I made the little jaunt up to Bellingham a while back to participate in a styled wedding put on by the Shootout Society, and my goodness did they deliver. The shoot was held at an absolutely magnificent Bellingham wedding venue, Lairmont Manor – a historic, Italianate-style manor hidden away in a little neighborhood near Fairhaven.
The romantic setting of this venue combined with the carefully-selected decor, chic wedding attire, spectacular stationary, and, of course, the champagne tower glistening in the setting sun, made for the most beautiful elegant-garden-party-inspired day. It was an absolute pleasure getting to photograph our gorgeous couple, Kiran & West, alongside a team of such talented fellow photographers!
We spent time snapping portraits of the two of them in the whimsical fountain garden, exchanging vows, and separated them eventually for some individual portraits – these two showed UP and showed off in every damn photo. My favorites have to be the dramatic shots of the two of them sitting at the grand piano, romance reflecting off the top and absolutely illuminating the room.
I STILL have gotten not over the silky two-piece dress that Kiran rocked for these bridal portraits. With dramatic, puffy sleeves partway down her shoulders, an iconic sweetheart neckline, and a high-waisted skirt that fell far past her feet, this piece absolutely stole the show. Wes was giving off all the GQ vibes in his classy tuxedo, a thin black tie, and a minimalist hairstyle to let the rest of the outfit do the talking.
We also had the privilege of adding some bridal party shots into the mix thanks to the two lovely women who modeled alongside Kiran & Wes in their ruffled dresses, looking straight out of a whimsical European novel set in the 60’s.
The tablescape, beautifully crafted by Great Jones NW & Bleedfoot Florals, was the tablescape of my damn dreams: smooth, white plates surrounded by copper-colored silverware and beige name cards + menus with glorious serif fonts, candlesticks, and shadows cast by the golden sun shining through the trees. I simply could not have asked for a more purely gorgeous setup to photograph!
Styled shoots like this would not be able to happen without the magical touch of many different vendors who contribute their time, energy, and talents to bringing a unique vision to life. The team created such a breathtaking scene for us so I have to give them the biggest shoutout!
When I say Lairmont Manor is the type of venue that sweeps you off your feet the moment you step onto the exquisite, manicured, and oh-so-lush grounds, I mean it. This charming Bellingham wedding venue is a historic manor located just up the hill from the town of Fairhaven, and is most known for its intimate setting, beautiful indoor & outdoor spaces, and private garden available for parties, events, and functions of all kinds.
It’s truly a hidden gem in every sense of the name, sitting on a secluded estate surrounded by fairytale-esque gardens, magnificent lawns, eye-catching PNW cedar trees, and vibrant shades of greenery everywhere you look. Enjoy cocktail hour under the pavilion, a romantic ceremony in the fountain garden, and an elegant reception in the main ballroom – the variety of both indoor & outdoor settings makes it easy as pie to personalize your special day to fit your unique vision, whether you’re dreaming of an intimate, upscale garden party with just a few loved ones, or a more formal soirée with your guests spread out through the dining room, the billiards room, and the lawns outside.
If you’re feeling as inspired by this delightful, European garden party-inspired wedding venue like I am, and are considering hosting your own celebrating here, here are a few things you’ll need to know about having your wedding at Lairmont Manor!
The indoor spaces at Lairmont can fit up to 100 guests, perfect for an intimate microwedding or a mid-size celebration in the elegant indoor ballroom or dining room.
Outdoor Lairmont Manor weddings can hold up to 250 guests, so outdoor is absolutely the way to go if you’re hosting a larger celebration and want plenty of room for your guests to move between each & every gorgeous space.
The estate has free parking for up to 90 cars!
Here are a few of the most important amenities + serices that Lairmont Manor offers couples in its wedding packages:
I adore this venue not only for its sheer beauty & the magical atmosphere you’re transported to as soon as you enter the property, but also for its all-inclusive wedding packages that take couples into account. Everything that their packages include (as listed above) is there to serve you and help you curate your absolute dream day on the estate!
Now that you know how absolutely, fully obsessed I am with this shoot and everything about Lairmont Manor, I’d be so honored to pop back up to Bellingham and document your own celebration at the estate, full of romance, whimsy, and all the garden glory. I’d love to connect if you’re on the hunt for your wedding photographer and feel like I’m your Goldilocks – you can reach out to me here, and we can start dreaming up your one-of-a-kind wedding day!