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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.

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!