After a decade of love, Hannah and Ash finally eloped along the Washington Coast! We made the five hour drive from the Bellingham area the day before and did a walkthrough together to visualize our plans. On the morning of their wedding, we started with a sunrise ceremony and quiet vows, followed by a first dance and portraits along the beach. It was just the two of them, their officiant, myself, and my second witness, and it was beautiful. These two have been engaged as long as I can remember, and witnessing their happy tears and laughter has my heart absolutely full of joy. Scroll through to view my favorites!
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!
I'm a big advocate for mixing up tradition and having fun with your wedding plans. Marla and Matt chose to have a brunch wedding at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal complete with a waffle bar, fruit, scones, quiche, bacon, and donuts. We started their day with a first look and portraits down the street at Marine Park, and we included their dog for a few special photos, too. It was a smoky August morning, and the pink tint from the sun tied in beautifully with Marla's blush dress from Belle Bridal. Scroll to see my favorites from this colorful, happy day!
Claire and Matt shared a "we still do" ceremony and reception at Hotel Bellwether after eloping in 2020. This venue overlooks the bay, perfect for showing off the Bellingham scenery for their loved ones. Despite a forecast of thunderstorms, it was a bright, sunny September day--and a beautiful way to end my summer wedding season!
Megan and Joey got married on a November afternoon at Kirkland Marina Park. Their beautiful pups and a few close family members joined in for a micro wedding under the gazebo just as the autumn rain rolled in. I tagged along for two hours, and we celebrated with a cake cutting and portraits. I grew up in Kirkland and spent many summers at this park, and it was so special to be back for a wedding day!
Over the course of a week, Hannah and Storm reached out to me about their wedding date, we booked and met over Zoom, and gathered together for a micro wedding at Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA. The rainy September skies cleared just in time for their first look and portraits, and we ended their day with a sunset and champagne toast. I tagged along for five hours and it was a super sweet, relaxed day full of so much love. Scroll to see some of my favorites, and don't miss their pup Ghost watching her walk down the aisle!
Caitlin and Alex gathered with their closest family and friends for a short-notice ceremony at Lowman Beach Park. It was a sunny October afternoon full of love, laughter, and sweet candid moments (all of my favorite things)! If you're thinking about eloping or planning a small outdoor ceremony, we live in such a beautiful area for these types of celebrations—no decorations needed. Scroll to see the highlights from this special day!
Larrabee State Park is a perfect location for tiny outdoor weddings and elopements, especially for those who want to embrace all the beauty that Bellingham has to offer. Sarah and Michael booked photography with me after attending Bryan and Mackenzie's wedding, and I'm so glad they did! The contrast between these two celebrations just goes to show that weddings come in all types and sizes. Whether couples have a handful of guests or over 300, whether it rains or shines, being a wedding photographer is the best job, and I'm so happy and thankful to be a part of these special moments.
Sam and Tony celebrated their wedding with family and friends at Marine Park and the Bellingham Ferry Terminal. Shortly after photographing their engagement portraits at Larrabee, Sam and Tony let me know that they eloped, and that the plan was still set to celebrate in May. We always encourage our couples to get married in whatever way feels fun to them, and to set aside the traditions that don't. This wedding was the perfect example of why that's so important. They spent their entire day laughing, dancing, and having a blast with people they love, without a single sign of stress or worries. They're effortlessly happy together, and it's been such a joy to get to know them. Here's a collection of some of my favorites, and I hope you can feel the love!
These two invited only their closest family members to this beautiful backyard ceremony, and I'd say it turned out perfectly! They "all got married," exchanged hugs and rings, and shared a homemade brunch and dessert.
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!