Imagine the most perfect, rustic, fairytale venue. Then add some glorious sunshine, a cool breeze, and an unbeatably fabulous couple, and you’ve got the recipe for Allison and Stephen’s May wedding at the Cattle Barn in Kittitas, WA. Kittitas isn’t too far from Cle Elum in central Washington, so its the perfect mid-state venue for people looking for some rustic charm and wide open spaces. We were blessed with such amazing light in May, and the typical Washington smoke hadn’t even permeated the valley yet (thank goodness). Despite being called the Cattle Barn, its pretty clear that cows haven’t graced the gorgeous wood interior of this space, with floor to ceiling windows, in decades.
Ohhhhh what a gorgeous, unforgettable wedding day this was. Some weddings deeply inspire me for my own big day someday (if ever, haha), and this one was one of them. Colin and Tori started in Walla Walla, each getting ready at separate Airbnb’s. Colin’s was a rustic, industrial style loft, with a 350 Shelby GT out front (WHAT?!). Tori’s was a stately Victorian cottage with old magnolia trees and a gorgeous bay window. After their first look, they headed to áMaurice Vineyard to say their vows. My hat is sooOooOO far off my head to their amazing floral designer and coordinator, Kasey. Hit me up if you want her info, mama can do no wrong. I mean, this arch! That bouquet! I thought it was fake at first! They danced the night away as a glorious sunset rolled in and they celebrated with family and friends.
I met Marina and Yakov up in the Snoqualmie area as part of the Mountain Collective workshop. We got to run around the gorgeous Gold Creek Pond area on one of the brightest, snowiest days of the year! They did an amazing job powering through the freezing temps and sun glare - I even got a full sunburn! Anyone considering a mountain elopement in the snow, get in touch with me! I love connecting with couples who want to wear hiking boots under their wedding outfits - I know I will want to some day! There are so many benefits to a smaller, intimate elopement in somewhere gorgeous like the Snoqualmie national forest, or anywhere in the Central cascades - imagine how amazing your pictures would look hanging on the wall in your house if they featured a stunning landscape like this!
Dreams do come true. And this wedding is living proof. The sweetest, friendliest, most considerate and FUN couple ever, getting married in Hawaii, and I got to shoot it! Brett and Malia were featured in one of my favorite engagement sessions ever near Hoodsport, and I was wondering how they were going to top such a magical day. Well, they did it. Between the most romantic ceremony in a Japanese tea garden, to the jazzy Hawaiian groomsmen’s shirts, and the tear-jerking personal hula performed by Malia’s mother, the day was a whirlwind of laughter, crying, dancing, and partying. They had an amazing authentic Hawaiian meal, I ate something that I think might have been a limpet?? and they did the money dance for their first dance, which was an absolute riot. No holds barred. If you’re dreaming of a Hawaiian wedding, especially in Maui, send me an email ASAP. We bopped between Kihei, Iao Valley, Lahaina, and all over the dang place. Thank you so much Malia and Brett for an unforgettable experience.
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!
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!
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 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!
Getting butterflies just thinking about this wedding all over again. After selecting the images for this blog, I’m thinking shit, I really should text Hailey and see if they want to hang out! You know those couples that are just so cool that you’re like uhhh can I join your marriage? That was Matt and Hailey to a T. Even their engagement session was stylishly fantastic! These two have been together for just about ever and you can see how excited they were to finally be making it official. Hailey and her bridesmaids got ready in a quirky lil Airbnb house in Queen Anne - how fun are her bridesmaid’s dresses? They’re two pieces!
Their ceremony and reception were hosted at the Landing at Tyee on Lake Union, formerly the Seattle Yacht Club. Their day was full of classic, elegant glamour. They opted to have their first look be walking down the aisle, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Matt’s dad was their officiant! After their formal pictures, Matt had to shuck and shoot a raw oyster at their raw oyster bar, and at their first dance, Hailey dipped Matt for their grand finale. Dancing overtook the whole group after dinner, and their friends from all over the country joined in the party. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two lovebirds.
I freakin love my family. I’m so lucky to be related to these awesome people. Alyssa is my cousin and we are almost exactly six months apart. When Daniel first showed up on the scene a few years ago, everyone was instantly like oh here we go! The second you’re in the same room as them, you can just feel their connection. They got married in September at The Orchard at Sunshine Hill near Chelalis, Washington. My extended family from Salt Lake City even flew in! If you scroll down, you can see a sneaking picture of my parents dancing during the reception. So much cuteness on this day my little heart can’t take it! I’m happy Daniel is officially in the family so there’s someone who cries as much as me… ;) Daniel and Alyssa are having a little baby girl named Gracie Jean this spring and I couldn’t be more excited!
