Thornewood Castle Wedding

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.

Let’s Connect!

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, or by phone at 530-412-0730.

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Featured Tacoma Wedding Venue: Events on 6th

If you are looking for a Tacoma wedding venue that is easy to get to and incredibly beautiful, Events on 6th is the perfect place! This gorgeous wedding venue has a gothic church and mid-century modern reception hall. You can have both your wedding ceremony and reception here, and there is a natural flow to the space that works really well.

I love photographing weddings in Tacoma, so I am especially excited to feature this wedding venue on the blog.

Getting Ready

Events on 6th has two dressing rooms – perfect for the bride and groom to get ready separately with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The décor is elegant and simple. This space makes for some beautiful getting ready photos before you walk down the aisle. I love capturing the bride getting her makeup done and putting on her dress. It makes it all so real!

There is also a quiet sitting room that is perfect for parents or grandparents to use while everyone is getting ready.

Going to The Chapel

The gothic church at this Tacoma wedding venue has huge wood doors so you can make a grand entrance. Inside are high vaulted ceilings and angled wood pews. There are traditional stained-glass windows that let in natural light. The result is a breathtaking space where your guests can watch you exchange your vows. The aisle is easy to decorate with flower petals, vintage lanterns, and floral arrangements.

The chapel was built in 1924, with additions made in the 1960s. Since the building was renovated in 2010, it has a mix of traditional architecture with modern details. It is truly a one of a kind wedding venue! The stonework outside and architectural details throughout are made for bride and groom portraits.

Cocktails, Dinner, and Dancing

There are a couple of places in the venue to host a cocktail hour for your guests. The venue has a lounge and courtyard that are ideal for setting up a bar and letting your guests mingle. Cozy seating next to a fireplace is perfect for guests who are not ready to hit the dance floor. And the courtyard has such cute greenery and string lights. I love capturing candid moments of you and your new spouse greeting guests and sharing a drink with them after your ceremony.

There is also a kitchen for your caterers and a buffet room for them to set everything up. The mid-century modern reception hall is a versatile space that you can use for dinner and dancing. It can seat up to 160 guests comfortably, with room for a dance floor. There are string lights that set the tone for a party!

Convenient Location

Events on 6th is conveniently located in Tacoma. It is easy for your guests to find, even if they are from out of town. The venue is available to book on Fridays and Saturday throughout the year, with special discounts during the off-season.

There are a few beautiful places just a short drive away if you want outdoor bride and groom portraits. Wright Park and Point Defiance Park are nearby, or we can go to the Ruston Way Waterfront for some portraits by the water. That way you have the best of both worlds – an indoor venue in case of rain, and great opportunities for outdoor photos if the sun is shining.

Scroll through to see some of my favorite photos from a wedding I shot at Events on 6th.

Tacoma Wedding Venue Photographer

If you are planning a Tacoma wedding, let’s connect! I would love to hear from you. It is easy to reach out on my website, or you can email me at

Featured Enumclaw Wedding Venue: Genesis Farm & Gardens

Genesis Farm and Gardens is a gorgeous Enumclaw wedding venue. The venue has several spaces that can be used for your ceremony, reception, and portraits. Every wedding I have shot here has used the space a little bit differently, which makes it unique each time.

Getting Ready

This wedding venue has a bridal suite and groom’s quarters, so the bride and groom can get ready separately with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The bridal suite is beautiful and calming. I love capturing those getting ready moments! The bridal suite has three full-length mirrors in one corner so you can see every angle of your stunning wedding dress. And the sliding barn doors and cozy seating amplify the rustic feel of the room. The groom’s quarters is relaxed – the perfect spot for your groom and his guys to have a toast before the festivities begin.

Lawn & Gardens

Genesis Farm and Gardens has traditional English gardens complete with ponds, fountains, and gorgeous blooms. The landscaped gardens are the best spot for a first look and bride and groom portraits. There are so many beautiful flowers and lots of lush greenery. If you want a summer garden wedding in Washington, this is the place!

The lawn and garden space can be used for your wedding ceremony, as it accommodates up to 200 guests. It has a lovely arbor with brick steps where you can exchange vows with your wedding party by your side.

