Kevin and Rachel’s engagement session was going down, rain or shine. We were in the middle of a season where just about every session was getting rained out, and for theirs we decided to buckle down and power through. We headed up to the rooftops of Seattle between Pike Place and Pioneer Square, and were surrounded by stormy, moody clouds. After a few laughs and a bit of dancing, we traveled over to Pioneer Square for an outfit change and droplet dodging. Rachel had mentioned that she really wanted twinkly lights, and I was kind of like “…wellllllll maybe they’ll have them out”. We turned the corner onto the plaza and WOW! The lights lit up the puddles in the bricks and made for the most sparkly moment ever.
Tiffany and Micah chose one of the most gorgeous locations on the west coast to have their wedding: City Hall in San Fransisco, CA. They were able to get married in one of the elegant marble corridors, surrounded by friends, family, and their adorable daughter, Sailor. They flew all the way from Seattle to be surrounded by the amazing architecture and timeless cinderella staircase. The San Fransisco City Hall is the perfect place for a more intimate-feeling wedding, but maximum glamour.
I absolutely love flying down to San Fransisco for any excuse I can come up with. My best friend Savannah and her husband live nearby in Alameda, and the food in the city is worth the plane ticket alone. We were able to hit up Chubby Noodle, Barzotto, and the Hunter Pub. Can’t wait til my next trip!
These two moved all the way from sunny Australia to do life in the gorgeous PNW! They’re also new puppy parents to the adorable Echo, a baby golden retriever! How cute is she?
Elise and I got together with her fiancé Nick and our awesome stylist friend Hunter for her engagement session last year, and I’m so excited she’s back for a boudoir session! We met at an amazing Airbnb in Capitol Hill, Seattle, that was filled with plants and the most dreamy light. I love finding new Airbnb spaces for boudoir and in-home sessions! Elise was such a gorgeous model and I’m sure she’ll be just as stunning on her wedding day!
Few things get me as hyped as an urban elopement in the city at golden hour. Seattle is the perfect place to say I do, especially when its just you two! (A RHYME!!) The Pioneer Square neighborhood is home to the best brick walls, vining ivy, and edgy textures. On our way to the courthouse, we had to hit up a little secret spot to get some pictures with the sun over the beautiful Puget Sound. One amazing thing about the courthouse in Seattle is its crazy view of the entire city. There’s even a terrace on the 14th floor that overlooks everything from the Port of Seattle to Smith Tower. I had such a fun afternoon bopping around with these two, I think we all fell even more in love with the city that day!
I’ve been dying to get these two in front of my camera for years, so when Steve finally popped the question this fall, I knew we had to plan something big. One of the most stunning viewpoints in Washington, Diablo Lake, located up in the North Cascades, fit the bill perfectly. Diablo lake is surrounded by Ross Lake on one side and Gorge Lake on the other, all along the Skagit River. Nestled in the depths of North Cascades National Park, it has an eerie teal tint in the summer. Instead, we beat the snow and got the most perfect, foggy clouds. Brittany and Steve’s love and smiles lit up the whole park. These two are just about the most caring, generous pair you could imagine, and their whole session, even the three hour drive each way, was a blast!
Mackenzie is not only a crossfit and yoga queen, she’s the sweetest thing and also a clean beauty advocate! Mackenzie’s husband Iver is an army medic, so we thought why not create something fun that can be special for them, but also celebrate Mackenzie’s awesomeness all by herself! We met at the boudoir studio in Capitol Hill, Seattle, for these high glamour shots that just scream old Hollywood to me.
Trying to schedule your engagement session in the winter can be rough if you want an outdoor session. In Seattle, it can be damn near impossible. But if you’re Samantha and Spencer, you dive into the session ready to get wet and wild! They got absolutely drenched in the Seattle rain, and rocked it anyway! Totally gave off an ultra-romance vibe. After almost getting blown off the side of a cliff while popping champagne, we headed back to the forest to grab some shots with their sweet black lab, Benson!
For Missy’s boudoir session this winter, we wanted to mix it up with something fresh, yet cozy. When I saw the light in my bedroom that week, I thought YES! I’m all about decorating with as much white, clean space as possible, so she headed up to my little house north of Seattle for some understated, minimalism boudoir.
My last wedding of 2018 featured two of the sweetest humans to ever step in front of my camera. These two are such caring, thoughtful, and fun loving individuals - and I knew their wedding was going to be a blast. The genuine love they have for each other was reflected in every little interaction they shared: from their tearful first look, to their heartfelt vows, to the details they included, like Kelsey’s vintage prayer book from her grandmother, and of course the rockin’ Hawaiian shirts that showed up on the dance floor! They’re a couple of down-to-earth parrot heads that happen to be the epitome of not only hospitality, but elegance. Such a fabulous way to end the year!
When Bekka and Dillon started planning their engagement session, they knew their parents property near the Hood Canal might be the perfect place. After taking a look at several options around the PNW, we decided that there’s no place like home. We got to explore forests and beaches, and even had to do a little Indiana-jonesing to get onto a sunken dock for the perfect morning light. One of the reasons I just love areas near the Olympic Peninsula like this is because of the awesome variety there is. No two beaches look the same, but they’re usually near mountains, forests, and sometimes even waterfalls! This little part of the earth featured the most enchanted looking trails. Can’t wait for these two to tie the knot at Mountain Spring Lodge this summer!
Ok buckle up ya’ll cause I could only narrow this session down to 30 blog images. These two are just too precious to my little heart and I can’t wait for their big day this summer in Wenatchee.
