Archive for October, 2011

I’m a huge believer in the power if ‘nice.’ Terribly uninteresting and non descriptive as an adjective, it’s importance comes from action. There’s no better way to describe the actions of everyone on the day of Rachiah & Andy’s wedding at Arbor Crest Winery. Rachiah’s parents are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met—& I mean ever. Of course I already knew this since the flower girl & one of my daughters are buddies & my daughter’s spent lots of time at their house. It would stand to reason that Rachiah would be the same & of course Andy as well. I feel like that comes across very clearly in the photos.

Arbor Crest is an insanely beautiful venue. There are so many places to explore for a photographer looking for interesting things. I can’t wait to go back!

Spokane wedding photographer matt shumate photography "arbor crest winery"

Spokane wedding photographer matt shumate photography "Davenport hotel"

flower girl leopard print chair purple

"davenport hotel" wedding bride hair

"davenport hotel" wedding detail drinks

"davenport hotel" flower girl burger fries bed

funny bride bridesmaids dresses

"arbor crest winery" wedding dress gown reflection

"arbor crest winery" "maid of honor" toast speech preparation

bride dress photojournalism

laughing bride bridesmaid "arbor crest winery" funny

"arbor crest winery" father groom "father in law" moment photojournalism

groom sunglasses dressing tux jacket coat purple

purple tux vest groom nervous

purple tux vest groom nervous email texting phone

"arbor crest winery" bride groom "first look" emotional romantic reaction

"arbor crest winery" bride "first look" emotional romantic reaction

"arbor crest winery" bride groom "first look" portrait

"arbor crest winery" bride groom "first look" portrait negative space

"arbor crest winery" bride groom portrait gown tux

"arbor crest winery" bride portrait

"arbor crest winery" groom purple funny portrait

"arbor crest winery" bride portrait walking photojournalist

"arbor crest winery" bride portrait walking stone building

purple flower girl basket moss converse all stars sparkle

"arbor crest winery" purple bridge wedding party portrait

ring bearer wedding ceremony nervous purple

purple flower girl moment photojournalist bride bridesmaid

ceremony anticipation bride stairs

father of the bride anticipation photojournalism nervous

harpist harp player wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery"

flower girls aisle wedding ceremony purple "arbor crest winery" spokane

mother father bride aisle wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery" spokane

mother bride groom smiling happy aisle wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery" spokane

mother bride groom smiling happy aisle wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery" spokane

"sigma 12-24mm" "nikon d3s" wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery" spokane

purple green painting ceremony paint art "jackson pollock"wedding bride groom

funny moment wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery"

happy bride groom wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery"

painting green purple statue wedding ceremony "arbor crest winery"

photojournalist father groom bride hug moment joy

photojournalist father bride tears crying emotions

"arbor crest winery" wedding portraits "45mm pc-e" nikon "tilt shift"

"arbor crest winery" purple details place settings tables reception

"arbor crest winery" purple flowers bouquet

reception "arbor crest winery" purple waving bride groom

portraits bride groom grapes grapevines "arbor crest winery" purple

reception first dance reflection creative modern photos "arbor crest winery"

reception party dancing fun happy "arbor crest winery"

reception party dancing fun happy "arbor crest winery"

reception party dancing fun happy "arbor crest winery" "city lights" "long exposure" creative

I just have to say that Pine River Ranch just outside of Leavenworth, Washington is one of the most amazing venues I’ve ever seen. It’s like a photographer’s play land. There’s the manicured lawns, a pond with a rowboat, a trail to the river, a tall grass field, purple wildflowers in a shady grove, & a great dairy barn that’s been transformed in to a modern wedding venue without losing it’s personality. In my day there, I barely touched all of the photographic opportunities. I imagine I could shoot several weddings there without reusing any ideas. Add to that a bride with lots of personal flare, a great theme, & the number one color choice of 2011—purple—& you have a recipe for great photos. I just had to get out of the way & capture it.

For this wedding I’ll comment throughout the post. The amazing floral arrangements were done my Personal Touch Floral in Cashmere, WA.

