Anneke and Tim’s Wedding
Wedding: Shepherd of the Valley Church, Orting, WA
Reception: Steeped in Comfort, Lakewood, WA
January 1st, 2020
My sweet friend Anneke reached out to me in December and asked if I would be willing to be her photographer for her intimate, family ceremony. She wanted to start the year out right by kicking it off on New Year’s Day with her wedding. Without hesitation, I agreed.
A few months earlier I watched Anneke and Tim laugh and joke at our high school reunion and it was truly evident that they were made for each other. It was a delight to see how happy they were. So, of course I was thrilled that she would ask me to capture her special day.
When I arrived at this cute, little church with its classic steeple nestled in the valley of Orting, It was chilly and cloudy and yet there was excitement in the air. Anneke arrived with her hair ready and her beautiful dress in hand. When we talked about this day, she said she wanted to make sure she had pictures with her mom and daughter and wanted pictures that would capture her and Tim’s love for one another.
The bride’s wedding colors were royal blue, silver and white. Her daughter wore a blue tulle dress with glittered sneakers and carried a little glittered purse filled with little blue petals. The corsages and boutonnières were handmade and sweetly reflecting the day. Anneke’s bouquet was a beautiful silver creation she found in Mexico. Her shoes were bedazzled with gems stones and delicate heels.
Tim wore a black tux with a royal blue tie and all the groomsmen consisted of the bride and groom’s sons. Their families all gathered together to celebrate and take part in this precious ceremony of the union of two very amazing people. With my camera in hand, I did my best to capture the little moments like when the bride’s daughter played her guitar and each child read a message to the couple.
The groom joked about the lack of colors for the cords used for the knot tying ceremony and even I got teary eyed when the groom gave the bride’s daughter her own ring and mentioned that he finally had a daughter. I loved the smiles on their faces as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife and I just had to watch as they put together a fun video using the song, “Now I Had The Time Of My Life,” from the movie, Dirty Dancing with all their guests. The movie montage included a leap by the daughter into the groom’s arms at the end.
I took some outside pictures before the sky opened up and drenched us with rain. Then, I used the rain to create an intimate moment for them to cuddle and kiss on the back porch of the church. There’s nothing like a rain shower to create impromptu intimacy for my camera to capture.
We headed to the reception at Steeped in Comfort where tea and delicate tasty, cakes and pastries were served on tiered plates for the guests. With so many kids in the pictures, it’s always a challenge to keep them engaged in the event and pictures and I love how their character is reflected throughout the photos of the day. All of the children clearly made an effort to help make this a fun and special day for their parents.
This was how I kicked off my 2020 Wedding Season and I am thrilled it was with these two lovebirds. I feel so honored to be the one that was able to capture their special day.