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Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing at The Lodge at St. Edward Park, a new wedding venue in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. The Lodge at St. Edward Park is located on Lake Washington in Kenmore, just northeast of Seattle. I’ve visited St. Edward Park many times for the trails and beautiful scenery, but this was my first time at the Lodge itself. The beautifully restored architecture and gorgeous interiors are amazing, as were the extensive grounds that are maintained by Washington State Parks.
The historic building began its life in the 1930s as a seminary. Subsequently, the building and land became a state park in the 1970s. Starting in 2017, an investor partnered with Washington State parks to restore the building. It now serves as a hotel with 84 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar, and ballroom for events and receptions. If you’re a lover of history, art, and architecture like me, the beautiful Lodge and grounds are worth a visit!
It’s rare to find a venue where the indoor options are equally as good as the outdoor scenery, but the Lodge at St. Edward might be it! I loved the long windowed hallway on the main floor that serves as an art gallery. The tall windows along the west wall allow beautiful natural light to come streaming in, while the white walls create a lovely backdrop for photography. The guest rooms are all decorated beautifully, and even the restaurants could be a great option for stylish portraits! Whenever I visit a new venue, I’m thinking about what options I would have for photos on a rainy day. The Lodge at St. Edward would provide plenty of spaces to work with if it wasn’t pleasant to be outdoors.
There are several options for weddings and receptions at the Lodge at St. Edward. A ceremony can be held outdoors on the Great Lawn, inside in the Remington Ballroom, or at the beautiful Grotto, tucked into the trees at the edge of the forest. Receptions can be held in the Remington Ballroom and adjacent Tonsorium Bar.
Large wedding ceremonies can be held on the expansive lawn, and smaller ceremonies can use the intimate forest Grotto. There are nearly innumerable options for beautiful portraits throughout the grounds.
There are forested trails throughout St. Edward State Park; many of them descend steeply to the lakeshore, but several wind throughout the woods adjacent to the Lodge. A short stroll to the south is a beautiful orchard.
The Grotto is a beautiful ceremony site located a short stroll from the Lodge itself. A few steps down a stone staircase takes you into a secluded lawn surrounded by an arching canopy of trees. Whether you opt for a ceremony at the Grotto or elsewhere on the property, it’s a beautiful location for romantic portraits!
For an intimate reception, the patio area was set up with a beautiful dinner table. The bride and her family created gorgeous florals and a layered tablescape, and the venue’s wooden chairs added the perfect warm complement to the white linens and greenery. As the sun set towards the west, the fading sunlight cast a warm glow on the stone facade of the Lodge, creating a luminous and romantic scene for dinner. Lanterns and candles set the perfect atmosphere, and as the light faded the lights on the exterior of the Lodge illuminated the patio.
If you’re looking for a sophisticated venue for your Washington State wedding or elopement, the Lodge at St. Edward park would be a great choice! St. Edward Park is close to the airport and metropolitan areas of Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, and Everett, while providing the stunning forest scenery for which Washington State is renowned. With historic detail, modern style and amenities, incredible cuisine, and a luxurious atmosphere, the Lodge at St. Edward is an ideal setting for a stylish wedding day.
Does this look like the perfect venue for you? Get in touch with them today, and then book me to photograph your wedding day!