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Manresa Castle Wedding in Port Townsend

Emily Hall

Kevin & Joanna were married on a perfect Pacific Northwest day (it was sunny, it was rainy, it was windy) at Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, WA.  It started out looking pretty questionable on wedding day, but the sun came out just in time for their garden ceremony, setting the perfect tone for the rest of the day. Three cheers for the bridesmaids who braved the cold & windy air to go outside and be gorgeous for photos!!! :) It was SO worth it!  Groomsmen, you can have three cheers too - even if you weren't cold. 

Kevin & Joanna are one of those couples who are constantly erupting into giggles over ... well, I'm usually not exactly sure what over... But that fun-loving, always-laughing -ness that is SO Kevin & JoYo totally popped up throughout the day, making my day. Every. Single. Time.

Did you know that Jones Soda Co. personalizes labels for weddings? Kevin & Joanna used several different photos from their engagement session for the labels. 

The Bride:Kevin and I had so much fun at our wedding-it really felt like "us."

The Groom: The build up and the hours before the wedding took ages, but the wedding and reception were a total blur!

The Nesgodas: We loved having so many of our favorite people from all aspects of ours lives in the same place!!! We wish we could have had even more time with everyone, but the time we did have was great.

Kevin & Joanna did a receiving line after their wedding ceremony. The photo collage (below) are just a few of my favorite images from their receiving line.

I love the opportunity to capture the guests' emotions right after the ceremony ends and they're still all emotional. Their well-wishes are always so sweet; it really shows up beautifully in photos.  (It's also a great way to get lots of guest photos - even the shy/sneaky folks who try to avoid the camera during reception time.)

I hear many couples debate and hesitate over receiving lines. The hesitation is often that someone will be awkward and try to hold up the whole line. I can't guarantee that this won't happen. But, in the 20+ weddings I attend each year, I haven't seen it happen yet.

Kevin & Joanna opted to have their first look as Joanna walked down the aisle, so we took some time after the ceremony to take some photos of the newlyweds.

Scheduling portraits after the ceremony means that we have to be very careful/efficient with our time (so that we don't keep the guests waiting on us), but evening light is one of my favorite times of day to shoot, so I'm always happy with whichever choice couples makes regarding seeing each other/not seeing each other before the ceremony.

Florist (bouquets): Holly's Fine Flowers
Hair/Makeup: OffWhite Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Joanna's Wedding Dress: Princess Bride Couture
DJ: Jay Hayes from Mobile Celebrations
Officiant: Lorin "Big Lo" Sandretzky ("Seattle's Biggest Sports Fan")
Venue: Manresa Castle