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

Rein Fire Ranch Wedding Venue | Firstlight Photography

Firstlight Photography was pleased to be a part of the recent venue open house at Rein Fire Ranch.

This rustic venue is set in the Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley so the sunsets are superb.  This serene location is versatile.  A rustic barn wedding is fitting here as is a modern elegant wedding.  The grounds are well maintained and the owners make sure events are effortless.

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About Rein Fire Ranch

Nestled in the serene Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley this working ranch feels incredibly serene and remote but it is only 45 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma – making it the ultimate wedding venue   It is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations in the greater Puget Sound area and is highly customizable for your occasion, from cowboy boots to high heels.  You can even BYOH (Bring Your Own Horses).

Rein Fire Ranch Wedding Venue Open House | Win High Value Giveaways!

Come visit Rein Fire Ranch on September 27th for their fall Open House!  Preview their remodeled barn, and meet some of the Northwest’s most creative design, culinary and exemplary event specialists.

Details

Sunday, September 27th
Noon to 5pm
27615 340th Ave SE
Ravensdale, WA 98051

If you are planning a wedding, special event, or are an event planner, please join us.

Please RSVP to Rein Fire Ranch by Sept 18th at info@reinfireranch.com

Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the giveaways!

The vendors that will be attending are:

Firstlight Photography

Scooter’s Custom Catering

Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering & Events

Anchored Memories Productions

Paisley Petals

Simply Celebrations & Events

Wanna Cupcake?

Rachele Erickson Photography

Country Wagon

Pour Girls & Some Guys

Royal Restrooms of Washington

About the Venue

Nestled in the serene Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley this working ranch feels incredibly serene and remote but it is only 45 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma – making it the ultimate wedding venue   It is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations in the greater Puget Sound area and is highly customizable for your occasion, from cowboy boots to high heels.  You can even BYOH (Bring Your Own Horses).

Stop by and say hi to Kier and Mitzi of Firstlight Photography!

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Seattle Theo Chocolate Factory Pop-up Wedding | Firstlight Photography

At Firstlight Photography we get invited to photograph amazing weddings, but this Valentine’s Day we experienced a first.  We felt like Charlie peeling back that golden ticket and gaining entrance to the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.   Theo Chocolate was giving away a wedding to be set INSIDE the historic factory.  A pop-up elopement on Valentine’s Day – and we were able to photograph this one-of-a-kind wedding!

We got in touch with the Drew Zandonella-Stannard, the Marketing Manager at Theo Chocolate, and asked her just how this genius plot was developed.

Was this the first wedding at Theo? 
“We’ve had many proposals and a few weddings inside the factory, but this was the very first wedding giveaway we’ve done on Facebook especially for our fans. And it definitely was the first wedding to take place on Valentine’s Day and on our factory floor, no less!”

What was the inspiration for the Feb 14th wedding giveaway?
“At Theo, we believe in celebrating love in all its many forms. We wanted to do something different and fun for our social media fans on Valentine’s Day and thought that giving away an elopement inside of our chocolate factory with generous local partners like Firstlight PhotographyHotel 1000Terra Bella Flowers, and Westward restaurant would make for an amazing and unique experience.”

What stood out about the contest winners’ story?
“Each one of the couples who submitted their love stories to us were special.  It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to the final four!  In the end, our Facebook fans chose Brenda and Andrew.  It was such an honor to witness their commitment to each other as well as their love for their baby to be. Plus, the Seahawks jerseys they wore in their profile photo were a huge hit!”

Brenda, the beautiful bride, shared details of Andrew and her story and how she was able to secure a truly unique wedding.  

How did you learn about the Valentine’s giveaway?
“A friend of mine told us about the competition. Her mom had sent her the information.  Funny side note, she lives on the east coast – the power of social media and subscription lists.  I entered us and actually didn’t tell Andrew until we were selected!”

