Melissa & Nick | 05.19.2016

Getting Ready: Kitsap Memorial State Park cabins, Poulsbo, WA

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Kitsap Memorial Log Hall, Kitsap Memorial State Park, Poulsbo, WA

Catering: Essence of the Thymes

Flowers: DIY Bouquets with silk flowers from Michaels

Dress: Designed by Mori Lee, purchased from Benita’s Bridal, Silverdale, WA

Hair & MUA: The bride herself!

Cake: Bella Bella Cupcakes, Silverdale, WA

Officiant: Amanda Arehart from Lovingly Yours

DJ: DJ Scott Fijolek

Color Palette/Theme: Rustic neutrals & lace

Melissa and Nick–these guys are so much fun! I say “are” because we’ve become fast friends. From meeting them for the first time at the end of last summer to their super fun engagement shoot in October, to having Melissa work as a model for us for an advertising campaign–this couple is simply awesome, and we are so privileged to have been able to capture their wedding day!

You wouldn’t think such a beautiful, rustic wedding venue were to exist in a Washington State Park, but Kitsap Memorial State Park Log Hall is exactly that: beautiful & rustic. It overlooks the Hood Canal, is made of logs, is surrounded by trees, and has plenty of rafters to hang twinkle lights and tule from. Melissa’s theme just played up the rustic look of the lodge with sprays of cedar, mini pinecones, twigs, and moss for centerpieces and decor.

So many aspects of this wedding were DIY–Jason jokes that it was like Pinterest threw up all over their reception hall. The bouquets were silk flowers from Michaels craft store, put together by the bride herself. One thing that is so awesome about artificial flowers is that they hold their beauty all day long and will last forever! No worries about making sure they’re in water every time they’re not in a photo just so they look OK for the ceremony, and you don’t have to worry about crushing them in transport, either. Melissa made her own earrings AND her veil (riiiight?), and her mom made her keepsake garter. Melissa did her own hair and makeup, and helped her sister-in-law with her hair and makeup as well as helping her mom put on false lashes.

The ceremony was originally going to be in the middle of a forest clearing, but the forecast had threatened rain, so Plan B was underneath the pavilion right next to the Log Hall. Fortunately, we were able to capture Melissa and Nick’s first look in the original ceremony spot. They were so cute–they couldn’t stop checking each other out! Melissa was awesome with scheduling the timeline of her day, so we had plenty of time to trek down to the beach for some more photos as well as make it back to the Log Hall for some indoor photos by one of the windows while it rained outside. It was our first chance to successfully use Atmosphere Aerosol to get some unique shots of the bride and groom–think: fog in a spray can. You can see some of the photos below.