A Formal Tent

There is a formal white tent that offers covered seating for your guests. The tent also accommodates up to 200 guests. This is ideal for a wedding reception, as there is enough space to cut the cake and dance the night away. I recommend setting up a cute sweetheart table and enjoying dinner with your new spouse!

Long farm tables look beautiful under the tent, which is lit with chandeliers! Round tables work really well in this space, too. The great thing about a spacious tent is that it is so versatile. You can customize it to fit your vision and style.

The Rustic White Barn

The barn at Genesis Farm and Gardens has been completely refurbished. It has all the appeal of a rustic country barn with modern updates. The barn comfortably seats 125 guests for your wedding ceremony or reception, so it is perfect for smaller weddings. There are string lights that add to the cute and romantic setting. I also love the rafters! You can set up a dessert table or gift table in the entry of the barn or host your buffet there. It is another totally customizable space with rustic décor and cute country vibes.

Seasonal Wedding Venue

The regular season for Genesis Farm and Gardens is May through September. You can book the entire venue for 12 hours on a Friday or Saturday during the regular season, or for 10 hours Sunday through Thursday. You can also contact the venue directly for off-season availability and pricing.

Genesis Farm and Gardens Wedding

I love shooting weddings at this Enumclaw wedding venue. It has a secret garden feel and unique touches that bring the venue to life. Scroll through to see photos from one of my favorite weddings at Genesis Farm and Gardens. There are so many ways to use the space and truly make it your own.

Let’s Connect!

Visit my website to learn more about my approach to photographing weddings. If you have questions or want to chat more, you can reach me by email at or by phone at 530-412-0730. I would love to hear more about what you have envisioned for your wedding day!

Featured Wedding Venue: Wine & Roses Country Estate in Auburn

Since I have worked at so many wedding venues here in Washington State, I know almost all of the best ones in the area. One of my favorites is Wine & Roses Country Estate wedding venue in Auburn.

Like many wedding venues throughout WA, this wedding venue has a rustic quality that’s unforgettable. They offer a 100-year-old, on-site barn where you can hold your wedding ceremony, surrounded by beautiful outdoor gardens.

Being immersed in nature is what makes venues like this special. The gorgeous gardens, old trees with lush greenery, and a versatile lawn enhance the charm of Wine & Roses Country Estate. These features only add to the photos I’ll provide for you and your spouse.

The Historical Barn

The barn on this estate is the true gem on the grounds. As a historical and refurbished barn, you can get the feel of a rustic country atmosphere with some modern features thrown in.

Wine & Roses Country Estate is conveniently located between Seattle and Tacoma. Plus, it’s only five minutes away from freeway access, making it perfect for guests coming in from other cities or states. If you have guests traveling for your wedding, this venue is easy to find and accessible.

They give free tours here, so it is a good idea to look over the barn and grounds to see whether the surroundings suit you. I always recommend touring a venue before booking it, as it can give you an idea of the flow of the space and help you envision your wedding day.

I have taken many Wine & Roses Country Estate wedding photos in the barn. Let me say it’s a perfect spot to capture magical memories. One great thing about the barn is it’s easy to customize. It can either be the site of your wedding ceremony or where you hold your wedding reception.

Since rain is common here in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll also want to consider the barn as a backup plan in case the weather interrupts your plans to have your ceremony outdoors.

The barn can suit weddings both big and small. You can hold between 50-200 guests here.

Holding Your Ceremony in the Garden

The estate has a lawn and garden area, perfect for holding your ceremony on a summer’s day. White garden chairs are provided by the owners to seat your guests. This area is wide enough to hold a couple hundred people while giving them plenty of breathing space.

This is the gorgeous area where I capture casual and candid moments with you and your attendees. I consistently go for shots of people at weddings when they’re at their most relaxed rather than posed. This gives you a chance to relive those moments and remember your day exactly how it happened.

Hosting your guests outdoors provides gorgeous natural light, though the barn has a great setup with superior lighting conditions. Thanks to twinkling string lights and stunning chandeliers permanently installed in the barn, you have a wonderful atmosphere ready to go.

