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Bainbridge Island Wedding at IslandWood | Maggie + Brian

Wow, where do I start with Maggie and Brian’s awesome, eco-conscious wedding at IslandWood? Well, I guess it’s worth mentioning that we first met these guys last Spring, when they won a giveaway for an engagement session through Wedding Bee. That was when we discovered that they are both also University of Oregon alums (and super cool, to boot). We shot their engagement photos on the Seattle waterfront, the Bainbridge-bound ferry boat, and on Bainbridge Island itself, where Maggie grew up. We were so, so pleased to head back to the Island to photograph their weekend wedding this February at Bainbridge’s fabulous eco-learning center, IslandWood.

If you know anything about the Pacific Northwest, you know that we’re home to very wet winter weather. In fact, the extended forecast predicted rain on their wedding day for weeks and weeks beforehand. Well, Maggie and Brian were blessed with the sunniest weekend ever. That meant that while Maggie and Brian got ready, their guests could explore, and then all of us could golf-cart around the trails for some awesome photos. The only unexpected by-product of the sun was that it was super-cold (like ACTUAL February temperatures) and windy. By Saturday, there were a few  trees down on the island and the power even went out a few times that morning! Luckily, Maggie and Brian had planned a beautiful candle-lit ceremony and dinner, so if all else failed (which it didn’t), their wedding would be as beautiful as they imagined.

Family and friends came from all over the country, and Maggie and Brian gave them a weekend of gorgeous, rustic, Pacific Northwest style with delicious gourmet food, lush and lovely surroundings, and an eco-friendly message behind it all. We felt privileged to be there as part of their wedding and are so glad to count them now among our Seattle friends.

It’s fitting that we met Maggie and Brian through Wedding Bee, because now Maggie herself is a blogger there. She’ll be posting detailed recaps on the Wedding Bee Blog soon, so head over there to read her posts if you want to see many more wedding photos! Until then, enjoy this collection of some of our favorites…

Seattle skyline from Bainbridge ferry on the way to a Bainbridge Island Wedding

The Seattle skyline as seen from the Bainbridge-bound ferry, which all the guests took to get to IslandWood.

Wedding photography at Islandwood for a wedding ceremony on Bainbridge Island

IslandWood is a wonderfully unique wedding venue. It was built as a learning center to teach children about environmental issues and has miles of trails, two treehouses, a suspension bridge, a floating classroom, a lookout tower, a garden with greenhouses, eco-friendly systems at every turn, and lots more cool stuff.

Islandwood rustic wedding photography details in the natural surroundings of Bainbridge IslandWedding photography on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, WA of wedding day makeup

Wedding photography details at Islandwood before a Bainbridge Island wedding ceremony

Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images photograph a Bainbridge Island bride getting ready for her wedding day

Artistic wedding photography of wedding rings and details by Seattle wedding photographers Kat and Justin Speyer. Photographed on Bainbridge Island at Islandwood.

Some of our favorite ring shots ever came from Maggie & Brian's wedding. My favorite is a little farther down...

Wedding photojournalism at Islandwood on Bainbridge of bride having her hair styled on her wedding day


A Seattle groom prepares for his wedding day at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island

Maggie sent Brian a love note and some SmartWool socks as a groom's gift to open as he was getting ready. Socks were the first gift Brian ever gave to Maggie, and she had to return the favor on their wedding day.

Bainbridge Island groomsmen wait outside cabin before wedding ceremony at Islandwood

Wedding dress by Cicada Bridal in Seattle, Washington. Wedding photography by Persimmon Images.

Maggie's dress was custom made by Seattle's own Cicada Bridal and we loved it. Look at that floral texture on her sash!

Contemporary Seattle wedding photography of bride getting dresed on her wedding day at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island

Bride with dress by Cicada bridal in Seattle poses for a portrait at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island

Rustic wedding details photographed by Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images. Including flower hairpiece, pearls on birdhouse, white tulip bouquet, antique pearl earrings, and blue wedding shoes.

Seattle fine art wedding photography by photographers at Persimmon Images of diamond ring and pussywillow branches

Winter wedding on Bainbridge Island at Islandwood features a bride with a white tulip bouquet

Islandwood first look wedding photography of groom waiting on suspension bridge for his brid

Wedding photojournalism by Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images or first look on Islandwood suspension bridge with Bainbridge Island bride and groom

Brian and Maggie had their sweet first look on the IslandWood suspension bridge. (I laugh, because Maggie and I left Brian waiting "in suspense" with Justin for a little while before we showed up.)

Colorful fine art wedding portrait on Islandwood suspension bridge during a winter Seattle wedding on Bainbridge Island

Wedding photography of bride and groom on Bainbridge Island in an Islandwood tree house

I loooooove this light. So dreamy!

