Ember & Ben’s Bainbridge Island Wedding

As you might imagine, I see a lot of wedding pictures these days. But some weddings take my breath away. When I was reading about this wedding, I kept having to stop, because the tears made it hard to see! Ember and Ben’s wedding was thrown together in a month, and was shot by the bride’s best friend, the super talented Heather Gilson of One Love Photo. This wedding between two long time partners and parents was a celebration of an existing family, which is such a powerful reminder of what weddings are really about.
This picture sums up the way I feel about this whole wedding! Me too, Ember, me too!
Ember and Ben said their vows a day earlier then planned, when they discovered the day before the planned wedding that the judge wasn’t free the next day. This took some of the pressure off the vows, which were held in the backyard of a house they had rented for friends and family for the weekend. (talk about delightful imperfection).
This is, officially, my new favorite wedding photo. Their son Finn held the flowers they picked up at the farmers market that morning.
I’m not sure if there is a better picture to sum up family, love, and commitment.
Ember and Ben decided to finally get married after they saw the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington. I assume they felt what we felt when we saw our venue, that profound feeling of arriving home after a long journey. The only problem? The Bloedel Reserve does not allow weddings. But, our bride did not see a road block! The rented a house down the way where they said their vows (a day early, whoops) and then they dressed in their wedding finery, gathered their guests, and took a wedding walk.
Their son Leo was extremely excited by his bow tie.
And of course they had cake.
Here is to love, to family, to friends, and to knowing what matters!

Now go read all about this wedding, as written by Ember’s best friend, Heather.

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