Remember these two mermaids from last august? They got married in in Costa Rica last summer, but when they came home to Seattle they knew they needed to do something special with family and friends. Their Seattle reception was hosted at The Landing at Shilshole Bay and their family and friends from near and far were in attendance. Since their beachfront wedding was more casual, Heather wore an elegant beaded and headpiece for the Seattle reception.
Heather and Corey got ready at the Marriott in Downtown Seattle, and after a sunny first look near the ferry terminal at the waterfront, they headed to the Landing at Shishole Bay to meet friends and family. The Landing was filled with the most personal touches, including a slideshow of their Costa Rica wedding. Dinner was surf and turf, followed by toasts, cake, and of course, dancing. Heather switched from heels to glittering metallic vans, and she and Corey danced the night away.
Its true, I pretty much fall in love with all my couples, and these two were no exception. They are the sweetest, most fun, in love and downright COOL people. Ty wore a printed dog shirt to their engagement session! Paige has done a Ted Talk!! Their cat's name is NIPPLES. So yeah, they crack me up and they are a blast and a half. For their wedding, Paige never imagined wearing a ballgown, but once she popped one on, she couldn’t resist. On the absolute rainiest day in June, she was a perfect woodland princess in the middle of a torrential downpour.
Despite the rain, Paige and Ty were able to do their personal vows during their first look. This special moment in the forest, surrounded by rain, tall trees, and gorgeous flowers, was one of the most intimate moments I’ve seen in 5 years of doing weddings. Since it was raining cats and dogs, the ceremony was moved inside the rustic old barn, with a backdrop of white gauzy fabric shielding from the weather outside. A sweet receiving line, taco dinner, and dance party followed. Paige is an 80s music aficionado, and there was no shortage on their playlist. Overall, it was an exciting, personal, and celebratory day.
In 3rd grade, there was only one other third grade girl in my class. She had read all the Harry Potters (that were out at the time), didn’t hesitate to stick her tongue out at rude boys, and was ridiculously poised for an 8 year old. Fast forward almost 20 years later, and here I am shooting her wedding at Crystal on Mount Rainier, watching her marry someone who’s probably almost as good at skiing as she is. We actually met when we were 5, and she was one of three Hannah’s in my 3rd grade class. One of the coolest parts about being from a small town is seeing someone go through life, circle back, and be just as joyful, fun-loving, and passionate as they were as a kid. Hannah just moved home after a stint teaching underprivileged kids in Baltimore, and will now be teaching in Tacoma. She’s pretty amazing.
Nick and Hannah met in college, and he was just as star struck as you may have expected, based on his vows. Both Hannah and Nick love to dance, which they showed off by doing a swing dance as their first dance. Hannah grew up ski racing, so Crystal Mountain was a natural choice for their big day. The blue mountain popped a against their palette of red and yellow, and they incorporated traditions from Hannah’s British background into their ceremony. A family friend sang a beautiful song as champagne was passed and the marriage license was signed, and a toast sealed the deal right after their first kiss.
Washington State is surrounded by so much natural beauty, and Crystal Mountain is one of the places that shows it off in all of its splendor. Hannah and Nick did their first look in the lush green forest after getting ready in the quicksilver lodge, then took the gondola up to the top of the mountain, where Mount Rainier made the perfect backdrop to their I-do’s. Of course, being on Rainier, a pre-ceremony Rainier beer toast was mandatory, and the vitamin R flowed free.
Crystal Mountain is the ultimate choice if you’re a skiing fan, nature lover, or just someone who likes to take in the view. If a mountain getaway is your vibe, it just doesn’t get any better.
THIS. FREAKING. WEDDING. YOU. GUYS. You know that feeling before a big presentation at work, where you just want to pour your heart and soul into the project and have it go perfectly? Combine that with preparing for a huge, special family holiday. That’s how I feel before every single wedding I shoot. I truly want every little moment to go off without a hitch, from the lighting at the ceremony, to the details, to the last dance. Jordan and Matt are such a caring, sweet couple, and I was feeling all those feelings right before their wedding at the Edgewater House in Olalla, WA.
The Edgewater House is one of those venues where every other moment you just say “YESSS” to yourself. Both Jordan and Matt were able to get ready with their wedding party at the Edgewater House, because it provides suites for both groups. A gentle breeze blew through off the Puget Sound, keeping the July heat at bay. Jordan and Matt kept their guests entertained with lawn games, a photo booth, and of course, a dance party. Oh my god the SPEECHES at this wedding I just about died. I cry at every wedding, but the words of their friends just rang so true and heartfelt it was beyond touching.
