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.


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 


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.


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


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


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.


Can't believe we're already coming up on the end of 2017. 2016 was such a full year with so many amazing clients and moments, and 2017 has proven to be no different. As I start to sift through the thousands of images and *attempt* to put together a recap post from this last season, and since there are no rules in photography or blogging, I thought it's never too late to share my Part Two post from my 2016 season in the meantime (because ok maybe I sort of got too busy to post this Part Two ages ago). It's still so crazy to me I'm approaching my 11th year now in this industry, and every time I get to tell couple's wedding stories I feel refreshed and inspired.

As 2017 season wraps up, my highlight this year was my wife and I finding out, in May, that we were pregnant with our first son, due this next month (January). We are breathlessly waiting and preparing for his arrival, which makes this holiday season that much more exciting. We're in full baby prepping mode over here, and can't wait to start off 2018 being parents. We *think* Bodie will be the best big puppy brother too. He'll just have to learn to share a little of our attention. ;)

All our love and appreciation,

- Ryan & Emily