Kelley Farm Wedding // Katie and Eric // Bonney Lake Wedding Photographer
August 24, 2017
It was warm and the air was unusually heavy; the smoke from the Canadian wildfires was thick and had settled into all the valleys of the Pacific Northwest by the Thursday in August that Katie and Eric’s Kelley Farm Wedding was scheduled to take place. I had never been to The Kelley Farm before, and I was so excited to finally see the historic barn with hanging chandeliers, sweeping valley views, and infamous steer in person! Thankfully the wildfire smoke only added to the incredible ambiance at The Kelley Farm!
Katie was in the Kelley Farmhouse getting ready when I arrived. (Fun fact – the Kelley Farmhouse was actually a wedding gift in 1907! Read more about the amazing history HERE.) The Farmhouse is so beautiful – amazing restored woodwork, beautiful windows, mirrors everywhere (which I LOVE for capturing moments that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to!) and plenty of cute nooks and crannies to take detail photos in!
After Katie and Eric were done getting ready, we snuck away for a private first look. Katie was super emotional after putting on her gown, and seeing Eric was all she wanted in the world. I stayed back (but was able to be “close” thanks to my lens!) when Katie approached Eric in the grove of trees near the groomsmen cabin at The Kelley Farm. Eric turned around, and I’m fairly certain there were tears of joy amongst both of them. That’s one thing that I loved about this sweet Kelley Farm Wedding and Katie and Eric – they were both openly emotional and totally committed to each moment throughout their wedding day. They cried and they laughed when they felt the need. They let themselves BE in EACH moment. It was so nice to see that – because wedding days can get busy and stressful… and sometimes we get so caught up in the timeline that we forget to sit back and actually take moments in.
After their wedding ceremony (which involved a post “I DO” WAVE – you’ll see it below!) and signing of their marriage license, Katie and Eric once again took time to be together privately to share vows they had written for each other. (Once again, I was able to hang back and give them the privacy they wanted, while still being close and documenting the moment from afar.) There were happy tears, lots of hugs, laughter, and hand holding. I have no clue what they shared with one another, but what I do know is that it meant the world to them and their marriage. I wish more couples did this! It was so incredibly intimate and gave them a chance to be alone together on an otherwise busy day with loved ones.
There are so many other things that I could say about Katie and Eric’s day – from highlighting decor to sneaking away for INCREDIBLE sunset images – but I really wanted to use this blog post to highlight the emphasis that they put on moments. They truly immersed themselves in moments throughout their wedding day, which was so refreshing and wonderful to see. (And, truthfully, I’ve been fortunate to have MANY other couples that have done this as well this season!)
Wedding days are beautiful – there’s beautiful dresses, fragrant flowers, stunning details. There is so much to take in, so many things in which the bride and groom have invested time and thought… but wedding days are also so full of moments. A few seconds here, a few seconds there – moments that are remembered and treasured for years. I am so thankful that Katie and Eric were present for all of the incredible moments with loved ones throughout their wedding day, and that they set aside time to have private moments (like their first look and exchange of vows) as well.
Okay – enough blabbing. (Because I am getting emotional, and we all know I am a crier.)