Carla and Kevin chose to take their engagement photos among the greenhouses, gardens, and schoolhouse of Christianson's Nursery in Mount Vernon. Christianson's Nursery is one of my favorite places to be, and it doubles as a small wedding venue! Vinny and I got married behind the schoolhouse a couple years ago, surrounded by hydrangeas, rose gardens, and our closest family and friends. It photographs beautifully, and I highly recommend it if you're planning a small celebration or portrait session!
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!
Anticipating that an upcoming stay-home order could cancel their March wedding, Keegan and Tara eloped early and postponed their reception for a later date. They exited the Seattle Washington Temple all smiles, surrounded by their parents and a few other close family members. It was a beautiful day full of so much love, and I hope it helps spread a little joy and hope to other couples getting married this year.
After spending a year and a half apart during Tara's mission trip, Keegan and Tara are engaged! We celebrated with an engagement session at St. Edwards Park where we took their first portraits together two years ago. Scroll to see a handful of my favorites from this happy rainy day!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Frankie & Maude is a small wedding dress studio in Bellingham, WA, run by mother/daughter team Kathleen and Meghann. Together, they design and create their own beautiful collections of dresses, as well as custom orders. So many decisions go into planning a wedding, and there's something really special and reassuring about knowing exactly who's making your wedding dress. If you're engaged and live in the Bellingham area, I highly recommend making an appointment, bringing a few friends, and talking with Kathleen and Meghann about your dress. (If you have time, tea and scones at Abbey Tea Garden is a must!) I visited their studio to select a wedding dress for myself, and fell in love with three of their designs. We combined elements of each, selected fabrics and ribbon, and they had me pop back in for a couple quick fittings to make sure it was just right. Kathleen and Meghann made the entire process special, lighthearted, fun, and easy, and it's clear they're both really passionate about what they do. If you're looking for a high quality custom wedding dress, made by two talented local women, I highly recommend Frankie & Maude!
When I began searching for a florist for our own wedding, the process felt a bit overwhelming. There are so many talented and beautiful farms and florists in the Bellingham area, and I'm so glad I stumbled upon Free Range Flowers. I emailed with Celeste and told her about the colors and feeling I hoped for, and I knew right away she would be the perfect fit for our wedding! Celeste and I worked together to come up with a mood board and a good estimate of how many flowers my bridesmaids and I would need for our DIY bouquets and table decor. When we arrived to pick them up the day before our wedding, I couldn't believe how many flowers and stems of greenery she had lovingly tucked into the buckets. Celeste pours her heart into her flower fields, and she's an absolute joy to work with. I couldn't recommend her more!
I also had the pleasure of visiting her farm throughout the seasons, to photograph the ever-changing colors and varieties she offers. I'm so excited to finally share these with you all!