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Hitched! Vanessa + Paul – Wedding at Salish Lodge, Seattle Wedding Photography

I pride myself on being super-quick with my turnaround times. Lots of my clients really appreciate that they get to see their images quickly, and I’ve always felt good about that. But I’ve learned this month that moving, destination work and rebranding can really put a wrench into my quick work! Phew! I feel like I’m finally able to see straight, and we just moved yesterday. In any event, I’m finally here to share with you photos from Vanessa and Paul’s wedding at the Salish Lodge!

Two words come to mind when I think of Vanessa and Paul’s wedding: warm and elegant. Yes, there was a fire roaring throughout the reception, and yes, the centerpieces were positively breathtaking, but those aren’t the only reasons I think of those two words. Vanessa and Paul are two of the most warm and welcoming people you could hope to meet. They greeted everyone they saw with huge, warm smiles and hugs and I know that I felt welcomed by their openness and graciousness.

Their event was impeccable. Rebecca Grant from New Creations Weddings was on-hand to tend to every last detail. The florals, created by super-talented Floressence Design were thoughtful and detailed. And then there’s the dress. Ooohhhh, the dress. Designed by Pronovias and made in Spain, it absolutely glowed.

Okay, onto the images. Enjoy. There are several more shoots to come!

I was so touched by Paul’s daughter’s reaction to Vanessa in her dress.  Like all of  us, she was in awe.This was such a sweet first-look.  Paul was ecstatic to see Vanessa!

We were lucky enough to get a little bit of fall color!  Even if it was along the back of the building, we found it!Vanessa and Paul were almost always laughing, which decreased so much of the wedding day jitters!Favorites:

Vanessa was super patient and let a group of tourists take her picture.  Favorite:

I am SO happy that Salish Lodge got rid of that big gazebo and replaced it with a platform suitable for picture taking!  I love that it’s actually possible to get shots of the couple AND the falls without hiking down!  (Favorite)The Mason jar illustration was drawn by our talented bride.  I am so impressed!Vanessa’s 90-something year old grandfather asked for a photo for eharmony.com.  🙂

I love me a butterfly release.  Vanessa and Paul set aside about 15 minutes for photos post-ceremony, and I was so glad they did.  It’s great to capitalize on the big emotions that follow the ceremony and get some intimate, sweet portraits.Favorite.The big introduction!This trio just kills me.  You can tell what a big moment it was for these two to see each other.Creme de la Creme does some of my favorite wedding cakes, and this stunner was no exception.  It was red velvet and let me tell you, it was as tasty as it was beautiful!A fun artsy-fartsy shot I took of the spotlight they shine down onto the falls once the sun goes down.  I loved the contrast against the black sky and sunset.Toasts are some of my favorite moments in the whole wedding day.  So many emotions happen within just a few minutes!

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Lori NielsenOctober 28, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Paul and Vanessa want to thank you for inviting myself and Chrissy. It was a great day and a beautiful wedding. The pics turned out great. Love you both Lori

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