colette + ryan. [wedding photograph] evergreen gardens.

This wedding was dreamy.  Evergreen Gardens is a stunning venue in Ferndale, WA.  The property is surrounded by impeccable gardens and towering evergreens.  There's a covered pavilion, gorgeous covered arch ways, playful swings, and the whole place feels like you stepped into The Secret Garden.  It also has separate places for the bride and groom to get ready.  This made it so easy to capture getting ready shots and head out to photograph their beautiful first look on the grounds.  Having everything in one location is such a bonus when planning logistics for a wedding day. I started photographing the beautiful bride, Colette, in her getting ready room and had fun shooting her wedding details around the gardens.  The first look happened in a private area of the many gardens and pathways.  Ryan's expression when he saw his bride for the first time was beautiful.  This is often my favorite part of a wedding.  There are no words to describe the look on a bride and groom's face when they see their beloved.  Most couples are choose to have this first look be an intimate time for the couple only before the ceremony.  I love the first look for so many reasons but I would say that for photography, it's particularly great because it allows for all formal portraits to happen before the ceremony.  After the bride and groom have seen each other, the bride/groom portraits, the family portraits, and the wedding party formals can all happen before the ceremony.  After you say 'I do,' you can all immediately start celebrating with your guests at the reception.

It was one of those days where we all thought a major rain storm was coming.  The bride was prepared with many white umbrellas and even had the ceremony set up in a alternative covered area.  With all of these precautions taken, the sun decided to come out and we never felt one drop.  About an hour before the wedding ceremony, the couple made the call to move the ceremony to its original outdoor location.  Everyone pitched in a before we knew it, a gorgeous outdoor wedding was taking place.

The bride and groom planned for such a beautiful wedding and reception.  Their dinner was spectacular (if you're looking for a caterer, check out Memorable Events and Catering).  There were wine and cheese pairings, a decadent spread of food and dessert (start drooling at the photos below) all with suggested wines.  Mmmm.  After dinner, guests could relax around the grounds and enjoy s'mores and drinks by the camp fire.  A friend of the couple's performed some beautiful music.  What a wedding.  I was honored to photograph your big day, Colette and Ryan!



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Venue: Evergreen Gardens located in Ferndale, WA

Caterer: Memorable Events and Catering located in Ferndale, WA.  I can't say enough positive things about Memorable Events.  Their food was divine.

Wedding cake and dessert table: Pure Bliss Desserts located in Bellingham, WA.  Mmmm.