Summers in the PNW are insane. When the weather cooperates, the scenic views open up and paint the most beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
Justin & Lisa were two lovebirds I was very excited to photograph. They are so kind and share such genuine love for one another. Their day was bursting with love, wonderful family and friends, and joyful celebration. The venue was Red Cedar Farm in Poulsbo, WA; quaint buildings, landscaping, and charming animals provided so many pockets of surprises! It was such a wonderful celebration full of meaningful details – and don’t get me started on the delicious food and drinks. A truly great day for two lovely people!
Lisa & Justin: Thank you SO much for inviting me to capture your day. It was such a wonderful experience getting to know you two, and photographing your love. Cheers to a lifetime of happily ever after <3
Late summer in Eastern Washington produces some of the most beautiful days. This was one of those kind of days.
The way Megan and Robby adore one another is quite stunning. And their day matched their love so perfectly; so much joy and love was felt throughout every detail.
Their day was spent getting ready with friends and family. The ceremony and reception were held at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco in the outdoor courtyard and gorgeous Ballrooms, respectively. We escaped mid-day to do a private reveal and all of the bridal party photos in a local park that was the perfect backdrop for this late summer wedding.
Megan & Robby: Thank you for allowing me to share in the memories of your wedding day. You two were a dream to work with and I wish you two many years of wedded bliss <3
Ah, yes, the question frequently asked by many clients and friends alike. Sometimes they throw in their anxieties about the job being stressful (“it’s someone’s WEDDING!”), or that wedding photographers charge a lot (“It must be a great way to make money!” – Pro tip: If you want to make any portrait photographer laugh and cry at the same time, say this).
Sit, let me explain why I chose the path of a wedding photographer.
As a natural creative, my heart was always in art and design. Even as a kid in art classes, I gravitated toward drawing people, for some reason it’s always fascinated me. So I guess it was only natural that I was drawn to photographing people.
I picked up a camera and learned kinesthetically (ie: pushing buttons and studying my results). I took a formal photography class in high school, and found the technical approach to be limiting… So much to remember (f-stops, ISO, shutter speed, what?), granted we were using film cameras, and in order to get a good exposure you need to know your stuff.
But for me, weddings require so much more than technical knowledge. Yes! You absolutely must know your camera like the back of your hand. You need to know it in every situation possible and on the fly, because you never know what will happen next. You can’t be great at just one photography niche either (like, just great at documentary photography, or portrait photography, or details). You are the whole package, baby. You have to be a master generalist, sharp technicalist (I made that word up, just go with it), and truly mountains over all of that; emotionally intelligent. You have to read people, emotions, and anticipate. You are going to read people and know what they will do, say, or emote next.
So yeah, it’s scary being a wedding photographer. Do you know how many dreams I’ve had (literally) about my camera being lost or stolen, or my computer crashing with all of my life’s work on it (I back them up, but still…), or being sick, or my camera breaking/freezing/malfunctioning?! Why not throw myself in a profession that stresses normal people out, let alone a natural-born worrier!? I live on the edge, people! So why do I still do it? Because I love love. Paint me a Nicholas Sparks junkie, but I love watching people in genuine love. And I want them to see how beautiful they look living it.
When I stop and think about why I shoot love portraits – and weddings in particular –it’s not about the people at all. It’s about the moment. The emotion. The feelings. I look at my personal wedding photos, and remember the exact way I felt that day.
I always say, if I can make my bride (or groom) cry when they see their photos, I’ve done my job. Hell, if I’m not crying at my clients wedding, I’m not doing my job! I want my clients to feel emotion – the exact emotion of the “happiest day” of their life. I want to take photos that get couples through their inevitable rough times because they were able to remember how they once felt about the person laying next to them.
When two people fall in love, it’s beautiful. When a family falls in love, well, there are no words.
I can’t begin to describe in words how beautiful this day was, the photos below and this awesome video will speak to it’s awe. But the best part of the day, were the tears of joy by all of the families and friends (myself included!) as we watched the formation of a family.
The venue and grounds of Storybrook Farms were breathtaking. The bridal party got ready in the expansive house. There were so many great rooms and spaces within the mansion, and endless outdoor spaces. The ceremony took place just outside of the mansion on a cobblestone patio filled with rustic antique chairs overlooking the farm and vineyard. This perfect evening ended with the dream reception filled with delicious food, sweets, and great music. Kyla + Matt thought of every detail, and reflected their style and creativity.
Thank you again to Kyla + Matt, and your delightful girls, for letting me be a part of your day, and being fantastic clients and friends. Congratulations, and cheers to a happily ever after.
2nd Photographer: Ashley Doedens // Venue: Storybrook Farm // Wedding Planner: Lilac and Lace // Videography: Solefire Films // Catering: Skillet Street Food, Sub-Zero Ice Cream // Floral Design: Contemporary Floral // Decor: Vintage Ambiance, Seattle Farm Tables // Cake: Mike’s Amazing Cakes // Entertainment: Otto-Matic Mobile Music // Makeup/MUA: Off White Seattle
This past August I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the wedding of two beautiful people. I’ve know Amanda for some time through a mutual friend. I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph their special day.
Originally, the wedding was just going to be an intimate family ceremony, but things quickly changed into a full-blown wedding. It was a near-perfect day in Snohomish at Thomas Family Farm. It was a perfect August country-chic wedding.