I have known Erica since we were five years old. She and her family are a part of mine. From dressing up and sleepovers to forts in the woods to taping her sister into two pillow-filled laundry baskets and throwing her down the stairs (normal children). Hundreds of hours of Girl Scouts followed by coug life at WSU, dads weekends with our wild fathers - a long way from "trying” Wild Turkey bourbon (our dads saying yeah stick your finger in there kids! Tasted like turpentine to us) and chatting on AIM. We even had a duo-control-system going for our favorite rocket ship computer game, complimented perfectly by chocolate milk, root beer, and 10,000 cookies. Probably a good 50% of my total memories involve this amazing woman.
When Claude stepped into the picture with his chest-length hair and easy going attitude, at first we were like ok..????? And within moments we were like OKAY!!! Together they are the perfect balance of fun and chill, adventurous and creative, free-wheeling and accomplished. Claude has since cut his hair, they’ve adopted the adorable Lily and Louie (German Shepherd and Cat, respectively), and started a life all their own. My dad is officiating their wedding this summer. Time to get ordained!!
We ventured up to the Mount Baker National Forest at sunset to get some golden shots of them doing what they do best, adventuring. These two have a lifetime of adventures ahead, and it truly feels like the beginning of a new era. Love you both.
I swear its the summer where like, the rest of my friends get married. All the singletons except me finally tying the knot, and these two are no exception. Their wedding in Suncadia at Swiftwater Cellars is going to be AMAZING. For their engagement session, they wanted to stay close to home, which I love. I think its so special to be able to document this little snapshot of a moment in time - no kids, just you, your honey, and the city in your own way. We started off at their apartment in Lower Queen Anne, then meandered toward Seattle center, playing tourists in our own city. We had to stop for coffee of course, took a moment with the fall leaves, and strolled all over their sweet little neighborhood. Perfection.
Caitlin and Ben couldn’t have picked a better day for their engagement session: the sun was out in Seattle, the tide was low (for once) and since it was pretty chilly, we had the whole place to ourselves! Of all the times I’ve shot on the beach in Seattle, I’ve never seen the tide out this far! Forget soft white sand though - this beach with the tide out will remind you more of the black sand beaches of Hawaii! Of course, this engagement session involved a little hiking (in heels no less!), and a whole lot of galavanting in the winter sunlight.
For Lauren and Josh’s engagement session, we knew we needed something spectacular. These two are a true modern romance: meeting online while Josh was visiting the PNW, then doing two years long distance while he lived in Yakima. Their love story involves many nights on the phone up till 3 am, and millions of text messages before they could move to the same city. Josh loves Lauren’s confidence and sense of self, and Lauren is in love with Josh’s hardworking spirit and of course, his dance moves! They both love slow mornings making breakfast together and just enjoying each other’s presence. Their wedding this fall at Salish Lodge is sure to be one of the most romantic.
Molli and Jordan’s engagement session was on just about the chilliest fall day we had in Seattle this year. It was perfect timing for the ultimate fall color in the Seattle Arboretum. Have you been to the Arboretum? Its a few square miles of gorgeous foliage not too far from the University of Washington. It features a botanical garden and a centuries-old aqueduct bridge that feels like you’re in ancient European ruins. Its one of the best hidden gems in Seattle and its right in the city!
Last time I was down in Southern California, I had the opportunity to do a maternity session with the adorable Nina and Stevie, who were getting ready to welcome their baby girl, Eve! We met at the arches at the Bluff Top Point Trail one of the foggiest days I have ever seen in my life! We couldn’t see the ocean at all when we met that morning, but as the day went on, it did clear a bit. Bluff Top Trail is right near Dana Point in Orange County, and is part of a huge historical site from when Dana Point Harbor first started up! The houses were gorgeous, but the views of Dana Point were even better (when the fog wasn’t blocking them!) After the Bluff Top Trail, we headed down to Dana Point Harbor itself, and then made a quick pit stop down at Baby Beach (perfectly named for the occasion). Since this session, baby Eve has made her arrival and is as sweet as could be! Congrats Nina and Stevie!
When your pledge sister from college tells you she’s having her wedding at the absolutely gorgeous Laguna Hills Courthouse, just down the street from Dana Point in Orange County, you get those plane tickets booked ASAP. How can you tell Jenn is my kind of bride? See below: TWO wedding jumpsuits, a bottle of Dom Perginon doing it’s own boudoir session with her grandmother’s vintage pearls, red cup toasts in the bridal suite, and a fifth of bourbon in place of a bouquet. This wedding was so, perfectly, characteristically, Jenn and Sam. From Pac-12 football references during the speeches, to pre-wedding Chik Fil A, I could never imagine her getting married any other way.
Dana Point in and of itself is an absolute dream. We posted up at the Marriott, which featured views of the bay and perfectly golden sunsets. Another bonus: saw about 350 dogs just during bridal portraits alone. We were only mildly distracted. Southern California, I just love you. Can’t wait to go back!
Right now I’m sitting in a coffee shop writing this just steps from where we did this darling engagement shoot with Stephanie and Alex! They wanted something that reflected the city they love, Seattle. We met at Specialty’s Bakery downtown, and from there walked through downtown to Pioneer Square! I actually just parked my car near these rooftop shots only moments ago, before I head to shoot a courthouse elopement on this sunny Tuesday afternoon. I can’t believe its January, and it was late fall when we did these engagement shoots as well! Seattle, especially downtown, has been so sunny lately!
Little Miss Peyton is finally here! I photographed her parents wedding at Rosehill Community Center back in 2014, and four years later, here she is! Sam and Nick, her parents, adopted the darling and fluffy Dallas in that time frame, and he’s pictured below as well. Peyton is such a little cutie! I had an extended family session with Sam and Nick this December and Peyton managed to look at the camera in just about every shot!