Your profile story garnered quite a following.  What did you do to rally the social media troops?
“We shared several times each day and sent messages to almost all of our facebook friends asking them to like and share. We had friends that took it upon themselves to do the same.”

What is the Andrew and Brenda story?  How did you two come to be?
“My fiancé and I met when we were in junior high. We were inseparable until senior year of high school when we parted ways as many young people do. I went to college, and he stayed around our hometown working. Four years passed and we both had been down some pretty broken paths filled with heartache. On July 4, 2009 we saw each other and all of those young love feelings came flooding back. We were again inseparable. Things moved pretty quickly for us and we ended up moving in together within a few months. We have spent the last (almost) six years rebuilding our relationship into the great thing that it is today.

We are that couple that doesn’t go a day without seeing each other.  We have two dogs, and a house and live in our hometown. Things have been great for us for a while. We have spent the last few years traveling being reunited. Last fall we found out we are pregnant with our first child – a boy! Our baby is due June 7, 2015.

We are so excited and basking in the fact that we have become so much closer already. Lucky for us, there’s more to come. While in Hawaii in December, Andrew proposed to me on the beach near a small lagoon. We were not sure when we would have a chance to have a wedding with a baby on the way, and were excited to win the Theo competition. We have always loved our story, but having the Theo Chocolate wedding makes it that much more unique and special. We are so thankful for the life that we have together.”

There were only a few days from being announced winner to saying your “I Do’s”  How did this play out for you? 
“On Friday of the competition, I took a risk and bought my wedding dress. It’s not returnable, but I figured that we planned to get married regardless of if we won the competition. Luckily, my dress was only $200. I am a planner. I can’t stand not having a plan. So, naturally, I planned everything out in my head as the competition was going on. If we win, this, this, this and, this needs to occur. Luckily, we didn’t have to do much because Theo took care of most everything!”

What will you remember the most from your wedding?
“I think what we will remember most from our wedding is the unique situation.  We have been hearing so much about it even a month later because people are just amazed at the situation.  It has, I hope, been a great advertising piece for Theo. I especially think this because we live in Kitsap County, so people do not know of all of the shops in Seattle.  We have an amazing wedding story, thanks to Theo. We were so grateful for the entire thing and were treated like royalty!”

The DETAILS

Dress & Shoes
The dress was purchased at Benita’s in Silverdale.  Since middle school Brenda has been shopping there for dance and pageant dresses.  Her dress had to fit over her pregnant belly so her sister and good friend met at Benita’s and the staff pulled five options.   Brenda knew at first sight which dress stood out.  She tried it on first because she fell in love with it immediately.  She did try on the other dresses, but went with the first dress of the day.

Jewelry
Brenda wore sparkling diamond hoops that were a Christmas gift from Andrew.  Her grandma asked her to incorporate a ring that belonged to her grandfather.  He found the stone in the mountains of Wyoming.  Brenda showcased the ring in the bow on the back of her dress.

She found her shoes at Benita’s and went with a sensible low heel since she was pregnant and wanted to be as comfortable as possible on her big day.

Flowers
Terra Bella Floral Design and Mercantile provided the wedding flowers.  Terra Bella Floral Design and Mercantile hosted a pop-up shop inside Theo Chocolate on Valentine’s Day.  Their selection of floral design is unique and artful.  They are a sustainable flower shop, sourcing local, organic and consciously grown flowers.

About Theo Chocolate
Theo Chocolate is proud to be the very first Organic, Fair Trade certified bean-to-bar chocolate maker in North America.  Since 2006, the company has been making mind-bendingly amazing chocolate.  Many people would be surprised to know that on a good day, they can make up to 55 THOUSAND chocolate bars at the Seattle factory!

Theo Chocolate has lots of exciting things brewing for the future, including exclusive tasting events, chocolate making classes, and special tours. Folks who are interested in keeping up with all of the latest happenings can follow @theochocolate on social media and check out the Events Page.

