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.
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.
A while back the lovelies at Firstlight Photography posted a question on Facebook about whether or not there was anyone interested in doing a Trash the Dress session with them. I, being the crazy person I am, jumped at the chance. It was suggested that we do the shoot at Rein Fire Ranch in Ravensdale. If you’re not familiar with the area you are sorely missing out. Rein Fire Ranch is located in a beautiful area southeast of Seattle and is surrounded by the majestic Sugarloaf Mountain Forest.
I have to say, my breath was taken away when I first pulled up to the ranch. First off, the place is HUGE. Second, the view is, to be a bit cliche, breathtaking. There’s sky and mountains and trees as far as the eye can see. It’s an absolutely beautiful background. And that’s not even the ranch itself. Rein Fire Ranch has a bounty of awesome features. From the lush green grounds to the rustic barn. From the amazing garden complete with gazebo to the cabana. But my favorite area was probably the pathway between the fenced in pastures, which if you are lucky, may contain a horse or two.
Before lighting up my dress we did some more traditional photos using the barn and grounds. The place is absolutely perfect for wedding photos. There are so many areas to take photos; you can go traditional and use the huge lawn and garden area, you can go rustic and use the barn and pasture areas, not to mention the bridal suit for getting ready. The possibilities are kind of endless. After our foray into traditional pictures it was time to get down to business.
Using one of the fenced in pasture areas we set up a fire pit and got to burning things. First a cardboard cake, then my dress. I can’t tell you how much fun it was. There is something very freeing about ripping off your white dress and throwing it into a fire. And before you ask, yes, I am still very happily married and about to have a baby. I’m just no longer a blushing bride, more like a grown woman who happens to be married. So I guess you could consider my Trash the Dress experience as a coming of age event. With fire.