Looking for the Light — Spokane Wedding Photography

You guys.

We spent three years in the Seattle area. And shortly after we arrived, I realized I was going to have trouble adapting. It was the light. Gone were the clear blue skies that seemed to go on forever. It was all trees. Lots of gray and rain.

But now, now I’m back in the light. And it calls to me.

We used to drive over the pass — to my parent’s home, to Spokane — and when we’d get to a point, between Easton and Thorp, I’d always tell H to look at the light. I don’t think he understood what I was talking about. Even in the rain, Eastern Washington’s light is different. And in the winter? When it snows and then the sun comes out? So bright it blinds you? That’s something I missed. Blue skies, white powder, flying down the mountains. Oh, yes. That light is right.

It’s soft and elegant. It’s warm and clear. And it’s so right.

Even now, on a crisp fall day, as the leaves are just starting to turn (and I cannot wait for crisp fall leaves), it’s clear and bright.

Yes, I miss Seattle. But this light? Oh this light. I’ve been looking for the light for three years.

It’s good to be home.

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Top photo: from a shoot I did at the beautiful Camden Ranch in Elk, WA for Applebrides. 10 minutes before that photo, it was pouring. Bottom: Alaine & Dan‘s gorgeous Mazama wedding. I can’t wait to share more from both shoots!

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Emily & Hoku — Villa Vashon Wedding [Part Two]

See part one here.

During the ceremony, we could see rain clouds coming in across the sound. But luckily, it didn’t rain during the ceremony or dinner. In fact, at times we had blue skies instead of clouds. It didn’t rain while everyone socialized and drank coffee and chai. It didn’t rain while we made s’mores around the fire. It didn’t rain during the spectacular sunset. It didn’t rain during the first dance. But about 20 minutes before we left, it started to pour. You can see in the last few images, that people just kept dancing in the rain. We grabbed an umbrella (thanks Tristan!) and put it over the laptop and I had a towel over my camera. And we just kept dancing.

And then, we dashed to catch the last direct ferry of the night. And the rain stopped while we stood on the ferry deck. And I fell in love with Vashon just a little bit more.

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Many thanks to Emily & Hoku for having me along for the day. To Brigette and Mike for welcoming me into their home again and again — thanks for the cucumbers! To Emily (thing 2) and Tristan for being my assistants for the day and carrying my gear and dashing to the car for umbrellas. It wouldn’t have been the same without you :)

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Emily & Hoku — Villa Vashon Wedding [Part One]

Spokane friends! It’s supposed to be gorgeous and sunny this weekend. I’m offering a few mini sessions up at Greenbluff on Sunday, October 6th. I still have time at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. You can book your session by emailing me, or here.

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Emily & Hoku live in Maryland, but decided to get married on Vashon because it holds a special place in their hearts. So they planned their Seattle destination wedding long distance. We didn’t meet until the day of their wedding, although we talked on the phone (and via email) quite a few times. I said in the sneak peek how I was worried, because the night before it was pouring rain. But the day was beautiful and sunny. And even getting stuck in the ferry line (even though I got there 90 minutes early!) and ended up changing into my wedding outfit in the car, and prepping all my gear sitting on the ferry dock, couldn’t put a damper on the day. Whatever.

We started our day at Hoku’s aunt & uncle’s house, which was the venue for Larissa & Jason’s wedding. Their ceremony & reception were at Villa Vashon, which is possibly the most adorable venue I’ve ever been to.

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Oh! Hoku’s mom couldn’t make it to the wedding, so they were filming parts of it and using Skype to call her. Isn’t technology fantastic??
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Emily & Hoku did a water pouring during the ceremony, which I’d never seen before. Their parents each brought water from the rivers near their hometowns, and they poured them on the tree. When they finally settle down, they’re going to plant the tree at their home.
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I know people don’t normally blog family formals, but they are SO important. I haven’t talked about it a lot, but my grandfather was unable to make it to my wedding, and passed away a few weeks afterwards. Your loved ones are special and it only takes a few minutes to do family formals. Trust me, they are precious.

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Part two is coming up tomorrow!

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