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I’m rarely more excited than when I have the chance to photograph a wedding at NatureBridge on Lake Crescent. Being a NatureBridge wedding photographer is an incredible experience—couples and grooms travel from around the world to have romantic, destination-style weddings in the emerald forests of Olympic National Park, and NatureBridge is the perfect venue.
As you drive westwards on the narrow, twisting highway outside of Port Angeles Washington, the road crosses the Elwha river and skirts the shore of Lake Sutherland before plunging into the deep conifer forests of Olympic National Park. You’ll know you’ve arrived at Lake Crescent when the twinkling sapphire waters begin to peek between the evergreen tree trunks. Soon, the wilderness along the highway opens to a sweeping view of the lake as the road winds around the emerald mountainsides. Much of the roadway was blasted into the mountain to create just enough space for cars to travel — the mountainside rises sharply up into a steep, fern-encrusted ridge to the south while the glittering blue water of the Lake sparkles just inches from the highway on the north side of the road.
Not quite halfway around the lake you’ll see signs for Storm King Ranger Station and Lake Crescent Lodge. Here, you’ll turn off the highway and drive down a quiet, secluded drive to NatureBridge itself, which is located on the north side of Barnes Point. Presiding over the property is the historic Rosemary Cottage, a quaint lodge where Teddy Roosevelt stayed during his landmark visit in 1900!
It’s no secret how much I love photographing weddings at NatureBridge in Olympic National Park. In my humble opinion, NatureBridge might be the best place to have a wedding with a big guestlist on the Olympic Peninsula— the venue offers incredible catering, lodging for you and your guests in the most adorable historic cabins, and the views of Lake Crescent are phenomenal. However even if you’re keeping your guestlist small, it’s still an incredible, secluded venue that makes you feel a thousand miles away from civilization. If you love the Olympic Peninsula in general, and the Lake Crescent area in specific, you’ll fall in love with NatureBridge immediately. Of the dozen weddings I’ve photographed there, every single one has felt like grown-up summer camp — from canoeing on the Lake and hiking in the forests to getting ready with your attendants in the quaint cottages and dining on an incredible salmon and wild rice dinner in the atmostpheric lodge, weddings at NatureBridge are a step into a world where time moves slower under the rustling branches of cedar, fir, and moss-encrusted maples.
Caty and Nick’s wedding was no exception. Friends and family of the couple traveled from near and far to celebrate their marriage. Every single person in attendance was full to the brim with joy for the couple. I was blown away by Caty’s incredible bridal style with a sparkling sequined BHLDN top and a full, blush tulle ballgown skirt! Nick brought just as much panache to his outfit with a tweed vest and red bow-tie over his pale blue collared shirt and navy slacks. As I’ve written about before, one thing I especially adored about Caty and Nick’s bridal party was how they chose to honor their closest friends and family by including a lady-of-honor in Nick’s attendants and Caty’s brother as a brides-man alongside the other two bridesmaids. The wedding party’s attire reflected the eclectic ensemble with long flowered gowns for the ladies and chic variations of bowties and suspenders for the gents.
Kamama Flowers of Agnew provided gorgeous, PNW-inspired bouquets and boutonnieres. Caty’s bridal bouquet featured heirloom pink and red garden roses, hemlock, ferns, aromatic eucalyptus, and green poppy pods. I love a bouquet that smells as good as it looks, and the combination of evergreen and roses was incredible! I’m so grateful Caty & Nick chose me to be their NatureBridge wedding photographer! I loved having the chance to get to know the two of them and their desires for a low-impact, sustainable wedding that focused on reusing and recycling in the gorgeous setting of Olympic National Park.
Come back tomorrow for the rest of Caty & Nick’s incredible lakeside wedding at NatureBrige on the Olympic Peninsula!
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If you’re getting married at NatureBridge on Lake Crescent and want gorgeous, luminous, emotional images to document your wedding day, send me a note! I’d love to chat about photographing your NatureBridge wedding!