Pricing and Scheduling

Wine & Roses Country Estate hosts weddings between May and October. The venue prices your wedding based on the particular day of the week you choose. They offer a three-day window for wedding & reception packages. Your wedding can take place on either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Saturday is typically the most popular wedding date, though it is more expensive.

Each day offers the same amenities, including the use of the entire venue and basic set-up. If you want your wedding day to last a little bit longer, the last dance and venue exit take place one hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Catering and Coordination

The staff here lets you choose any licensed caterer of your choice. To ensure the best possible food and service for your special day, they have a thorough list of vendors they work with regularly and highly recommend.

A nice touch here is the venue provides a free wedding planner to help you get things coordinated. The coordinator also helps you rehearse your wedding a few days ahead of the ceremony so everything can occur without major mistakes.

I can certainly work on this schedule and attend your rehearsal if need be. Attending your rehearsal can help me set up specific photographic situations you want to capture on the big day. We can also discuss what you have envisioned and where you want your family portraits taken.

Inspiration Gallery

I highly recommend seeing Wine & Roses Country Estate in person to get a feel for the grounds. For a sneak peek of the barn and gardens, scroll through this gallery. I have included photos of a few of my favorite spots throughout the estate.

Let’s Connect

Visit my website to learn more about my approach to photographing weddings. If you want to chat more, you can reach me by email at or by phone at 530-412-0730.

Family Portrait Sessions with AHP

The upcoming holiday season is a great reminder to schedule a family portrait session! It is so important to get these portraits done annually, especially when you have kids. They grow so fast and you want to be sure to document every stage. Some families even do portrait sessions every six months or quarterly, especially when their kids are really young. The first couple of years fly by and they change so quickly. I love documenting every important milestone for my clients.

AHP offers three kinds of family portrait sessions. I am so excited to share a little bit more about each type of session.

Traditional Portrait Session

Traditional portrait sessions can be outside at a special location or in the studio. These sessions typically include posed family portraits. This is a great way to get classic portraits that you can happily look back on for years to come. We also do portraits of your family interacting and playing! I recommend choosing matching outfits for these sessions. You don’t have to wear the same thing, though. Choosing outfits in the same color family looks the best. This gives a cohesive look to your portraits.

Traditional portrait sessions can also just be solo portraits of your kiddos! You will be so grateful you captured them in all of their stages. They grow up so fast and portraits are the best way to remember every age.

Lifestyle Session

Lifestyle portrait sessions are usually more laid-back. I can come hang out with you at your house and capture those everyday life moments! From cooking and eating to relaxing on the couch with your spouse and kids, lifestyle sessions are an amazing way to capture what your day to day life looks like as a family. These portraits end up being more photo-journalistic in nature. They are so fun to look back on and have a candid, carefree feel to them. We can also capture posed portraits during this session.

Mini Session

Mini portrait sessions are fast-paced and typically last 15 to 30 minutes. These sessions are ideal for the holidays! You can do themed outfits and have fun with it. I love finding a cute session space to fit the season. Cozy surroundings and holiday décor can amplify the look of these portraits. They are perfect to use if you make your own holiday cards each year.

I also recommend mini sessions as a quick way to capture a few portraits with the kids. Since these sessions are shorter, kids can usually last through the entire session – but not always! I always warn parents that kids WILL meltdown for no reason at all during portrait sessions. Be sure to come prepared with snacks, treats, and bribes to help them through the session.

Indoor and Outdoor Sessions

I have a studio in downtown Tacoma that is perfect for those rainy days. Studio 253 is filled with natural light and is a versatile space. We can capture portraits inside with simple backgrounds. These portraits are timeless.

Though I love the studio, I prefer to shoot outdoors whenever possible. There is so much to explore in the beautiful PNW. We have awesome locations available for outdoor portrait sessions and I love finding new spots to capture portraits. Tacoma is a great city for urban portraits. There are also local farms and barns for rustic portrait sessions. Depending on the season, we can explore the forest, a local pumpkin patch, gardens, or parks. There are so many fun options in this gorgeous state!

Family Portrait Inspiration

Scroll through this gallery for some family portrait inspiration! These portraits are from some of my favorite family portrait sessions this past year.

Let’s Connect!

