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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.

 

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.

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.

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.