Married at the Loup

What a great day for a winter wedding! Pat and Raquel rented the Loup Loup Ski Bowl for their big day! On a Tuesday. In January. Nearly 250 miles from a major airport. Over 200 people showed up for this event! It was so much fun!

We started out at the Methow Valley Inn in Twisp for breakfast and hair and makeup and then to the Loup for the noon wedding. There were dogs and kids and all manner of winter clothes. The bride and her sister wore their grandmother’s vintage coats. Local artist, Sarah Jo Lightner, made their incredible rings. The ceremony was both serious and happy all at once. More than one person shed some tears. The love these two share is magical.

Afterwards, some people retired to the cozy lodge for hot drinks but most stayed out to enjoy the snow. Official papers were signed in the ski patrol room.

The weather was pretty cooperative. It snowed in the morning til about ten coating the trees with piles of fluffy snow. Northern Farms flowers were a perfect accent in the winter scene. Going up the chairlift, we passed through a thick fog bank before emerging into the bright sunlight on top of the mountain! People who hadn’t skied in years (including me!) strapped on skis or boards and had a terrific time on the slopes. Others rode the chair up to see the views.

After the lifts shut down, everyone went back to town to change and head to the reception at the Winthrop Barn. It was beautifully decorated. Guests enjoyed a great party with lots of music and dancing. The sparkler send off topped off a wonderful day.