It was a smoky September morning and Niel and Alesha were enjoying a walk through Peace Arch Park. Posing as a product photographer for a puzzle company, I stopped them and asked if they would help me with a few shots. Niel and I had carefully planned the proposal in advance, and he got down on one knee after she read the puzzle's special message. She happily pulled off her mask, said yes, and we celebrated with an engagement session!
Claire and Nate are engaged and I'm so excited to tag along for the journey! If these two look familiar, I photographed them back in 2016 at the same location. My style has grown and changed, but Claire and Nate are as silly and smiley as they were in our first session together. Their ability to focus on each other, not take the photos too seriously, laugh, and just enjoy each other's company led to genuinely happy photos full of memories. I can't wait to be a part of their wedding next summer!
Since Rebecca and Thomas's wedding consult took place over video call, their engagement session gave us a great opportunity to meet in person and get to know each other better! We took a walk through Fairhaven (my favorite area of Bellingham) and then drove down the street to Woodstock Farm for a view of the sunset.
Jenny and Eric celebrated their recent proposal by booking an engagement session and a vacation to San Juan Island! It was important to them to capture the beauty that Washington has to offer, and we couldn't have picked a better day to do that. Growing up I loved visiting all the beaches, eating ice cream in Friday Harbor, and walking through the gardens in Roche Harbor. The islands will always be a special place to me, and I loved exploring Lime Kiln Park with these two!
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!
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!
To celebrate Elyssa & Curtis's engagement, we traveled around Bellingham for a three-part engagement session. We started at Baby Greens downtown and then dashed into Lafeen's Donuts as the temperatures dropped and the rain started to fall. Lafeen's has the best donuts in town, perfect for a date with a special someone. If you're looking for a fun dessert option at your wedding, Lafeen's does large orders, too! We picked up 10 boxes for our own wedding and let's just say there weren't any leftovers. :)
Madison wanted a winter mountain shoot, and that's exactly what we gave her! If these two look familiar, it's because I've had the joy of photographing them four times over the past few years for their engagement, wedding, and first wedding anniversary. They've told me a dozen times now how much they value photography, and it really shows. They treat each session like a date and embrace whatever I throw their way. I'm so thankful that photography brought them into my life, and I look forward to many years of friendship and memories together!
Samantha, Tony, and I had so much fun getting to know each other at their engagement session! When we were emailing back and forth about their wedding plans, they really emphasized how much they love Bellingham's coastline and water views. Larrabee was the perfect spot for their autumn engagement photos! We talked about how they met, fell in love, got engaged in Disneyland, and their excitement for their upcoming wedding, and I don't think I had to ask them to smile once. ;) I've really enjoyed seeing Sam and Tony share their favorite images as they count down to May, so here's a handful of my favorites, too!
In addition to Erika being my go-to hair stylist, Erika and Chris are both partial owners of their family business, Appel Farms. When we talked about a location for their anniversary portraits, they knew there was no place they'd be happier than at their farm. They brought their dogs, we threw a few sticks, and left with a huge gallery of photos and some sweet memories, too. If you love dogs and golden hour, this blog is for you!
Erika styled her hair herself, and her sister-in-law Beauty by Elizabeth Marie did a gorgeous job on her golden makeup. I couldn't recommend them more for your next portrait session or wedding!
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. My husband Vinny is my go-to second shooter, and we love what we do. Read more about us here!