A first, but hopefully not a last! Soon-to-be bride Helen worked at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden before taking her current position at a Seattle-area nursery, and had the great idea of shooting her engagement portraits there with fiance Patrick a few weeks ago. There were a lot of rhodies just starting to peak -- we were like kids in a candy shop!
The RSBG is huge and amazing: 22 acres featuring over 10,000 rhododendrons as well as a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, and ferns. We started at the gazebo, which provides a great lookout perch onto the rest of the garden.
Then we wandered down a few of the branching paths, discovering great new portrait settings at every turn.
A swampy pond gave Scott an excuse to lock on his big zoom lens so he could get its smooth green surface in the foreground for shots of Helen and Patrick on a bench -- without having to wade into the murk.
On our way back through the garden, we made use of the nursery, maintenance, and gift shop buildings for a very different look than the natural settings of the garden itself.
Thanks to Helen for introducing us to this garden! It makes a great alternative to Point Defiance Park that we hope to take advantage of again. Helen and Pat, we're looking forward to your upcoming wedding at two of our favorite spots: Kilworth Chapel on the campus of the University of Puget Sound (the alma mater of all four of us) and Union Station, which never disappoints!