I had the great pleasure of coming home to photograph my cousin’s wedding in the beautiful state of Washington at the Warm Springs Inn and Winery. I knew it would drive me a bit crazy watching someone else photograph it and I was quite insistent that I be the photographer and luckily they accommodated my wishes. It was a beautiful celebration that lasted many days and combined two families after 11 years and 5 months. I couldn’t wait for the big day because I have the most fun cousins anyone could ever ask for. I knew it was going to be a laughter and joy filled wedding and the family did not disappoint.
The day started off with my cousins jumping in the Wenatchee River and then smashing blackberries in each others faces. The girls were getting ready in a rather peaceful manner while the boys were making a bit more noise. Soon everyone was ready and Amelia looked absolutely gorgeous. We took a few fun family photographs (including one where my aunt had a finger in her ear) and TJ and Amelia wanted to do the “reveal” where the bride taps the groom on the shoulder and the couple is allowed to enjoy seeing each other privately on their day for a couple minutes before walking down the isle. The ceremony was relatively short and quite sweet. The groomsmen played a trick on the groom and gave him a ring they had found randomly years ago making for a bit of laughter at the alter. After a passionate kiss they were congratulated enthusiastically by friends and family. Soon after everyone was eating, drinking and being merry. A few hours later speeches were given including a hilarious one by my cousin, the groom’s brother and best man, Erik. The first dance followed and then the groom and his mother dance.
Smoky skies aided in a stunning sunset and I pulled TJ & Amelia aside for a few photographs. Everyone had an amazing time dancing and ended with a wonderful last dance surrounding the happy couple. To the guests delight the dancing was capped with a tasty taco wagon.
The party didn’t end there as friends & family stayed for several days and continued to enjoy the wonderful company, food and beverages. It was an amazing celebration and I couldn’t have been happier to capture it.