Thornewood Castle: The Pacific Northwest's grandest, most romantic wedding venue

Wallflower Photography: Washington's top-rated wedding photography studio

Over a hundred years ago, a wealthy man long in love bought a 400-year-old English manor, had it dismantled brick by brick, shipped halfway around the world, and reassembled on the shores of American Lake in Lakewood, Washington. Then he hired famous landscape architects to design a sunken "secret" English garden next door — all as a gift to his wife of 20 years. Today, more beautiful than ever, Thornewood Castle is one of the premier wedding venues in the Puget Sound area.

What is a typical Thornewood Castle wedding day like?

  • It might start with the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready in the bridal suite, while the groom and his groomsmen prepare in the upstairs library.

  • After an emotional first look between the bride and groom, we go on a fun, creative photo shoot with the bride and groom and their wedding party. Terrific photo opportunities await in the gardens, down on the private American Lake dock, at the castle's front drive and Rose Red fountain, and in the Great Hall and other rooms in the castle.

  • The wedding ceremony takes place amidst the statuary, lush plantings, and brick walls and walkways in the sunken garden, with the bride escorted by her father across the garden's vibrant green lawn. Or maybe the ceremony is in the Great Hall, with warm lighting, dark wood, antiques and art, and that incredibly ornate ceiling overhead. There's no better rainy-day Plan B wedding venue than Thornewood Castle!

  • Cocktail hour might take place on the back lawn with a view of the lake, and then when the dinner buffet opens under the loggia (covered porch), everyone fills their plates and heads indoors to their places in the ornate dining room to eat. Toasts are offered and the cake is cut.

  • As night starts to fall, everyone retreats to the Great Hall next door for dancing and socializing. Maybe I slip away with the bride and groom for a few minutes to capture some sunset portraits on the dock, or some dusk or night portraits in the front porch.

  • At the end of the night, the bride and groom are sent off to a nearby hotel by cheering guests waving sparklers, or maybe they just climb the stairs to their suites inside Thornewood Castle.

As Thornewood Castle's most-referred wedding photography studio, we at Wallflower Photography have seen wedding days just like this, and with so many other unique variations, that have played out for happy couples and families again and again. Although we've photographed over 50 weddings at Thornewood Castle, it's the type of place that never gets old, and it's a special honor to keep photographing weddings in a venue that has so many amazing photo ops that we've discovered, and yet still more left to find.

Click the Photo Gallery link in the menu to pop open a Thornewood Castle photo gallery on Wallflower Photography's website. From there, you can easily explore the rest of the Wallflower Photography website to see photos from all sorts of other venues and learn about our approach to photographing weddings and the many awards and accolades we've won over the years.