Modern wedding photography washington spokane seattle matt shumate photography

Maybe my favorite wedding party photo of all time.

"pine river ranch" wedding portrait party silo awesome

"pine river ranch" wedding summer country

Note: antlers, peacock feathers, & purple. You’ll see them again. This is how you build a theme.

country wedding purple announcements invitations peacock feather

purple country wedding shoes saddle antlers gown dress "pine river ranch"

"pine river ranch" wedding bridal suite bride bridesmaids

"pine river ranch" wedding bridal suite bride mom mother tears

creative unique photography wedding bride mirror reflection

creative unique photography wedding bride garter peacock feathers purple

groom purple tie vest tuxedo brother

groom purple tie vest tuxedo brother

"pine river ranch" wedding first look portraits

A running joke with Kortney & Aaron & their friends is that they’re cousins (they’re not). It’s pretty believable.

"pine river ranch" wedding first look portraits "nikon 85mm 1.8" "nikon d3"

"pine river ranch" wedding first look portraits bride groom

"pine river ranch" wedding first look portraits bride groom kiss romantic

Sometimes me moving to the side a few inches is enough to make magic. I love this photo. Mmm…symmetry.

"pine river ranch" wedding creative outline bride shape gown

A surprise for dad. Kortney & her dad got to share one of their favorite past times before the wedding. The ranch’s neighbor let us use their range.

"pine river ranch" wedding dad father shooting guns target

Crack shots, both of them. Note the exploding targets in the ‘after’ shots.

"pine river ranch" wedding bride groom shooting guns target

Seriously, a shady field of purple wildflowers. Are you kidding me? We drove by it on our way to the range & my eyes just about fell out of my head.

"pine river ranch" wedding purple wildflowers field

"pine river ranch" wedding purple wildflowers field romantic

"pine river ranch" wedding purple wildflowers field romantic walk bride groom

funny portrait "pine river ranch" tub bridesmaids bride

funny portrait "pine river ranch" tub groom groomsmen

"pine river ranch" details boots cowboy flowers wild

emotion real ceremony father daughter bride tears

Aaron’s Willys Jeep was a great touch to the day.

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony jeep willy red purple

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony "sigma 12-24mm" "nikon d3"

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony "nikon d3"

Note: Ginger squared. Awesome.

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony ginger

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony recessional

Such a great post-ceremony moment as Aaron helped Kortney in to the Jeep.

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony red jeep willy kiss first romantic "just married"

"pine river ranch" wedding ceremony red jeep willy romantic "just married" portrait

"pine river ranch" wedding groom portrait

The antler in the bouquet was an amazing touch.

"pine river ranch" wedding bride bouquet portrait wildflowers antlers

"pine river ranch" wedding bride cowboy boots

"pine river ranch" wedding bride barn purple groom portrait

The following photo is a special request for a photo that the couple could frame in a 4 pane window frame. I took several photos & stitched them together to get the resolution I needed. For photographers: The photo after this is a 100% crop just to show the sharpness.

"pine river ranch" wedding bride purple groom portrait wide angle

100% crop.

"pine river ranch" wedding bride purple groom portrait

"pine river ranch" wedding bride purple groom portrait happy walking

"pine river ranch" wedding barn antler purple wheat table detail

"pine river ranch" wedding barn antler purple wheat table detail country

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception toasts laughing funny

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception groom ring photojournalism

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception first dance strobist hug kiss

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception first dance strobist hug kiss dramatic

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception father daughter bride dance strobist hug kiss

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception mother son groom dance funny

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception toast dress "tear-away wedding dress" shots bar

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception dancing party

Yes, Kortney’s dress was a tearaway. It was a secret until “the reveal.” It was an alteration she had done. You’d never know it to look at the full gown.

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception dancing party

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception dancing party bride groom

"pine river ranch" wedding barn reception dancing party fun happy moments photojournalism dance

last dance wedding reception bride groom party awesomeness