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.

photographed on Kodak Portra 160 film

SUNCADIA RESORT WEDDING

I knew from the first time I talked to Claire and Travis on the phone that I was going to love working with them. Their engagement session in Joshua Tree confirmed that. It was so cool seeing their friends and family surround them at their wedding, you immediately knew that C&T are the kind of people who enrich the lives of those around them so much. Their wedding was beautifully planned and designed by Sinclair & Moore, and the whole day managed to be stylish and super detailed, but still laid back and truly fun - which, come to think of it, is just how I'd describe the two of them.

Planning, Design, and Florals: the talented Sinclair & Moore / Makeup Artist: Yessie Libby / Venue: Suncadia Resort 

A RAINY, VIBRANT LOPEZ ISLAND WEDDING

The San Juan Islands, often called the jewel of the PNW (ok, I made that up, but they should be called that) are a varied bunch. One of the most charming island is Lopez, often called Slowpez (that nickname is real, honest.) J & E invited their guests to join them on the water, near a marina that's been in their family for decades. I love when couples incorporate spaces that have that depth of meaning in their lives.

The day started out pouring rain, but ended with an incredible show at sunset. Honestly kind of my ideal day - soft overcast light, and then a killer golden hour. That colorful show carried throughout the day, including the vibrant florals and the mismatched print on the bridesmaid's dresses. 

The day was expertly planned by Tara with Sugarcomb, and the florals by Country Bouquets Floral.

WOODLAND MEADOW FARMS WEDDING

If I picked one word to describe this wedding, it'd be "moments." So. Many. Moments. Hence the looong journal post, but there were so many beautiful moments and interactions at this wedding. I was like a kid in a candy story. Happy people, beautiful light, raucous awesome dancing (par for the course for Jewish weddings!), golden sunset portraits... ahhh.

One of my absolute favorite things about having been photographing weddings for 10+ years now is getting to photograph a bunch of couples in the same group of friends/family. Seeing past clients (who feel like old friends) at weddings each summer is so, so fun. I think there were four or five couples I've gotten to photograph at Gaby and Joe's wedding ... put a smile on my face a mile wide. :)

Get your scrolling finger ready, and enjoy.

Planning and design: Married with Michelle / Florals: Melanie Benson / Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms / live band: The Haggis Brothers

A WOODINVILLE LAVENDER WEDDING

Where to start with these two... I've been lucky to photograph some of their friends and family over the last few years, and Jordan and Veronica were such a joy to be around. Veronica's first look with her dad was so, so sweet - seriously try photographing that without crying. Jordan seeing her for the first time was amazing too - so much love. And if that wasn't enough, they got married at a stunning lavender farm, had incredible light at sunset, and fed us all fried chicken, a mac & cheese bar, and cannolis and the best cake ever. What a day.

/ Planner: Married with Michelle / Florals: Flora D'Amore / Makeup: Chelsey Matley / Catering: Lisa Dupar / Cake: DERU / DJ: Integral DJs

AN AL FRESCO DINNER WEDDING AT THE CORSON BUILDING

If you're looking for an amazing dinner in Seattle, you have a ton of great options. The Corson Building is easily one of the best of those options. If you want that amazing dinner for all your favorite people, in a charming courtyard garden, eating outside in a brick alley strung with cafe lights ... then the Corson Building is THE option. I can't say enough good things about this venue, or this couple, actually.

The photo of J & W right after their first kiss, arms raised and being cheered by their friends and family is one of my all-time favorites. Add in some amazing light and flowers by the one and only Floret, and you have a recipe for a fantastic wedding.

photographed on Kodak film.