I am always honored when friends ask me to shoot their wedding. There’s a certain level of faith involved in choosing your photographer (trust me, I just recently had to hire someone to shoot my own wedding!). But I knew that Ceferina and Nate were going to put on a beautifully planned and detailed wedding so it seemed like a total win. They chose to tie the knot at the lovely Black Diamond Gardens near Auburn, WA. The property is located on 11.6 acres of land and has a wonderful lawn area for the ceremony, large greenhouse for covered reception, lovely bridal suite and a large pond as well. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the goats and chickens they have as well!
The fine details and strong DIY ethos on display is one of my favorite aspects of this wedding. Ceferina is an artist through and through and she made so much of the decor herself and did a ton of calligraphy that really made a personal touch to the decor. Strong gold, green and brown tones were a constant, very earthy vibes. Her dress was handmade in Bulgaria and her ring was custom designed by herself, the brass crown she wore was handmade by a close friend Miki who crafts under the name SVNLIGHTS; her creativity and attention to detail was on display everywhere.
Now this wedding wasn’t great only because of the style, they had a excellent taco truck handle the food service and we had a lovely warm day to boot! Rina and Nate exchanged personal handwritten vows beneath the flower covered trellis on the property and Nate’s Father officiated a heartfelt ceremony followed by dinner, drinks and naturally dancing as well. The Best Man; a long time friend of Nate’s just happened to share a birthday with the wedding date so they celebrated him as well during the toasts and even brought him out his own little cake!
Custom made by Tonena Atelier
DIY by Bride
Black Diamond Gardens
Taqueria Los Chilangos