One of the best things about planning a Pacific Northwest wedding is the variety. Want a wedding on the coast? We’ve got that. Urban city venues with exposed beams? Not a problem. Winery weddings- oh yeah. But nothing really says PNW better than a forested backdrop and the Columbia Gorge offers that in abundance. Kirsten and John chose a Skamania Lodge wedding in Washington and they really couldn’t have done better! It was a beautiful backdrop to bring their families together, she from California and he from New York.

We chose a shaded area amongst the trees for their first look to give them a bit of relief from day’s surprising heat. With both of them so fair-skinned it was the best plan for the day!

columbia gorge wedding photos at skamania lodge

creative wedding photos at skamania lodge

And then you know, we just managed to stop by the bald eagle show going on at the lodge. I’ve never been five feet away from a bald eagle before so this was incredible! Kirsten and John were nearby so Joe made this triple portrait.

It’ll be a bit before we finish their full set of images but we’re eagerly awaiting the day we can share more!