Chris and Beth had their wedding ceremony and reception at Cascade Garden in Yakima. The weather forecast was for temperatures in the high 90s. Fortunately, Cascade Garden provides a refreshing oasis on a hot day. The grounds offer beautiful landscaping, unique structures (including an air-conditioned lodge) and plenty of shade trees to keep guests cool. As a photographer, I was inspired by all of the amazing detail work that is found in the gardens. The options for taking beautiful wedding portraits are limited only by the creativity of the photographer. One of my favorite shots of the day was peeking through a intricate wood door into a garden building where Beth and Chris were having a nice moment together after their “first look” and before the wedding ceremony. I was also struck by the color and symmetry of the hops field across the street that made for a fun sunset outing later in the evening for one last portrait.
The love that Beth and Chris have for one another was evident from the first time I met them, hearing them talk about how they met and just seeing the way they look at each other and interact. The guests had ample opportunities to witness this love on their wedding day too, however, as a photographer I often see little moments throughout the day that not everyone else does. A few that stand out to me are the handwritten letter (with a Kit Kat treat) that Chris delivered to Beth while she was getting ready and the unrestrained looks of joy and excitement on their faces when they saw each other for the first time before the ceremony. While every wedding is unique for me to observe and document, I also have to add that the odds are quite strong that I will never again have a bride who is an identical triplet!