About Firstlight Photography
Firstlight Photography is a husband and wife team.  Kier and Mitzi spend their time doing work they both love.  Services provided include wedding photographyboudoir and pin up photography and corporate events.  The studio is located between Seattle and Tacoma with frequent travel throughout Washington, Oregon and California.  Call Firstlight Photography for a phone consultation or meet over coffee to talk about your photography needs.  Firstlight Photography works with each client to devise custom fit packages.  A 15% military discount is offered on all services.

Small Wedding & Elopements in Seattle at Bed, Baked and Beyond | Firstlight Photography

We love being a part of so many fabulous Seattle elopements.  Are you eloping and want to get married in Seattle?  By popular demand, Firstlight Photography has created an elopement package (the “Micro”) for our couples.  The elopements we photograph take us all over the Pacific Northwest.  Our Seattle based elopement photography work takes us from the ski slopes to Snoqualmie Falls and everywhere in between.  We have even photographed a ceremony in a park – and the witnesses were local joggers.

Some of our couples want an intimate wedding venue and we have found a little piece of paradise right here in our backyard.  Bed, Baked and Beyond: Cherry Hill   Guesthouse and Venue is a Victorian guest house in Seattle’s Central Area.  This is the PRIMO site for your petite wedding.  You and your guests can take over the venue for your petite wedding.  You can rent the first floor and backyard garden for events – for under $500.  And, if you and your guests want to stay in one location, this large house is appointed with four unique and stylish guest rooms.  Prices range from $60 to $120 per night.

We toured the venue during a recent open house.  We had met Abil and Melissa before at the Burlycon Convention where they had a pop up vintage boutique that was one of the biggest highlights for us.  Melissa has an amazing vintage collection of clothing including wedding gowns from many different decades.  These were on display all throughout the home.

Melissa and Abil will help you plan your special event, rehearsal dinner or petite wedding.  In our time at their home we knew we wanted to spend more time with them.  They love what they do and have such a passion for this home and their clients.  They are amazing conversationalists.  Melissa is a chef so she serves up an amazing spread and Abil is a nutritionist who makes sure guests have a good selection of fresh fruits and good eats.  These two know Seattle so they serve as the perfect bed and breakfast hosts.  They will help guide your stay and adventures.

We were fortunate to be able to sample the Tin Box Bakeshop cakes that are a specialty at the venue.  Planning your wedding or event?  The owners will help coordinate tasty desserts and can even source your bouquets and flowers from the local Pike Place Market.

See for yourself and give Bed, Baked and Beyond: Cherry Hill a call to book your party, engagement, rehearsal dinner or your petite wedding or elopement.

They are also equipped with an outdoor room aptly called the Potting Shed.  This is a great outdoor lounge that overlooks the beautiful gardens.  This venue is a cannabis friendly location.

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.

SEATTLE ROCK ‘N ROLL WEDDING |FIRSTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

This past year has been a whirlwind for us and we have not posted a few of our absolute FAVORITE weddings on our blog.  We cherish this wedding like the true gem that it is, but we are so excited to share with you since it does offer quite a satisfying dose of wedding porn.  Rock n Roll Wedding?  Uhm, yes please.

We know you will enjoy Alyson and Andy’s Rock n Roll Wedding.

Do You Come Here Often?
Like the perfect Seattle pairing, these two met at a café – Cafe Casbah to be exact.  The had been  traveling in the same circles for years but until that fateful day at the Casbah they just kept missing one another.

The Officiant
Who better to serve as officiant that the woman who was instrumental in these two getting together?  Angela, the Casbah barista that talked these two up to each other, performed the union.  Alyson recounts that during the early days, she provided just the perfect amount of meddling that made their intentions for each other clear without being awkward.

Wedding Inspiration
Let’s face it, every bride we’ve met is busy.  Alyson is no different.  She is a multi-tasker extraordinaire.  Without time or desire to sit around and read wedding magazines so she read the Offbeat Bride blog features on a weekly basis.  She also relied on Indie Bride and  Rock n Roll Bride to help build up confidence and to find inspiration.

