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Do you ever get chills standing in a place infused with history? As a Lake Quinault Lodge wedding photographer, I love the sense of storied past layered into the man-made structures of historic places in Olympic National Park. Lake Quinault Lodge gives me that sense of history come to life — first it reminds me of my own personal history, my own relatives who I know have visited these spaces in decades not long passed. Then the generations, public figures, recognizable names and countless individuals whose names have been forgotten by all but their own direct descendants. What travelers, locals, adventurers, statesmen, lovers, and other individuals have passed through these walls.
The bride and groom got ready in cozy rooms adjacent to the main lodge. Margaret’s suite featured gorgeous A-frame windows with a stunning view of old-growth cedars! I knew the minute I saw the massive tree trunks I had to work them into portraits later in the day. Kelsey of Gather+ Co and Samantha Gunnarson helped Margaret and her best girl friends create relaxed, romantic wedding day hair and makeup. One of the most touching parts of the day was when Margaret’s sweet mama helped her put on her gorgeous BHLDN gown. Downstairs, Paul’s getting ready room was a dream to photograph in, with warm white plaster walls and framed black-and-white photographs. It makes a huge difference in the getting-ready photography if the room you’re in is stylish and simply decorated, with bright walls to reflect lots of light and simple decor so the focus stays on the people.
Margaret and Paul wove meaning and purpose into every element of their Lake Quinault Lodge wedding day. Instead of a traditional bridal shoe, Margaret chose Birkenstocks, which reflected her love of being in the outdoors. Instead of a traditional bridal party, Margaret’s three older brothers were her brides-men, and Paul chose his own brother and a longtime friend to stand beside him during the ceremony. Nonetheless, we incorporated Margaret’s best girlfriends in some pre-ceremony photos!
The wedding ceremony took place inside Lake Quinault Lodge’s great room, in front of a cozy, roaring fire in the brick fireplace. Rainforest greenery, ferns, and white blossoms by Harbor Blooms festooned the mantle, and friends and family filled the room to the brim. The officiant, a longtime friend of the couple, shared stories and anecdotes of Margaret and Paul’s relationship from its very inception. It was so meaningful for friends and family to hear Margaret and Paul’s story told again, from the beginning, and from perspectives they might not have been aware of during the process. For a ceremony unity element, a couple created cuttings and made from a “love plant” that they gave to their attendants.
By the time the officiant announced the first kiss, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room, from laughter as much as from tears! You couldn’t help but be deeply invested in this sweet couple and their love story after hearing about their journey together, which culminated in an unforgettable ceremony.
After some important family portraits in front of the lodge during a brief break in the rain, we all hurried inside to escape the drizzle once again. The rest of the evening was spent listening to the couples closest friends and family toast to their new marriage, and some epic party dancing. Seriously, this crowd could dance! Margaret and Paul’s sweet puppy even joined in for a couple songs, and we finished off tonight with berry crumble desserts from the Lake Quinault Lodge catering staff.
Love this romantic & cozy Lake Quinault Lodge wedding? Take a look at this sunny Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding, also in Olympic National Park!
Wedding Planner or Coordinator: Liz Dougherty, Happy Together Events
Ceremony Venue: Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park
Officiant: A friend of the couple
Florist: Harbor Blooms
Catering & Dessert: Aramark at Lake Quinault Lodge
Makeup Artist: Samantha Gunnarson
Hair Stylist: Gather The Salon
Dress shop/designer: BHLDN
Bridal Shoes: Birkenstock
Wedding Rings: Bride’s: Greenlake Jewelry Works