Last Sunday, I drove up to Bow, WA for Aisling & Nick’s wedding at Beau Lodge. It is the cutest little place, tucked away in beautiful countryside, and the perfect setting for a grown up mad-hatter’s tea party.
I started off with the girls as they were getting ready, and found some fun spots for the detail shots.
The girls were hilarious, and I really enjoyed hanging out with them. I think I learned a new expression or two from them!
Aisling’s perfect cottage garden bouquet – it reminded me of England:
More gorgeous flowers …
Although the morning was ugly and wet, the sky began to clear just in time for the first look.
Nick was so nervous! It was really sweet!
I love the orchard where we held the first look – it made such a pretty backdrop.
Aisling was just glowing with joy:
I love this shot of them smiling and kissing:
After a little while, we headed off for the family and wedding party photos – but of course my favorites are all the candids in between:
After the group photos, I found the wedding party hiding out in the kitchen, writing their toasts. There was such a great atmosphere, and there was obviously a lot of love in the room.
The English tea party theme was inspired by Aisling and her mom’s collection of china – they’ve been collecting for quite some time and have the most amazing collection of teapots, cups and saucers.
Such a cute cake! I love all the little bugs dotted around!
Right before the ceremony, Aisling and the girls hung out in the bridal bathroom, told stories (very funny ones, I was in stitches) and looked at photos from Aisling’s childhood.
I joked with Nick afterward that it must have been the shortest ceremony I’d ever photographed (almost exactly five minutes from processional to recessional) but the longest ceremony kiss!
Mmmm, mimosas …
The food was amazing – Shauna Hallmark and her team at Hallmark Catering & Events did a fantastic job of the tea party spread, with mini quiches, amazing artichoke dip, the freshest, ripest fruit I’ve ever seen at a wedding, and some beautiful homemade frosted scones. Perfect!
The toasts were very sweet, funny and emotional …
Towards the end of the afternoon, I took Nick and Aisling off around the grounds for some final couple portraits.
Thank you Aisling and Nick for including me in your lovely wedding, and I hope you enjoy your teaser photos!
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