Jen and Kirk – A Sun Mountain Wedding

Winter Weddings in the Methow are tons of fun! You never know what will happen. Jen and Kirk chose Sun Mountain Lodge for their big day and it was perfect. The weather was cold and bright. The sunset magnificent. The bride was more than radiant and the groom ever so handsome. We had a great time photograping this celebration of love. I was with Jen while she prepared and Ken went with to find the guys. Earlier that day, I had a great idea for a fun photo of the couple and I asked Ken to talk to the groom and his friends about it. They were enthusiastic, to say the least. One of the fellows, not in the wedding party, was very happy to move a snow machine onto a big snow berm for the sunset portraits! It was ready to go before the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful in the big lobby of the lodge. Jen’s son walked her down the aisle. Tears were shed. And there were kisses, lots of kisses. Much happiness. We did many of the photos in front of the stone fireplace and a few outside. Most of the women were freezing so we moved along pretty quickly. Jen never seemed to get cold and when she heard about the snow machine waiting for them, she was ready to go!

What a wonderful day! Many thanks to Kirk and Jen for including us in their Winter Wonderland Wedding.


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Some of my Favorite Scenes

From 2011 Weddings!

It was hard to pick just a few. There were SO many great images of people celebrating their love and commitment to each other in front of friends and family last year. It was fun to go back through the blogs and folders full of images in search of some highlights. What’s your favorite from last year?

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And what’s going to be the favorites from 2012?

Open Merc

Last month the Open Merc (open mic at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp) fell on Thanksgiving weekend. I managed to bury these photos in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and am finally getting around to them. For more holiday photos see My Everyday Photos. Lots of fun was had by all.

Featured performers were Ken Bevis and Egon Steinebach, Eileen Pinkerton, Marc Holm (aka Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street), Danbert Nobacon and a new fellow whose name I missed, with an interesting guitar and great songs.

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Methow Celebration

Recently I was asked to do some publicity shots for the Confluence Gallery for one of their holiday events – Black Tie, Methow Style. The gallery director and her husband agreed to be the models for this fun soiree invitation and we were able to do the shots at their place, just across the hill from our place. It was perfect with the house’s rusted metal siding, the cool tractor, and their black lab and chickens. What fun!

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At no time during this photo shoot were dogs given champagne.

A Horse of Her Own

Feather is new to the Methow, having come from Riverside in the Okanogan Valley. She’s a beautiful palomino quarter horse. Her new owner has saved up her egg money for a long time in order to have a horse of her own and recently her dream came true. I watched one day last week as they practiced in the covered arena at Bear Creek Equestrian Center. It was a cold day after a long week for everyone. Feather is new to a covered arena as well as to the English style of riding. Her young partner is learning the finer points of riding with regular lessons and practices so the two of them are learning together. It looks like a fine partnership that will last for years to come. I look forward to watching them grow and come together as a team.

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