If you're looking for a Bellingham wedding venue that perfectly captures the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, this is it! Elisabeth and Edward married at Woodstock Farm, a primarily outdoor venue along Chuckanut Drive. They got ready at the house on-site with their closest friends, took portraits throughout the trees and small trails, and took advantage of the waterfront views as a backdrop for their ceremony. Their celebration was heartfelt and full of joy, and I had the best time catching all the candid moments they were so present for. These two are so loved, and it shows! Look closely and you'll find the bride's handmade pottery, including the table vases and the little stars that added so much magic to their arbor. Combined with flowers from my good friend Adina of Tangled Roots Floral, this wedding was a dream to be a part of!
There are so many beautiful places in Bellingham to capture Fall colors, and the end of October was perfect for this Lake Padden engagement session! It was important to Sadie and Tyler to include their dog Cedar, and I fell in love with him instantly. Adrienne from Wags Down the Aisle provided professional pet care and made it a fun, easy experience for everyone! She kept him safe and spoiled while we focused on couple portraits, and then helped him smile at the camera for photos of them as a family. Scroll through for some of my favorites!
Kelsey and PJ married in a backyard wedding overlooking Bellingham Bay! It was such an honor to be invited back into this family again after capturing her sister's big wedding last summer. These two weddings were the perfect example that it's possible to have a fun, relaxed day no matter the guest count. Attitude is everything, and this group arrived ready to celebrate and make some memories! All of Kelsey and PJ's loved ones had a hand in creating this event for them. Her dad built the arch for their ceremony using flowers grown and arranged by their friends. Kelsey's sister's friends and in-laws set up the decor and worked the reception. PJ's brother officiated, and in a surprise emotional moment, each guest stood and shared promises to the couple before their own vows. It was an incredibly special day, and I'm so excited to share some of my favorites here!
What a fun and colorful wedding! Hailey and Ross previously shared a small elopement but still wanted to celebrate with their friends and families. They gathered together at Van Wyck Farm in Bellingham, and every piece of their day felt relaxed and joyful. They greeted all of their guests for pre-ceremony cocktails, enjoyed an incredible appetizer bar from Black Sheep, and brought everyone onto the dance floor before dinner. Weddings contain so many optional elements, and I'm a big encourager that you can puzzle piece them together in whichever order feels best for you. Hailey's sister is a talented wedding planner from California, and she matched their upbeat wedding with a bright and juicy color palette! I can't wait for you all to see these...
What a fun Spring engagement session! We started by walking throughout the Village Green and cute alleys of Fairhaven. Still early in the morning, it felt like we had the town to ourselves! We captured all the twinkle lights and cherry blossoms, then took a short trip to Chuckanut Drive for part two. Woodstock has trails full of greenery and gorgeous view of Bellingham Bay. We left with so many sweet options for their save the dates, and I'm excited to share my favorites here!
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!
Anna and Riley shared a sunny July wedding at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham. They both have a love of boats and being out on the water, and this was the perfect waterfront venue to include that for all their friends and family. Some even boated to the wedding, giving us opportunities to use the marina for portraits. We had a big group, and everyone showed up ready to celebrate, laugh, and make memories. This made for great candids throughout the entire evening, and an incredible dance floor! This blog is an extra long one, and I'm happy to finally share so many of my favorites with you all!
M&M now live on the East Coast and are traveling across the country for a Pacific Northwest engagement and wedding! They both grew up here, and Larrabee State Park was the perfect place to capture the feeling of Washington. It was such a beautiful morning for their photos, and I can't wait to get them back in front of the camera for their upcoming wedding!
Valerie & Tara booked me for their wedding years ago, and I've been looking forward to this ever since their engagement session! They chose to get married at Lairmont Manor on a fall afternoon, serving a spread of appetizers and desserts to their family and friends. They incorporated red elements throughout their celebration to honor Chinese traditions, such as the custom sash on Tara's dress. These two are clearly so happy together, and it was an absolute joy to be a part of their day!
Claire and Conner chose a two-location engagement session at two of their favorite parks in Bellingham, Boulevard and Whatcom Falls! We started along the boardwalk where Conner proposed, took a stroll through Fairhaven, and then drove across town. It was a foggy morning in early October, and the fall leaves added such a fun pop of color against the bay!
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!