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Karma Vineyards Wedding on Lake Chelan | Jamie + Chris

Weddings

Lake Chelan view from Karma Vineyards

Jamie and Chris’ Karma Vineyards wedding was intentional, and I felt that within every decision and detail. Their love story was woven into their celebration and Amber of A Renee Events KILLED it with bringing their love story into the guests’ experience. Plus, the styling was truly stunning. Jamie and Chris’ wedding day was magical and I love that J+C crafted an experience that felt authentic. Basically – it’s what you dream of when you envision a breathtaking, intimate wedding in a beautiful winery with your dearest loved ones.

I love sharing stories!

Simply put, I love stories and I love sharing stories. I truly believe I can document a couple and their love in a more complete and authentic way, if I have the opportunity to truly get to know the couple and their love story. Each couple that I have the great blessing to work with receives a questionnaire. These questions allow me to learn more about them and connect on a deeper level. I’ve sprinkled in a few of my favorite Q & A’s throughout this blog detailing this gorgeous Karma Vineyards wedding!

perfume and shoe details for this Karma Vineyards wedding
Close up of rings for this Karma Vineyards wedding
bride getting ready for her wedding at Karma Vineyards
bride getting ready for her wedding at Karma Vineyards
Jamie holding the earrings her fiance gifted to her on their wedding day at Karma Vineyards
Chris’ grandmothers diamond ring was Jamie’s something borrowed on the wedding day, and for her wedding day gift, Jamie received earrings from the same jewelry designer (Van Cleef & Arpels) and will hopefully pass them down to her grandchildren some day.
bride getting ready for her wedding at Karma Vineyards

Q: Tell me three things about your fiancee? (groom)

A: “She’s (usually) right, she lives to make others happy, and our dog Wally is the center of her world!”

 neutral stationery
Do Tell Calligraphy did these beautiful designs and also happens to be a friend from college!
bridesmaids share a drink with the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards
bridesmaids share a drink with the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards
Groom and groomsmen get ready for the wedding at Karma Vineyards

Q: Tell me three things about your fiance? (bride)

A: “He’s popsicle-stick funny and keeps the mood light, he’s very considerate and logical in making decisions (which is why it takes him forever to make a decision, but when he does – I trust it) and loyal (he loves his peeps unconditionally).”

puppy pineapple socks
how to tie the perfect bow tie
bridesmaids in gray dresses smiling with the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards
bridesmaids in gray dresses smiling with the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards
Groomsmen smile at the camera.
groomsmen show off their funny socks
couple shows the journal they've shared since 2011, where they wrote their personal vows for their wedding day at Karma Vineyards.

Q: Describe a favorite memory from your wedding

A: “During our first look we shared private vows with each other. When I thought about writing my own vows, I was so nervous about sharing such personal thoughts and feelings in a real, raw and “us” way. I kept thinking of the audience – our friends and family – and what they would want to hear and how they absorb my words to Chris. With every backstory or context for an inside joke, I was worried that the message I wanted to share with Chris on our wedding day would be muddied while trying translate it to others…”

“So during our first look, we shared private vows with each other. It was real and raw and it felt like us. We wrote our vows in the leather-bound journal that we’ve had for years (since 2011!) and when we were long distance we used to send the book back and forth to each other. Even after reuniting, this is where we write messages to each other on birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Our vows became yet another chapter in this story of us.”

couple reads personal vows before the wedding.
couple reads personal vows before the wedding.
couple reads personal vows before the wedding at Karma Vineyards

Q: Which is your favorite wedding photo and why?

A: “It’s hands-down the photos of the private vow reading! Those photos show exactly what we were feeling at that time. I love the one where I’m wiping the tear from Chris’ cheek as he is reading his vows (and you can see grandma’s ring!) as I remember this moment so vividly and the picture captures exactly what I was feeling on the inside. Also, I honestly don’t even remember taking any of those photos as I was so caught up in the moment.”

wedding vows leather notebook
portrait of the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards.
portrait of the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards.
portrait of the bride and groom before the wedding at Karma Vineyards.
portrait of the bride before the wedding at Karma Vineyards.
black and white photo of bride standing behind groom.
bride and groom embrace in the vineyard.
black and white photo of bride standing behind groom.
Portrait of the wedding party.
bride and groom smile at each other while wedding party cheers around them.
close up on couple's dog at their Karma Vineyards wedding.
Bridal party gets on board the trolley.
groomsmen get on board the trolley.
bride getting ready before the wedding ceremony at Karma Vineyards
Wedding Ceremony at Karma Vineyards on Lake Chelan.
couple shares a kiss after their ceremony.
couple cheers after their ceremony.
couple cheers after their ceremony.
couple cheers after their ceremony.

Q: What do you think is unique about you as a couple?

A: “A lot has shifted during these last 10 years and we’ve experienced many of life’s milestones together (dating through college, graduations, long-distance, first jobs, a cross-country move, second jobs, third jobs, engagement, puppy, wedding, home purchase, etc). People grow and change during these phases of their lives, and we’ve both changed a ton but we’ve always grown together.”

Couple shares a hug with their wedding photographer Kelly after the ceremony.
Vineyard wedding portraits.

Q: When you can do anything you want to do, like a typical Friday night, what would you do?

A: “Pop open a bottle of WA wine, sit on our deck, watch the sunset with some catchy tunes playing and our dog Wally right beside us.”

Reception Tables & lighting decor.
Karma vineyards wedding neutral wedding decor
Jamie also did the day-of calligraphy herself, including the doodles of the signature cocktails named after”his, hers and ours” dogs. His and Hers were named after Daisy and Boomer (their childhood dogs) and Ours was named after Wally. “What
can we say, we’re dog people!”
Fun Fact! Kristina + Sean attended J+C’s Karma Vineyards wedding together and this was their first weekend away, early in their relationship! This candid photo I captured during toasts is one of their first photos as a couple! I remember noticing them out in the crowd and the way Sean looked at Kristina throughout the night! They are now engaged AND A 2020 KLP Couple! Can’t wait to celebrate their wedding in Lake Chelan this August!

Q: Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?

A: “Don’t be afraid to nix wedding traditions if they don’t feel like you. We tweaked or eliminated many wedding traditions to make the celebration feel more like “us.” The father of the groom gave the welcome toast instead of the father of the bride, we had the mother/groom and father/bride dances as the same time, our vows were shared privately before the ceremony, we didn’t make a big deal of the cake cutting and we asked the band not to play Black Eyed Peas songs.”

Authentic to your style

“Every relationship has its own style and the day is all about celebrating your unique and special love in the most authentic way.  It’s okay if your style doesn’t fit into the traditional mold because your wedding should feel like YOUR wedding, not a wedding.”

Groom holds a drink and dances at the reception.

Vendors at this stunning Karma Vineyards Wedding!

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