Ohme Gardens Wedding

It was a perfect Sunday in September to be married at Ohme Gardens located on a hillside high above the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. This oasis of evergreens, tidy flower beds, beckoning ponds and waterfalls and scenic vistas is the same place that the groom’s grandparents were married many years ago. Donna and Glenn honored these family members with an intimate family wedding of their own.

This beautiful couple began dating back in high school while Donna was living in the house where Ken and I now live. Maybe they even shared their first kiss here during her surprise birthday party? It was super fun to be around their extended families with lots of nieces and nephews enjoying one of the last days of summer.


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Ken and I were very happy to travel downriver to Wenatchee to photograph Donna and Glenn’s beautiful garden wedding surrounded by their loving families. Thank you so much for including us.

Lisa and Craig – Married at Sun Mountain

How did you meet your sweetie? My husband and I met because of the Audubon Society! Everyone’s got a story. Lisa and Craig’s story began during a bridge game! Everyone’s story is unique. That’s why I enjoy weddings so much. It’s all about the personal stories of two people in love and their families and friends and the stories they make.

These two people spend much of their free time in the Methow Valley so it was natural for them to choose this place to get married. Sun Mountain Lodge provided the perfect backdrop with nice weather and wonderful light. Their families and friends traveled from near and far to share this event in this special place. A dear friend was their officiate. The setting on the bluff was lovely with September flowers in bloom in front of Wolf Creek, the Methow River and the North Cascades in the distance. Lisa and her dad made the centerpieces; Craig carefully hand wrote in calligraphy, place cards for all of the guests. The Tamarack String Quartet, part of Cascadia Music in Twisp provided music during the ceremony and reception. The beautiful flowers were from Fawn Meadow and Susan Stone made the incredible cake.

The mountains rose to meet the sun during the ceremony and the sun set as guests made their way to dinner. The temperature dropped rather abruptly and everyone was thankful for the heaters inside the tent. Dinner was served. Toasts were made. The cake was cut and enjoyed as the blue darkness overcame the bright light of the day.


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How did you meet your sweetie? What stories do you have to tell?

Many thanks to Craig and Lisa for including us in their wedding plans. We had a wonderful time. Congratulations!


Eloping in Winthrop | Lorell and Steve

Eloping does not always mean what you might think it means. It used to be, I thought, that a couple eloping would run off, maybe under the cover of darkness, and get married without telling anyone. Maybe they were in a hurry or maybe there was a bit of a scandal or the family did not approve. Nowadays, folks might turn to an elopement rather than a traditional wedding in order to simplify their lives – avoiding the many details that go along with wedding planning; or to save money; or to honor their commitments to each other without all the distractions of a large event. Whatever the reason, from my point of view, they seem to be more popular than ever. This is the third elopement I have photographed this year!

All of these events have featured many of the same details of a bigger wedding but on a smaller scale – flowers, cakes, special clothes, a photographer, etc. What set them apart was the lack of a wedding party and lots of guests, caterers and dance floors among other things.

Lorell and Steve picked The Chewuch Inn for their ceremony and weekend getaway. They had a lovely cabin tucked away in the pines with a nearby stream. The grounds feature many trees and shrubs, quite a few of them native, and many song birds are attracted to the place. It is really quite lovely. In keeping with Winthrop’s western theme and the weekend’s rodeo they both wore their boots. They set up a small arbor in the outdoor sitting area and the witnesses included the Inn’s dog, Tater along with Vicky who works there. Tater could not sign his name so I was the other witness. Judge Mary Ann Ottinger was the officiant. Steve engineered a special surprise for Lorell by switching the ring he had originally bought for her with another one. He managed to sneak away and switch the rings on the pillow while I continued to photograph her. It was ingenious and she was genuinely surprised and delighted! At the end of the ceremony he presented her with the key to his heart. It was all so romantic and heart-warming and brought tears to my eyes.


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Thank you Lorell and Steve! It was a pleasure being there for you on your wedding day! Congratulations!



Ann and Charley – Married at Skalitude

The day unfolded at a relaxed pace. When we arrived, a few friends and family were visiting around the lodge and bermhouse for guests at Skalitude. The groom was talking a few details with his cousin. Down in the meadow, we could see that chairs were set up in the flag circle for the ceremony; the tent and tables were ready for dinner; and games and refreshment areas were ready for celebration.

Inside the lodge I found Ann, her bridesmaids and flower girls and her mom working on flowers, doing hair and makeup while Chyna, the dog rested up for the big day. The groom and groomsmen drifted up to the bermhouse and shared laughs while helping each other with their ties. The ring bearer was coached.

Soon details came together; people were dressed; the dog began to stir, wondering what the next big thing was going to be. Guests began to appear in the meadow. The fellows made their way down the path, led by Chyna who smiled all the way. The ladies walked down the drive while Ann rode in a red convertible chauffeured by her brother. The fellows waited in the tall grass as the sun made its descent to the golden hour of the day – the time when the light is spectacular, turning the grasses to liquid sunshine.

After the ceremony the happy couple kissed and kissed and kissed some more! And then, following an old tradition, they jumped over a broom held by the ushers. A guest brought them an authentic and well-appointed Mongolian yurt for the couple to spend their first night as a married couple in. As dusk turned to darkness the band warmed up for the first dance and a campfire was built to keep everyone warm. It was a beautiful day.


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Many thanks to Charley and Ann for including us.


June Wedding near Carlton

Luke and Kelly were married at his mom’s place on the Methow River just upstream from Carlton. The weather was, well, unsettled. As we drove down valley for early photos, lightning split the sky and started small fires that were quickly controlled. There were a few drops of rain every now and again and a short shower after the ceremony sent folks scurrying for the tents and the covered porch. After that the weather was nearly perfect, warm with a pleasant breeze. Overall it was a beautiful day with terrific light and happy folks from near and far.

One guest described the place as a virtual petting zoo. There were cats and kittens, dogs – including the couple’s three-legged golden retriever, goats, chickens, ducks and geese that kept everyone entertained. Overhead, swallows and Lewis’ Woodpeckers gobbled up bugs keeping them away from the guests. Pam and Joel worked hard all spring, getting the place in tip top shape with bright paint and beautiful flowers. A new gate welcomed guests into the ceremony. Raspberries and strawberries from the expansive garden were tasty additions to the food.

The couple’s friend Bubba loaned his dirt bike for photo ops. Kelly and Luke’s wedding party included both of their young sons and her father. Everyone looked terrific in black tuxes and dresses while Kelly glowed in her gorgeous dress. Cameron Green Catering provided the mouth-watering BBQ’ed chicken and ribs. And perhaps my favorite of the whole day – Joel prepared, from scratch, macaroni and cheese for over one hundred people!

Kids played on the extensive lawn. Dogs swam in the river. DJ Noah provided dance music for everyone to enjoy. People relaxed and enjoyed the sunset after dinner. What a day!

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It was a gorgeous day full of laughter and fun and love and hugs. Many thanks for including us in your wedding day.