Alison & Josh
Lake Chelan, Washington
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The view from the venue is breathtaking! I will go out on a limb and say its the best in the Lake Chelan area! I knew right away when I started planning our wedding, that I wanted a place that had amazing natural beauty, ambiance and a romantic feeling. I looked at indoor venues, and some outdoor before finding Benson Vineyards, but, none could compare to the feeling I got when we were there. It felt like ‘us’.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I put a lot of thought into my guest tables and centerpieces. I figured that while I didn’t want huge, expensive centerpieces, I wanted them to be memorable. I had seen an idea online to cut the bottoms off of wine bottles, and put candles in them. My dad cut all the bottles for me and we learned pretty early in that real candles were not going to work, so, flameless ones were used. I love the way candlelight, even outdoors, creates such a romantic ambiance. Each place setting was saved with a menu and a wine charm attached that I had hand beaded, with the guest’s name on it.
Another detail very special to me was our wine box. We wanted to do something unique and personal during our ceremony. Our officiant, pastor Craig, suggested a wonderful idea. A box that would hold a bottle of wine, two glasses, and two letters written each by the bride and groom to each other. We would lock the box together during the ceremony, and open it together on our 5th anniversary. How perfect for a winery wedding! Our moms held the letters we had written to each other, and gave them to us, along with a hug, and we locked the box together.
One of the most important parts of the day for me, was the memory of my friend, Heidi. She was one of my best friends since college, and had tragically passed away a few years ago. I wanted her to be part of my day though. I had saved a bridesmaid spot for her, which made our numbers uneven, but, I couldn’t fill it with anyone else.
Erin & Andrew
Of course we love this wedding, for multiple reasons, including the first photo! Dogs in weddings just don’t get old for me. Especially when they are adorned with matching wreathes for their aisle walk. But alas, back to the couple! Erin and Andrew are adorable. They had their wedding at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavensworth, Washington. The location for a June wedding was stunning and the mountains provided a picturesque backdrop for couple photos. For the details, there is nothing better than simple one stem florals in short glass vases. It’s classic, and provides just the right pop of color.
Jennifer & Dave
From the Photographer: “This couple wanted to give their guests a very “Seattle” wedding, since most of them were from out of town. The couple met in Arizona and work moved them to Seattle and they fell in love with the city. They held the wedding and reception on a Argosy Cruise Ship and gave their guests the most amazing view, the Seattle skyline on a warm fall night! They also included a nautical theme with their dessert centerpieces and decor. They danced the night away until we pulled back into port! What a great night!” ~Kaylee Eylander Photography
Hadley and Dale
Hadley and Dale were married this fall at one of Washington’s most exquisite wineries, Cave B Estate and Winery in the Colombia River Valley of Quincy, Washington. With hints of summer still lingering in the cool Washington air, the couple settled on a bright color palette of reds, turquoise and lime greens, to hang onto the last bits of summer and so they could remember that exact feel of the air, forever. When using the stunning Washington mountains as décor, little else is needed, however the outdoorsy couple wanted to bring every element of their beloved state to the inside reception as well, and used succulents and mosses as centerpieces, and created a custom wedding cake with a woodsy feel, donned with a birdsnest, complete with a pair of lovebirds. The bridesmaids wore floor length red flowy dresses, accented with hints of turquoise and paired next to elegantly colorful groomsmen. No ceremony at a vineyard is complete without a salut to the winery, and Dale and Hadley’s wedding was just that, with a toast of Cave B’s very own before their first kiss as a married couple The guests then celebrated into the night under the crisp Washington sky, feeling like summer and this special night would never end. – Clane, Clane Gessel Photography
Lisa & Chris
About the Wedding: This wedding was beautiful! It had a bit of a Buddhist flare to it with their circular ceremony site and incense burning everywhere. It was also a Fall day here in Oregon/Washington so they incorporated dried maple leaves and orange hues into their decor and floral bouquets.
The couple’s names are Lisa and Chris and they are sweethearts. They lost both sets of parents when they both were very young, so this quaint wedding of theirs was very emotional and meaningful. They acknowledged the presence of their now-gone parents and tried to include them even if not in person. I hardly even cry at weddings, as a photographer, but I can tell you right now that I did at this one! – Alice (& Josh), MoscaPhoto