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
My all time favorite thing overheard at a wedding happened at Jesse and Alyssa’s backyard event.
It was quite obvious at first glance that the details were just hit out of the park by Alyssa’s mom Pauline. When a guest said, It looks like “Pinterest threw up back here,” Pauline wore that quip like a badge of honor. Her vision was worthy of the finest bridal magazine spread. It was quite editorial and rich in texture and detail. And we loved photographing every single element.
The wedding was small and personal with a guest list of 21. The couple just bought their first home so the bottom line was to keep the wedding affordable yet memorable. They chose a venue that was quite familiar – Alyssa’s childhood back yard which has a backdrop of Dash Point State Park.
The details were exquisite. The color palette was muted and highlighted by pops of color from the Pike Place Flowers. Friends and neighbors were there to lend helping hands to make this wedding very personal. The catering was done by a family neighbor and a groomsman picked the music. Alyssa’s mom served as her wedding planner and designer.
To keep costs down, they did some shopping online and sourced items on Craigslist and Etsy. This really paid off and they spent $4,000 for all decorations, food, drinks, and extras.
We can’t get enough of these details!
List of Vendors:
Photographer – Firstlight Photography
Flowers – Pike Place Flowers
Wedding Cake – Wanna Cupcake?
We met Jestina at the South Sound Wedding and Event Show at the Great Wolf Lodge earlier in the year. When Jared and Jestina told us about their engagement shoot ideas we could not wait to work with these two! How can you not adore this couple’s free spirit, sense of humor and show of love?
For their shoot we went to Riverbend Ranch in Tenino, WA. Next year this will be the venue for this couple’s wedding. It was great to get a sneak peek at this amazing venue – and it help set the stage for what they had planned.
As your wedding photographer Firstlight Photography will work with you to pick just the right location for your engagement shoot. Many of our couples like to go to their venue for the shoot. As the photographer it is a great opportunity to getting the lay of the land and we can talk with couples about specific locations for the day of the wedding photos. As an engaged couple you get to see how your venue photographs.
If you have something else in mind we are your sounding board and work with you to cultivate your ideas. Other locations that our couples like include downtown urban areas, an open field (we have our own vintage picnic basket and other fun elements), a graffiti wall, a meaningful to you place – you get the point…we’ll go just about anywhere! We will work with you to plan out your vision. Start looking around on Pinterest. Create an inspiration board and share it with us. check out our engagement ideas board while you are there!
Your engagement photos capture a very special time in your romance. With a little planning we can help you suss out a vision and a plan of action. As part of your wedding package, we will work with you to develop these into announcements / save the dates for your big day.