Today, I’m really pleased to feature this beautiful wedding I photographed early last summer as second-shooter to writer and photographer Dane Sanders. Britt and Joseph were wed at a family home in Enumclaw, Washington, right near the foothills of Mount Rainier. This quiet, picturesque farming community, where folks pick up their Saturday morning coffee wearing cowboy boots and hats, is just an hour outside of Seattle.
Britt and Joe’s wedding was a beautiful celebration of family: Britt wore a wedding tress custom-tailored from her mother’s and her grandfather, a pastor, officiated their wedding ceremony, as he has for nearly every wedding in the family. The family farm was a simply pristine piece of land with lush green fields, a small bubbling stream, cows and horses out to pasture, and chickens pecking in a pen. There were plenty of amazing details that were subtle head-nods to the rural serenity and country surroundings: a dessert pie-bar with pies made from family recipes, cowboy boots worn by the entire wedding party (three flower girls included!), antique blue-glass mason jars everywhere, vintage crates from colas and more, seed packet and coffee bean favors with the couple’s initials inscribed, and who could forget the whiskey and cigar bar!
Their heartfelt ceremony took place under a wide-branching tree strung with lanterns, where they were serenaded and read to by friends and family before the sermon conducted by Britt’s crinkle-faced grandfather, “Boppa.” Everyone shed a few tears. Myself included, though I had just met them for the first time that day. The gorgeous hardwood pew benches that the strapping boys hauled into the field for the ceremony were later hauled into another (equally pretty) field for the reception. There, guests sat around big, wooden tables with white linens, barn wood table numbers, candles, and mason jar floral arrangements.
After everyone devoured the mouth-watering buffet and dessert bar, the bride’s brother shared a tender song he wrote for her (again, tears!). The evening ended with a fireworks display, which I sadly missed because I was on my way back to Seattle for another evening event. I wish I’d been there to see it all!
I also wish I could share some of the amazing finds and vendors for this wedding, but since I was second-shooting, I don’t have those details on hand. Instead, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… and they do, strongly!