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Natalie & Sam // Mazama Ranch House Wedding PART ONE — Methow Valley Wedding Photographer

When I got Natalie’s email about their wedding in the Methow Valley, I knew it was going to be amazing. As beautiful as the Pacific Northwest is, the Methow Valley and Mazama hold a special place in my heart, and I love every minute I get to spend up in those mountains. After I met Natalie & Sam in person, and got to shoot their engagement session in Seattle, I was practically counting down the days until I was in Mazama.

A few weeks before the wedding, in the midst of a cruel June heatwave, Natalie & I hoped for cooler weather. And that’s what they got — with a side of rain. But even though the reception went inside, and the ceremony was moved to the front lawn under a small tent, every guest I talked to was just so happy to be there. They changed out of their wedding clothes to move chairs and tables, they hauled tents around, they poured wine, and shared umbrellas. They laughed and they danced and they celebrated Natalie & Sam’s wedding. The timeline went out the window, the linens had to be thrown in the dryer, and yet, it was absolutely perfect.

So, here is part one of Natalie & Sam’s wedding: their wedding day. Tomorrow I’ll share some of their stunning portraits!

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Venue: Mazama Ranch House // Coordinator: Autumn Jateff // Caterer: Sunflower Catering // Hair: Phoebe at Studio 509

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Maple Pass Loop — PNW Living // Methow Valley Photographer

Maple Pass Loop.

I didn’t really plan to go hiking the day after Natalie & Sam’s wedding. But when I asked them at the rehearsal dinner about a couple good Methow Valley hiking spots, they both recommended the Maple Pass Loop. So much so, that they told me H shouldn’t do the hike on Saturday, but we should go together on Sunday.

They promised it was easy, and even though it was 7.2 miles long, it was worth it.

I felt like I was going to die. At least a dozen times. We started early to “beat the crowds” — spoiler alert: we saw less than a dozen people during our hike — and to beat the heat. We also started early so that we wouldn’t be too late checking out of our hotel.

What I learned on my first hike after at least a decade:

  1. European hikes are better, because Europeans put little cafes on the top of mountains. Hiking = cake. Awesome.
  2. After about a mile, I started telling Hubert about the breakfast I wished I’d eaten: bacon, eggs, pancakes and a side of fruit. I’m always hungry the morning after a wedding, but wedding hangover + hiking resulted in me craving a diner breakfast.
  3. H is the best. He hauled my camera around so that I wouldn’t have to carry anything. And he kept encouraging me.
  4. I’d forgotten how amazing it is to be completely along, with no one around (at one point, H went ahead of me to scout something out) and without any devices to amuse me. It’s so peaceful.
  5. Climbing a mountain, hiking 7.2 miles, and doing it all before noon leaves you feeling pretty accomplished. Doing so the day after a wedding, then sitting in a car for 4 hours to drive home, leaves you sore enough to swear you’d never move again.

Maple Pass Loop is amazing. Even in the fog, when you can’t see the mountains in the distance, you’ll love it. The last three photos were taken by H, on his phone.

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Lizz & Ken // Sandpoint Backyard Wedding — Preview

I went out and bought some extra umbrellas on Saturday morning, because the weather forecast called for wind, rain, smoke, and haze. And I figured I should be prepared to at least some of that weather. And there was crazy wind, with terrible visibility because of smoke and haze on my way to Sandpoint, and it started to rain shortly after I arrived. But, just before the ceremony started, the sun came out. And it was perfect.

Lizz & Ken picked August 29th for the full moon, and they were amazingly patient to get that last shot. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone, with so many moving parts, but I had a blast working with them to get it. Thanks you two, for having me along!

More to come!

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