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A Wedding at Sunshine Hill

By Paula Lowe

Photography by Jerome Tso Photography


Hannah and Lucas Heck married Sept. 10, 2016, at The Orchard at Sunshine Hill, in Chehalis. They have known each other for many years. Since middle school, Hannah has been best friends with the groom’s sister, and during those years, she met Lucas. “I stole my sister’s best friend,” says Lucas.


The couple wanted to be married near where they grew up in Lewis County. “Because we knew each other for years and were friends before we got together, we have so many memories in Centralia and Chehalis, so getting married in the area was very important to us,” says Hannah Heck.


On their wedding day, they wanted to communicate their story to their guests. “Our officiant shared a bit of our story and how over the years we stayed close friends but went our own ways and then how God brought us back together and how we fell in love,” says Hannah. “We also wanted to communicate how our faith is what keeps our relationship strong and how grateful we were to all our guests for the parts they played in our lives.”

VISION: “When we were planning our wedding, we really took time to think about things that were significant and personal to us and incorporated those things into the wedding and reception,” says Hannah. “We wanted to be sure to have Lucas’s favorite root beer.”


Their families were involved in the wedding, and all their siblings, nieces and nephews were in the wedding party. “Our sister-in-law is an amazing violinist and it was important to us that she played as I walked down the aisle, and Lucas’s sister, my best friend sang,” said Hannah.

VENUE: The couple had one of the first weddings at the new venue. It’s a huge farm that features stunning views of Mount Rainier. The lights in the apple trees sparkle at night. “We wanted to keep our wedding simple and enjoy the rustic style,” says Hannah.


DÉCOR: The couple’s families were actively involved in putting together the wedding décor. Using the color scheme navy and gray, the décor followed a rustic motif. The couple and their families decorated open spaces with crates, lanterns, burlap and chalkboard signs. Among the couple’s favorite decorative touches were some old crates from Hannah’s grandfather’s blueberry farm. The bride’s grandfather made all the wooden rounds used as centerpieces. The bride’s sister made some chalkboard signs with the couple’s favorite Bible verse. The centerpiece and bouquet flowers were purchased locally and were arranged by Hannah’s sister, mom  and two close family friends.


The couple’s young niece and nephews — the flower girl and ring bearers — rode into the wedding ceremony in a decorated wagon.


A friend catered the wedding and served cheesecakes for dessert because the couple prefers cheesecake to cake. Hannah’s mother made strawberry and blueberry toppings for the cheesecakes. A small cake was decorated with flowers and fruit for the cake-cutting ritual. At the reception, the guests enjoyed making s’mores.


SPECIAL MOMENTS: “A memorable moment from our ceremony was when our niece, who was our flower girl, stopped in the middle of the aisle and froze for several minutes, stalling the wedding and making everyone laugh,” says Hannah. “A favorite and most memorable moment during our ceremony was when the bride’s best friend, the groom’s sister, sang a song as we took communion together.”


Hannah is a paraeducator at an elementary school, and Lucas is a carpenter and photographer. They make their home in Centralia.


VENUE: The Orchard at Sunshine Hill

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jerome Tso Photography

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Published on Sepember 18, 2018.

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