What a fun way to start the week! Frances and Nate’s wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes was perfectly Northwest and as pretty as could be. Their wedding was natural and breezy but the task of finding the right photographer ended up being a bit more involved. After a few meetings with other artists, the couple found Aaron Courter, and his beautiful, relaxed style was the perfect choice to capture their day of celebration.
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Frances and Nate: Joyful, Loving, Authentic (true reflection of ourselves and our families)
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Frances and Nate: We are Pacific Northwesterners to the core, and we wanted the setting, the food and beer, and the overall style to reflect that. We chose an outdoor setting overlooking the beautiful Columbia Gorge, so when it came to my own styling, I wanted to make sure my look matched the ease and simple beauty of everything else. I wore my hair in a loose, braided updo with flowers that matched my bouquet, my makeup was minimal, my dress was off-white, strapless and covered in lace, and my shoes were off-white, heeled booties. I love statement jewelry, so I kept things simple with large, crystal earrings. My only other jewelry was a pearl bracelet made from the pearls of my late great-grandmothers necklace. My mother also gave me a Belgian lace handkerchief to hold during the ceremony. Its embroidered with my initials and was a lovely reminder of the years we spent as a family living overseas.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Frances and Nate: Our friends and family were the best part of the wedding. We decided to plan the wedding in 4 months, and everyone played a part in making the day come together. And, I honestly could not ask for a better group of people with whom to celebrate the occasion. The love, support and joy everyone brought to that setting was palpable. The dancing, the toasts, the lively conversation – all of it made Nate and me feel so special. The details of the day will most certainly fade, but well never forget that immense embrace of support.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Aaron Courter Photography and his imagery?
Frances and Nate: Who knew finding a photographer could be such an involved process? We sat down with a couple of photographers prior to meeting Aaron, and we just didnt feel that theyd be able or willing to deliver on our aesthetic: natural, organic, candid. We werent interested in overly posed shots, props, or dramatic post-production flair. We just wanted beautiful pictures of our friends and family having a great time. Aarons aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for. Hes incredible at capturing the most important, joyful/emotional moments, and his photography is stunning and very natural. Though his style is distinct, the photos he takes for each individual/couple appear very personalized. We certainly feel that way about our photos. He was wonderful to work with, and he very much added to the joyful, celebratory vibe of the day.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Aaron Courter Photography
Event Planner: Jodi Buell
Ceremony Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes
Reception Venue: Departure Lounge at the Nine’s Hotel
Officiant: My aunt, Deborah Walsh
Catering: Crown Paella
Florist: Anna Mara
Cake: Croquembouche by Pix Patisserie
Wedding Dress and Bridal Accessories: Luly Yang
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: BCBG
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Mens Wearhouse
Hair and make-up: Entrust
Live music: ceremony: Jerry Lin (Chinese erhu); reception: Hot Tea Cold (Blues/Funk band)
Favors: homemade French macarons
Rentals: Lavena B. Vintage and West Coast Event Productions
Rings: Nates is his late grandfathers and mine is vintage from Gilt
What a perfect breath of fresh air! Thanks for sharing Frances and Nate and Aaron Courter Photography.