I’m on a Boat! Errr, well… I mean, I was on a boat, at least! Randa and Ross chartered the historic U.S.S. Virginia V steam ship for their wedding here in Seattle’s South Lake Union last summer, and invited me along to document their day. I knew Randa from my college days. We both studied Interior Design at Colorado State (feels like forever ago!) and obviously only one of us (Randa!) stayed the course with that profession. Randa is a seriously talented designer, and her design sense was expressed beautifully in all of the details of their nautical wedding. I also want to give a big shout out to Cheri from Eidle Wilde Floral for the stunning floral work aboard the ship.
L+T tied the knot in a small ceremony at Canlis and hosted a big bash to celebrate a couple days later at Canvas Event Space in Seattle's SoDo district. If their goal was to have an epic dance party for the books, Lauren and Tristan succeeded! They brought in so many incredible vendors for this party…
In your face, thunderstorm! We rocked some portraits despite the rain at Ben and Connie's Colorado wedding! It was such a special day, and such a treat for me to shoot in my home state. Sometimes, a little bit (or a lot) of rain on your wedding day just adds to the ambiance.
What a beauty this wedding was. Caitie and Kyle are the kind of couple that I would be happy to work with over and over again. They're super easy-going, have a great sense of humor, and ALSO they have a really cute dog that they let me pet. WIN!
Amber and Lucas decided to tie the knot in one of their favorite places: near the Skyomish River in the small town of Baring, Washington, with only their siblings by their side. They rented a cabin overlooking the river. Played some frisbee before their ceremony, which was officiated by the groom's sister; ordered barbecue from one of their favorite spots, and had an impromptu dance party together in the living room to celebrate. It was a small gathering with lots of fun and big heart. A fave for sure. Congrats, loves!
The countryside in Hillsboro, Oregon, where Natalie and Shayfer were married last month, surprised me in the best way. Much to my delight, this particular PNW setting makes for a drive-with-the-windows-down and watch-the-rolling-hills-pass-by kind of commute. Farm land. Hills of gold and green. Nice and hot in the summer. As if the setting of Scholls Valley Lodge didn't already make me feel as if I'd won the awesome wedding jackpot; this couple was also top-notch. They were THE NICEST. Their guests, gracious. Oh, and they're former choir nerds like me, so I couldn't help but feel an extra-nerdy connection to them. These are my people!
The morning of Danielle and Sean's wedding at Ritter Farm, it poured sheets of rain during the drive out to Cle Elum. Rain like that might give us wedding photographers a bit of anxiety at times, but that day was different for me. The fall color along the drive through Snoqualmie Pass, and saturating the rural roads near the venue, popped like crazy against the gray skies. The yellows and reds only seemed deeper after a good rain. And to top it all off, there were lovely low clouds on the hillsides, not too far from the farm. Quiet. Fresh air. It's easy to feel like you don't have a care in the world in a place like that.
Beloved Seattle chef, Renee Erickson, and her husband Danial Crookston planned a stunner of a celebration, with thoughtful details that felt true to who they are. Their ceremony site was draped in cheerful marigold garlands. Single blooms were tucked into strings tied around hay bales for ceremony seating. The dinner tent was outfitted with long, communal tables, ready with Renee's famous Boat Street Pickles, crispy bread, delicate china plates, and of course, rosé!