I cannot wait to share The Foundry by Herban Feast wedding with you!!! Over Memorial Day weekend, Cameron and Bereket celebrated their marriage surrounded by everyone they love most in the world. The day was full of all the good things: happy tears, amazing toasts, beautiful details, perfectly executed surprises, a lot of rain and a little sunshine… but most importantly, the day was overflowing with LOVE for these two.⠀
Cameron and Bear met online like so many couples do these days. Their first date was at How To Cook A Wolf on Queen Anne in Seattle. Bear welcomed guests to the reception with a toast and said it best, “On March 6, 2017, Cameron and I met on our first date. We blinked and literally it was closing time at the restaurant. We blinked again and we are here. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve traveled, met each other’s families…Cameron, I knew I liked you when you gave me the bird on our first date. I knew I loved you when we landed from Italy a year later.” You can see their special How To Cook A Wolf engagement session HERE on the blog!
Favorites from Cameron and Bear’s wedding day:
- Cameron’s parents rented a gorgeous home in Ballard for the weekend’s festivities. It was so wonderful being in a beautiful space with Cameron, her mother, and her bridesmaids while they were getting ready. The setting was different than your typical getting ready suite at a venue – tons of eclectic decor, beautiful windows with sweeping views of the Puget Sound. I think having this home allowed Cameron to remain calm and collected while she was getting ready. In all my years of photographing weddings, I’ve never experienced a bride so relaxed while getting ready.
- The florals were out of this world gorgeous! Cameron’s bouquet was made up of all shades of white, full of peonies, anemone, ranunculus, sweet peas, and other various flowers. The fragrance screamed springtime in Seattle.
- After finishing getting ready, Cameron had a first look with her dad. It was full of tears and the first moment that Cameron broke her calm – I think it all hit her at once. It was beautiful seeing Cameron’s dad walk into the master bedroom at the rental home, first embracing his wife and then greeting his beautiful daughter, the bride. Happy tears flowed. I love daddy-daughter first looks!
- The weather was wild on Bear and Cameron’s wedding day. The rain started in the morning, continuing straight through the ceremony. Everyone was so wonderful about it, and thankfully The Foundry is next to a few overpasses in SODO so we were able to portraits outside the venue under the overpass, protected from the torrential spring downpour. Blue skies broke through during cocktail hour and we were able to end the evening with some portraits outside! I love rain on a wedding day, I think it adds to the story… and I especially love a wedding day that ends with blue skies!
- The attire that Cameron and Bereket selected for themselves and their wedding party really set the tone for the day. Cameron wore a gorgeous beaded bhldn sheath dress with simple Kate Spade heels. Her curly hair was gently pinned back with a rhinestone hair pin and veil. Bereket wore a super sharp tux by Armani, and all the groomsmen wore suits from The Black Tux. Instead of ties, Bereket and his friends wore bowties. Cameron’s bridesmaids wore various dresses in navy, matching the gentlemen. The overall vibe was polished and oozing simple elegance. I always love a good looking, buttoned up group!
- The surprises. Cameron successfully surprised Bereket not once but TWICE on their wedding day! First she gifted him a beautiful watch and then she surprised him with a special groom’s cake at the reception that had an edible replica of the same bottle of wine they shared on their first date at How To Cook A Wolf. (They continue to enjoy that same make of wine for special occasions.) Bereket surprised Cameron with a handwritten card and flowers during their first look. ::swoon::
- In working with Bereket and Cameron, I learned that Seattle has a huge Eritrean resident population. Eritreans fought a thirty-year-long war of liberation (1961–1991) and during that time a significant number of Eritrea’s citizens left their home country. Bereket’s parents were amongst those that left, moving to the States and building the life of their dreams here in Seattle with their children. I had never experienced Eritrean culture up until this point, and immediately fell in love with the traditional wedding attire and manor of celebration that Bereket’s Eritrean community presented at the wedding. The women all wore incredible white traditional dresses with beautiful bright colored embroidery and their hair was braided in Albaso style with various braids on the crown of the head with the ends left to flow. (Some even had jewels and headpieces!) My favorite part of Bereket’s Eritrean culture during the wedding was at the ceremony; when Bereket entered the ceremony space with his parents, the Eritrean women stood and proudly made sounds called ululation. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, the a long, wavering, high-pitched vocal sound continued to fill the room as Bereket’s brothers, sister, and Cameron made their way down the aisle towards the chuppah for the ceremony.
- The speeches at the wedding were fantastic. Cameron’s father set the tone for the evening with a welcome speech, touching on his joy in his daughter’s love and the joining of families. Bear followed, welcoming all of his friends and family, and shining a light on his beautiful bride. Wedding attendants made toasts further into dinner. One stands out in my memory in particular; one of Bear’s groomsmen told a story of how, while on a wine tasting trip, Bear wanted to find the perfect gift to bring back to Cameron. He found it: a large woven picnic basket. Of course he found the very large, oversized, perfect gift at the beginning of their wine tasting day – so Bear carried the basket from tasting room to tasting room all so he could surprise his love. It was a simple act but a meaningful one – one that perfectly displayed Bear’s dedication to showering Cameron.
I could go on and on with favorites from this wedding, because it was all so well organized and beautiful… but my most favorite thing about this wedding, hands down, were the people I had the pleasure of working with. Cameron and Bereket were absolutely lovely throughout the process: from meeting over coffee the first time, to their engagement session, to their wedding day. They treat everyone they encounter as a long-time friend, a key trait that makes them the good people they are. And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I also had the pleasure of working closely with Cameron’s parents throughout the planning process. Cameron clearly got her warm heart from them. At the end of the evening I felt like I had just spent the day photographing a friend’s wedding – which is how I always aim to feel at the end of a long wedding day.
The day after their Foundry ceremony and reception, Cameron and Bereket continued the party with an Eritrean Celebration. I can only imagine ululation that happened with the hundreds of guests in attendance!
Cameron and Bereket’s Vendor Team:
- Venue: The Foundry by Herban Feast
- Day of Coordination: Nicole Martin from Town and Country Weddings
- Catering: The Foundry by Herban Feast
- Cake and Dessert: NuFlours
- Florals: Erban Bloom
- Hair and Makeup: Kat Green Makeup Love
- Bridal Gown: bhldn
- Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
- Bridal Veil and Hairpiece: bhldn
- Groom Tux: Armani
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Various
- Groomsmen Tux: The Black Tux
- Lighting and DJ: The Foundry by Herban Feast
- Photography: Eva Rieb Photography