Category Archives: Leavenworth

Kimberly and Kellen: Brown Family Homestead Wedding Photography, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth

The forecast for Kimberly and Kellen’s wedding day called for 100% chance of rain showers. Kimberly and Kellen had already had a sunny tropical wedding in St. Croix but still wanted to have a ceremony for their friends and family who couldn’t join them. Both Kimberly and Kellen had grown up spending time in the summers at Lake Wenatchee so the Brown Family Homestead seemed like a natural location to celebrate the joining of their two families. The wedding day was very casual, due to the fact that it was a small, intimate group, it was Kimberly and Kellen’s second wedding, and the were very relaxed. Getting ready was more casual than most weddings, with Kellen helping to lace up Kimberly’s dress. Despite heavy rain showers earlier in the day, the rain let up enough to allow an outdoor ceremony and to give us time for family and bridal portraits. The bride and her bridesmaids rode to the ceremony site in her father’s Model A Ford and the guys drove in with a 1967 Camaro. It was a brief but emotional ceremony; the bride and groom didn’t realize how emotional they would feel when repeating their vows for their friends and family. One of the highlights of the evening was being able to sneak off with the bride and groom to a private beach at a family cabin on the shore of Lake Wenatchee to take some beautiful portraits of them sharing a special moment together.

 

Nichole and Brad: Mountain Springs Lodge, Leavenworth, Wedding Photography

Labor Day weekend felt like the beginning of fall; the air was crisp and cool and the skies were clear. The weekend also marked the beginning of Nichole and Brad’s married life together. They celebrated by gathering their family and close friends at Mountain Springs Lodge in the Leavenworth community of Plain. As a wedding photographer, I have the privilege of observing and documenting one the biggest events in peoples’ lives. Every couple is different and, even in the short but intense time period that I spend with them, I can see the unique ways in which they complement one another. At their rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, Nichole stood up and thanked everyone for coming and made a speech about how she felt like Brad was a perfect complement, the missing piece in her life. In spending time with these two, I couldn’t agree more; they really do seem to be the perfect match for one another.

 

Bridget and Max: Brown Family Homestead Wedding Photography, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth

It was beautiful summer day for Bridget and Max’s wedding at Brown Family Homestead near Lake Wenatchee in Leavenworth, WA. After capturing some getting ready photos of the bride in the log cabin homestead and the groom in the “whiskey room” outbuilding, we headed down to a beach on the shore of Lake Wenatchee for some “first look” photos. Bridget and Max were able to enjoy some quiet time together at the lakeside before the events of their wedding day. Their ceremony was held in a grassy field on the hill above the buildings of the old homestead with views of the nearby mountains. A winding path flanked by wildflowers gives a beautiful entry for the bridal party to the ceremony site. Max’s grandfather, John, officiated the ceremony and the wedding party and guests were composed primarily of family members. It was my first wedding at the Brown Family Homestead and it was a joy for me as a photographer to explore a new venue and find great new locations for beautiful outdoor portraits. Wildflower fields, old barns, the log homestead, and an old car all provided scenic backdrops for bride and groom portraits and family photos. One of our family photos in front of the ceremony arch was interrupted by a hummingbird landing on a guest’s foot. Several guests remarked they had seen it flying around and interacting during the ceremony too. Perhaps this is a good omen for Bridget and Max’s marriage.

The reception included a barbeque dinner, with friends and family relaxing under the shade of the tent or on the surrounding lawn. The first dances were an emotional event as Bridget danced first with Max but then second with her grandfather. The face of her grandfather lit up when they danced together and there were many teary eyes in the crowd. At the end of their dance Bridget’s grandmother came to dance with her husband (they were celebrating their 62nd anniversary!). Bridget’s parents joined in, and then her aunt and uncle, and one by one couples from both families joined the dance. There is a lot of love and emotion that happens at weddings, in addition to the emotions of the bride and groom, and I always feel privileged and humbled to be able to witness and document these special family moments.

Sabrina and Charles: Leavenworth Wedding Photography at Mountain Springs Lodge

I knew right from the beginning that this would be a special day. Sabrina and Charles asked me to be the photographer for their wedding at the beautiful Mountain Springs Lodge in Plain, WA; a perfect location for their simple yet elegant wedding.  They planned to have family and a few close friends join them for a weekend of celebration. Sabrina and Charles took a laid-back approach that allowed people to spend time together without the usual stress of a lot of structured activities. It was refreshing for me as a photographer to not feel rushed by a tight schedule, and inspiring to see everyone simply enjoying their time together. The love that Sabrina and Charles shared, both with each other and with their families, was contagious and the mood of the event felt more like a family reunion than the joining of two families. Distilling a full day into a paragraph and a handful of photos is never easy for me but some events stick out in my mind: Sabrina seeing her father as he showed up to walk down the aisle, walking the winding grassy path to the ceremony site, Sabrina’s grandfather restoring a 1969 El Camino (that has been in their family since it was new) and surprising her by showing up with it at the wedding. In a day filled with emotion, there was one event that really stood out to me. During the father and daughter dance, Sabrina’s father had the DJ read a narrative he had prepared. While we always know that the wedding day is an emotional one for parents as well as the bride and groom, we don’t always explicitly hear the parents’ thoughts. As a parent myself, I was immediately moved by the opening words, “I remember the first time I held you…” As the narrative continued, I noted not only the moment that the bride and her father were having, but also the smiles on the faces of Charles and his father as they stood together watching and sharing the same moment.

