Jesse + Tiffany {Elopement in Leavenworth} December 2014 - jillfineis

Coming all the way from  Virginia, Jesse and Tiffany boarded a plane with a plan to elope to snowy Leavenworth, WA. Tiffany had the infamous Lucy from Shears make up her hair, and then they preceeded to head to The Wedding Haus, where Bob and Mary Schmidt took care of all their ceremony details. The wedding theme was vintage chic.. or so I'm calling it.  "Tiff is really into a British show about post-WW1 gangsters called "Peaky Blinders". That's where the vintage chic theme came from." says, Jesse. He liked the slim fit of the suit they found at JC Penny. Tiffany's dress is by designer "Oleg Cassini", and the style was the "Sweet Heart Ball Gown." Her veil was designed by "Leslie V." The style was chosen to match the vintage feel of Jesse's suit.


After the first look, Jesse and Tiffany said, "I do" and had a champagne toast, "gingerbread wedding cake" and a horse-drawn carriage ride to celebrate. We headed down to  the Wenatchee River to get some photographs and enjoy the afternoon. Jesse and Tiffany had a  post-wedding dinner at Viscontis, and loved their time visiting Leavenworth.


ELOPEMENT ADVICE from the happy couple:


"The hardest part was traveling cross-country with a wedding dress. Keep it in the original box and have it steamed locally before the wedding. Elopements are easier to plan, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security. There are still many items to consider, so do your homework early! The day is about you two only--Don't let anyone (family, friends, etc.) guilt you about eloping. Be sure to hire a first-class photographer to capture the magic! šŸ˜  Leavenworth must-experiences:  "King Ludwig's" restaurant-- I'm not sure how authentic the fare actually was, but it was delicious and sure tasted authentic. The atmosphere was also very enjoyable! "Munchen Haus" restaurant--It appears to be a Leavenworth staple, and for good reason. The sausages and food were also delicious, especially with the apple-cider saurkraut;  "Cured" meat shop-- This place was amazing; Tons of cured meats of many delicious varieties, I had to come in to this shop multiple times on the same vacation. I even bought some cured bacon and had it express-delivered to my house in VA (where a friend watching the house could put it in the fridge). The tree lighting ceremony-- It's a lot of fun and very pretty once the trees are lit. There were a lot of people in the town square (almost shoulder to shoulder), so agoraphobics beware!"




Jill

ā€œInstructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.ā€
ā€• Mary Oliver

I shoot lifestyle photography because the connections that we cultivate between each other and place are the most important parts of who we are and what legacy we leave. Above all, I want to authentically weave together the pieces of that story through photographs. To me, photography has always been about more than just taking pictures... it's setting an intention to preserve our history and story. Ceremony, craft, and sport are points where we are most vulnerable, where we take off our masks and reveal our true selves. I want to capture that story... the one where we are most free to be our perfect selves.
When I'm not taking photographs, you can find me playing in the mountains or trying to talk myself into going for a run. I live, shoot, garden, and play in Leavenworth, Washington.
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