If you ask any industry professional what the most iconic castle wedding venue is in Washington state, chances are they'd tell you it's Thornwood Castle. Thornwood Castle, located right off of the I-5 highway exit in Tacoma, is a 500-year-old Tudor Gothic castle filled with rich heritage and I believe it’s the oldest castle ever built in Washington state. It’s famously known for being ‘the house that love built.’ I mean, this place was pretty much made for weddings right off the bat. And that is where Ella & Dima had their beautiful wedding.
I remember driving down from Seattle (it’s about 35 miles away) and there was the usual Friday traffic gracing the highway. I literally crawled to the venue. But when I finally got there, the sight of the Thornwood Castle got me pumped up to shoot for Ella & Dima. Thornwood Castle was just such an inspiring place to shoot. The venue embodied everything - classic, romantic, dramatic. I couldn’t wait to capture everything with Ella and Dima.
They performed a lovely Russian wedding ceremony. I’ve been to several ethnic wedding ceremonies before and I find them very fascinating and I love when couples incorporate their heritage at weddings. After the ceremony, I had some alone time with Ella and Dima to explore the venue and take advantage of the beautiful architecture. Being there taking wedding photos really made it feel like we were taken back to time.
I had so much fun shooting for Ella and Dima’s wedding. The entire time, the two lovebirds had fun with each other’s presence, and you could just tell they were excited to spend the rest of their lives together. The Thornwood Castle, the ‘house that love built’, was the perfect fairytale venue for them.
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