Fine art wedding photography of a Seattle bride in the winter sun on Bainbridge Island. Taken in a treehouse at Islandwood.

Wedding portrait in an Islandwood treehouse of a sunlit quiet moment between bride and groom before their Bainbridge Island wedding ceremony

Modern lifestyle wedding portrait photographs at an Islandwood treehouse on Bainbridge Island during a winter wedding

The last few photos were all taken at one of Islandwood's two treehouse classrooms. They're so much fun to play in... but a bit scary when the wind is blowing!

Islandwood learning center Great Hall and saw blade details at Bainbridge Island ecological camp wedding

The metal sculpture around the huge, salvaged beam in the IslandWood welcome center is shaped like a saw and forms a Mobius Strip. The inscription reads: “Tug on anything and you will find it connected to everything else.” Beautiful!

Black and white photography of the groom waiting at the wedding altar and the bride walking down the aisle on her father

Fine art wedding photography detail of candlelit wedding ceremony at Islandwood by Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images

Wedding photography of candlelit, rustic, winter wedding ceremony at Islandwood learning center on Bainbridge Island

Maggie and Brian created a really unique wedding keepsake by picking out a small, square area rug for their living room together before the wedding... and getting married on it! (It's identical to the one in the foreground of the above photo.)

Artistic modern wedding photography during a Bainbridge Island wedding ceremony at Islandwood. Bride and groom hold hands at the altar.

Bride and groom sealing their vows with a kiss during a candlelit wedding ceremony at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island. Wedding photography by Persimmon Images photographers.

Custom wedding wine made by bride and groom for their Bainbridge Island winter wedding near Seattle, WA

Maggie and Brian are wine lovers, and Maggie comes from a family well-versed in wine. So, naturally, they decided to incorporate wine into their wedding. They created their own signature blend at Dundee Hills winery to feature at their reception!

Islandwood wedding reception toasts by bride and groom. Photographed by Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images.

Seattle Winter wedding first dance to Love and Some Verses by Iron and Wine as performed by Vote for Pedro at Islandwood

Bride and groom dance at Islandwood during their Bainbridge Island wedding with music by Vote for Pedro

Modern fine art wedding photography by Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images of a last dance at a Bainbridge Island Islandwood winter wedding

Wedding Photography: Persimmon Images
Venue + Catering: IslandWood
Band: Vote for Pedro
Dress: Cicada Bridal
Officiant: Weddings by Annemarie

Purple & Silver Downtown Seattle Wedding | Teresa + Dwayne

Justin and I first met Teresa and Dwayne during a Wedding Bee Seattle meet-up at Oliver’s Twist on Phinney Ridge. I had no idea then that I’d be assisting Rachel Rausch as a second-shooter for their wedding in a few months. Imagine my surprise when I showed up at Teresa’s room at the Hotel Monaco and she recognized me! And this wasn’t the last time we met by chance at a wedding either– last summer we bumped into each other again at the wedding of “the Pretzels” too!

In this case, because I was the second shooter for only part of their wedding day, I don’t have shots of everything. But I do want to share with you some of their getting ready photographs and the amazing, creative, handmade details that they incorporated. Seriously, this purple-and-silver wedding was tied together by so many beautiful little things: from Teresa’s stunning purple-hued gown to her purple shoes and handmade flower-and-feather bouquet. The guys even had custom-created cufflinks featuring their favorite nerdy movies and games: World of Warcraft, Star Wars, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Brothers, and Pokemon. It. Was. Rad.

The girls got ready at the colorful Hotel Monaco and the guys at the Hotel W just across the street. Their ceremony and reception were held nearby in one of the top floors of the Seattle Harbor Club. (You can see a few fabulous reception details below, too.)

Their whole wedding reflected all the extra personality they put into the little things, and their grand sense of humor. In fact, one of the groomsmen (the one holding the book in the group portrait below) Rick Roll’d the entire wedding by using Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” as his wedding reading. The best part was that I’m sure only about half the audience caught on while the other half wondered what we were laughing at.

Anyhow, I’ll leave you with a mess of pretty pictures featuring this awesome couple. Enjoy!

