1. Celebrate and enjoy this time together
Congrats!! The choice to get married is so exciting. Before jumping into wedding planning, take a week or two to celebrate together and focus on why you’ve chosen each other. Over the next few months of decisions, that “why” is what it all comes back to. Enjoy the moments when you personally get to share your news with close friends and family. It’s happening!
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!
Nicole and Josh married at Jardin Del Sol on a warm September afternoon. I got to know them at their winter engagement session, Zoom meetings, and text updates about dress shopping, venue tours, and more. I love connecting with my clients like this and feel really grateful I got to work with them (big thanks to Nicole's coworker and my client Rebecca!). This wedding was a day full of laughter, family, friendship, greenery, and gorgeous florals from Flori Flowers. Scroll through to see 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!
Michelle and Kris shared an intimate September garden wedding at Christianson's Nursery. Bellingham florist Tangled Roots created a unique color palette, and her arrangements tied the images from their day together so beautifully. Michelle and Kris used the pathway and front steps to the schoolhouse for their ceremony. When their officiant pronounced them married before they had a chance to exchange rings, they shared a great laugh with all of their guests. The ability to laugh and see things as a funny story to tell is the best recipe for a happy wedding, and everyone continued to smile about it all evening long. It's always a joy to be back in the space where we got married, and I am so excited to share my favorites from their celebration!
Mia and Berkly shared a colorful July wedding at Lairmont Manor, decorated with bright summer florals from Pozie by Natalie. After a sunny ceremony on the lawn, they celebrated with a family style meal. I don't see this serving style often, and it was a beautiful way to bring their loved ones together! Scroll to see my favorites from their wedding day, and then take a look at their Bellingham engagement session and guestbook.
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!
After sharing a small ceremony at Christianson's Nursery in 2020, Lacey and Elliott finally brought their families and friends together for part two! Their wedding at the Lady Florence was everything they had originally planned: getting ready photos, portraits, a beautiful ceremony, reception, and a night of dancing. If you love candids as much as I do, this wedding was full of them! I have so many favorite moments from their day and feel so excited to share them with you all. Scroll through to see a first look just as joyful as last year's, groomsmen dancing down the aisle, the cutest flower girl I've ever photographed, everyone's laughter at the end of the ceremony as the rain began to downpour, and magical twinkle-lit photos in the greenhouse.
Mikaela and Grant married at the Seattle Washington Temple on a sunny May afternoon. We began their photography with a celebratory exit from the temple and finished with family and couple portraits. I love that this location has so many beautiful spaces for loved ones to gather together for photos just steps away from the parking lot!
Erika and Hunter celebrated their Fall wedding with a small ceremony and reception at Semiahmoo Resort. It was a cold afternoon, but we got to enjoy beautiful golden sunshine all day long. I loved the yellow buildings, expansive ocean views, their their cozy fireplace ceremony!
Their officiant, Shannon (Tall Red Head Girl), is one of my all time favorite vendors and officiated our own wedding several years ago! If you're looking for a funny and experienced officiant who will create a joyful ceremony customized to your story, I highly recommend Shannon.
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!