Mazama Summer Wedding

Last weekend there was a lovely wedding at the Mazama Ranch House. Lauren and CJ are avid rock climbers and have visited the upper Methow Valley numerous times during their courtship to practice their skills. The Ranch House is their favorite place to stay and it was a perfect backdrop for their summer wedding. Their family and friends came from far-flung locations, many visiting the Methow Valley for the first time.

I love to say that all weddings are unique – events celebrating two individuals coming together to share their lives. This one was no exception to the rule. For their wedding party, they chose their five nieces and nephews, ages one to five years old. It made for a delightful and fun ceremony! The bride was exquisite and the groom, so very handsome. The food and the flowers were perfect. The guests were full of joy for Lauren and CJ’s love. It was a perfect summer day.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Wedding on the Methow River

The North Cascades Basecamp was the site for this hot August wedding on the Methow River. Katelyn and Michael and their families and closest friends made the trip from Alberta to celebrate their love for each other.

It was a day when you might expect everyone to be wearing wide-brimmed hats, big sunglasses and lots of sun screen. The sun was high and bright in the deep blue sky as everyone made their way from the lodge to the river’s cobbled shore. Most walked, but a few took advantage of a ride including grandparents, a very pregnant bridesmaid and the reluctant flower girl.

During the ceremony, the river provided background music. Afterwards there was a champagne toast in the shade of the forest and then the wedding party was persuaded to remove their shoes and walk in the cool refreshing water of the Methow before a slow stroll back to the lodge. I enjoyed a quiet walk with the newlyweds through the majestic cedar forest back to the river for a few photos of just the two of them before dinner.

Dinner was by Kathy Borgerson of Sunflower Catering with assistance from Kim and Steve of the Basecamp. The stunning pies were from the Mazama Store. Fawn Meadow Design did the lovely flowers. And sadly, this was the last event at the North Cascades Basecamp as it has changed hands and will now be part of a Seattle-based private school.

Thanks so much for including me in your wedding plans. It was such a lovely day and I was honored to be there.

Skalitude Summer Wedding

Linnea and Drew chose Skalitude for their wedding celebration for its connection to nature’s wildness and beauty and the vastness of the wide open spaces of this place. It was perfect for their wedding day. Their wedding party spread out around the meadow and danced towards the flag circle where the ceremony was held. The bride and groom were escorted altogether by their families – parents, siblings, nieces and nephew. As the families were seated, Linnea and Drew walked around the circle joining together at the front with their officiant. It was quite lovely. After the ceremony children with long purple ribbons dance around the happy couple.

One of their family members is a Mexican chef who made wonderful tamales while lots of folks chipped in to chop vegetables and prepare the marvelous sauces that went with the food. Instead of a big cake, there were numerous kinds of cupcakes and guests were able to add their own choices of frostings and sprinkles too!

The evening light was stunning and the temperature was just right – not too hot – for everyone to enjoy the party.

Congratulations to Linnea and Drew! What a beautiful day to celebrate your love. We were honored to be a part of the celebration. Thank you so much.

Rain For Good Luck

I think most couples dream of a sunny day with blue, blue skies for their wedding. As a photographer, I look forward to a high overcast sky to soften the light and help create wonderful images to remember the day for years to come. Most people don’t want rain on their wedding. However, according to old traditions, a rainy wedding day could bring good luck. Rain symbolizes fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal and tears. Tears of happiness. Given all this, Rae and Brandon should have a joyous marriage full of good luck and happiness.

The rain came in waves. And there was sunshine too. Sometimes all at the same time. Fortunately, the rain held off for the outdoor ceremony and then the rest of the events were moved inside. It did seem like each time I took the newlyweds outside for photos, the rain came down again! At one point on the bluff at Sun Mountain, with rain and sunshine together, it looks like it was snowing! The bride and groom did not mind in the least. They were so happy to be married and in love and celebrating with their friends and family that they barely even noticed the weather.

The stunning flowers were done by a family friend. The carp-shaped groom’s cake was from Mike’s Amazing Cakes. And the gorgeous wedding cake came from Joanne at Arrowleaf Bistro in Winthrop.

I am reminded that it rained on my wedding day. And we have been blessed with good luck.

Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together. Thank you so much for including us in your wedding day.