My 2019 wedding season ended with this sweet and beautiful courthouse wedding. Belen + Giovanni, thank you for trusting me with your special day, and for braving the cold weather last week. Congratulations on your wedding, and I can’t wait to share more from your beautiful day with you in the coming weeks!
In the early emails that Holly sent me, she told me all about how they wanted to get married up at Vista House on Mt. Spokane. She told me that they wanted a small wedding, not quite an elopement, but only their families there. And what she told me resonated so much, because they knew what they wanted, they knew the wedding that would be best for them, and they chose to make that a reality. You guys, this wedding was so beautiful and so perfect for one reason – Holly and Justin planned a wedding that was exactly what they wanted! They could have had a big wedding, or eloped with no one there, but they listened to what their hearts wanted, which was to have this intimate wedding with just a few special people there to share the day. They got ready together at the top of the mountain, and we traipsed around to take photos after their sweet ceremony, before they drove off to have a family dinner together.
And here is the thing, big or small, first look or no, traditions or no, I don’t care. I’m going to advise you on how to budget time for photos so that you’re less stressed and get beautiful photos to keep forever (print them, please!). I’ll tell you the pros and cons of each option when we plan your timeline, but it’s not my job to dictate how your day goes. You should have a wedding that is a reflection of your relationship, your love, and your dreams for the future.
Which, on a mountain top on a Friday afternoon, is exactly what this Holly + Justin did. But I would have loved this wedding just as much if it’d been at the courthouse.
Holly + Justin, thank you for letting me into your lives to capture this precious day. I wish you both all the love and joy in marriage for the rest of your lives!!
You may remember the sweet little preview I shared of this Roosevelt Inn elopement last year, but now I’ve got more for you! Evelynn and Nikita reached out to me in December about photographing their wedding in January. They’d been engaged for a while and the thought of planning out a big wedding didn’t excite them. So instead, they called around and found this sweet bed and breakfast in Coeur d’Alene (which does small weddings too!) and called me to photograph it. Besides their officiant and myself, the only two people who attended were their son and Nikita’s dad.
Evelynn and Nikita met up with me about a week before their wedding to chat about where they were getting married, taking photos, and just to talk a bit for the first time in person. We ended up talking for almost two hours! These two had me cracking up laughing, and I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with these two and their stubborn little boy who resisted smiling at me when I had the camera pointed at him. In the end, I got a smile or two out of him, but I had to earn it! :) I especially loved that Evelynn found this gorgeous and glittery green dress to wear, instead of going for something white. It really popped in the winter light!
Happy first anniversary to these two beautiful souls. I hope your first year of marriage was beautiful. Thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding last year!!
When Holly and I sat down a couple months ago, we chatted about the elopement that she and Justin were planning. Just a simple little Mt Spokane elopement at Vista House. It was absolute perfection. These two had a absolutely beautiful ceremony with vows that had me tearing up! I can’t wait to share more of their sweet ceremony when it’s done!
Thinking of eloping in the Inland Northwest? Send me an email and let’s chat!
A couple weeks ago – right before the holidays – an email landed in my inbox. This bride told me they’d been engaged forever, and life had just gotten in the way of planning. So, they decided to elope. Was I free? Uh, YES. As much as I love the big events of traditional American weddings, I also love the sweet and tiny elopements. At big weddings, I tend to blend in to the background and my job makes me a little more like a ninja. At elopements, I’m one of very few – sometimes only two – people who get to witness a couple’s first moments of marriage.
So, I may have teared up a bit behind my camera yesterday, as I rang in the new year with the sweetest small wedding at the beautiful Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene. I’d never been there before, but it’s stunning! It was still decorated for Christmas, and while the Davenport may be the place to be for a large winter wedding, the Roosevelt Inn is quaint and perfect, and was decorated top to bottom in stunning Christmas cheer. I can’t share much with you yet, because they haven’t told the world about their elopement, so you’ll have to wait for the rest of the photos! Congratulations you two!!! <3