The Wedding Theme – The Overall Vibe
Alyson and Andy wanted the whole day to be a really super awesome day in their lives.  The goal was to let their out of town guests, including the bride’s East Coast family, get a bird’s eye view and flavor of what this couple’s “Seattle thing” is all about.

It is Your Day – The Bonus Hour
After the getting ready and couple shots were done, Alyson and Andy were on the move to their venue.   We took off early to navigate through the Seattle Gay Pride Parade but thanks to a speedy driver, we busted through the city like it was nothing.  Like a good photographer Kier advised them to think about how long it was before their next meal.  Andy and Alyson asked to reroute to the Twilight Exit for a Manhattan and nachos.  They turned their phones off, shared a few laughs and even had time to play an old 80s table top video game.

Picking a Seattle Wedding Venue or Two
For the wedding, the couple wanted to select places from their Seattle community.  The wedding was held at Central Cinema where Alyson worked for nearly three years.

And, where do you go when you want your friends’ bands to be able to play three separate sets?  The Georgetown Ballroom offered a great mix of indoor/outdoor space and allowed for a structure to the party portion of the wedding.

Here Comes The Bride
Getting married at Central Cinema the couple thought they should have a slide show to take advantage of the theater venue.  So when Alyson told her friend, who just happened to be Clinton McClung, one of the program managers for the Seattle International Film Festival and former Central Cinema programmer, he said he could help.

Clinton brought her slide show concept to a whole new level.  He suggested he make a movie so they put down ideas like the gay marriage scene from Wet Hot American SummerBeetlejuicePrincess Bride and more.  They weren’t trying to be too in your face about their stance on marriage equality but thought it was a sly way to recognize it  – especially since they were married in the middle of Gay Pride Day.  The movie also featured Wayne’s World, and Billy Idol’s White Wedding video clips.

And How About that Wedding March Song
Making a grand entrance was accompanied by friends of the couple performing the song “Happiness”by Kasabian – a British band the couple had seen earlier in the year.  It is their only love song and it was perfect for this event.

Jessica Abbott accompanied by her boyfriend Trevor O’Dell on the cinema’s piano, during the processional. They are an established act that Andy and Alyson help manage bookings for now!

Alyson admitted there were a few times that she would put the song on and rehearse – after work.

Andy and Alyson met halfway down the aisle to the sultry “Boom Boom Boom” by former Seattle band Post Stardom Depression – one of the brides fave bands for many years. 


The Wedding Dress & that Amazeballs Reception Dress
To find the perfect dress Alyson started at a wedding shop but then went to Nordstrom’s  with her mom, her recently married friend and one of her “wingmen.”  The whole process took 3 hours.  They had one in her size and it was exactly what she wanted.

What a better way to top off her look but with some sparkle.  One of Alyson’s best girlfriends gifted her a fascinator from a Portland milliner friend.

To get the look perfected, Alyson’s wingman, Derik, styled her the day of the wedding (he is her stylist and colorist too).

After the wedding she changed into a  reception dress that was made by friend Pia Johns.  The dress was textural and full of movement and whimsy.  It looked great with her knee high Chuck Taylors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dapper Esquire Wingmen
Andy and the groomsmen looked dapper as all get out.  Most of this couple’s appointed wingmen had their own black suits.  Alyson asked her esquire wingmen to buy new shirts and ties and the ever important Converse Hightops.

Wedding Details Like No Other

The Wedding Logo
It all starts with your wedding logo (Alyson attributes the logo concept to Offbeat Bride).  The logo and ceremony invitation and program was designed by the bride’s aunt, Chris Winders. She lives on the East Coast, but is so talented she was able to nail the designs on the first try, exclusively communicating through phone calls and emails.