If you’re considering the Edgewater House for your wedding, hit me up! I’ll be clamoring to get back to that gorgeous venue as often as possible.
For her wedding, Rebekah truly thought of every little detail. It was hosted in her family’s backyard, which borders on the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, WA. The Wenatchee National Forest is almost right out their window, and the sunset over the river was the perfect backdrop to their reception. Rebekah and Seth made their day so personal with touches that are special to them, like having wood-fired pizza for dinner and having their son join them down the aisle in a vintage pram. There were hints of baby’s breath and woodland touches throughout the venue, and Seth gifted his groomsmen with leather-bound flasks. The great Cascades stood tall in the distance for their portrait time, and the sun glittered through the trees. After hours of dancing and spending time with loved ones, they capped off the night with a sparkler exit. From Rebekah’s lace-top dress to ditching her heels to dance at the end of the night, it was a fairytale.
Janie and Francis chose the Lookout Lodge in Snohomish, WA for their big day! Despite being the middle of summer in Washington, all my couples that weekend were in for a wet one. It absolutely poured after their ceremony, but it was nothing that a live band and a tent couldn’t fix!
The Lookout Lodge has all the necessities of a perfect wedding day: suites for both bride and groom, ample reception space for dancing, an outdoor fire pit that’s more 5-star-restaurant than your cousin’s backyard, and a truly stunning ceremony site. We got lucky for Janie and Francis’ ceremony - the rain held off til just after portrait time. Janie’s vows had Francis and the whole crowd laughing, and he surprised her with an upgraded ring at the altar- so fun! For portraits, we waded through the moss and ferns to what seemed like an enchanted forest, just before the storm. Once the rain got going, the party got started under the tent, and Janie and Francis got a few more shots in with a clear umbrella. They capped off the night with sparklers, even though in Washington it doesn’t get dark till about 10:00 at night in the summer, but they glittered all the same!
Taylor and Nolan had their intimate forest wedding at Shangri-La on the Green in Enumclaw, WA. This wedding venue is one for the books. Complete with lodge-style reception place, an adorable waterfall, and a reflection pond worthy of Mulan, there’s a reason its called Shangri-La. Its surrounded by dense forest greenery, and its less than two hours outside of Seattle.
So many couples come from outside of Seattle, even from around the world, looking to have their weddings in the dense, ancient forest of the Pacific Northwest. This can pose a challenge to couples who are looking to find a place where they can be surrounded by trees, but not ask their guests to sleep in tents in the mountains. That’s where venues like Shangri-La in Enumclaw come in, with their proximity to the city of Seattle but still feeling miles away from the buzz of downtown and the traffic. Enumclaw and the surrounding areas are perfect for maintaining that intimate rainforest feeling, and accommodating all of your wedding guests as well.
Taylor and Nolan’s day was so intimate; tucked away in the forest and surrounded by only their closest family and friends for their ceremony. After getting ready in the lodge at Shangri-La, they did their first look at the reflection pond, where they could share the most intimate moment as just the two of them. They said their vows at the base of the waterfall, and headed back to the lodge to dance, cut the cake, and finish off the night with a s'more party!
These gorgeous shots were taken by my amazing associate, BreeAnna Lasher. You can see more of her work at https://elevenelevenfilms.squarespace.com!
Back in October, I was able to partner with the amazingly talented design and planning company, Juliet + Lou, on this sunny dahlia farm styled shoot. Even though it was already autumn, the dahlias were still so radiant, and it just screams spring to me. Now that spring has officially sprung in Seattle, I thought it would be the perfect time to share :)
Working with this amazing group of women was truly a dream. If you're getting ready for a Seattle-area wedding or elopement, do not hesitate to contact these ladies:
Planning + Styling: Juliet + Lou
Venue + Florals: Dandy Flower Co.
Rentals: Fanciful Rentals + Pedersen Event Rentals
Paper Goods: Libby Tipton
Makeup Artist: Makeup With Me
Hair: Holly Tipp
Model: Holly Deierling
Dress: Houghton NYC via The Dress Theory Seattle
This styled shoot was also featured on Utterly Engaged! Click here to see their feature.
Fun fact: This dahlia farm is only a few blocks from where I grew up in Maple Valley, WA! Danielle of Dandy Flower Co. grows the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen, and is a 425 rising star to boot! Not only did she and I both grow up in Maple Valley, but so did the Juliet and Lou team, Hannah and Elsa! It was so great to find ourselves in our own backyard, doing what we love, and each actively pursuing our dreams as business owners.