QUESTION: Could a day be more perfect than July 20, 2008?
Though the day was roasting hot, there was not a cloud in the sky and all the flowers were in bloom at DeLille Cellars Winery, the location of Stephanie and Chris’s wedding. As always, I’ve made a slideshow which you can see right here!
The winery is a truly gorgeous place. It combines elements of the rustic (white-fenced sheep pastures, old barns, and a charming apple orchard) with the modern (a gorgeous stucco mansion, manicured lawns and gardens, and ponds and fountains.) Overlooking the wineries and breweries and farmlands of the valley between Redmond and Woodinville, this spot is a photographer’s dream, as evidenced by the photo-heavy blog post you are reading right now.
Steph and Chris scheduled plenty of time for some great photos before their guests arrived, and we made the most of it, touring the winery grounds and capturing lots of memorable and romantic shots in various locations. I love this one of Stephanie sitting in the wheat, against the backdrop of an old barn and fence.
There is a gorgeous bride’s room at the winery, and I couldn’t resist having a little fun with the bride’s bouquet and a friend I found in the bride’s room. I had maybe a bit too much fun with this one. It required some potentially dangerous acrobatics to get the shot, but I had to make it happen.
Stephanie wore a very special garter: This was worn by her grandmother and her mother at their weddings. It’s beautiful!
We set up a “first look” for Chris to have a first special glimpse of his gorgeous bride in her beautiful gown. Afterward, Chris and Steph stole a kiss behind the flowers.
The afternoon ceremony was timed perfectly: The shade of several old cedar trees stretched across the ceremony area, cooling off the guests (and the photographer.) A simple altar made of a table and a few wine barrels topped with colorful floral arrangements framed the scene but didn’t out-do nature’s glory. After the ceremony, Steph and Chris walked together through the cedars, and the wind picked up her veil. It was enchanting!
One of the best parts of my job is capturing little moments like this one. The wedding party found some seclusion behind a garden bed, and best man Mike (a.k.a. “Tim”) and co-maids of honor Jenny and Kristen looked on as Steph and Chris got a little teary-eyed together. What a great wedding!
Another amazing cake from Mike’s Amazing Cakes! I love the colors on this one.
Steph and Chris sneaked out of the reception with me just before the sun went down for a few last intimate portraits. Photographers refer to the hour just after sunrise and just before sunset as “sweetlight.” You can see why….
Stephanie and Chris, thanks a million for choosing me as your photographer! This will be a wedding to remember for the rest of my career, I am sure. Many happy wishes to both of you!