This Thornewood Castle wedding in June was absolutely gorgeous.
The Lakewood location is easy to get to. Once you arrive, you feel like you have been taken back in time! The Tudor Gothic-style castle is historic and unique. It is such a romantic venue for a Washington wedding and I am so glad Carrigan and Danielle chose me to capture their day here.
I met these two at the Tacoma Wedding Show and got to know them throughout their wedding planning process. I shot their engagement portraits before the wedding, which was so much fun. Danielle also did boudoir photos with me as a surprise for Carrigan. They are such a lovely couple!
Getting Ready for the Wedding
The bride and groom got ready in gorgeous rooms in the castle with their closest friends and family. Natural light came in through the windows, which was perfect for capturing portraits of the girls in their floral getting ready robes. Danielle also had a personalized hanger for her wedding gown.
The bridesmaids wore long blush gowns with delicate hairpieces. They completed their looks with simple bouquets. The flower girls also wore blush pink and everyone looked so beautiful. The groomsmen wore black suits with matching blush ties. What a good-looking group!
The Castle Grounds
There is a secret sunken garden on the castle grounds that is perfect for wedding day portraits. The English garden is perfectly landscaped and there are plenty of hydrangeas in full bloom during the summer. Though there is plenty of space for your ceremony and portraits, the venue still feels intimate and romantic.
Bridal Party Portraits
Carrigan, Danielle, and their wedding party were not afraid to have fun for their portraits! It is so important to carefully choose who you surround yourself with on your wedding day. The bridesmaids and groomsmen kept these two laughing and smiling throughout their portraits and just had so much fun together.
We snuck off to corners of the garden and courtyard for some intimate bride and groom portraits. These two are just so in love. I loved Danielle’s lace wedding dress. It had AH-mazing lace details that photographed so beautifully. And Carrigan looked great in his black suit!
English Garden Wedding Ceremony
The bride and groom chose to have an outdoor wedding ceremony and an indoor reception. Walking up to the ceremony, there was personalized signage and décor that showed just how important the day was to these two! They had a tribute to family members who could not be there, a personalized photo booth backdrop, and programs that doubled as fans for the warm summer day.
The ceremony took place in the sunken garden, with a floral arch at the top of the steps. The cutest flower girls and ring bearer walked down the aisle before the bride. And Carrigan’s reaction to seeing his bride walk down the aisle was so sweet. Weddings are filled with emotion, and the walk down the aisle is always one of my favorite moments.
These two exchanged vows in front of their friends and family and incorporated a unity ceremony with a sand vase. You could feel their excitement as they promised forever, and as they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife.
A Fun Reception
Carrigan and Danielle planned a fun reception for their wedding guests in the castle ballroom. The tables were set with blush linens and simple floral centerpieces. After dinner and drinks, the bride and groom shared a sweet first dance. Then they kicked off the party with all the fun traditions: a bouquet toss for the single ladies, a garter toss for the single men, and toasts from their closest friends.
I am so grateful to these two for choosing me to capture their Thornewood Castle wedding. Scroll through to see some of my favorite photos from their wedding day.
If you are planning a Thornewood Castle wedding, let’s chat. I would love to hear more about your wedding day vision and talk about how I can capture your special day. It’s easy to reach out on my website, by email at [email protected], or by phone at 530-412-0730.