Kiana Lodge is a special place to me, so I was especially thrilled when Suzy and Michael chose Andy and I to photograph their wedding. My wife, Vanessa, and I were married at Kiana 11 years ago so I couldn’t wait to be there again, this time on the side of the lens where I’m most comfortable. The lodge is one of those quintessential, Northwest venues. Located on Agate Passage, across from Bainbridge Island, it has shell-covered beaches and beautiful grounds adorned with hanging baskets of flowering fuschias.
We started by photographing the lovely couple as they got ready for their big day. Then Michael, waiting so patiently behind a huge drift log, finally had his first glimpse of his gorgeous Texas bride on the lodge’s sandy beach. After a portrait session, it was time for Suzy to hide from arriving guests.
Blooms and azure waters provided a background for the couple’s ceremony, energetically officiated by Rev. Mary Calhoun. The evening quickly moved into a celebration with cocktails and dinner, followed by a humorous video tribute, poignant toasts, an assortment of yummy cakes, and some serious shakin’ on the dance floor (masterfully shepherded by DJ Chris Graves). But the party wasn’t over. After leaving under a shower of flower petals, the couple and their guests headed to the ferry terminal, where the festivities continued across Puget Sound. Suzy and Michael, thanks for a great time, and for bringing back wonderful memories of my own wedding. | Dan DeLong