Heather + Craig – Mountain Top Methow Valley Wedding // Winthrop Wedding Photographer

Heather + Craig – Mountain Top Methow Valley Wedding // Winthrop Wedding Photographer

This beautiful wedding has been next in my editing queue for quite a while. It was equal parts being busy and being tempted to share basically every single photo I delivered to Heather + Craig last fall! This wedding, these people, were so sweet and kind, and I went home with a sore face from smiling the whole time I was there.

This wedding was more about the people than the details, and the couple stressed to me that they wanted photos of their guests having a blast and some awesome portraits for themselves. They made my job super easy too, because Heather and Craig were married on her parents’ property on a mountain just outside of Winthrop. The ceremony was followed by a mountaintop toast, a musical processional down the mountain, and a reception at Cub Creek Ranch. Not only were these two some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, they planned all of this wedding long distance and it was the most magical kind of day. Their vows had everyone in tears, the toasts gave us all belly laughs, and when you see all the processional photos down the mountain, you can see that nearly every guest traipsed down the mountain in the wedding finery while dancing and singing. This was the first wedding where I’ve worn my actual running shoes (which were covered in dust by the time we got down the mountain) and the first time I’ve hiked down a mountain with all my gear.

During the reception, we did sneak back up to their parents’ property for a few more portraits and some quiet time for them. Which included lots of snuggling, a decision to climb a huge rock in a wedding dress (they are both climbers), and the most beautiful light. Stew Dietz Catering, as usually, was on hand to make this one of the smoothest wedding days of my year. Not only does Stew make amazing food – with no kitchen! – she and her team keep the day running smoothly. They handled cocktails on top of a mountain and the dreamiest crab cakes that I am still drooling over more than a year later. At the end of the night, the coats came off, the dancing started, and the guests all had pie and coffee under the twinkling lights while a local band played music.

Heather + Craig, thank you for including me in your wedding day. Your beautiful hearts make my job so easy.

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Korey & Steven — Intimate Backyard Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

Korey & Steven — Intimate Backyard Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

For a few years, weddings were getting bigger and bigger. More people in the wedding party, more guests, larger venues. But lately, I’ve seen a return of the backyard wedding. Smaller weddings, at a location that is personal, and it’s been fun to see the changes. I love big weddings, and I love small weddings too.

Korey & Steven were married in a family member’s backyard, under and arch built by another family member. They had a small, fall ceremony, surrounded by friends and family. I chatted with Korey quite a bit through email and by phone before the wedding, but we didn’t get a chance to meet until the wedding day. It was such a joy to meet you, Korey & Steven. Thank you for including me in your wedding day!

 

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Annie & Zach — Coeur d’Alene Lake Wedding // Coeur d’Alene Wedding Photography

Annie & Zach — Coeur d’Alene Lake Wedding // Coeur d’Alene Wedding Photography

When Annie walked up to me at the Bridal Show last year, I knew I liked her. And then, I got to sit down with both Annie & Zach a few days later, and I had the best time. Annie and Zach had a clear idea of what they wanted from their wedding – something small and casual – and their wedding was perfectly that. They rented a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene, the groom arrived by paddle boat while singing The Final Countdown, and hired Patty’s Tacos to come out and cater the dinner, which was amazing. Even when it threatened to rain, and the taco truck was late because of mechanical problems, Annie & Zach just went with it. There was no stress, just lots of friends and family and love.

Annie & Zach, thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding, for making me laugh and cry with your beautiful vows. It’s been so wonderful to get to know you both, and to meet your lovely families. <3

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Korey & Steven — Spokane Backyard Wedding Preview // Spokane Wedding Photographer

Korey & Steven — Spokane Backyard Wedding Preview // Spokane Wedding Photographer

Sometimes I don’t get to meet a couple until I arrive on their wedding day. We’ve often talked on the phone, and exchanged many (many) emails, but sometimes, the stars don’t align and we don’t meet in advance. It makes me a little nervous to show up at a wedding not having met the couple, but some of my favorite weddings are been ones where I show up not knowing anyone.

I didn’t meet Korey & Steve until I arrived at the house where there wedding was taking place, but I knew almost immediately that it was going to be wonderful. They were married in a sweet, backyard ceremony, with a small group of family and friends in attendance. The weather was absolutely perfect, and I had such a wonderful time meeting them.

Have a wonderful honeymoon, you two, and I can’t wait to share more of these photos with you!

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Samantha & Chris — Spokane Backyard Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

Samantha & Chris — Spokane Backyard Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

I met with Samantha & Chris just a few months before their wedding, and instantly knew that this wedding was going to be special. They were married in her parents’ backyard, surrounded by all their friends and family. It was a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony, and I loved being a part of their day! When you plan a wedding in just a couple months, it can be a crazy experience. Which is why Samantha & Chris had Tina Marie Bishop Events help them through their wedding planning. And even though the weather was a little crazy, Tina kept everything running smoothly and the whole wedding was perfect.

I’ve loved every single backyard wedding I’ve had this year. There is something so special about being married in a place that has had past significance to you – especially if it’s your own backyard – and I can’t imagine how much more precious the photos are because of it.

Samantha & Chris, thank you for having me along as part of your wedding day! I hope you cherish this images forever.

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Planner: Tina Marie Bishop Events // Venue: Private Home // Caterer: Cobblestone Catering // Hair & Makeup: Salon Dolce // Florist: Rose & Blossom, Liberty Lake Farmer’s Market // Baker: Happy Cakes Co. // DJ: Generations Entertainment // Bride’s Attire: Marcella’s Bridal // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse //