Ashley + Travis Wedding day
After spending a week in Portland with Ashley last Fall, and driving to Seattle to meet her boyfriend, Travis, we just knew we would be back shortly for a wedding. We actually took some couples photos of them in downtown Seattle, and I (Megan) was legitimately convinced that Travis was going to propose without warning. I remember watching them from a distance on the pier, camera ready, with a nervous anticipation that that any moment he just might get down on one knee. The reason I was convinced was because of how intently Travis was looking at Ashley; he looked into her eyes in a way that I had never seen someone look at her. And later I found out that this is the way Travis always looked at Ashley. Intentionally. Lovingly. With pursuit.
A few months later Travis asked Ashley to marry him. They FaceTimed us from the cabin with the big news, and surprised us with the announcement that they wanted to get married in the Fall (which was about a six month time frame). And this time, the destination would be Seattle! I'm pretty sure Ashley solidified the process of "hiring" us as her photographers with a simple text that said something along the lines of "Obviously you'll be our photographers, so let's start planning this thing". And that right there is the beauty of working with your best friends.
Flash forward to the end of September, and The Stirewalt's flew from Charlotte to Seattle to spend a WEEK celebrating the soon to be Burgstahler's with some of the most amazing friends anyone could have. Travis and Ashley are truly two of the most wonderful humans we know. They are generous, They are kind. And they love selflessly. So if you can imagine, the rest of their family, their wedding party, and their friends who traveled from all over are one in the same. We had a blast with the entire group all week in Seattle.
We wouldn't be doing our friends justice if we didn't take a minute to brag on the dream team behind the wedding. While the bride and groom planned an incredible ceremony and reception, they leveraged the talent around them to produce a truly beautiful and intimate wedding. The venue, Maroni Meadows, was nestled in Snohomish, Washington amidst the most serene gardens and forest.
The floral designer was none other than Ashley's Matron of Honor, Stephanie Walton. Stephanie's company, Garden City Floral Design, is based out of Dallas/Fort Worth. Watching her prepare for the event was nothing short of amazing. The flowers were special ordered, flown into our AirBNB, and designed with so much love and attention to detail. One of our favorite touches was the lovely bridal crown she created for Ashley with vibrant greenery.
The Wedding Cake was crafted by her Bridesmaid, Christa Rosier. Christa's company, Sugah Lumps Baking Co. is based out of Portland, Oregon. Let me tell you, you can see from the photos that Christa can decorate like no other, but what you can't tell is how AMAZING the cakes tasted. She created a three-tier naked cake for Ashley with almond poppy seed cake and cream cheese frosting. We definitely saw people take two and three pieces (which is generally frowned upon at weddings, but when people start sneaking extra pieces is when you know it was that good).
Watching Ashley's best friends and family come alongside her and serve her on her Wedding Day was so beautiful because everyone's heart was to give back to the couple who has so generously blessed them in many ways. Travis and Ashley have graciously hosted us all when we've visited. They've listened to us and given advice many times over. They've been there for us when we needed them, and loved us through years of friendship. We all loved being a part of this Wedding because we weren't "vendors", we were a group of best friends who happen to have giftings and talents that lent well to their special day and who were able to share the experience of planning, designing, and capturing memories for two people we love dearly. So congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Burgstahler... this was a wedding for the books!!
Sugah Lumps Baking Co.