Kelsey and PJ married this weekend in a beautiful backyard wedding overlooking Bellingham Bay. It was such an honor to be invited back into this family after capturing her sister's wedding last summer. Everyone had a hand in creating this celebration for them. Her dad built the arch for their ceremony with flowers grown and arranged by their friends. In an emotional and powerful moment, each guest stood and shared promises to the couple before their own vows. Her sister's friends and in-laws set up the decor and worked the reception. With a relatively small guest count, they were able to spend time with all of them. It was a gorgeous day full of sweet moments, and for the first time I'm sharing the preview photos here with you all! Stay tuned for the rest!
A couple of Anna and Riley's friends surprised them by booking rehearsal dinner photography. They knew there was no better wedding gift than photos of these special memories! I arrived to their backyard celebration before dinner, captured candids and spontaneous portrait requests, and then we went right into toasts shortly after everyone was seated. Their parents shared stories and thank you's, and loved ones performed ukulele as the sun set. Anna and Riley are two of the nicest people, and it was such a joy to spend some extra time with them before their wedding!
Claire and Nate married on Lummi Island, a place that's been special to Claire's family throughout her life. When their original venue fell through, a friend opened their backyard as a place to celebrate. It was a bright, sunny day in July complete with blue skies and eagle sightings. Dried floral arrangements lined the tables and ceremony aisle, and the colors fit perfectly with their beach wedding. After two portrait sessions with Claire and Nate, it was such a joy to witness their big day. Scroll through to view some of my favorites!
Erinn and Tony celebrated with a backyard wedding in Snohomish County. It was a beautiful overcast August afternoon, and they picked up a bouquet of dahlias from a nearby market. I arrived as they finished up a wedding-day lunch of ramen and pizza, and Erinn's friends popped a bottle of sparkling cider. Their first look was one of my all-time favorites, and moments like these are why I keep spare tissue packets on hand! Erinn, Tony, my second photographer and I hopped in the car for a short drive to Lake Stevens to finish their portraits with a view. Back at the house, both their ceremony and reception were full of laughter, joy, and so many candid moments of loved ones happy to be together. This was such a fun wedding to photograph!
Maddie & Stefan chose to get married with a small backyard micro wedding. We included a first look, couple portraits, a ceremony looking out at Lake Whatcom, and portraits of the two of them with their families. It was a beautiful Spring morning, and after our time together their families enjoyed a celebratory brunch! Scroll through to view my favorites!
Packed full of joyful candid moments and big smiles, I'm so excited to share this album of Katie and Colby's beautiful backyard wedding from August 2019! Albums include 20 thick layflat pages (10 spreads) with a hard cover in a linen or velvet color of your choice. Pictured here is a 12x12 album with a sage linen cover, debossed text, and white fill.
Gretchen and Ryan hosted a backyard wedding on a beautiful July evening, surrounded by their closest family and friends. They put so much time and love into preparing the home, lawn, and garden in the months before the wedding, investing all of their wedding-prep into something long lasting for their family. A majority of the vendors were friends of theirs, and though I only met them a few times before their wedding day, they were so intentional about welcoming me in. Pozie by Natalie brought color to their ceremony and reception, close friends officiated and prepared an incredible meal, and her father drew the renovation process of their home for unforgettable save the dates and invitations. I'm so thankful to be a part of celebrations like these and to capture these moments for my clients to keep for a lifetime. Keep scrolling to view my favorites from Gretchen and Ryan's special day!
Katie and Colby married on a warm summer day in a family member's beautiful backyard, just north of Bellingham, WA. From my first coffee meeting with Katie, I knew she and Colby were going to have a fun day full of joy, love, laughter, and lots of big hugs—all the things that make candid photos extra special. Their attention to detail paid off with a great team of vendors, magical ceremony photos, and a happy day to remember. I'm so excited to share a handful of my favorites!
I'm a big fan of getting married in whatever way makes you happy. David and Aubrey eloped in Iceland and then hosted a reception for friends and family back in Seattle. Aubrey loves to cook, so she and her friends catered on their own, and they created some of the most beautiful wedding food I've ever seen. Another friend brought flowers, and the family barbershop quartet surprised them with a few songs. They shared hugs, toasts, and laughter, and had me join them for two hours of photography. I love tiny weddings and hope to do many more of these in the future!
After photographing the Appel family last summer, Nicole and Richard reached out and asked if I would also photograph their upcoming elopement on the family farm. Yes! This was the smallest wedding I've ever been a part of, just Nicole, Richard, their daughters, and their parents, and it was so special. We took portraits along the river, played with their daughter in the backyard, and gathered under the twinkle lights for their ceremony. It was such an honor to be a part of their tiny elopement, and know that their siblings, friends, and extended family would later get to be a part of the moments through my photos.
Richard's sister Elizabeth (Beauty by Elizabeth Marie) and sister-in-law Erika (Crowns of Gold Styling) are my go-to hair and makeup artists, and they did a beautiful job getting Nicole ready for her day!
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!