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
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?
This rustic venue is set in the Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley so the sunsets are superb. This serene location is versatile. A rustic barn wedding is fitting here as is a modern elegant wedding. The grounds are well maintained and the owners make sure events are effortless.
About Rein Fire Ranch
Nestled in the serene Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley this working ranch feels incredibly serene and remote but it is only 45 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma – making it the ultimate wedding venue It is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations in the greater Puget Sound area and is highly customizable for your occasion, from cowboy boots to high heels. You can even BYOH (Bring Your Own Horses).
Getting married is a process that is filled with oodles of decisions. We recognize it can be daunting. As a husband and wife wedding photography team, it our mission to help engaged couples sift through options and breathe. After all, a wedding is a celebration. We stand beside you and remind you of this along the way.
Early on we began sitting down with clients and what did we see? Deer in the headlights. Lots of blank gazes. When we start talking about the flow of the wedding we realized that for most couples this whole wedding planning world is a new and scary space. We were not speaking their language…yet.
So to break it down we meet with couples over coffee and review our work via our books and tablets. Most couples secure their venue and then find their photographer. So, we come into the picture at the very early stages. This is important because you typically secure your wedding photographer before a planner is even considered.
Couples want to figure out their overall budget. Often times they come to us with a set amount of time they want us to spend at their wedding. To ensure we don’t miss something important or are booked for too long, we like to ask a few questions and sketch out a very crude outline of the wedding day. This sketch has become our best tool. With it we have found that we are able to help couples figure out what they actually need for their day and it helps us ensure that things stay on track.
We realize that reviewing the day of events leads to a lot of procedural questions – it gets the couple thinking. We strongly encourage couples to do what it is they want and expect from their day. We tell them what traditional components are (some don’t know – which really shows how much weddings are changing) and then we share what new and creative ones we have seen over the years. Wedding Wire offers a great perspective on The Top 10 Things You Don’t Have to do on Your Wedding Day.
Our initial meeting provides the chance to get to know one another and allows us to develop a feel for the wedding, the couple’s style and personalities. We start with an estimated wedding ceremony time. From there we can build an outline of the day. Even if the couple isn’t sure, we can develop a very rough timeline. Since we are in the early stages there is plenty of time for refinement.
We stay in contact with our couples and continue to refine the wedding day schedule. We all go into the wedding day very prepared. And the couple gets a custom fit package that meets their every need.
As the wedding plans progress we coordinate with a variety of wedding vendors. We will have more on this in an upcoming blog that highlights the whole vendor/day of process!
We are currently booking consultations 2016 and 2017 weddings.
You know there is never a dull moment in our work flow. We are surrounded by wonderful clients and friends that are in the wedding industry. And, we have a knack for finding the truly unique and energizing projects.
Recently we happened upon a very exciting new magazine called Rock Bride. The first issue is under production and will release later in the Spring. The magazine is also producing a wedding show in Bellevue this fall. We are told the show will have live entertainment, vendor booths, cake tastings, wine and beer tastings, two fashion shows, a Men’s Zone and lots of give-aways.
We met with the publisher and knew instantly that we must sign up for the show. Serenity Armstrong, publisher extraordinare, had us from the moment she explained her concept. “This is not your mother’s wedding” has become the magazine’s tagline. BINGO. Our enthusiasm helped land a few stylized shoots. These are the types of shoots that THRILL us. Trying new techniques, working with top notch wedding industry vendors, talented models all the while being able to create something that will hopefully help inspire engaged couples plan their unique wedding.
Our clients are looking for something different. They want a modern twist on their wedding. Granted, this modern wedding might include vintage flair with the height of elegance and sparkle or it might involve a Time Travel Theme or a combination somewhere in between. So what makes something a modern wedding? We are seeing couples that are making their own traditions. We are seeing themed weddings emerge, destination weddings, hybrid elopements, weddings with unique entertainment for guests, pop-up weddings and lots of LGBT weddings – which makes our hearts sing.
While we eagerly await for the release of the first issue of Rock This Bride, we can only show very basic sneak peek photos. Here are a few from our stylized shoots. You can only guess what we were up to…because we can’t tell you!
The first image is of our models back in their street clothes. The rest are hints. But, our lips are sealed!
Are you planning a summer or fall rustic outdoor wedding? Firstlight Photography has photographed over 150 weddings and are adept at photographing outdoor weddings as well as barn / rustic venues.
We come prepared with our full gear including lighting and an assortment of cameras and lenses. Kier, owner and one of our lead photogs, is equipped with his “murse” (his male handbag, dare we say man purse?) that truly is like the Tardis – bigger on the inside. We have items that come in handy for the couple and their wedding party and our camera bags weigh in at around 40 lbs each. So, we spend a fair bit of time working out in the off season!
Lighting and weather conditions change frequently so we are always prepared to ensure our couples get the photos they imagined. While we always look polished and presentable we do so in a manner that affords us the ability to cover rough terrain. We sport sensible, waterproof and off road worthy foot gear so we don’t miss a beat.
Are you looking for just the right Washington wedding venue? We know lots of vendors and have a preferred vendor list on our website. We would be happy to meet for a consultation to review your wedding plans and help you get a jump start to your big day.
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.
Do you really need a butter dish?
When we first started our wedding photography business we got the idea to create a wedding photography registry. Many of our couples already have two toasters and had shared their struggles with the whole wedding registry process. Everyone felt awkward asking for money but they all liked the idea of getting help funding wedding elements.
We knew couples that registered for their honeymoon and it got us thinking about our own registry. We asked a few couples if a wedding photography registry would be helpful. Since the beginning of our business this has been one of our most popular features.
Why register for photography?
A wedding registry is an excellent way to get your wedding photography package paid for by your friends and family. You can add the elements you want to your big day and you can add on upgrades like a boudoir shoot or an album with a metal cover and additional pages. Simply put it offers more flexibility with your overall wedding budget.
And how exactly does it work?
With your invites and when people ask where you are registered you can provide them our contact information. Your guests can contact us and we will send them an invoice for their contribution towards your package. If they wish to remain confidential until the wedding we won’t let you know who has contributed. As gifts are added to your registry we notify you of your shrinking photography package balance.
Our couples love the option of a wedding photography registry.
As Seattle area wedding photographers we get to visit 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.
At every turn the venue offers great photo opportunities. The owners have put a lot of thought into making sure that there are many vantage points for wedding pictures. We were even given help in hoisting Kalley’s dress up for just the perfect setting.
The event went off without a hitch. We coordinated our photo schedule with the couple’s wedding planner Jennifer of Elements NW Events and Weddings so we were all on the same page for the days’ anticipated events. The wedding details were rustic and romantic. The tablescapes included dahlias and a mix of in season flowers set atop marvelously rustic tree platters.
Looking for a different twist on your wedding cake? Kalley and Eric have a love of brownies so they opted for a tower of brownies with all the fixin’s on the side. There was also a decadent candy buffet that the adults frequented more than the children.
Congratulations to Kalley and Eric! We absolutely loved your wedding and are so glad we could be part of the day.
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
Are you ready to hit the ski slopes? Mike and Allie’s Crystal Mountain destination wedding was one of my favorites of the summer. It was an elegant affair with the backdrop of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountain Range providing a sweeping view for all the wedding photos. The Crystal Mountain Resort does not disappoint. As a wedding photographer I couldn’t ask for a better skyline.
Getting married and wanting to preview the venue? You can contact the wedding sales manager for a complimentary site tour which includes a gondola ride to the summit for the bride and groom.
Congratulations to the happy couple.