James and Stevie’s Intimate Wedding at Moon River Suites

The first time James saw Stevie, she was being pushed around in a shopping cart by her friends. The first time Stevie saw James, she was across the bar and about to challenge him to darts. And a few years after that, the two of them tied the knot with an intimate Moon River Suites wedding in North Bend, Washington with their closest friends and family around!

About Moon River Suites

Moon River Suites is a little vacation rental and mini-resort hosted by North Bend Escapes. Its location in the small, scenic town of North Bend makes it perfect for any couple planning a smaller celebration!

The condos are situated on an open, grassy area that can host up to 100 people for a Moon River Suites wedding. Down the small hill, you’ll find a little beach by the river with a scenic grove of trees, and you can exchange vows outdoors, surrounded by mountain views and the serene sound of the river. Your reception can take place outdoors, around the fire pits and grills, and after the party you can relax in the private hot tub and take in the views of Mount Si!

Getting Ready

Hosting your intimate wedding at Moon River Suites is convenient because you have everything in one place! The charming condos provide a cozy space to get ready, with plenty of windows for ideal lighting. Right outside on the lawn, the details of their day came together with a banquet table, adorable mason jars, and pastel pink accents.

James and Stevie got ready separately, wanting the ceremony to be the first time they saw each other.

A mom smiles at her daughter on her wedding day, both wearing dressing robes
A mom zips up her daughter's wedding dress

First Touch

Instead of a first look, the couple opted for a first touch. They didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but still wanted a moment together before the main event. Standing against adjacent walls, the two of them held hands and shed a few tears reading the letters they had prepared for each other.

Afterwards, Stevie’s mom performed a saging ceremony for the couple for good luck.

A bride tears up reading her husband's vows
The mother of the bride hugs her daughter on her wedding day

Wedding Ceremony by the River

For their ceremony, the couple stood by the river, exchanging vows and rings surrounded by their loved ones. The location at Moon River Suites is absolutely stunning, providing a gorgeous natural backdrop that’s private, easily accessible, and perfect for outdoor ceremonies.

Stevie’s mom officiated with a beautiful, personal ceremony that received lots of laughs and triggered many happy tears.

An adult flower man throws rose petals dramatically in the air from his small basket as he walks a lady down the aisle
A tearful, happy couple holds hands at the beginning of their intimate wedding ceremony at Moon River Suites
A row of bridesmaids in glittery gold gowns dab at their eyes during an emotional wedding ceremony
A happy groom smiles towards his bride during their ceremony at their Moon River Suites wedding
A happy bride laughs towards her groom during their ceremony at their Moon River Suites wedding
A bride and groom share a passionate first kiss at their Moon River Suites wedding
A bride and groom share a passionate first kiss at their Moon River Suites wedding


After the knot was tied, we took some photos in the tree groves and by the river, using the natural beauty of Moon River Suites as a backdrop. Once we were done snapping pics, the couple continued the party on the lawn! There was dancing, toasts, cake, and Stevie and James were surrounded by their closest friends and family, celebrating the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

A portrait of an interracial bride and groom stepping over water puddles
A smiling bride and groom kiss with their arms wrapped around each other, greenery in the background
A smiling bride and groom kiss with their arms wrapped around each other, standing on a rock in the middle of a creek
A bridesmaid in gold takes a picture of a group of rowdy adults
A close up picture of champagne flutes that have Bride and Groom written on them in gold, filled up with a blue cocktail

Planning an Intimate Wedding?

If you’re planning your own intimate Moon River Suites wedding, or looking for the perfect location, contact me! My goal as a photographer is to capture the moments that will make you smile forever, and to be your guide and #1 fangirl in planning your special day.

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