Waldron to Friday Harbor in 2008.
His mother, Suki, works as a Registered Nurse at the Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands. His father, Tom, works as an Engineer for Commins Manufacturing in Friday Harbor.
His younger brother and sister, Peregrin and Naomi, attend the Spring Street International School. His older brother Nicholas works at The Doctor’s Office Restaurant.
Galen homeschooled in the early grades, then attended and graduated from the Waldron Island School (8th grade), followed by the Waldron Island Alternative High School (Orcas District) and Skagit Valley College Running Start program in Friday Harbor.
He is a 2010 graduate of The Evergreen State College (TESC). He now works as a Forestry Technician and Arborist- in- Training for Rain Shadow Forestry Consultants, Orcas Island.
Rachel's education included the Tacoma Waldorf School, homeschool and public schools, and high school graduation from the Olympia Waldorf School. She worked a year as a teacher’s assistant before starting at The Evergreen State College.
Last year she did a term abroad in India, doing volunteer service work in an orphanage and kindergarten. Galen joined her for a few weeks, and she accepted his ring while on a hike at 10,000 feet in the Himalayas.
Rachel and Galen met at TESC, where they were captains of the women's and men's Rowing Crew teams, respectively. The Boydston couple will reside in Deer Harbor, but this fall Rachel will commute half the week to Tacoma, where she is lead teacher for the preschool/kindergarten class at the Tacoma Waldorf School until January, when she will be looking for local work.