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!
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.
Maybe my favorite wedding party photo of all time.
Note: antlers, peacock feathers, & purple. You’ll see them again. This is how you build a theme.
A running joke with Kortney & Aaron & their friends is that they’re cousins (they’re not). It’s pretty believable.
Sometimes me moving to the side a few inches is enough to make magic. I love this photo. Mmm…symmetry.
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.
Crack shots, both of them. Note the exploding targets in the ‘after’ shots.
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.
Aaron’s Willys Jeep was a great touch to the day.
Note: Ginger squared. Awesome.
Such a great post-ceremony moment as Aaron helped Kortney in to the Jeep.
The antler in the bouquet was an amazing touch.
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.
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.