Weddings in the Mid-Columbia & Vendor Directory, Jenne Kissell Photography


Few events in life are better than falling in love.

     –Jay Pancost, Officiant at Charvat Wedding, 10.1.2016, Othello, WA.

Photography by Jenne Kissell of JK Photography. This article was originally published in Living TC Magazine, here.

There are very few milestones in life that compare with your wedding day, surrounded by family and friends on both sides of the aisle that have brought the two of you together at that point in time. When you look back on your wedding day, the memories that will stand out most are that of people, family and friends and the feeling that you shared that day.

It will be an extraordinary celebration and everything that goes into it will help to create the atmosphere, feelings and ultimately memories that will last your lifetime. Your wedding story will be one that you will want to tell again and again. The parts of the story that will matter are the comforting, familiar memories of having one of the most important events of your life unfold close to home, surrounded by your people.

These feelings result from hiring the right team to help your wedding celebration run smoothly. The Mid-Columbia is filled with great venues and wedding services that are ready to make your day memorable. The options available here are diverse to create the kind of wedding you are dreaming of.  Alexandra Roselee of White Glove Weddings is networked with local vendors and wedding services to design the styled wedding of your choice, take care of your guests and all within your budget here in the Mid-Columbia.

Hiring a wedding planner early on in the process can save you time and money. When you work with Alexandra, you are inviting a professional on your team who knows the wedding industry and can help you determine a reasonable budget to accomplish your priorities and meet your expectations. “I always ask what matters most such as the gown and food and beverage for the guests and work it into the budget,” she says, and when it comes to rehearsal, she says not to worry – she is there through every step.

The wedding industry prices are competitive in the Mid-Columbia with the national average. You can have a breathtaking wedding here for less than what you would pay elsewhere. “Desert Wind Winery [Prosser] is my favorite venue. They have such versatile space and so much can be done with their location,” Alexandra says. She also recommends working with Jose and Silvia Garcia of Artfetti Cakes, Kennewick and Chandra at Simplified Celebrations, Richland for stunning floral.

Wedding photographers here know too well how beautiful wedding photos look against the backdrop of sweeping desert landscapes with a panoramic sky that goes on and on. And in the summer, you can’t beat those Mid-Columbia sunsets. In addition, Jenne Kissell of JK Photography says she really tries to capture the emotion in a couple’s faces as they experience their wedding day together because that is what they will want to remember, later on. Jenne’s bridal photography tip is to wear false eyelashes to enhance your stunning eyes and add a little touch of drama.

“I recently shot a wedding at the newly redone Lionsgate in Kennewick. It was beautiful! A really gorgeous setting,” Jenne says. The venue includes an intimate chapel surrounded with elegantly manicured gardens and they have several packages to choose from on their website. One of the things that couples enjoy the most about Lionsgate is their helpful and friendly staff.

Anais Valdez Makeup, Pasco, strives to enhance the existing beauty within each of her clients. “I want my clients to look in the mirror and ooh and ahh, not because they don’t recognize themselves but because they recognize their own unique features beautifully enhanced,” Anais says. She consults with her brides first and does not pressure them to follow current makeup trends to create their desired look for their special day.

The choices are abundant in the Mid-Columbia to have a beautiful, dream wedding. One bride, Jordan Charvat, whose Mid-Columbia wedding was featured on The Ruffled Blog,, says, “Having our wedding close and being able to have our close friends and family there for the reception was a blast and we wouldn’t have been able to experience that at a farther destination.” Family and closest friends are what a proper wedding celebration is made of.

Jordan bought her dress at Amy’s Bridal in Richland. She was very pleased with their selection of dresses and jewelry and also mentions they were very accommodating with her schedule. Her husband Dyllan had her wedding ring and band custom made with family jewels at Brother’s Jewelers in Richland. They were very happy with the rings and also how efficient they were.

Tina Miller, Miller Media Films was Jordan and Dyllan’s videographer. Jordan says she’s watched the video about fifty times and it is exactly what she hoped for, saying, “It always brings me to tears; Tina captured our wedding and our love beautifully.” To book with Tina at Miller Media Films, visit or send E-mail

Local Wedding Vendors and Services


Airfield Estates Winery, Bella Fiori Gardens, Canyon Lakes Champions Room, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Desert Wind Winery, Events at Sunset, Foundry Vineyards, Gooseridge Winery, Lions Gate Chapel, Moore Mansion, Sandberg Event Center, Stoneridge Event Center, Tagaris Winery, Terra Blanca Winery, Tucannon Event Center


Ellen’s Chair Covers, Red Door Rental, S & S Rentals, Sandy’s U-Rent, Sash Wedding, SunRental


Stacey Miles, Uniquely I Do

 Dresses and Tuxedos

Amy’s Bridal, Dawson Richard’s Tux Shop, Fashion Corner, Men’s Wearhouse


Brother’s Jewelers, Chloe + Isabel Jewelry

 Hair and Makeup

Anais Valdez Makeup, Charlette Geffen, Gala Ursul, Studio One, Halo Couture Hair Extensions, Keene Edge Salon, Makeup by Ceilidh

Cakes and Sweets

Artfetti Cakes, Erin Waddell, Erin’s Creative Cakes, Frost Me Sweet, Sugar Rainbow Bakery, TSP Bakeshop


Anthony’s, Castle Event Catering, CG Public House, Columbia River Catering & Co., Country Gentleman Catering, Fat Olive’s, Pacific Pasta and Grill


Harper Road Floral, Heritage Floral, Just Roses Flowers and More, KRISanthemums, Lucky Flowers, Simplified Celebrations

Invitations & Illustrated Signs

Artful Virgo, Calligraphy, Olivia Berg, Black Space Tri-Cities, The Rustic Rosebud, Calligraphy


Abogabir Photography, Alex Lasota, Breshears Photography, Huffaker Photos and Films, Jenne Kissell, JKPhotography, Jordan Edens Photography, Kissing Grey photography, Melissa McFadden, Wiberg Photography

DJs and Lighting

DJ V Productions, Mod Jamz, Platinum Entertainment Mobile DJ Service, Sight and Sound Services, Trademark Entertainment


Firefly, Huffaker Photos and Films, JK Productions, Shotz MultiMedia, Tina Miller, Miller Media Films, UpAngle Weddings

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