March 1, 2018

Alderbrook Resort & Spa Wedding in Union Washington

Remember Katie & Matt’s engagement session in The Hoh Rainforest? Welp… Let’s just keep those moody, misty, and magical Hoh Rainforest vibes going with Katie & Matt’s intimate Alderbrook Resort wedding.  

The Couple 

These two have got some SERIOUS style, and it consistently radiates out of everything that is their wedding!! They put so much careful time and thought into the trendy, stylish vibe of their wedding.

They had a beautifully handmade, triangle arch covered in greenery, and displayed a unique, two-toned seating board for their reception. Katie wore a high neck, long-sleeved dress with elegant buttons down the back. She carried a gorgeous, cascading greenery bouquet with white and yellow accent roses. Matt wore all black, accented with a black scarf to accentuate the moody trend. 

One word comes to mind when we think of Katie & Matt: thoughtful. They don’t do things for sake of checking them off a list. They are mindful of their choices and there is meaning behind each element of their special day. Every decoration at their Alderbrook resort wedding, every accent was chosen because completely reflects them as individuals and as a couple. It has been so refreshing to witness a couple staying true to their unique selves and planning a day that was a clear reflection of who they are, individually and together. 

The Alderbrook Resort Wedding 

Their wedding day was held at Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Washington. The morning and early afternoon was relaxed, similar to their personalities. They got ready, laughing among their intimate group of carefully chosen loved ones. And they pondered, excitedly over the perfectly misty wedding day that was ahead of them

They chose not to do a first look. One of the moments they were most excited about, was seeing each other for the first time at their ceremony. With their intimate group, this was perfect, and there was not a dry eye in the place. After the ceremony, we took a short drive over to Twanoh State Park for some portraits. It was raining off and on that day, and to be honest, it was perfect. Maybe it’s because we shot in the rain for their engagement session, but we can’t help but feel that rain suits these two.

The forest was quiet and made for a perfect setting for the newlyweds to soak up all of those “we just got married” feels. We laughed and celebrated together, capturing their genuine, excited emotions. They posed under a clear umbrella for a few photos, then braved the rain for the rest. And they took time to soak in every second of the day they waited so long for. We had a couple of minutes to spare before needing to be back for cocktail hour, so we strolled down to the beach to take advantage of a little bit of sun that was making its debut, and And It was gorgeous! 

Their Alderbrook Resort wedding was so much fun! Their reception was decorated with geometric boxes and greenery galore. Dark tablecloths on the tables made the greenery and their geometric terrarium table number displays jump out. They displayed polaroids on a wire display board and had polaroid cameras set out for guests to take photos with funny masks. They enjoyed a wild dance party and laughed until they cried while cutting their cake. This couple took advantage of every precious second of their day. If I can take away any advice to give to a couple after this wedding, it’s to be mindful of every minute that goes by and soak it all in. 

Katie and Matt, Thank you so much for including us in such a special time in your lives. It has been so wonderful getting to know you over the last year and a half. Keep being you. Keep being amazing. And keep being thoughtful.  

Katie and Matt’s wedding was also featured on Junebug Weddings!!

Shoes in the dirt
closeup of wedding details
Closeup of wedding dress
Wide shot of the dress hanging
Bride writing her vows in black and white
closeup of the flowers
black and white of bride getting hair and makeup done
black and white of bride writing her vows
Wide shot of lake dock
closeup of bride getting her dress on
groom getting his jacket ready
Black and white of dress getting buttoned
mom buttoning bride's dress
groomsman putting on grooms tie
side view of mom buttoning brides dress
Groom getting tie put on
Bride putting on earrings
Black and white of bride putting on earrings
Wide shot of bridesmaids
bridesmaids smiling looking at the camera
Alderbrook Resort Wedding bubble exit
Black and white of Bride and groom exiting the reception
Groom carrying bride up the stairs

Venue // Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Planner // Kirstie Warren with Simply Wed

Floral Design // Floral Noir

Cake // Honey Crumb

Alderbrook Resort is also on our Top 10 Seattle Weddings Venues list. If you are starting wedding planning and don’t have a venue, check out our list. We did all the research for you. More information can be found in our Alderbrook Resort general wedding guide. 

This Alderbrook Resort Wedding was photographed by Nick Plus Danée Photography. A Seattle based wedding and elopement photography team. To book your photographer for your Alderbrook Resort Wedding click here


It was an amazing wedding at an amazing location! Miss you guys!

I’m totally getting wedding-day nerves and excitement all over again looking at these. You guys were such a huge part of making this day amazing and we had full faith in you guys. Thank you so much for giving us these beautiful photos to remember our day by.