Ksenia and Taylor: Pine River Ranch Leavenworth Wedding Photography

I was thrilled when Ksenia and Taylor contacted me to photograph their wedding at Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth. Pine River Ranch is located near Lake Wenatchee, with views of Nason Ridge and access to Nason Creek. The rustic barn is a wonderful reception location and the well-kept gardens and grounds provide endless opportunities for beautiful outdoor portrait photography. The story of their wedding starts like a bad joke… what do you get when an Irish man and a Russian woman get married? Actually, it is just the story of two amazing people joining themselves and their families together in marriage. I had the pleasure of meeting Ksenia and Taylor last fall, shooting their engagement session and then spending their wedding day with them. Their warmth, smiles and genuine love for one another is evident and inspiring. They planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by a reception in the barn with family and friends.

 

Whitney and Jason: Leavenworth Wedding Photography at Sleeping Lady

I just had my second weekend in a row doing wedding photography at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth. Although I might be at the same location, every wedding is different and each couple unique in their own way. Whitney and Jason were a blast to work with and they, and their friends and family, kept me laughing all day long. They did a “first look” overlooking Icicle Creek, followed by a ceremony on “the knoll” with views of Sleeping Lady Mountain. At the end of the ceremony the crazy sunglasses came out and the whole wedding party danced out with funky music to accompany them. When we were getting ready to do some portraits they said to me, “we want to do a photo with the fish.” “Great,” I said, “Give me just a minute and I’ll be right over.” When I looked up to see them by the fish they were puckering and making fish faces. Capturing these moments of silliness and emotion are part of what makes being a wedding photographer so fun and interesting for me.

Nara and Chris: Leavenworth Wedding Photography at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

Nara and Chris had perfect early summer weather for their wedding at Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth. They were joined by friends and family for a wonderful outdoor ceremony and celebration of their marriage. Nara and Chris both have a love for outdoor recreation and had biking and skiing themes incorporated into their wedding day– including table names after places they had skied together, a pair of old skis for guests to sign, and my personal favorite: a tandem bike that they used for their formal exit at the end of the night. As a wedding photographer who loves to incorporate outdoor landscapes into my portraits, I had no shortage of great locations to get some beautiful photos of the bride and groom. The gardens were particularly beautiful, with so many of the flowers in bloom, and many of my favorites from the day came from a quick escape from the festivities that we took into the garden.

Cassie and Steve: Winter Wedding at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth

I was thrilled when Cassie and Steve contacted me about being their photographer for a winter wedding in Leavenworth, Washington. I understand why winter weddings may not be for everyone but I think winter is a beautiful time of the year, particularly in the mountains. It takes a special couple to plan a winter wedding and Cassie and Steve injected their love of the outdoors into many of the details of their celebration. Pre-wedding events included skiing and tubing at Stevens Pass and the Leavenworth Ski Hill. A beautiful wedding ceremony was held outdoors overlooking the aptly-named Icicle Creek and was followed by an intimate indoor reception with a roaring fireplace and lots of steaming-hot winter-seasonal comfort food. Some of the fun details that made their wedding unique were the S’mores dessert bar and the inclusion of their nutcracker friend, Woody. Leavenworth is known for its Bavarian-themed village and Woody Goomsba is a character made famous by Leavenworth’s tourism campaigns. It was a pleasure to work with Cassie and Steve and I wish them, and Woody, the best in all of their future adventures together.

Fall Engagement Photos in the Aspens at Mountain Springs Lodge

Regardless of the season, I have a hard time passing by a grove of aspen trees when I have a camera in my hand. I am taken by their uniformity and symmetry (when you see a grove of aspens they are all clones of a single organism propagated through the roots), their smooth gray bark and, in the fall, their brilliant yellow foliage. I have been waiting for the right opportunity to do an engagement photography shoot in an aspen grove for a some time now and am pleased to have found a couple who also thought it sounded look a good idea. I met up with Ksenia and Taylor at Mountain Springs Lodge in Plain, WA (just outside of Leavenworth, WA) on a cool fall afternoon with the aspens in full fall splendor. We spent about an hour doing a tour of various aspen groves around the property, including a picturesque grove with large, mature trees, where many outdoor wedding ceremonies are held. In addition to the aspens, the dried grasses in the fields added a lot of nice texture and color to the compositions. During the shoot we chatted casually and I did my best to relax them both so that I could capture some natural and spontaneous moments. I had a fun time with Ksenia and Taylor and I am looking forward to working with them again as their photographer for their wedding day next summer.

Lindsay and Michael Leavenworth Wedding Sleeping Lady Resort

I had the great pleasure to photograph another wedding at Sleeping Lady Resort recently. Sleeping Lady is a spectacular wedding venue and vacation basecamp located right on Icicle Creek in Leavenworth, WA. In addition to its amazing grounds and location, Sleeping Lady never disappoints with its outstanding gourmet meals made from local ingredients, many sourced from its very own organic garden. I was honored to be a part of Lindsay and Michael’s wedding day. They are the kind of couple who are filled with positive energy and make everyone around them smile. They also surrounded themselves with tons of wonderful friends and family to celebrate their marriage. The ceremony combined a number of spiritual traditions to create a unique and beautiful celebration of their spirituality and love for one another. A ceremonial hand washing of the bride and groom by members of both families, with the bowls of water being combined and used to water a nearby tree,  as well as an offering of fruit and flowers to the river may be seen in the following photos. Beautiful flower arrangements were provided by Patti Bosket/Au Naturel. Interestingly enough, this was the second wedding I have shot where the wedding cake was a kransekake, a traditional Norwegian and Danish wreath cake eaten on special occasions. After an emotional ceremony and a wonderful dinner, the party really started to pick up. The dancing was a blast with a crowded dance floor filled with people of all ages. We had slow dancing, break dancing, air guitar and some all-around funkiness skilfully DJed by Leslie from Seattle Parties. It was the most energetic wedding dance party I have seen in a long time.