Seattle bride portrait at Hotel Monaco in downtown Seattle by Persimmon Images wedding photographersSeattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images capture a bride getting ready in a Hotel Monaco mirror

Contemorary wedding photojournalism photograph of mother of the bride helping bride put on her wedding day earrings

Modern artistic Seatlle wedding photography of bride getting ready in colorful Hotel Monaco downtown

Artistic black and white wedding photography of groom having his tuxedo adjusted by groomsman in W Hotel in downtown Seattle

Seattle Hotel W wedding photography of father of the groom putting his tie on in the hotel room mirrorBlack and white wedding portrait of groomsman lacing father of the groom's shoes in downtown Seattle Hotel W

Two D20 dice sitting near creative cufflink boxes in the window of the Seattle W Hotel

Black and white wedding photojournalism in downtown Seattle Hotel W of father of the groom helping dress a groomsman

Groomsman getting ready for a Seattle Wedding at the Harbor ClubGroomsman holding out special rum provided for the groom to show wedding photographer

Creative wedding detail photography of Pokeball and Pokemon cufflinks on groomsman

Purple Feather and flower handmade wedding bouquet photographed at Seattle Hotel MonacoPurple Badgley Mischka weddig shoes hanging from the bed at Seattle Hotel Monaco. Modern wedding detail photography.

Handmade purple and white hair flower with feathers at Seattle Harbor Club weddingDetail of bride's light purple dress featuring lace and beading

Bridesmaids at a downtown Seattle Harbor Club wedding show off their handmade purple silk flower and feather bouquets

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Modern wedding portrait photography of groomsmen at the Harbor Club in downtown Seattle

Groomsmen at the Seattle Harbor Club show off their creative custom wedding cufflinks: Boba Fett cufflinks, Mortal Kombat cufflinks, Super Mario Bob-omb cufflinks, Storm trooper cufflinks, Pokemon pokeball cufflinks

Harbor Club wedding reception detail photography: purple and white place settings, feather centerpieces, silver reserved seating sign, purple and white wedding cake with purple flowers

Creative portrait of Seattle bride and groom after their Harbor Club wedding with bride's purple dress and bouquet

Fun wedding group photograph of bride, groom, and wedding party outside the Seattle Harbor Club

A University of Washington Wedding | Kassi + Karl

Kassi and Karl’s University of Washington wedding was one of the fantastic events I had the privilege of photographing this summer with the my super-talented friend, Rachel Rausch-Johnson. I can’t believe I’m just now getting around to blogging their pictures… but I couldn’t pass up sharing my favorites once I revisited them while backing up my 2010 images.

Kassi and Karl are best friends and engineering students at (you guessed it!) the University of Washington. They were married in a touching ceremony in front of the columns at Sylvan Theater right there on campus. I cried out of one eye and photographed with the other… I’m learning this will be a common occurance during wedding ceremonies.

Theirs is the second college-campus wedding I’ve attended and I’ve loved them both with all my heart. There is something wonderful about students being wed in their place of learning surrounded by friends, family, and a rich history. After the ceremony Kassi, Karl, and guests celebrated their nuptials with a gorgeous purple-and-white reception at the nearby UW Club.

You can see more photos from the day over at Rachel’s blog. Enjoy!

University of Washington wedding photography by Drumheller Fountain with bride and groom dawgs embraching

Bride and groom captured by Seattle wedding photographer near the Drumheller Fountain on the University of Washington campus

Modern wedding photography of groom with bride reflected in aviator sunglasses taken on the University of Washington campus

Groomsmen posing on the UW campus before wedding

Seattle wedding photograph of groomsman dressed in purple vest and tie with reflective aviator glassesPurple vest and tie for University of Washington wedding groomsman

Photography of University of Washington groom and his groomsmen strutting in front of the Guggenheim annex before the wedding

Young member of the wedding party wearing a dapper suit and University of Washington purples on the quadPhotograph of a purple boutonniere on groomsman at Seattle University of Washington wedding

Modern wedding portrait of bride and bridesmaids posing in front of the University of Washington Suzzallo Library - Wedding photographers are Seattle-based Persimmon Images

Purple and white University of Washington wedding party and bride photographed outside the Suzzallo library on the Seattle campus

Contemporary wedding photography in Seattle with umbrellas of a bride and purple-dress-wearing bridesmaids

Creative wedding photography by Persimmon Images of a wedding party jumping on the University of Washington campus in front of the Bagley building

Black and white modern wedding photography by Seattle wedding photographers persimmon images - wedding party jumping on the University of Washington campus

Seattle bride and groom in front of Guggenheim building on the University of Washington campusUW bride and groom kiss in front of the computer science building in this contemporary wedding portrait

Wedding party walking toward Frosh Pond - Seattle wedding photography by Persimmon Images

Wedding rings photographed on the University of Washington sundial by Seattle wedding photographers Persimmon Images

Seattle wedding photography of a University of Washington ceremony processional at Sylvan Theater

Wedding ceremony by the columns at the University of Washington

University of Washington photojournalistic wedding photography at Sylvan Theater as bride and groom exchange vows and kiss

Purple wedding details and inspiration from a University of Washington Wedding reception at the UW Club, including purple hyacinths, purple wedding cake topper, purple dice bag, purple bouquet, purple boutonnier, and more

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