Old-fashioned coke bottles, calligraphy, and polaroids decorate the tables of this charming, farmhouse styled shoot. A dairy farm turned event venue, the Vanderveen Farms in Mount Vernon features authentic rustic style. See below to read more about this venue and the styled shoot from photographer Afton Lewis.
Photographer: Afton Lewis Photography
Planner: Torry with Raise A Glass Wedding and Event Planning
Venue: Taryn with Vanderveen Farms
Wedding Linens: Taryn with Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals
Tables, chairs, Various Decor: Amanda with Rustic Events Rentals
Dessert: Tiffany with Flour & Girl
Models: Alex and Terrance Lewis
Attire: Alicia's Bridal and Formal House
Jewelry: Pave Jewelry + Design
Hair and Makeup Bride: Bubbles and Blush Beauty by Kristen and Sarah
Groom's Styling: Tied Knot Gentlemen's Grooming
Flowers: Pozie By Natalie
Paper Goods: Snarky Card
Specialty Drink: Tom Collins -Dry Fly Gin Distilling, Woodenville Whiskey Co.
Assistant: Kim Gangloff
From the photographer:
This is an old dairy farm that is 110 years old, that is currently being converted into a fantastic venue. The upstairs is a beautiful ceremony space, with cathedral-high ceilings, exposed beams and an outdoor ceremony space; the downstairs is perfect for a beautiful reception area. The Bridal Suite is being converted from an old milking parlor, and soon there will be a kitchen area, as well as a grooms room. The owners have been milking on this dairy farm for the past 60 years and could not be cuter. (They are pictured at the end of the gallery) and they are so happy someone is seeing the beauty in the barn and converting it to a venue. The owners are also avid gardeners that have beautiful flowers and bushes all over their venue. The bride cannot believe the transformation. She feels honored and blessed to see it all coming together.
A few months ago Torry (Raise a Glass Wedding and Event Planning) and I worked on a styled shoot up on Mount Baker for another amazing local photographer and when I heard about this new venue needing photographs for the upcoming Skagit Wedding Society tour I jumped at the chance. The vendors are an amazing squad of Girl Bosses that I was honored to work with. From the beginning everything seemed to fall into place. All the hard work and dedication from Taryn (Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals & Vanderveen Farms) as well as her uncle is really paying off.
Alex and Terrance are a real life couple. They met 10 years ago and have been married for 6. They are super sweet and kind to one another and everyone around them. Alex said that Terrance needed a little "lubrication" for photographs so Torry made them their signature wedding cocktail, A Tom Collins, made from local distilleries from Washington State.
Whenever you speak with either Taryn, or Nick (the venue owner) you can just hear the love for this place in their words. They eagerly share the story with everyone and soon you fall in love with the venue and the valley.
The flowers were sourced from two local farms here in Whatcom County, one called Wild Rye Farms and the second called Sweet Peas and Carrot Cake. Natalie (with Pozie by Natalie) does such a beautiful job with the flowers. She works closely with her vendors and just has an eye for creating beautiful Bouquets.