Snohomish Wedding Venue Green Gates at Flowing Lake | Firstlight Photography

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As Seattle area wedding photographers we work at 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.  

gg seattle wedding photographerThis 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.gg firstlight photography weddingWe fell in love with the venue and admire the owner’s vision and hospitality for clients and vendors.  We are proud to list Green Gates at Flowing Lake as a preferred vendor and are so excited to be one of their preferred vendors.  

We asked Kerry & Debbie Horner a few key questions we know couples have when trying to locate a venue.

gg rustic wedding chicHow long has your venue been open?

The very first wedding at Green Gates was for our daughter’s best friend. We hosted her wedding because she is like a daughter to us. That was in 2009. When she posted her photos online, we were flooded with inquiries from people we didn’t even know. That’s when we knew that this place was something special, and we had to share it with others.

gg best seattle photographerWhat is your typical wedding season start/end time frame?

Until the extensive renovations to the big barn are completed – which will enable us to offer the venue year-round – we are a seasonal venue. Our season begins mid-May and goes until mid-October.

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Do you allow outside catering (outside of your list of preferred vendors)?

We do currently welcome outside professional caterers. If we ever decide to adopt a mandatory list of caterers, we will offer a wide variety and number from which to choose.

gg seattle wedding photographersPlease describe what your role is on the day of the wedding.  

We are very hands-on and available during the entire event because we want our clients to have the reassurance that we care about their event being as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

When we were at your venue we heard you talk about how you designed the grounds to be very photogenic.

Green Gates is a photographer’s playground. With every new project and addition to the venue, we are mindful of the visual allure and photographic memories that will ensue. The photographs are the lasting memories of a couple’s special day. Practically every square foot of the grounds at Green Gates offers a gorgeous and unique backdrop.

What has been the biggest surprise about being a wedding venue operator?

We are constantly delighted and amazed at how we are all so inter-connected. We meet people from all walks of life, from all over the U.S. and even from other countries. Somewhere along the line, we discover that we have friends, family, or experiences in common.

For more information contact Kerry and Debbie.  You might want to hurry  –  2016 Saturdays are nearly all booked.  There are currently several Fridays and Sundays still open.gg seattle wedding venues

gg firstlight photography wedding photographyWedding Vendors Featured in Photos

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

Rustic Summer Barn Wedding | Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

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.

RUSTIC OUTDOOR SUMMER BARN WEDDING | FIRSTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

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