Once they had the logo they had a stamp made and put it all over their wedding items.  It is a great way to brand your wedding and gave the couple lots of ideas on how to use the logo.  They put it on matchbooks, invitation poster tubes and can use it for their thank you cards.  The logo was also featured on the paparazzi and security shirts made the couples had made for the wedding photographers (us!) and friends in charge of crowd control.

Rock ‘n Roll Poster Invites
Alyson and Andy got a real live rock star to do the poster invites for the party! Jefferson Angell (front man of Missionary Position, now touring arenas of the world fronting Walking Papers) makes excellent show posters, and nailed theirs.

Backstage Passes
What Rock n Roll wedding is complete without backstage passes.  The couple had laminated backstage passes on lanyards for the bride, groom, father of the bride, mother of the bride, wingmen, best man and the Reception Master of Ceremonies.   To continue with the rock and roll vibe, two of Alyson’s girlfriends were “doorguys” handing out flyers with musical guest information to incoming guests at the Georgetown Ballroom.

The Flowers
The flower inspiration came right off the blog pages of Offbeat Bride.  Alyson quipped she “didn’t know that duct tape had made such advances.”  There are many more colors than the utilitarian silver hue.  Now duct tape has an arsenal of colors and patterns.

The Favors
What do you get the guests of a rock n roll wedding?  The favors lined the tables in paper lunch sacks that were emblazoned with the couple’s wedding logo.  Inside guests found gourmet hard candy from the Stained Glass Candy Company.  The tasty treat looks like gemstones.  Every favor bag needs a beer coozie emblazoned with a wedding logo (Andy’s idea, since they were doing all canned beer, and, according to his wife, he is NEVER without a coozie!).  Also included were matchbooks with the couple’s logo and of course what every concert goer needs – earplugs.

And Now for Some More Music
Alyson and Andy have a lot of friends – and many of them are musicians.  Members of all 3 bands are some of their dearest friends and Alyson and Andy are very loyal fans.  They joked with the bands that they would be providing them with a captive audience.

The lineup:  MinirexBlue Star Creeper and The Missionary Position.

Their friends did not disappoint.  Hands down this was an amazing concert.

Pinball Wizard

Skill Shot, Seattle’s Pinball Zine, was a main feature of the reception. Since they were reporting on Andy and Alyson’s wedding the guys from Skill Shot donned backstage press passes.

The couple met the Skill Shot guys at Shorty’s, a local bar featuring a collection of sixteen pinball machines ranging from AC DC to the Wizard of Oz.   Skill Shots is the insider on the local pinball tournaments and they ran the tournament event at the wedding.  The pinball machine was a loaner from the friend’s private collection.

Making a Grand Entrance
One night when they were first dating the couple had plans to go to the 24 hour diner but were too lazy to get a cab.  Sacsha, owner of Greener Cab, was pedaling by and asked if they needed a ride.  He had his brother with him so they each got into pedi cabs going down 4th Ave at 1 in the morning.

Alyson had read the Offbeat Bride book and was really taken by the concept of having a walk or some private time where right after the wedding the couple walks alone.  She was trying to think of how to fit that into their ceremony.  And, lightbulb moment – they would pedi cab it to the 2nd location.

Sacsha took extra care to dress up the pedi cab and added a “just married” sign.  The entrance created a scene with people honking and cheering along their several mile ride.

They arrived into the courtyard of the Georgetown Ballroom where their adoring fans were cheering them on.  The pedi cab was left it in the courtyard and it was a great photo prop.

Fancy Date Night Pizza for Wedding Dinner & Strawberry Shortcake
For this couple they agreed that working in the food and beverage industry really paid off in spades when it came to planning and sourcing locations, supplies and catering for the big day.  They kept it local.

Alyson used to work at Zeek’s Pizza – and it is a common date night so selecting fancy date night fare for the wedding was a no brainer.  The couple sourced food from Cash & Carry for the salads.  And, Bitterroot,  a PNW BBQ restaurant in Ballard, did the strawberry shortcake.  Alyson worked there and came up with the idea since Andy doesn’t like cake but they both heart strawberry shortcake.

