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Embracing A Rainy Wedding Day

A Rainy Spokane Wedding Day

June 9th in eastern Washington is usually sunny. Katie and Mike thought it would be the perfect day for a summer wedding. The forecast in the weeks leading up to the big day called for warm, sunny skies, but June 9th this year was a little different; Katie and Mike were greeted by a rainy morning drive to The Ridge At Rivermere wedding venue in Nine Mile, Washington.

The wedding was at The Ridge at Rivermere, a sprawling, lush venue in the heart of Riverside State Park. The morning of, emotions were running high as Katie, Mike and their wedding party anxiously waited to see if the weather would let up. As the time grew closer to the ceremony, we decided to brave the weather and begin taking pictures. Though there was a light drizzle, the pictures turned out gorgeous. The gray, stormy sky complemented the glowing bride and groom as they frolicked in the grass, umbrella in hand.

Katie’s bouquet of pinks and reds accented the gray sky and dark clouds as if she’d planned the weather — but she definitely hadn’t. But what she had put a great deal of time into was ensuring the flowers were showcased throughout the wedding.

“I spent the most time planning my flowers and decor because it was one of the most important aspects to me, being an aesthetic person and a perfectionist,” Katie explained. “Plus I just love flowers. They turned out beautiful and made me so happy.”

The Ridge at Rivermere

Though the weather did not cooperate, spirits remained high. And those emotions were elevated even higher when the rain let up just before the ceremony.

Heartfelt vows left few dry eyes at the ceremony. Katie recalls seeing happy tears in her guests’ eyes as one of the best parts of the entire day. A high-energy reception followed the beautiful ceremony. Hilarious toasts and a crazy dance party were some of the most memorable parts of the evening.

Looking back, Katie felt the reception flew by and wished she had spent more time with her guests. Many brides feel this way after their wedding- with first dances, cake cutting, and photo opportunities it can feel as if you barely have time to catch your breath at the reception. Brides offers up some advice to tackle this: talk to guests at their table as smaller groups; not only does this allow you to greet all your guests, it offers your photographer photo opportunities with many different guests.  

Katie advises other brides not to sweat the small stuff. Focusing on a few things that were important to her (the venue, food, and photography) helped her remain calm leading up to the big day. “I didn’t stress over the details, but I definitely had a vision for my decor,” Katie explained. Her vision manifested into a beautiful ceremony and reception, just as she’d hoped.

“I think our positive vibes sent the rain away,” reflected Katie on her dreamy day. The Knot offered up 3 pieces of advice for brides if it rains on their wedding day: talk to the venue, embrace it, and be upset (but just for a little while). Katie and Mike definitely embraced the rain.

Makeup — Canvas by Marianne
Venue/Coordinator — Nikki at The Ridge at Rivermere
DJ — Matt at Soundwave Entertainment
Florist — Fifty Flowers
Catering — Greenbluff Fresh

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