Leah and Allen contacted me from out of state. They had visited the wineries in Woodinville, WA, during a vacation. Like so many, they fell in love with that area. Leah chose the Chateau Lill for their wedding. They planned a trip to visit the winery, to finalize details, and asked me to meet them there so we could be onsite together.

We had such fun that we kind of lost track of time. I think we were there for almost two hours scouting locations and touring the entire facility. This planning is a very important part of planning a wedding. As the photographer, not only was it my chance to meet the bride and groom in person, but it provided an opportunity to find and point out ideal locations for the photos. If anything changed, such as one of our typical rainstorms, it also gave me the chance to find alternate (and alternate, alternate) locations (it is Washington, afterall!)

The ceremony was traditional, ending with the stomping of the glass. A bit of fun ensued as neither the bride nor the groom could break the glass on the first try. Or the second. Or... Heh, yup. It took three tries. If you are interested in reading about the tradition, click this link for a great explanation. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/breaking-the-glass-at-a-jewish-wedding/

Off to the reception, where there was much celeration!

After the ceremony as the crowd moved to the reception area I noticed this couple staying seated, enjoying a minute of quiet. There was such a peacefulness about them sitting there that I wanted to share the photo with you. Weddings can be highly energized with a lot of commotion. But there are moments when all of that is filtered out.

Lastly, we have the table detail along with some fun at the reception. Chateau Lill is a wonderful location and one I hope you will consider for you wedding!

Table detail, right before everyone sat for dinner

When you think no one is looking...