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matt shumate katy ely mountain portrait in the winter by the riveramazing distant portrait in a foggy mountain scene with a tilt shift lensI’ve previously photographed a summer wedding at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, Wa. The entire time I was there I was thinking how magical this location would be in the winter.

I was not wrong.

Katy & Ely chose to have their wedding there because nearly everyone was coming in from out of town and they wanted their wedding to reflect their love of the mountains. A more perfect venue could not have been chosen. They beautifully mixed traditional Jewish and Christian elements to make a wedding day that was incredibly unique and as much fun as any wedding I’ve attended (just take a look at the reception photos if you have any doubts).

While it didn’t snow when we were there, it did the week leading up to it. The snow you think you see falling in some of the photos is actually melting snow falling from the trees—hence the umbrellas. It was relatively warm and that led us to being able to stay outside for lots and lots of fun portraits. Beautiful location. Beautiful light. Beautiful people. Beautiful photos.

sleeping lady resort in the winter at leavenworth washingtonmost amazing dress ever not strapless with lacecute bride putting makeup on while mom watches in the mirrorall the bridesmaids helping the bride get her dress onfunny moment bridesmaid helping bride adjust wedding dress while mom gets emotionalamazing wedding moments captured forever mother daughters huggroup hug hilarious around the bride with a huge smiling facecool dramatic establishing shot of the bride putting on makeup in the mirrorromantic bridal portrait alone looking at herself in the mirrorgroom getting ready with the guys in a cabin at sleeping lady resortsmiling groom ready to see the bride for the first timecowboy boot whiskey shot glasseswide angle panorama of the groom and groomsmen in a gangster mob posegroom walking with an umbrella through the trees to get to his bridebride and groom walking toward each other for the first time on their wedding dayfirst look winter weddingbride and groom react to seeing one another for the first time on their wedding daybride and groom go for a walk in the snow toward the riverromantic winter portrait bride and groom standing in the snow by a riverclose up tilt shift wedding portrait bride and groomwedding portrait standing in a snowy field extreme bokehwedding day portraits walking in the snow togethergroom helping bride warm her hands in the cold snowgroom assisting the bride while walking on a snowy pathfunny moment bride putting makeup on the groomjewish wedding ceremony signing the ketubahwide angle panorama of the cabin where the bride and groom sign the ketubahwedding guests and family surround the bride and groom after signing the ketubah jewish wedding ceremonyindoor wedding ceremony at sleeping lady resort in the theater winterclose up photos of bride and groom looking at each other during their wedding ceremony while reading their vowsbride and groom married under jewish chuppah being held by family memberscool moment with bride and groom's mothers wiping tearsguests cheering the newly married couple at the end of their wedding ceremony first kissjust married walking down the aisle together for the first time as husband and wifecouple walking together on a snowy path under a blue umbrellasnowy bridge portrait over a small stream in the countryfoggy mountain snow covered in the winter forest walking at nightcute snowman found object at a winter weddingcute wedding favors of knit gloves in the wintercenterpieces reflect the couple's favorite mountains to ski and places they visited sign in skislego skiers on the top of the wedding cakepanorama wedding reception at sleeping lady resort indoorgroom's mom cutting the challah traditional jewish breadbride and groom in the traditional chair dance hora laughing partybride's parents in the hora chairs wedding reception

 

german castle wedding photography countrysidewedding portrait with natural light in an european castlegermany countryside wedding photos destination weddingWhat can I say? Nicole & Karl brought me to the German countryside to photograph their wedding that happened to take place at the Burg Lichtenberg Castle. It was amazing. I literally had to close my eyes on our walk to the car because everywhere I looked I saw more and more opportunities for amazing photos. I don’t know what else I could say about it that would expound on what is in the photos. I was thrilled upon finding out where the venue was, that it was basically neighbors with my aunt, uncle, & cousins who had been asking us to come for a visit. 2 birds, one stone. I was especially happy to have my Uncle Rob (who was far and away the coolest guy alive when I was a kid) come along and schlep some lenses.

On the trip we were able to visit 6 European countries in all and play tourist with all the requisite photos. At some point I’ll get some of those blogged. But in the meantime, here’s some from the highlight of the trip—Nicole & Karl’s big day!

custom embroidered wedding shoes cute wedding detailsbride smiling in the mirror while her bridesmaids look on and laughbeautiful bride in the makeup chair in front of an inspirational signbride giving gifts to bridesmaids gets an amazing reactionbride using FaceTime on her iPhone to talk to her sister in different country on her wedding daycreative compositions for boring parts of a wedding dayflower girl in dirndl looking at the bride and thinkinggroom taking care of details before the wedding startstraditional german clothing for flower girl and ring bearer dirndl and lederhosenbridal portraits on the wedding day with natural lightbridesmaid in purple dress helping bride by carrying her train down a country roadburg Lichtenberg castle in germany bride praying before wedding ceremonybride peeking through a brick wall at a castlecute kid at a wedding ceremony in shorts and a hatburg Lichtenberg church chapel wedding ceremonyview from the balcony at chapel at burg lichtenberg castlelittle chapel near burg lichtenberg castlewedding party walking together in german castle ruinsmatt shumate patented camera toss wedding party photowedding party photo in front of burg lichtenberg castlelaughing bridesmaids in different purple dresses with bridegroomsmen cool in their purple and pink argyle socks and gray suitsbride and groom standing and walking at european castle ruins towercool portrait of bride and groom sitting together in castle opening on benchcouple walking in castle ruins on their wedding day in germany kaiserslauternburg Lichtenberg castle wedding portraitswedding portrait inside castle ruins backlit dramatic kisscouple walking inside of castle tower silhouette romantic momentdramatic natural light portrait of bride and groom on their wedding daycouple laughing together on their wedding day. weddings don't have to be boringnegative space portrait with bride and groom in opening of castle wallpanorama bokeh portraits on wedding daysoccer and football player married in germany to americansweet moment with bridesmaid in tears of joy at friend's weddinglaughing bride and groom at their german wedding receptionPhoto assistant & tour guide extraordinaire!one of my favorite people