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.

Under Construction

In an attempt to freshen up this site and give it a new look, I have sunk into a dark hole from which I can barely see the daylight. So many things have gone wrong. Now I am at a point of being able to rebuild it from scratch but it might take a while. I need some patience.

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Chilling at Washington Pass

I met this family of four, plus their dog, at Washington Pass for family photos last weekend. It was cold! These kids were so good. They really didn’t want to take off their coats and stand still for photos but we worked fast and they did not complain. They were troopers! This was particularly fun because I got to photograph them last year and I really enjoy seeing the children change from year to year.

Despite the chilly temperatures and icy walkways, it was a beautiful day with fresh snow and lingering fall colors in the high mountains.

September Wedding

These two have been together for nine years, engaged for four years; they’ve lived together and far apart, separated by jobs or school. They’ve lived in the northwest, the southeast, overseas. Their wedding was threatened by a not so distant wildfire. Mazama was on a level 1 alert which means, be ready, in case this fire blows up and moves closer to homes. Their home in Florida was threatened by Hurricane Irma. And yet, it all turned out. The fire cooperated and photos were made high in the mountains and the wedding in Mazama went just as planned. And Irma changed course. Sometimes it all works out.

They had considered having the entire event high in the mountains near Harts Pass however some family members were reluctant to drive the steep and windy road to the top. And with the potential fire danger, it was even scarier. Instead, they had it on the edge of a meadow at Mazama. Just the three of us drove to Harts Pass to catch the morning light and the beginning of fall colors in the alpine larch trees. Since this was a morning wedding, we started early. The hair and makeup artist was there at 4:30 AM! I started working at 6. Have I mentioned that all weddings are unique? It’s true. That is something I love about them.