We had a wonderful time at Jonathan and Kirsten’s wedding on Saturday. It was at the lovely Willows Lodgein Woodinville, one of the must beautiful venues around. The staff at Willows are all real pros and they take care of the couples and the vendors alike. It was a late-afternoon ceremony and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect…70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky! Jonathan and Kirsten hired a bagpiper for the ceremony music, which lent it a real cool and personal vibe. After he finished up we played for cocktails, dinner and the special dances. They picked “The Nearness of You” for their first dance, which is always one of my favorite tunes to play. For the mother/groom dance they asked for “What A Wonderful World”, and for the father/daughter dance they picked “Till There Was You”, which was actually the first dance at the very first wedding I ever played back in 2002 for my friends Denise and Bret! I don’t think we’ve been asked to play it since, so it was a real treat.
The food was wonderful as usual, with a huge buffet spread and a raspberry lemon cake for dessert. Again, I can’t overstate how great a venue Willows Lodge is. Not only do they do everything right, but on their grounds is the garden for the Herb Farm, one of the country’s most famous restaurants, which is right across the street. As you sip your cocktail you can walk between rows of chard, thyme, rhubarb, rosemary and more, and even check out their truffling pig, Borage! If you’re in the market, give Jenn a call and tell her I sent you!
We had the pleasure of working with photographer Kristi Lloyd for the first time. I’ve heard Kristi’s name for years as one of the top photogs in Seattle and it was great to get to know her and her husband a little bit. I hope to have some of their pictures to share in this post soon.
All-in-all it was a beautiful night, and a great way to kick off the 2013 wedding season! Here’s a couple more shots I took, one of bassist extraordinaire Nate Omdal, and one as I was leaving the grounds.