I loved all the emotion and laughter from Sara. She has such a gorgeous smile and didn’t hide it at all! I also loved how she incorporated her favorite show, Friends, in the theme of the wedding. It’s one of my favorite shows, so it was fun to see the shirts and signs she had with Friends quotes on them. I could talk about that show all day long!
It was my first time shooting at Laurel Creek Manor and I absolutely LOVED it! Its such a gorgeous location, even after a large storm had passed. If anyone is looking for a great wedding venue, this is a gorgeous location!
Amy is a ball of sunshine. And so smart, too! I loved connecting with her on her love for animals and thought it was so cool that she has been riding horses since she was little. She was so laid back and easy going, which always makes it fun to try new things. I just love those bright blue/green eyes!
I am SO excited to share this wedding with you!!! This couple couldn’t be any cuter and I am so excited to tell you about their wedding day! Laura and Branden are so so sweet and SO cute. I could tell right away that they were true soul mates. They were loving and tender with each other. Branden treated Laura with so much love, adoration and respect. He was such a classy groom, too! He surprised Laura with a song he sang and played guitar for. I also loved the gift he gave his groomsmen, which was a pocket watch! I have seen many gifts given, but never a pocket watch. What a classy guy, right?! To top it off, him and his mom had a surprise routine dance during the mother-son dance. It couldn’t have gotten more fun than that!
This wedding was so unique in so many way. I loved how Branden’s brother rapped a song for the couple during the reception (and it was GOOD). I loved that Branden and Laura’s vows matched up to be the exact amount of words written, and I loved their love for books. Can you tell in their library theme they had going on there? I always enjoy shooting a wedding at The Grand Willow Inn. Connie and Carmen, who are in charge there, are truly a delight. Connie does so much and always goes above and beyond. I always love the weddings I have when they are there.
This girl was all smiles and just made me laugh the entire session! She has the most beautiful brown eyes that glowed in the soft afternoon light. Avery had asked for Fall colors, so we headed to Marine Park in downtown Bellingham where the Fall colors were bright and beautiful. One of my favorite pictures is with her in the cobalt blue top in the Fall leaves. OMG! She’s stunning!
I loved getting to know miss Avery and wish her the absolute best for her last year in High School.
Remember last week when I said that Sodo Park was one of my favorite places to take pictures? Roche Harbor is my other favorite. I am always excited to get wedding inquiries when they involve Roche Harbor or any place on Friday Harbor. I have said it before, but Friday Harbor is my little piece of Heaven on Earth. Every time I am there I just feel at peace and so in love with the world.
When Lauren and Drew met with me last year to talk about their wedding, I was so excited to find out that we had a ton in common. We had the opportunity to spend a whole day with each other for their engagement session (totally forgot to blog that one). It was fun getting to know them better. I also loved getting to know their family and friends at their wedding. Lauren’s brother was the DJ for the day and was amazing! He definitely got the party started! This group was so much fun and had such high spirits, even though it rained.
Speaking of rain…It was the first rain we had the whole summer. Lauren and Drew had some great luck on their wedding day because right before the ceremony it cleared up, just in time for the staff at Roche Harbor to move their wedding stuff outside. We even got lucky because the sunset was AMAZING that night! I think I got some of the best shots I have ever taken with that sunset. Lauren and Drew were so easy going through the whole day. They never stressed about the weather and just had a great time with lots of laughter and smiles.
I loved all their little Disney details. As a Disney lover myself, shooting this wedding was like being in a fairytale.
I love shooting in the Fall, but the weather is so unpredictable and can be a bit challenging. This was a perfect example of that. I hadn’t even been able to put miss Rebecca in my calendar because we had to reschedule so many times because of bad weather. It was a total last minute thing to get this girl photographed, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet with her. She is truly such a sweet girl and so funny! Going through the photos to chose which ones would make the blog was so much fun. I was laughing at all the silly faces Rebecca made. Most of the time, seniors are so nervous, but I doubt that was the case here with Rebecca. She was such a natural in front of the camera.
This year I haven’t shot much in Bellingham. Not because I don’t want to, but most seniors always have other places they want to go to. It was a treat for me to be able to shoot in one of my favorite places: Marine Park. It’s so beautiful this time of year!
I really love sharing weddings on here. It’s like a secret that’s building up inside of me and I feel so good once I share it! I know it sounds strange, but it’s such a sigh of relief really once I post a wedding on here. These weddings are so important to me and mean so much, but it takes me so long to blog them sometimes. I am working on it, I promise!