I love capturing every family. For those without children, I also do couples photos and anniversary sessions. Gather up your loved ones and schedule a session. You can contact me anytime on my website! You can also email me at or call/text 530-412-0730 to schedule your shoot.

Aberdeen Engagement Portrait Session

This Aberdeen engagement portrait session with Jeff and Rosie was so much fun! I love getting the chance to capture moments for friends that have become like family. I have known Jeff’s sister, Laura, for over a decade. Laura is an amazing esthetician at the Karelia Spa in Tacoma. I have been shooting photos for her entire family as long as I have known her! Every few years, I get to spend the 4th of July with them and have such an awesome time! I love that I get to watch their kids grow up and see their family grow!! Now I am so happy for Jeff’s mom, Rose, because her middle child is finally happy and in love! Jeff and Rosie are getting married at their church in Aberdeen in October.

Mediterranean Vibes

Since the wedding will be in Aberdeen, we captured Jeff & Rosie’s engagement photos in the city! There was an awesome run-down apartment building with so much character. It made us feel like we were in Italy! The pink walls and wrought iron had Mediterranean vibes. I love finding new spots to take engagement photos and this one was perfect!

Laid-back Engagement Portraits

Jeff and Rosie were so playful and kept each other laughing all afternoon. I love that they kept it casual for their outfits! Rosie looked so cute in a striped blouse and black pants, while Jeff wore a plaid button-up and jeans. The perfect casual engagement outfit inspiration! Rosie’s engagement ring is gorgeous and we had to show that off! I want my couples to feel like themselves for their engagement photos. I love that Jeff picked Rosie up and spun her around a couple times. These two were just so cute!

October Wedding

I am especially excited for their October wedding, since I got married in October too! It’s such a romantic time to get married! I love the fall colors and the crisp air. (I might even have to pick up a pumpkin spice latte in the morning!) These two are perfect for each other, and I can’t wait to capture their wedding day.

Aberdeen Engagement Portraits with Pink City Walls Photographed by Tacoma Wedding Photographer Amanda Howse
Aberdeen engagement portraits with casual outfit inspiration and pink walls photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse
Photographed by Tacoma Wedding Photographer Amanda Howse | Aberdeen Engagement Portraits | Cute couple smiling at each other on the city street.
Laid-back engagement portraits in Aberdeen, WA, photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse.
Urban engagement portrait session in downtown Aberdeen with couple smiling at each other in building alley with colorful walls. Photographed by Tacoma Photographer Amanda Howse.
Cute engaged couple sitting on apartment building steps with turquoise door and bride showing off engagement ring. Photographed by Tacoma Wedding Photographer Amanda Howse.
City steps engagement portraits with smiling couple in casual outfits. Photographed by Tacoma Wedding Photographer Amanda Howse.
Natural Engagement Portrait Pose with Sweet Couple on Apartment Building Steps | Photographed by Amanda Howse
Urban Aberdeen Engagement Portraits on Apartment Steps for Mediterranean inspired shoot photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse.
Handsome groom spinning fiance around during engagement portrait session in downtown Aberdeen. Photographed by Tacoma Wedding Photographer Amanda Howse,
Fun Aberdeen engagement portraits with Jeff & Rosie smiling in front of pink city wall. Photographed by Tacoma Photographer Amanda Howse.
Romantic Aberdeen engagement portraits with sunshine and trees. Photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse.
Portrait of engaged couple leaning on a tree in Aberdeen park. Photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse.
Picnic inspired engagement photos in downtown Aberdeen photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse.
Dreamy engagement photos with groom carrying his bride. Photographed in Aberdeen by Tacoma wedding photographer Amanda Howse.
Rosie admiring her engagement ring during Aberdeen engagement portrait session with her fiance. Photographed by Tacoma wedding photographed Amanda Howse.

Aberdeen Engagement Portrait Sessions!

Capturing special moments in your life is what I am all about! If you’re getting married in Aberdeen, let’s capture your engagement with a portrait session in the city. We’ll create ah-mazing portraits that you will cherish forever.

Let’s connect!

Feel free to reach out to me anytime on my website. You can also email me at or call/text 530-412-0730 to schedule your shoot!