2018 HIGHLIGHTS - A YEAR IN REVIEW

2018 was, in the best (and sometimes hardest) ways, a real heckin’ rollercoaster of a year. We kicked off the year with the birth of our first child, which was a bit of a game-changer, to put it mildly. Weddings, portraits, engagement shoots, and family sessions (which I love even more, now!) kept me super busy all year, bouncing around the northwest, from Idaho to the San Juan Islands, along with spending a lot of time on the east coast, Colorado (forever favorite) and down south.

It’s taken me ages to put this post together, and in the end I have to hold it with a bit of an open hand. There’s no way - short of throwing a few thousand photos on here - to really represent the breadth of love that I saw this year. There just isn’t space to truly it justice, so know that, while I love all these highlights, there is always so much more. I was truly blessed by how many amazing people let me into their lives, and allowed me to document such heartfelt moments.

To all the couples, families, individuals - and all the planners, florists, designers, and artists - that shared their lives and gifts: you are incredible, and being a witness to you and your moments was a pure celebration of life. Thank you!

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A COLORFUL, ROMANTIC SODO PARK WEDDING

Carley & Corbin, legends that they are, had their wedding at the perennially awesome Sodo Park by Herban Feast. I’ve gotten to photograph these lovely people a few times (you can check out their engagement session in Brooklyn here) and was so excited for their wedding day to roll around. From the amazing ice cream sandwiches (perfect for a hot day!) to the surprise Earth, Wind, and Fire cover band, it was a day to remember.

Florals: Herban Bloom, ice cream sandwich desserts: Hello Robin & Molly Moon, Hair & Makeup: Jen Lagers, Venue: Sodo Park by Herban Feast

WOODINVILLE WINERY WEDDING AT CHATEAU LILL

As soon as I saw Yasmine pinch John’s booty at their first look, I knew exactly how fun this day was going to be. Cute labradoodle “flower girl”, a whiskey toast right before their first look. This day was fun and full of laughter from beginning to end. Chateau Lill in Woodinville was a beautiful backdrop for this wedding.

Venue: Chateau Lill, Styling: Megan Sophie Holman, Florist: Brier & Ivy, Makeup: Yessie Libby, Day of Coordinator & Caterer: A Platinum Event

BEACON HILL BOSTON ENGAGEMENT SESSION

The ivy-swathed cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill in Boston are so charming you honestly feel like you’re on a movie set. It was great spending a rainy afternoon this fall strolling around admiring the scenery and dodging tourist selfies with Kelsey & Patrick. I tend to show a lot of photos of people laughing - I’m all about celebrating that joy, and these two had such a naturally laugh-your-face off relationship that was so fun to see.

NAUTICAL WEDDING AT ROSARIO RESORT ON ORCAS ISLAND

If you kinda squint your eyes, and use your imagination, you can look at a map of Orcas Island and see how it got its name. “Squiggly upside-down U-shaped rock” would probably have been my suggested name, but hey, no one asked me. Name aside, Orcas is maybe my favorite of all the San Juan Islands (although picking a favorite is a bit like choosing between coffee and beer … you can’t go wrong) and I’m always thrilled about photographing a wedding there.

M & D chose Rosario Resort as the site of their wedding, which was pretty perfect as Rosario is perched right above the water and marina. Arriving on their boat was fitting, as their wedding was a beautiful melding of the bride’s Mexican heritage (a post-ceremony mariachi parade? yes please!) and their love of the open water, brought to life with blue, blush tones, and white florals and design details.

Coordination and planning by the always awesome Holly-Kate & Company, with florals by Bash & Bloom, and paper goods by La Happy. Photographed on Kodak film, developed by State Film Lab.

A PIONEER SQUARE ANNIVERSARY SESSION

I've been fortunate to get to photograph these two and their family a few times now, and it's always such a good time. Basically, they're awesome and are up for just wandering around finding awesome light and cool pockets of the location that grab our eye. Pioneer Square is such a good photo location to do exactly that - just wander up and down the streets, you're almost guaranteed to find a new little nook you've never seen.

photographed on the Fujifilm GFX 50S

A SUMMERY PNW ENGAGEMENT SESSION

If you ask me, summer is hands-down  the best time of year in the Seattle. The days are long, golden hour seems to last forever, and mostly, it's finally just warm and not raining.  What better time to trek around Discovery Park for these guys' engagement session? Add in their ridiculously cute goldendoodle (are you sensing a theme here? bring alllll the dogs to your wedding / engagement shoot with me) and it was a heck of a summer's eve.