Chika & Steven

September 22, 2016

Olympic National Park Wedding

The first time I spoke with Chika and Steven it instantly felt like I’d already known them for more than just a few quick email exchanges. Long before setting out for this weekend in Olympic National Park I just knew… This was a special group of people. I was amazed by their dedication to honor their loved ones — both those in attendance as well as those who have passed. In remembrance of Steven’s father they incorporated fishing tackle into the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and Chika wore her mother’s kimono down the aisle.

I couldn’t’ve been happier to have spent the whole weekend with everyone and capture all the magic of this story, because sometimes really important bits happen outside those micro-managed 6 hours. Like ringing dinner bells before impassioned welcome speeches, seeing an old friend’s daughter eat her first s’more or your bridesmaids trying to put on a yukata.

Or just the way the fire flickers through the waterfront as all your beloved friends and family come together, as they are, relishing all the memories you share together while at the ready to make some new ones, too.



































Bride and Groom's First Look on Lake Crescent | Olympic National Park Wedding


Portraits of bride and groom in the forest trail | Olympic National Park Wedding

Lens flare portrait of bride and groom | Olympic National Park Wedding





Wide shot of ceremony on the waterfront | Olympic National Park Wedding

Freelens ceremony shot on the waterfront | Olympic National Park Wedding







Bride and Groom's grand exit from the ceremony | Olympic National Park Wedding





Group photo of the wedding party cheering | Olympic National Park Wedding



Bride and Groom portraits on Lake Crescent | Olympic National Park Wedding




Portrait of bride spinning in her dress as a bird flies overhead | Olympic National Park Wedding
Portraits of bride and groom on Lake Crescent | Olympic National Park Wedding


















Whimsical wedding cake by Tier PDX | Olympic National Park Wedding

Wedding cake and macarons by Tier PDX | Olympic National Park Wedding






Bride laughing during the bouquet toss | Olympic National Park Wedding












Bride dancing with groomsmen | Olympic National Park Wedding


Bridesmaid chugging wine at the reception in Nature Bridge | Olympic National Park Wedding


Nature Bridge at night | Olympic National Park Wedding
Starry portrait of bride and groom on Lake Crescent | Olympic National Park Wedding

Vendors & Resources

Venue: Nature Bridge at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park | Officiant: Best Man / Steven’s brother | Wedding Planner: Kathleen Elam for CAKE Event Company | Florist: Portland Wholesale Florist | Caterer: The wonderful staff at Nature Bridge | Dessert: Tier Catering | Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole | Groom’s Tie: Linen Fox | Groom’s Shoes: Aldo | Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Her mother’s Kimono | Bride’s Reception Dress: Needle & Thread | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Tyler Chevalier and Erin Howard | Second Shooter: Chris Miller

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Kim, this is such an incredible wedding! I love everything about it!

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