David and Carolyn wanted to have a pretty low key wedding so they could hang out with their friends and family. So often we shoot weddings and it is such a big production that at the end of the night the couple are exhausted and don’t hardly remember the day because they were so busy and worried about what was going to happen next. Often they don’t even get a chance to eat the dinner after they spent tons of time picking out a catering company. David and Carolyn had a really great wedding, got to hang out and really spend time with the people closest to them while still having a great time. David Sader from Absolute Music provided the music and provided a great mix of background music and fun stuff to dance to. To top it all off, while the weather looked like it was going to be nasty all day, it cleared up and was wonderful just as everybody started showing up for the wedding. Great music, a wonderful couple and an amazing setting all contributed to one of my favorite weddings this summer.
Jeff & Dustin are a really fun couple. They’re getting married in the back yard of their new house, so wanted to do their engagement session in the new house. I found out that Dustin is a bit of a YouTube celebrity and a friend of ours calls him “my favorite YouTube Beauty Guru”. Check you his YouTube Channel – click HERE.
We were dreading the weather forecast, it called for rain and was pouring on my way to meet them. By the time we met it was down to a light drizzle and a few minutes into the shoot it stopped and we had some blue skies by the end. This has happened a few times, we always head out in hopes of dodging our Pacific NW weather and more often than not we luck out.
Firstlight Photography is proud to announce the launching of their new Photo Both, GONNA SNAP!
GONNA SNAP! is an open air photo booth that comes with a big trunk of great props for your guests to use for their photos. We then print your photos right there and you can text or email your photos to yourself while you wait for your prints. All of your images are then available online for future downloading and print ordering.
Kyle & Jamie had a very intimate wedding ceremony at Clearwater Resort & Casino in Poulsbo, WA with their best friends & family. They love beer so much that rather than a blending of the sands ceremony during the wedding they made a Black & Tan for the couple and wedding party to share. Once they were married there was a brunch followed by a tour of breweries in the Poulsbo area. It was a first for us and a LOT of fun for everybody involved.
Bainbridge Island Brewing
Cindy & Jerold tied the knot this summer on the grounds of a Summer Camp on Fox Island, WA. Where’s that? Out past Gig Harbor, we’d never been there either, but it was a great venue. This couple was so in love, the groom did a happy dance when he was told he could kiss the bride! Why on earth is there a photo of a dog hanging out in the grass? He’s the camp dog and made him self at home during the wedding, even hanging out with the bride during the ceremony.
Amy & Paul got married in a very nice back yard wedding… a really big back yard.
Some of our favorite photos taken at a recent wedding at Heartland Ranch in Graham, WA. We love this venue, not just because of the great locations for photos, but the friendly staff really go out of their way to help out.
We are giving away a few sets of tickets for this premiere wedding show that happens this Saturday! Just visit our facebook page and comment that you want tickets and we will enter you in a chance to win.
Getting married? See the best wedding professionals at the South Sound Wedding Show on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at the Marcus Pavilion at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey (Olympia area).
- See the latest styles in wedding dresses, tuxedos, bouquets, hair styles and makeup at the fashion shows at 11 am and 1 pm. Gorgeous stage decor and design by PJ Hummel & Co. Meet staff from PJ Hummel‘s new vintage wedding venue Tin Can Alley.
- Meet more than 70 highly-skilled wedding professionals: photographers, caterers, invitation designers, jewelry designers, florists, venue representatives and others.
- Our featured presenters are: Firstlight Photography, Occasions Catering, The Heritage Room, Elle’s Floral Design andWeddings With Joy.
- Engaged couples will register at the door to be eligible to win prizes at the show.
- Engaged couples receive a swag bag at the door, including South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2016.
- Meet our DJ / MC Cory Kolilis from Sound EFX music. He’s designing and setting up the stage lighting for the fashion shows.
- Order your tickets online by Jan. 22 for the best price.
- The show is presented by South Sound Wedding & Event magazine.
- The show is sponsored by Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau and Mixx 96.1.
Text courtesy of the show producer, Paula Lowe of Expressions Media, LLC
As Seattle area wedding photographers we work at amazing wedding venues in Washington and beyond. Wedding venues that offer a mix of outdoor and indoor spaces are the most flexible for couples – and they offer the most diverse backdrop for your wedding day photos. Kalley and Eric were married at Green Gates at Flowing Lake in Snohomish, Washington.
This venue has a fantastic open bluff that overlooks the Cascade Mountain Range and shoreline. The reception was held in the open air covered barn structure that, once night falls, literally glows with rustic romantic twinkly lights.We fell in love with the venue and admire the owner’s vision and hospitality for clients and vendors. We are proud to list Green Gates at Flowing Lake as a preferred vendor and are so excited to be one of their preferred vendors.
We asked Kerry & Debbie Horner a few key questions we know couples have when trying to locate a venue.
How long has your venue been open?
The very first wedding at Green Gates was for our daughter’s best friend. We hosted her wedding because she is like a daughter to us. That was in 2009. When she posted her photos online, we were flooded with inquiries from people we didn’t even know. That’s when we knew that this place was something special, and we had to share it with others.
What is your typical wedding season start/end time frame?
Until the extensive renovations to the big barn are completed – which will enable us to offer the venue year-round – we are a seasonal venue. Our season begins mid-May and goes until mid-October.
Do you allow outside catering (outside of your list of preferred vendors)?
We do currently welcome outside professional caterers. If we ever decide to adopt a mandatory list of caterers, we will offer a wide variety and number from which to choose.
Please describe what your role is on the day of the wedding.
We are very hands-on and available during the entire event because we want our clients to have the reassurance that we care about their event being as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
When we were at your venue we heard you talk about how you designed the grounds to be very photogenic.
Green Gates is a photographer’s playground. With every new project and addition to the venue, we are mindful of the visual allure and photographic memories that will ensue. The photographs are the lasting memories of a couple’s special day. Practically every square foot of the grounds at Green Gates offers a gorgeous and unique backdrop.
What has been the biggest surprise about being a wedding venue operator?
We are constantly delighted and amazed at how we are all so inter-connected. We meet people from all walks of life, from all over the U.S. and even from other countries. Somewhere along the line, we discover that we have friends, family, or experiences in common.
For more information contact Kerry and Debbie. You might want to hurry – 2016 Saturdays are nearly all booked. There are currently several Fridays and Sundays still open.
Wedding Vendors Featured in Photos
Photography – Firstlight Photography
Planning & Coordination – Elements NW Events and Weddings Jennifer Vandeventer
Venue – Green Gates at Flowing Lake
Spirits – BevMo
Catering – Barry’s Catering
DJ – “Nick at Night” Nick MacDonald
Transportation – Rainier Limousine