Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Real Wedding | Summer Garden Wedding

I have a gorgeous wedding for you this morning all the way from Washington (all the way is for downunder readers obviously :-)... by Seattle wedding photographer Kirk Mastin of Mastin Studio. Christy and Ben got married this past (northern) summer at Duncan Gardens in Spokane, Washington. Their ceremony, reception and photo venues all held special memories for the couple with the church being the Bride's family parish since she was a little girl. Christy kindly shares some details of their day with us...
Ben makes his living as a brewer so had a ton of fun creating and brewing our wedding beer! He brewed a delicious Pilsner called “Dock and a Dog Pils”, in honor of the location where he popped the question (out on his dock on Montana’s Big Sky Lake with our beloved dog Duncan swimming in the background) and “Best Man Belgian Brown” in honor of his brother, Chip. Ben also took the liberty of designing the tap handles...one of which displayed a lovely picture of a sobbing Chip at age 2. Perfect! We also decided to create personalized menus for each guest as a keepsake, as well as craft the ceremony programs with the help of both the mother and father of the bride. We had so much fun collaborating on our “Thank You” to our parents, friends and extended families and felt that it was a wonderful opportunity to let them know how much we appreciated all they had done for us.

We also worked with my Dad to secure the late night food – a Spokane staple, Tacos Tumbras, arrived with their truck to serve DELICIOUS tacos to all of the guests prior to boarding the charter bus at the end of the night. It was such a fun surprise and the guests (along with Ben and I) really appreciated and loved the scrumptious late night snack! Finally, I surprised Ben with a letter prior to the ceremony explaining that I had lockets placed on my bouquet containing pictures of his late mother and grandfather as well as those of my grandmother and grandfather. It was a wonderful way to preserve the memories of our loved ones not with us on our big day and bring them to the forefront as we exchanged our vows.

Thank you so much to Kirk for sending this gorgeous wedding in - be sure to head over to his blog to check out more of his work - and to Christy and Ben for sharing their day with us! I wish you all the best for a life full of happiness!!


Jennifer Rea said...

Gorgeous wedding! That garden is stunning. I love the sign on the back of the car too and the brides dress is so dramatic.

postcards and pretties said...

I'm such a fan of kirk's work...this wedding is beautiful!

Aleah + Nick Valley said...

Love this wedding and the palette!

www.velaimages.com said...

Wow, what a STUNNING setting. Just lovely. Greta

Luna and Chloe said...

Holy cow - the black and white pic of them in the garden - LOVE! And all the pretty details are fabulous!


Christy Lukes said...

Hi Kate!
Just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU all the way from the northwest U.S. for featuring our wedding - what a lovely surprise! I've been following your blog since and absolutely LOVE it...wish I had seen it prior to getting married!
Merry Christmas!

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