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Chia-Chen and Joseph: Thorp, WA Wedding

Chia-Chen and Joseph had a beautiful backyard wedding ceremony hosted by Joseph’s family in Thorp, WA. Joseph’s father strategically directed guests to the wedding site and parking with his collection of old VW buses. The couple gathered friends and family from near and far to attend their wedding ceremony and reception on the banks of the Yakima River, shaded by large cottonwood trees. I enjoyed Chia-Chen and Joseph’s gentle personalities and their playfulness with one another. They had fun being goofy together but were also serious about their ceremony and commitment to one another. A small, intimate ceremony was followed by a casual reception. At the end of the reception, guests showered the newlyweds with rice as they sent them off on their honeymoon.


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.


Lynn and Paul: Springwood Ranch Party Barn Wedding, Thorp, WA

The first time I met Lynn and Paul we met for coffee and discussed their wedding plans. They had previously been to a wedding at Springwood Ranch in the Kittitas Valley and knew it was where they wanted to have their wedding. The location was a perfect place for them to have a relaxed wedding with their family and friends in a beautiful outdoor setting. Lynn and Paul were drawn to my wedding photography style of capturing couples as part of their surroundings. Our mutual love of the outdoors and cycling made it easy to connect. After our meeting, while Lynn went to talk with one of the musicians for their ceremony, Paul joined me for a mountain bike ride on one of my favorite local trails.

The biking theme continued into their wedding day with bike chain cufflinks, bikes as cake ornaments and a clever use of an old set of bike rims to hold the table assignment cards. There were also stories of biking and shared adventures during the toasts.

The wedding day started with Lynn and her bridesmaids getting ready at a cabin at Suncadia Resort while Paul and the groomsmen went on a bike ride before donning their suits. The girls all wore colorful flowered robes while they did hair and makeup and rehearsed their toasts. The entire wedding party moved on to Springwood Ranch where Lynn and Paul had their “first look” under the shade of a majestic cottonwood tree near the ceremony site, followed by family photos and wedding party portraits, including some silliness in the covered wagons.

The ceremony was held on the lawn in the late afternoon sun and was officiated by Lynn’s brother Mark. One of my favorite shots of the ceremony was seeing the flower girl and ring bearer peeking through the arch at Lynn and Paul while they exchanged rings. Following the ceremony, the newlywed couple went straight into their first dance as they entered the reception hall. Dinner and more dancing took place in the timber frame barn that provided a great rustic ambiance for their wedding. The reception had a nice split between indoor and outdoor activities, with guests also enjoying the beautiful evening by socializing on the lawn and playing lawn games, such as corn hole and miniature golf. As the sun sank low in the sky, I went with the bride and groom on a short sunset walk to make use of the beautiful evening light to take some portraits of just the two of them. A beautiful sunset ended a perfect early summer day.

Beth and Chris: Yakima Wedding Photography at Cascade Garden

Chris and Beth had their wedding ceremony and reception at Cascade Garden in Yakima. The weather forecast was for temperatures in the high 90s. Fortunately, Cascade Garden provides a refreshing oasis on a hot day. The grounds offer beautiful landscaping, unique structures (including an air-conditioned lodge) and plenty of shade trees to keep guests cool. As a photographer, I was inspired by all of the amazing detail work that is found in the gardens. The options for taking beautiful wedding portraits are limited only by the creativity of the photographer. One of my favorite shots of the day was peeking through a intricate wood door into a garden building where Beth and Chris were having a nice moment together after their “first look” and before the wedding ceremony. I was also struck by the color and symmetry of the hops field across the street that made for a fun sunset outing later in the evening for one last portrait.

The love that Beth and Chris have for one another was evident from the first time I met them, hearing them talk about how they met and just seeing the way they look at each other and interact. The guests had ample opportunities to witness this love on their wedding day too, however, as a photographer I often see little moments throughout the day that not everyone else does. A few that stand out to me are the handwritten letter (with a Kit Kat treat) that Chris delivered to Beth while she was getting ready and the unrestrained looks of joy and excitement on their faces when they saw each other for the first time before the ceremony. While every wedding is unique for me to observe and document, I also have to add that the odds are quite strong that I will never again have a bride who is an identical triplet!

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.

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.



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.


Kellie and Brian: Swiftwater Cellars Wedding Photography

Kellie and Brian gathered friends and family from all over the country to celebrate their wedding at Swiftwater Cellars winery at Suncadia. A sunny but breezy outdoor ceremony was followed by a reception in the Swiftwater Room, a beautiful stone and wooden-beamed cellar space where the winery does their production and fermentation. While I am often drawn to outdoor landscapes for photographing bride and groom portraits and wedding party photos, the indoor and architectural spaces that Swiftwater offers give many options for a wedding photographer to take beautiful, creative portraits without ever leaving the building. I especially like the solid wood doors, the barrel rooms–where the wine is aged–and the medieval European ambiance of the Black Diamond room. As an extra bonus, the temperature-controlled barrel room offers a welcome cool-down on a hot day. After dinner and cake cutting (I love how it looks like they are about to take a big bite out of the cake in this shot), the dance floor lit up and it was truly an all-ages event with everyone out on the floor.

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.