Category Archives: Winter

Lauren and Sunny: Swiftwater Cellars Winter Wedding

Lauren and Sunny had a wonderful winter wedding at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum, WA. Swiftwater Cellars is a warm, cozy place to be, in a beautiful setting, on a winter day. A few of my favorite shots from their wedding day photography may be found below. One of the fun shots we did right before the ceremony was to have the bride and groom stand in the doorways of their dressing rooms surrounded by their wedding party, but so that they could not see each other. They wanted the first time they saw each other to be at the wedding ceremony.

Britney and Gerath: Swiftwater Cellars Winter Wedding

When you plan a winter wedding in the mountains, you expect that there will be snow. I immediately began thinking about possible locations for dramatic, snowy photos when Britney and Gerath asked me to be the photographer for their winter wedding at Swiftwater Cellars at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, WA..  As the wedding day approached and I monitored the weather reports, it became clear it was not going to be a “white wedding.” However, one of the things I love about working at Swiftwater Cellars is that there are a lot of great interior and architectural features that can be used as photography backdrops. We did a “first look” on the patio, which probably would not be possible in the summer, when people are congregating there. Friends and family were even able to secretly watch the first look from the dining room inside without being obtrusive. Another great winter seasonal find was a small grass island on the adjacent golf course that had been created by a sand trap on one side and a small temporary frozen pond on the other side. Some of my favorite unique details at Britney and Gerath’s wedding were the superhero theme– the guys all had a set of superhero cufflinks and the cake topper had Gerath ripping his shirt off to show a Batman suit– and the thumbprint sign-in tree. I had a great time working with Britney and Gerath and wish them the best as they begin the next chapter in their lives together.

 

 

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.