With fall on the horizon, it’s also time to wind down the 2015 Summer Farm Tour. I have two more farms on my ‘must see’ list, but this is literally their peak season. Just as soon as I can visit myself, I’ll be sure to share the experience with you.
Aside from farm tours, weddings were on my summer agenda. Many professional photos should be coming my way soon, but I thought you might enjoy some of the images I captured. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the most special day thus far of these couples!
There’s always a story behind the image, so please enjoy the florist’s perspective!
The lead on this wedding was the groom. I’ve known Ryan for a couple years now. He’s a VERY important person in my life…. J ….. he’s my barista! Ryan is a staple at the popular Issaquah Coffee Company in Gilman Village, who exclusively sells Stumptown Coffee. This coffee shop is a local favorite of mine, (I sometimes refer to it as my office) and since First & Bloom first opened, Ryan has tossed several business leads and support my direction. I’m honored he entrusted me to create the flowers for his special day!
The wedding was scheduled for Saturday. However, Ryan was to pick up the flowers on Thursday and travel to the wedding venue in a refrigerated truck carrying all the food and flowers. Unfortunately, the truck fell through and Ryan had to scramble to figure out what the heck he was going to do! Feeling awful for his predicament, I offered to deliver the flowers directly. I had a second wedding on Saturday, but the timing worked out perfect. A little road trip was a great change of pace.
I really had no idea where this place was, I just entered the address into my GPS and drove. Once I crossed Snoqualmie Pass, I realized I was headed toward Bluet Pass. Having driven through Bluet Pass many times, I always wished I knew someone there so I could visit one of the many beautiful properties. Ten miles outside of Cle Elum, Washington, traveling into Bluet Pass just off Highway 97 was a new wedding venue, The Ranch at Swauk Creek.
My wish came true!
Covering 1,000 acres as a working cattle and horse ranch, it’s been in operation since the 1870’s! It is an incredible piece of Eastern Washington history that also houses the oldest stick framed ranch house in the county. It also rests on prized summer hunting grounds of local tribes from back in the day, as arrowheads have been found across the property.
If you are looking for an unforgettable rustic wedding experience, you should check this out. Rates are extremely reasonable and actually cover the whole weekend from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning! Ok, seriously, that’s unheard of for a wedding venue!
“…We've decided that 1 day is not enough! We've included Friday afternoon thru Sunday morning with dry camping as part of the package. Having the extra time affords a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.” Nancy, owner of The Ranch on Swauk Creek
I was only at The Ranch just long enough to deliver all the flowers and chat with wedding guests briefly. Though there was something very special about this location. Just as Nancy mentioned, it really said… relax and enjoy.
A big thank you to Bre and Ryan for sharing your special day with me!
Stay tuned for the next wedding story of First & Bloom.
The stories, photos, and opinions were sourced from my personal experience at The Ranch on Swauk Creek, http://www.cleelumweddings.com/home.html, and http://www.middleforkroasters.com/index.html.