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!
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.
Rebecca and Thomas married on a Tuesday afternoon in September at Lairmont Manor. Their bright yellow flowers added a beautiful pop of color to the rainy day! We stayed dry with a first look under the greenery, portraits using my clear umbrella and the covered walkways, an indoor ceremony, and a dinner under Lairmont's tent on the front patio. It was a joy to work with these two again, and you can view their Bellingham engagement session here.
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!
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!
The kind of love that Lauren and Dane have is exactly why I love my job. Spending the past three weeks re-living their wedding day over and over through editing has filled me up with so much joy: the way Lauren and Dane look at each other with so much appreciation and respect, how excited their families were for her to walk down the aisle, the endless supply of laughter at the reception... I love all of this. As a wedding photographer, I see it becoming more and more common for my clients' families and friends to spend the wedding day watching the ceremony and first dances behind a phone, or texting at the reception. Aside from how difficult that makes things for the photographer, it makes me sad that they're not enjoying these moments. The Siegfried wedding shows what everyone else is missing out on. I can feel their presence in these, and I hope you can, too. Get ready to feel some love!
Hair: Carma Jean
Catering: Brotha Dudes
Flowers: Triple Wren Farms
DJ: DJ Scoobalicious
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.
Erica and Jared live out of state, so we prepped for their Bellingham wedding over email. I met Erica a week before at our venue walk-through and Jared just hours before the ceremony! The cool thing about wedding photography though, is that it's so easy to get to know someone. The way their family talks to them, the kind of shoes they want to wear, finding out which part of the day they're most excited about, seeing the way they look at each other during their first look... We enjoyed a standing ceremony overlooking the islands and Bellingham Bay. Family members happy-cried all around us as Vinny and I captured their first moments together as husband and wife. They lined up for hugs, played soccer in the backyard, and enjoyed yummy treats from Barb's Pies Ferndale. It was a beautiful day, and I felt lucky to be a part of it!
I love being near the waves and marinas, and I grew up taking family vacations to the San Juans each summer. Caitlin and Nic's wedding reminded me so much of those trips, I'm anxious to go back! We started their first look near the docks (pictured below), took family portraits under the large dome window of the Bellingham Ferry Terminal, and walked across the street for wedding party photos. The old green and purple building was a perfect backdrop for the bridesmaids dresses. Scroll to see my favorites and click here to order prints from the full gallery!
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!