Aaron and Erin’s wedding day was one that will not soon be forgotten by anyone in attendance. The location was beautiful - set in Winghaven Park on Vashon Island outside of Seattle, guests hiked down into the park for the ceremony, which was set along the water of the Puget Sound and surrounded by forest. Attention had been paid to every detail: the guests all wore white, the handmade wedding alter was covered in berries and wildflowers that matched arrangements spread throughout the park, old family photos hung from the trees next to glass jars filled with candles. It was set up to be the perfect summer island celebration, all except for the one detail that can never be predicted…the weather.
And as luck would have it, as I walked down the beach with Erin and her bridesmaids on our way to the ceremony, it started sprinkling…then it started raining harder…then all of a sudden, the clouds opened up with a full force summer storm - complete with rain, wind, and even a little thunder. We scrambled to borrow umbrellas from neighbors along the way, but even with those by the time the bridal party arrived, they were completely drenched. Drenched, but smiling. And this is where the story gets good - the wedding went on as planned (well, with a few minor adjustments).
The funny thing was that the unexpected change in weather almost made the day more beautiful - as family and friends stood around huddled under the dinner tent watching Aaron and Erin say their vows under the makeshift umbrella altar, you could tell that nobody cared about anything except the fact that these two had found each other and were so happy to be spending their lives together. And as the day progressed, the rain finally cleared up and we were even treated to five (yes, five) rainbows. A good omen if I’ve ever seen one…
A & E - it was truly a pleasure to spend the day getting to know you and your families. Enjoy the images!
My favorite shot of the day:
I didn’t realize that Erin stepped into the shadow for this shot until later, but I thought it turned out kind of interesting this way: