It may not look like it, but this was a very cold day in November! We'd just some snow the day before, so parts of tri-cities still had snow on the ground. But there was still plenty of fall color — this was perfect since it allowed for several different looks to their engagement photos. Since it was so cold, we picked up some hot chocolate for Lizeth and Ricardo to help keep them warm. We started at Howard Amon park where it still had awesome fall colors and leaves on the ground. Lizeth and Ricardo were great sports as they posed for photos while freezing! We then visited the WSU campus in Richland since it had the most snow. Finally, we made use of the Christmas lights at the Parkway in Richland since it was dusk. It was definitely a fun photo shoot and we are glad the Lizeth and Ricardo are such a fun couple to work with.
This adorable couple got married on a memorable day — 11/11/11. (They'll have no trouble remembering their anniversary in the future!) Kayla and all the girls began getting ready at the new house she and Tony were moving into (the day before!), then moved on to Word of Faith Center. It was a whirlwind of action with all of the moms, bridesmaids, sisters, and flower-girls scrambling about getting ready. Kayla was such a beautiful bride! One of our favorite parts about winter weddings is when they wear gorgeous fur wraps. It is always encouraging to see such a show of support — they had one of the biggest bridal parties we've seen — seven on each side! They chose not too see each other before the ceremony, so the first time he saw her was as she walked down the aisle. It was a very sweet ceremony, complete with a slideshow of the couple playing while they took communion. They had some adorable little flower girls and ring bearer, who almost made it all the way up without help. :) After the ceremony, we got to take them around for portraits at the church and along the river behind the Shilo Inn in Richland. Both had some great opportunities for us and some beautiful fall colors still clinging to the trees. Unfortunately we got cut a bit short by rain but it held out long enough to get most of the family. At the Shilo Inn they had a big reception — it was a great day for a lot of family and friends on both sides to come together, dance, and have fun. Like a lot of couples this year, they had cupcakes for the guests. But their cupcakes were assembled as bouquets and put together so well that it took us awhile to realize that they were fact dessert, not flowers! It was a beautiful and memorable day and we wish Kayla and Tony the best!
We took Ruth and Chris to a secret winery in Benton City. It was a really cold day, so we were glad that everyone dressed warm! The vineyard offered some great looks for autumn. Taking photos amid the elaborate wineries and the vineyards definitely shows off the best of the tri-cities. We had great time and they looked looked great together. We very excited to being doing their wedding next summer at Terra Blanca!
We shot Megan and Tracy's engagement photos a couple years ago, so it was great to capture their wedding again even after so long. They got married on an absolutely beautiful October day — the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Their ceremony and reception were at LionsGate Wedding Chapel in Kennewick. This was the first time we had a wedding there; it is a charming little chapel with a unique vintage feel, complete with a suit of armor in the corner! For portraits, they rented one of the vintage limos from Four Star Limos, and we had a lot of fun with it. Megan chose a unique theme for her wedding and did an amazing job incorporating all of the details. The theme was locks and keys, she had antique keys everywhere in the decorations, on the tables and hanging from the centerpieces. The couple was married by Stacy from Uniquely I Do, who did an great job keeping it simple while personalizing it for them. During the ceremony, they inserted letters written to each other into a locked box, to be opened and read on their first anniversary. Her invitations were old books, hollowed out and filled with information about the wedding. And instead of a signing book, they had quilt pieces for the guests to sign, making for a beautiful and useful keepsake.
The chapel and reception hall were both beautiful — the reception hall was lit up with countless lights.While the bouquet usually goes to a single girl, they gave it to a married woman (based on who had been married the longest) — pretty sweet idea. Everyone had a wonderful time and when the night finally wore down we were more than a little jealous as they headed off to Hawaii. They are such a cute, fun couple with loads of personality. We had a great time shooting their wedding!
October can start to get cold in the tri-cities, but it wasn't the case for Rachel and Josué's wedding day. Once the girls finished getting their hair and makeup done, they hopped into a huge limo and rode off to Terra Blanca. Once everyone was there, Rachel and Josh had their first look under the long vine-covered arbor. It was a cute moment as Rachel pretended as if she was going to pounce Josué, and somehow read her mind and did the same! The ceremony took place in a private cove at the back of the winery. Rachel entered from above, but without her shoes! Evidently they couldn't be found, but she was perfectly happy to go barefoot. The ceremony was beautiful, even with a brief interruption by a bi-plane (paparazzi?) flying overhead. Terra Blanca has several beautiful backdrops that just look great in their highlight movie. There was a cool corn field we got to walk through, and we thrilled that Rachel and Josué were willing to try fun things. We also got to go inside the cellars and walk around all the wine casks. There were many heartfelt speeches which really showed how much everyone loves and cares for Rachel and Josué. Their cakes had both Cougar and Seahawk logos!
Everyone had fun dancing, visiting with friends, and just enjoying the ambiance. This was such an enjoyable day for us and we just want to say thanks and congratulations to Rachel and Josh.
Chrissy and Robert had their wedding at the Memories at Sunset Event Center in Richland. Chrissy loves candles and had them everywhere — it really added to the ambiance of the wedding! Even guests held candles during the ceremony. Chrissy and Robert chose music from various movies to walk into, even though Chrissy says the movie theme wasn't intentional. :) During the recessional they played a Storybook Love from the Princess Bride — it fit so well that we included it in their movie. The staff of Memories at Sunset prepared for the reception while the guests enjoyed the sunset on the patio while eating appetizers. And what a great sunset it was! With the textured clouds scattered throughout, we were able to get some beautiful shots. Speeches ranged from sincere and sentimental to fun and maybe a little (or a lot) embarrassing. :) Given the conservative crowd, it was great to see everyone get out on the dance floor. Chrissy and Robert had an awesome day and we were glad we could be a part of it. It was one of the most romantic weddings we've seen.
This September wedding was awesome because the couple was so fun! The ceremony was at Richland Lutheran Church and the reception was at Stone Ridge Event Center. We never realized how beautiful that church was on the inside, it had some beautiful stained glass windows we had fun with. Stoneridge was a great place for photos as well, especially in the small vineyard just before sunset. These two were one of the happiest couples all day long, which is so much fun for us!
Jeannie & Eli were married at Anthony's Banquet & Event Center last September. The staff there at Anthony's is always great to work with. We love being able to take photos along the river path behind the event center. We played with a new piece of art next door — we had the wedding party on, in it, and around it. The weather wasn't as great as it could have been, but thankfully everything was indoors and able to stay dry until it cleared up during the reception. They had a lot of unique touches; we loved the hairpieces that the girls wore and the colors of the unity sand! But the make-you-cry moment when the bride's daughter walked her down the aisle!
We took Julie and Paul to one of our favorite (secret!) wineries in Benton City. Julie was wearing dress that looked similar to Sari, it was beautiful. Not to be out done, Paul was dressed in a handsome suit. Together they looked great! We took advantage of several different locations around the winery like the vineyards, a pond, and the beautiful winery itself. Near the end of the shoot, the sun began to set and we were able to get some amazing shots as the sun lit them from behind. They are a happy couple and we were grateful we could capture them!
Elizabeth & Cirenio got married at a hidden gem of a venue — Bella Fiori Gardens in Kennewick. Hidden away out towards Finley, WA it has a lot of tall arbors which gives it a secluded and peaceful feel. There are many other really amazing features like a gazebo, fountains, and archways. All of the girls also carried parasols! (More weddings should include parasols.) Her shoes were memorable — amazing bright blue shoes; they added a fun note to her elegant dress and LONG train. They were an incredibly cute couple and it was a beautiful wedding!