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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.