When Fiona and I had our consult call to make sure I was the correct Wedding Photographer for her & Walter, she mentioned how much she loved the romantic academia style. It was just too perfect that we decided on The Lodge at St. Edward State Park for their engagement photos. Have you seen this place?! I wish it was slightly closer to Seattle, but it’s worth the 30 minute drive into Kirkland in any season!
I’m intrigued in history so I’m going to give you a little bit before the incredible gallery down below, suck it up. The Lodge at St. Edwards was formerly the Saint Edward Seminary which was designed by John Graham & Co. in 1931. The same people who happened to create the Space Needle and other iconic Seattle landmarks. 46 years later in 1977 most of the land was sold to the Washington State to become a State Park, although most of the building was unusable at that point. In 2017 it was purchased and refurbished in a blend of architecture; Romanesque Revival and Art Deco. It’s beautiful mixture of renovation, preservation, and nature is what makes it one of my favorite spots in the PNW.
In late December with the gorgeous exterior grounds lightly dusted in snow, we were already feeling warm inside despite the freezing temperatures — and THEN we saw the holiday display in their Hall of Art. The Christmas tree lined hallway and floor to ceiling arched windows made us feel as though we were in a snow globe! If you’re looking for romantic and timeless engagement photos in Seattle you need to see this inspo below: