Sneak Peek, Claire & Ted

I had a feeling that we would see some amazing images from Claire and Ted’s July 4th weekend wedding but this… blew me away, Ryan Flynn!  Thank you so much for sharing this first look from their wedding and I cannot wait to see what other magic moments you captured.


Posted by Winthrop, Wa. 98862 at 10:36 am

Kristen & James

Kristen told me that she skied through Spring Creek Ranch with James last winter, grabbed a brochure, looked through our website that evening and said to herself,

“This is where I’m going to get married.”

Flash forward a year and a half later to  a weekend full of gorgeous details:  bridesmaids dresses in varying shades of coral, peonies in all shades from white to bright pink, antique aqua mason jars, handmade fabric flags, champagne hued glitter on the votive candles, hanging candles, string lights, painted wooden signs, a western themed rehearsal dinner complete with a photo booth and an evening campfire sing along around the fire.

Friends and family came together in an incredible wave of love and support for Kristen and James, singing songs, hauling umbrellas from Seattle, hand lettering antique windows on the lawn, baking pies, arranging  flowers, and even escorting, ahem- Irish Whiskey from Minneapolis to the Methow Valley.  And when there is small batch whiskey pouring there must be a hand made whiskey shack too, right?  Of course!

James’ mother made one of the most moving toasts I’ve heard and when I gave her a hug goodbye on Sunday and told her just that, she looked me squarely in the eye and said,

“This place… you’ve given Kristen and James such a wonderful place to begin their marriage.  This weekend has been such a special start for them. Thank you.”

Photography:  Sol Guittierez, Pine Print Photography / Venue:  Spring Creek Ranch / Catering:  Jen Nawrot / Invitations:  Red Umbrella Design / Rentals:  All Season’s Events / Twisp River PubDress:  Andrea’s Vintage Bridal / Rings:  Peligro  / Drinks:  2 Gingers Whiskey, Methow Valley Brewing Co., Icicle Brewing Co., Lost River Winery / Coffee:  Blue Star Coffee RoastersAccessories:  Bella Umbrella / Bridesmaids Gift Clutch: Blue Mountain Thyme /

Jim & Andy

I should have known that these two butterflies circling each other, and the grounds all weekend were a harbinger of great things to come.  Because great things kept coming all weekend: weather, music, friends and drink abounded as friends and family gathered to celebrate a relationship that is already 27 years strong.

Jim and Andy’s marriage ceremony began with their daughter, Jessie and local Olympian (and community heroine) Laura McCabe serenading the guests in a flute, violin duet.  Tears poured freely as the conservatory trained flutist and violinist played on the front porch of the Ranch House.  The officiants exposed on meeting the two gentlemen during a bike trip in Finland decades ago and had many personal anecdotes, poems, and advice to share.

A sun drenched evening full of great food, tasty beverages, happy socializing and lots and lots of dancing ensued.  If you’ve ever wondered what a dance party full of ultra-marathoners, extreme skiers and bikers looks like I can happily report that the joy and energy was unparalleled and long lasting- just like the feted couple!

Photography:  Friends / Venue: Spring Creek Ranch / Flowers: Heather MacArthur / Catering:  Sunflower Catering / Rentals:  All Season’s Events / Drinks:  Laurel Canaan /

Kayla & Jesse

What happens when a girl who owns beautiful horses falls in love with a boy who owns his own horse-drawn wagon?  They get married of course!

When Kayla contacted me last year about holding her wedding at Spring Creek Ranch I was simply thrilled.  I had often admired her beautiful, oil paintings and developed a great respect for her hardworking parents who farm our 20 acres of alfalfa hay each year.  Kayla’s family farms bucolic hay fields all over the Methow Valley and the realization that she wanted to marry Jesse at a place that she and her family worked felt… significant.

Now that their amazing day filled with horses and a carriage, pigs and salmon, schoolgirl friends and Marine Comrades is over and our alfalfa awaits the first cut of the year, I am ever so grateful that another local family was able to celebrate together in a place they call home.

Working the land and taking vows, together at Spring Creek Ranch.

Venue:  Spring Creek Ranch, Winthrop, WA :: All Photos: Joel Ang Photography– used with the generous permission of the photographer :: Floral Design:  Fawn Meadow Design :: Catering: Joel Travelstead :: Cakes: Rocking Horse Bakery :: Tents, tables and chairs: Ok’s Cascade