There is so much I adored about Poornima and Britton’s Thornewood Castle Hybrid Indian and American Wedding.
The morning started out with the first round of getting ready photos at the castle as Poonrima put on her white wedding gown so we could do bride and groom portraits before their ceremony. We did a first look among the beautiful floral gardens and brick pathways. I always count it such an honor to get to witness such intimate moments between couples like a first look. And these two did not disappoint in their reactions to first seeing one another. We were able to wander all around the property for portraits and even snuck upstairs to the hall of mirrors for a few photos before heading to do formal wedding party and family photos.
Then it was time for round two of getting ready! Who gets to get ready twice?! So fun! This time they put on their Indian attire. How absolutely gorgeous Poornima looked as she was adorned in beautiful bright colors and ornate heirloom jewelry. And Britton got to see her for the first time adored as such as her mother walked her down the aisle.
They had two ceremonies back to back starting off first with a traditional Indian ceremony performed by a Hindu Priest with parents and Poornima’s son all getting to be involved. Then followed an American ceremony. I honestly adored getting to witness both ceremonies occur and to be able to get to document so many special moments.
Then we were off to their outdoor ceremony overlooking the lake with the Castle in the background where guests enjoyed dinner, toasts and dessert before heading inside for some epic dancing. What an honor to get to document their special day.
About the venue: Thornewood Castle is a 500-year-old Tudor Gothic historic mansion located in Lakewood, Washington. In 1907, Mr. Thorne purchased a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England and had parts of it dismantled and shipped piece by piece to be included in the main house. A famous architect, Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, was in charge of this most interesting Tudor Gothic project. The three acres of grounds and lakefront can be enjoyed from a breezy summer porch, the sunken garden, the beautiful loggia, and our private dock and beach. Our sunsets over the lake are a sight to see! The “secret” sunken English garden was designed by the Olmsted Brothers and exists today much as it did when the Thornes lived here. The Castle offers over 27,000 square feet of living space, graciously arranged under one tile roof, and boasts 54 rooms, including 22 bedrooms and 22 baths.
Vendors: Venue: Thornewood Castle // Photographer: Rebecca Anne Photography // Caterer: Twelve Baskets // Florist: Edna Anderson // Cake: Dominica Falcon // DJ: AJ Reynolds of UnMatched Entertainment // Hair & Makeup: Arianna Scott // Dress: David’s Bridal // Indian outfits: Samyakk.com // Suits: Mens Warehouse // Bridesmaid dresses: Brideside.com
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