Sonja + Phil had absolutely perfect fall weather for their wedding on Saturday, only after a huge storm moved through dumping lots of rain on Friday and leaving us with clouds on Saturday morning. But the umbrellas stayed in my car and we had a beautiful day! This was the last wedding of the year for me – unless someone calls about an elopement, and you know you want to do that! – and as always, it’s bittersweet. Another year in the books, and now tons of editing and meeting with 2019 wedding couples!!
Sonja + Phil, thank you for having me at your wedding, I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos with you!
Kathleen & Jeffery both work in schools, and met through their work. So it was obvious to them that they wanted a school themed wedding. Their programs were paper airplanes, and Kathleen found a bunch of primary colored school trays to use for their “school lunch” dinner. Dessert was styled up as a bake sale, and everything was perfect in the beautiful winery setting of Fontaine Estate in Naches.
Guests traveled in from all over the country to celebrate in the sweet, destination, wedding, and I could not be happier to have been a part of it. Kathleen’s sister gave possibly my favorite toast to date, serenading the couple with a song she wrote to the tune of “Sister, Sister”, which had everyone in the room laughing.
Venue: Fontaine Estate Winery // Caterer: Cascade Catering // DJ: Friend of the family // Florist: Something Blue Floristry // Hair & Makeup: Belu Salon // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Suit: Mr. Tux // Papergoods: DIY
Kathleen & Jeff got married just before I went out of town, and I didn’t have a chance to post a preview — it was driving me crazy! But I couldn’t wait another second to share this sweet wedding with you. The weather was perfect, the venue was one of my favorites (Fontaine Estates Winery, in Naches) and I could not be more happy to have met this lovely couple and been a part of their day! Wait until you see their beautiful school-inspired decor. <3
More to come — soon!
I’m not sure you’ll believe this, but I’ve known Michelle since I was in high school. Michelle was my English teacher when I was in school. She introduced me to Pride & Prejudice, All Quiet on the Western Front, and many other classics. She taught me how to love the classics and encouraged me to follow my dreams. So, getting to be a part of her wedding day with the man of her dreams? Nothing could have been more special to me. Thank you, Michelle and Ryan, for having me along. Your wedding was the perfect start to 2013.
Ryan took Michelle to a wedding at Fontaine Estates Winery on their third date. Pretty brave, right? And then he caught the garter at that wedding. So, after getting married in a little ceremony last year, they planned a big wedding and vow renewal for this spring. There was no doubt that they’d have it at Fontaine Estates. They took a chance having an outdoor ceremony in March, but the weather was perfect! Warm, with sunshine and blue skies all day. A day full of beautiful words and wonderful friends. Ryan and his groomsmen even serenaded Michelle & her bridesmaids.
Venue: Fontaine Estates Winery, Naches, WA
Caterer: Cascade Catering
Cake: Shirley’s Cakes
DJ: Entertainment Plus
Florist: Blooming Elegance
Michelle’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Boots: Country Outfitters
Meet Annie, Felicia, and Luis. They hung out with me to do a quick session when I was back in Mattawa over Easter weekend (the same weekend I shot Michelle & Ryan‘s wedding). Luis is a goalie for the high school soccer team – go Warriors – so I made him get out of the field for a little while. Felicia was kind enough to throw and kick the ball at her brother so he could dive for it :) These guys had me laughing so hard I cried a couple times. And they reminded me of something important: family isn’t about last names or even the blood in our veins, family is the people you love.