It’s no secret that WA is like my second home. Every chance to be here is an extra special blessing. I don’t know if it’s the sweet scent of fir and cedar that fills the lungs as soon as you leave the airport, or the intense color that makes one feel as if inside a real, live version of Photoshop. It’s just home.
But this trip was all the sweeter because it was a return to the wondrous Lake Crescent for Bethany and Mike’s wedding. And feel at home we did because they embraced us into the folds of their wedding day from the second we arrived. Despite never even meeting over our usual Skype/Facetime sessions that we have with our destination couples, we felt like we’d known them for eons upon the very first moment. They enveloped us with happy and bright faces, warm hugs, excitement, and the sweetest compliments from the first introductions. Such a loving group of people, happy, boisterous, joyful, and fun.
This is their wedding day in a collection of a few of my favorite photographs:
Dress shot by Blake
Bethany & Mike decided to do a First Look before the ceremony – a new tradition that I’m highly fond of. We set up them up for the shots in the forest behind the lodge and then let the magic happen:
What I notice about First Looks is that they never detract, but instead add a whole new element to wedding day that includes a very private, nerve-free and loving moment for the couple. I’ve witnessed laughter and tears, gasps and giggles – all of which heighten that moment that comes soon after, which is the walk down the isle. As evident in these next shots, both Bethany and Mike were over-the-moon with elation at every point of their beautiful ceremony on the shores of Lake Crescent:
Here’s our awesome wedding party. I just loved the wedding colors they chose! Also, I don’t know what it is…but I seem to attract total hams for groomsmen…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Just the four of us took the long way around to the meadow where the reception tent was set up. There’s a path this way that goes right by the water. Bethany & Mike walked ahead and enjoyed their moment – and some incredible sunshine. My heart filled upon catching these expressions of joy and love. It’s the little things that say the most about our couples.
It truly was a magical day at one of the most majestic places in Washington. Bethany & Mikey, thank you for honoring us with your trust and friendship. We enjoyed being with all of you on this amazing day.
To view all photos from this wedding, please visit the full wedding gallery.