I love that every wedding is so unique. The colors may be similar, the traditions are similar, but the actual story of the day is so unique and different from the last wedding. I love downtown weddings! I loved that Aimee and Philippe included their adorable dog, too. I am such a sucker for dogs! If I could, I would be working with animals for a living. Their little Boston Terrier was the sweetest, cutest thing. I was so in love with him, I convinced my husband that the next dog we get has to be a Boston Terrier!
Another fun fact about this wedding was that Aimee technically had 2 different dresses on and din’t tell anyone but her mother and myself. It was one dress, but for the ceremony and majority of the day, she wore a skirt over it. Then, after the ceremony, she changed and took of the shirt and wore just the dress. It was two very different and unique looks, but both so gorgeous. The wedding was held at Sodo Park in downtown Seattle. This is one of my all time favorite places to shoot a wedding at. I love the rustic look, yet when you step outside, it’s so very urban and has a completely different look and feel. Kind of like Aimee’s dress!
Trying to figure out what to blog next is always so hard for me. In between the time I blog one thing to the next, so much has already happened and I always feel like I have to catch up. Then I wonder: does anyone even read my blogs anyway?! Just keep blogging… just keep blogging…. just keep blogging……
Wedding season is pretty much over for me, with the exception that I have one this weekend in Eastern Washington and then the final wedding of the year mid-December in California. I’m hoping that with the slowing down of things, this will give me the opportunity to catch up on wedding blogs (I say that as if it’ll really happen, but I think we all know how bad I am at blogging… wishful thinking I guess). I have some new goals for myself for the end of the year, which entails me blogging a wedding (or something) a week. So here we go!
There have been SOOO many weddings this year, and all have been absolutely spectacular. I absolutely LOVE what I do! Sometimes I pinch myself. How did I get so dang lucky?! Not to mention the incredible people I get to work with who are so sweet and fun, who inspire me with their love. You know when you smile so much your face hurts? This would be me at the end of a wedding day. I meet so many neat people at weddings and feel such a connection to each one, even though they are so very different. I love watching all the different types of people at weddings, too. People watching is one of my favorite things to do.
This wedding was very special to me. When I first moved back to Washington, this family was one of the first I met. They have been the most loyal clients and friends. I have taken their kids senior pictures and now Sarah’s engagement and wedding photos. They are such a sweet family. I fell in love with Paul’s family as well. Not only were so super sweet, but they were so fun and hilarious! At one point during the reception, Paul’s dad got on a chair and was dancing on the chair! It was a wedding I didn’t want to see end. It was one of the most memorable weddings I have ever shot to this day. The love between Paul and Sarah is so pure and sweet. Paul was so sweet and gentle with Sarah and treated her like a real princess. Speaking of princess… this honestly could have been a Cinderella wedding! From Sarah’s amazing dress to all the Disney Princess movies Paul gave to Sarah as a gift and even the story of how these two met. It was all one special fairytale.
It was so fun to go back and look through all their photos again and relive the day.
This Summer I kind of got in a rut. I was itching to do something creative and different but couldn’t figure out what I wanted. I was complaining to my best friend about my frustration and she suggested doing a styled shoot. Something different and edgy, something I had never done before. Yes, I have done outdoor boudoir shoots, but nothing in the water and nothing quite as edgy as I wanted. I still wanted to keep it classy, though.
On the way to the place where I had envisioned doing this styled shoot, we ran into some construction and we had to take a detour. That detour led me down a road I was actually familiar with. So we ended up doing the styled shoot in a place I used to train for my half marathon. It was fun to go back and actually use the spots I had dreamed of using. Funny how things work out that way.
Thank you to the amazing Nikki Molinar for helping with the hair and makeup. She drove all the way up from Kirkland, WA. I always love working with that girl. And a huge thank you to Anna Goad for modeling for us. She is so professional and sweet! She was on my model list for a long time and I was so glad to finally use her for this. She was freezing cold, but so professional and easy to work with. Not to mention fun!expl
I have always wanted to go to Artist Point, but had never found the right time to go. It’s a good hour and a half from where I live to drive up there. Chelsea is a bridesmaid from a wedding I did last year and I had plenty of time to get to know here there. I was so excited when she asked me to be her wedding photographer! I adore this girl and her family AND she has the sweetest fiancé! I though that this would be the perfect time to go up to Artist Point! I loved getting to know these two on a more personal level. They are so sweet and have hearts of gold. Their love is deep and mature and I loved being able to capture a little bit of that love for their engagement session. They are just too cute! I cant wait for their wedding next year!