Archive for Rustic Chic

Congratulations to Frank & Riki!  They recently got married North of Seattle (quite a way North) at the beautiful Saltbox Barn on Fir Island.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day or a more amazing venue.  The barn is really nice, offering great shade and a breeze on a rather warm day, some great spots for photos.  All in all it was a really fun day with a really great couple.



I’ve known Tricia for a long time, since she just before she had her first baby, for this maternity (her 4th) she joined forces with her sister and we headed out toward Roslyn(From Northern Exposure fame) and Ellensburg for some cool settings.  We had a great day and here are a few of their photos.

July 25, 2018

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.


Amy & Paul got married in a very nice back yard wedding… a really big back yard.

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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.

Wedding Vendors
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


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.


Now that our  {Firstlight Photography} summer weddings are giving us a chance to come up for air, we wanted to feature Dan and Megin’s rustic chic Pickering Barn wedding in proper detail!

Megin wanted to surprise Dan with the wedding dress so we hadn’t seen it either.  She rocked her gorgeous vintage inspired wedding gown by Brides by Demetrios in Bellevue.  Oh, and yes, she did leave him speechless!

Dude Duds
This will be no shocker…the groom and his groomsmen were looking dapper in their tuxedos thanks to the Men’s Wearhouse.

What can we say?  Reverend Ray Van Winkle truly is passionate about his work as a wedding officiant.  Megin and Dan had said they had to pick him because he has been known incorporate Dr. Seuss into vows.  We loved his work but when we saw his website we knew he was “good people” when he shared the story of how he dressed up as Elvis for a Halloween wedding.

When Dan and Megin sat down with us to conceptualize their wedding Dan was beaming about his ONE request – a cheese fountain as part of the wedding catering.  Yes, it was pulled right off the screen from Talladega Nights.  So, the kitsch factor was there but we never expected it to taste so fabulous.  Jen’s Catering classed up the cheese fountain.  Their food was amazing as well.

Pickering Barn is located in Issaquah and serves as a great backdrop for wedding photos.  Its landscaping is lush and there are many trees on the property.  It sports rustic chic details with all the modern amenities.  Construction of the original hay barn dates back to 1896 and the dairy barn was built in 1906.  Dan and Megin’s ceremony was held in the hay barn and the ceremony was in the adjacent dairy barn.  The venue used to host cattle, but now it can accommodate upwards of 400!

Rented Elegance did a great job on the wedding flowers and the GINORMOUS hanging  candelabra.  Full twinkle power galore!  The flowers and decorated candles that lined the aisle in the hay barn were gorgeous.  Very vintage and super romantic.  They also helped the family set up all of the table scapes.

Sound Sational Music provided the wedding music and owner Ken served as the MC for the evening.  He announced the first dances, photo booth opening, bouquet and garter toss etc and he kept the party rockin’.  Ken did a great job keeping the wedding festivities on schedule.  As a photographer it is extremely helpful to have this level of organization.

There were lots and lots of wedding cakes at this wedding.  The bride and groom’s main cake was done by Mike’s Amazing Cakes in Redmond.  Not only was it beautiful but we snuck a taste as well.  Two thumbs up.  Each table had its own specialty flavor of wedding cake.  We’re talking red velvet, raspberry, lemon, chocolate and the list continues.  These individual cakes were baked by 3.14 Bakery in White Center. The bride and groom helped decorate the individual cake stands.

This was our most rockin’ wedding photobooth ever.  Mitzi was busy for 2 hours snapping shots.  Our photobooth experience has grown to include many props.  The most popular seemed to be the pirate hook, silly hats and dollar sign shades.  This was definitely a fun crew.

Wedding Favors
Each table included a decorated white paper bag  to be filled by CANDY!  The candy bar was hopping and had many great treats.  The mini chocolate bars had been painstakingly wrapped with wedding color paper and adornments.  Let us just say that the kids (and adults) were hopped up on sugar and loving that candy bar.

The wedding was fabulous and the vintage details were so fitting for the Issaquah wedding venue.  Dan and Megin had been collecting mason jars almost since they got engaged.  The candles that were placed in the jars as well as the fresh lavendar sprigs that decorated the tables really helped to tie everything together.

Congratulations Dan and Megin.  May you live long and prosper!


it is in the details

John and Adrienne had an amazing rustic chic barn wedding in the family orchard in Selah, WA.   We loved the vintage feel and the attention to detail.  Comfortable elegance at its best.  More rustic chic weddings to come at  Firstlight Photography!