The couple picked The Upstairs, a local Belltown bar, where Andy used to bartend, to host their rehearsal dinner.

Hilliard’s Beer is a new brewery in Ballard they both love.  Both of the businesses Alyson and Andy used to work at serve their product.  To keep an eye on budget they mixed in this craft beer with a variety of other beers.

To make sure the night went off without a hitch they hired the Invisible Hostess to do all the catering, staffing and bartending.

 

The Wedding Reviews
What did the couple hear after the wedding?  For their friends in their social it was the best wedding ever – it had all the things they loved.  None of their families had ever been to anything so off the beaten path.  It was hard to explain their wedding concept in a cohesive way but now that they experienced it, family members felt like they knew Alyson and Andy a lot better and what their lives are like in Seattle.

Wedding Advice
Just let everything about your relationship and love shine through.  Know where to make compromises with your vision.  They had dreams of a photo booth, rock band competition, aerial artists and more but the couple wisely advises that you have got to be ok with saying goodbye to some of those grander visions if they don’t fit your budget or emotional capacity.  In other words, don’t bust your budget or your sanity.  Keep the big picture in mind.

The Show Must Go On…In Style
Alyson and Andy hired local comedian, burlesque host, and dear friend Vincent Drambuie as the evenings emcee. Not only did he introduce the entertainment, he ran around the venue like a madman, screaming announcements of upcoming reception events (gender neutral bouquet toss, cake cutting, toasts, departing shuttle buses) into an electric bullhorn.

Local boylesque performer, emcee, and singer EmperROAR Fabulous sang love classics between bands to keep the performance element going.

The Glue That Held it All Together
Megan Keller, of a Kurant Event, and her assistants absolutely smashed it, from setting up the cinema to breaking down the venue.  Alyson recounts that she barely saw her that day, but she sent her shots, kept the couple on track for the demands of family photos, had more pizza ordered when it ran out (The couple didn’t even know it happened until a month later!), and, in Alyson’s words, “just kicked ass all over the place.”  Megan was her rock via phone, email, and text the whole month of the event.

What to Do When Vendors are Friends and Refuse $
To show their gratitude for the talents’ time, travel, learning special songs (“Amzeah” from Minirex and Alyson learned a duet to “Oh!” by Sleater-Kinney, practiced in advance, and totally surprised Andy and everyone else!  Missionary Position learned “A Little Help from My Friends” in the style of Joe Cocker, and blew the roof off the house when they closed with it and everybody held hands and swayed).  The couple bought a $100 gift certificate to Guitar Center for each band.  They picked out a top-shelf turquoise eyeshadow for EmpeROAR and repurposed the venue’s “groom’s suite” as a green room for all the talent.

How Much Does an Epic 2 Venue, 3 Band Rock n Roll Wedding Cost These Days?
The couple tapped into local sourcing and rolled with their budget as the planning progressed.  This magazine worthy wedding came in at under $20,000.

The Honeymoon & Beyond
The couple decompressed in Portland for a few days after the wedding, but saved enough money, along with their wedding gifts to spend a month in New Zealand last spring as their big honeymoon. They skydived, rafted, sea kayaked, caved, hitchhiked, ate, and drank their way around a great country. The first of many journeys!

Alyson and Andy now operate a small home business called Hello Lucky.  Alyson practices waxing and skincare, and Andy crunches the numbers and writes her paychecks. An excellent partnership!

It took us a while to put this blog together.  It was such an epic day and the couple is just very special to us.  Many thanks to them for picking us – and for Alyson her time and talent making sure the blog details were just right.  She also gave us a great update.  Their friend Justin, who beat out his girlfriend Angela for the prize in the gender neutral bouquet toss, is going to be a dad!  The couple is happily engaged and expecting their first baby!

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

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