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Winter Destination Wedding at Mountain Springs Lodge | Pacifica + Evan

April 26, 2022

Winter Destination Wedding at Mountain Springs Lodge

From the moment I met with Pacifica, I knew this destination wedding would be absolute perfection. This winter wedding at Mountain Springs Lodge had it all - drama, glamour, and sweet, intimate moments. Pacifica was inspired by the snowy landscape, the towering mountains, and creating a refined and elegant experience for her intimate wedding.  Of course, we leaned into all of the luxurious details to ensure that this romantic destination wedding would be unforgettable.

a couple holding each other, the bride with her bouquet wearing white furs
A couple embracing at sunset on their wedding day, in the snow, holding bouquet
A couple completing their handfasting wedding ceremony at Mountain Springs Lodge

Mountain Springs Lodge

Mountain Springs Lodge sits in a valley just outside of Leavenworth, WA in the Cascades. We love the way the landscape transforms across the seasons. In winter, the lodge receives a generous blanket of snow, allowing them to offer sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, and more. (You'll see why this detail matters later!) Naturally, it was a wonderful choice of venue for a destination wedding!

The wedding reception space at Mountain Springs Lodge
The couple awaiting their first look
A white bouquet with evergreens and pops of blue flowers, sitting in the snow

Romantic Winter Wedding Ceremony

To begin, Pacifica and Evan chose to hold their ceremony outside to embrace the incredible views of the mountains. The wedding ceremony took place just outside of Mountain Springs Lodge, next to their large fountain. We installed a lush floral wedding arch for the ceremony, complete with blooms and evergreen foliage. In addition, we lined the aisles with evergreen garland, all framing the view of the mountains perfectly. Amazingly, the lovely couple even got sunshine while reading their vows - perfection!

Close-up details of wedding flower arch
Wedding floral arch at Mountain Springs Lodge
The bride walking to the ceremony
The bride walking down the aisle
The couple saying their vows in front of wedding floral arch
The couple standing at their wedding ceremony with mountains in the background

Of course, one of my favorite parts of this winter wedding was the handfasting ceremony. This ancient tradition is where “tying the knot” comes from! In this instance, we used luxurious hand-dyed silk ribbons from Silk & Willow for this handfasting ceremony. Pacifica and I were both obsessed with the one-of-a-kind blue botanical print ribbon, made with flower petals. You can see this stunning design in the second and third photos, as well as in her bridal bouquet.

The beginning of the handfasting ceremony with hand-dyed silk ribbon
The botanical print hand-dyed silk ribbon being used in handfasting ceremony
Final handfasting ribbon for wedding ceremony
The couple literally ties the knot with silk ribbon from their handfasting ceremony

After the ceremony, Pacifica and Evan had the perfect "just-married" smiles! Obviously, we love seeing how happy couples look right after their ceremony! Pacifica and Evan also made a particularly glamorous exit on a horse-drawn sleigh. Mountain Springs Lodge offers sleigh rides in the winter, which these two took full advantage of. I don't think we've ever seen a wedding exit quite so glamorous!

The couple have their first kiss as a married couple
The couple, just married, walking down the aisle smiling
The couple exiting their wedding ceremony towards a horse-drawn sleigh at Mountain Springs Lodge
The happy couple waving from their sleigh ride
A stunning image of the happy couple's horse-drawn sleigh in the snow, with mountains in the background

Elegant Winter Wedding Reception

Mountain Springs Lodge has a stunning rustic wood interior, which we transformed into an elegant, romantic experience for their guests through floral and event design. With event design, we help couples think through all of the aesthetics of their events. We source linens, place settings, and other rentals to create a cohesive design like this. Of course, for this wedding, no detail went unnoticed! From luxe velvet table linens to gorgeous wedding centerpieces, we ensured that Pacifica and Evan’s destination wedding would have an elegant and refined look throughout.

Wedding reception tables at Mountain Springs Lodge
Sweetheart Table settings at Mountain Springs Lodge
The sweetheart table and mantle floral installation
A close-up image of the plating for wedding guest tables
A floral installation on the mantle
The hand-lettered menus on top of velvet green napkins
The cake table with stunning sugar flowers
Wedding reception setup with focal point of the fireplace and mantle for speeches

Destination Wedding Design Details

Pacifica and Evan asked us to do both floral and event design for this destination wedding, which we loved! For this winter wedding, Pacifica knew she wanted to incorporate evergreens and anemones in her designs, with a pop of blue. We used white flowers like anenomes, ranunculus, roses, and stock for all of our florals. Additionally, we incorporated touches of silver brunia, touches of blue delphinium, and lots of Pacific Northwest evergreens. And for her bouquet, we used the same stunning hand-dyed botanical silk ribbon that was used in the handfasting ceremony. Personally, I am obsessed with her hairpiece - I would wear this every day if I could! We also have to note here that both Pacifica and Evan have amazing hair and style!!

A bride with red hair and gorgeous flowers in her hair
The couple embracing in the snow, holding the bouquet
Evan with a boutonniere, smiling in the snow
The couple having a snowy first look
The couple standing at their wedding ceremony
The couple entering the reception
The couples first dance
The couple holding hands in the snow, in a black and white image
The couple kissing outside in the snow

In addition, we designed all the details of the wedding reception to create elegant, romantic tablescapes. We used navy velvet linens and gauzy white table runners as a base for these lush floral arrangements. Then, we also added romantic taper candles on antique silver bases. Along with candles, we used several rentals from CORT Party Rentals for the place settings, including silver beaded chargers, silver-rimmed glasses, and chic silverware. Lastly, we added green velvet napkins, floral touches, and the gorgeous menus and customized name cards to every plate. We love the way the overall look came together!

Sweetheart table details like candles, menus, and wax seals for this romantic wedding reception
A low floral centerpiece at the wedding

Destination Wedding Tips

First, if you are planning a destination wedding, make sure you visit your venue before booking! You will want to be able to envision your wedding day. Plus, it’s a great excuse for a long weekend away.

Of course, destination weddings are also more logistically challenging for your vendors. Make sure you choose vendors who love to travel, and are willing to do so. It’s also a great idea to have a wedding planner who can help with all the moving pieces.

Lastly, we highly recommend that you stay at your destination for several days before the wedding! You don’t want to worry about jet lag, travel times, or other logistics right before your wedding day. Instead, arrive early enough to enjoy your destination for a few days and unwind before the big day.


Ready to talk about your destination wedding? We’d love to chat! You can check your date with us below.

A couple standing in the snow, with the night sky above them

Vendor Team

Thank you to this incredible team of wedding vendors!

Floral & Event Design: Bloom Poet | @bloompoet_

Venue & Catering: Mountain Springs Lodge | @mountainspringslodge
Photographer: Jamie Buckley | @jamiebuckletphotography

(Check out Jamie's blog post about this wedding here!)
Hair & MUA: Chelan Glam | @chelanglam

Cake: Honey Crumb | @honeycrumbcakes⁣⁣

Rentals: CORT Party Rental | @cortpartyrental⁣⁣

Linens: BBJ La Tavola | @bbjlatavola

Silks: Silk & Willow | @silkandwillow


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