Derek + Sophia // Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater Wedding

September 09, 2016

What happens when you bring together two souls, both emblazoned with passion and reason, add in some good friends, big faith, a great deal of theatrics and a traditional Celtic band?  The answer is pure magic.

Sophia and Derek met through the Seattle theater community and after years of working together they found themselves at a farewell party for a theater group they had both been a part of.  Before the night was over Derek knew that he couldn't say farewell to Sophia so he asked her for a drink and she thought he was joking.  But after that momentary misstep had been cleared up, the moments began to weave together into a life and love that will truly take you aback.

These two might describe themselves as "nerdy," seeing as there are characters from Star Trek, Star Wars and Disney in their wedding party as well as a T-Rex but I have to say they are the most elegant nerds I've ever met.  Their wedding wasn't kitschy or theatrical just for the shock of it, it was full of personality and grace, laughter and just enough silliness to remind people that sacred does not mean stilted.  Their day was full of personal touches from a hand made wedding gown topper to Derek's beautifully sung wedding vows, it embodied the two of them in a way that makes you want to spend more time turning the pages of their love story.
Sophia's flower crown by Riz Reyes was beyond perfect in every way.

I don't know if two people have ever been more ready to see each other on their wedding day.  This is one of the best moments in any wedding day and not because it's precious or because of the look of amazement on Derek's face but because this is the first moment they just get to be together which is what they've wanted all along.
As we headed off toward the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, we stopped in a lovely field of tall grass and dandelions.  When these two stepped in to the wild meadow, a Jane Austen novel came alive in front of our very eyes.
When the bride sees her father for the first time, it's lovely.  When there is a T-Rex and the groom comes bounding up with a broad sword, it is literally indescribable.

During the ceremony Jedi knights crashed the stage, Derek performed his own operatic wedding vows, and two crew members of the Starship Enterprise read excerpts about love from 1 Corinthians and about passion from Kahlil Gibran, both were perfect.
From that point on it was a party where music covered everything and not just the ears of the people, it lined the shelves and the table runner was made of player piano music.  The Celtic band Carrigaline taught people to dance traditional Irish folk dances while onlookers happily treated themselves to salmon cooked over a fire, traditional Cuban Sandwiches and local beer from RoofTop Brewing.
And as the sun set and the dances went on we took off into the woods for a last few portraits before the bride joined in a game of lawn Quidditch, seriously.
 Congratulations Derek and Sophia.  I could not have been more humbled to be part of your day.  Thank you for your gracious hospitality and daring honesty to love with such abandon.  I am excited for what the coming months and years will bring you, I can't wait to hear about your trip to Cuba in November and I hope to see you very soon.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to my husband, Noah, for second shooting this fabulous event with me and to my good friend Rachel for assisting and thinking of literally everything while still holding my coffee and rocking really cute shoes.

And now for parting words from Khalil Gibran:
Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows — then let your heart say in silence, “God rests in reason.”
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky, — then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.”
And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.

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  1. Lovely wedding, and fabulous photos!

    1. Thank you so much Anna! It was an amazing celebration to be a part of!

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