I flew down to Portland last week for this absolutely stunning wedding, and even a few days later, I can’t find the words to describe how special this couple, and this wedding, was to me. Hannah + Jay, I can’t wait to share all these images with you. For now, here’s a little sneak peek.
This beautiful wedding has been next in my editing queue for quite a while. It was equal parts being busy and being tempted to share basically every single photo I delivered to Heather + Craig last fall! This wedding, these people, were so sweet and kind, and I went home with a sore face from smiling the whole time I was there.
This wedding was more about the people than the details, and the couple stressed to me that they wanted photos of their guests having a blast and some awesome portraits for themselves. They made my job super easy too, because Heather and Craig were married on her parents’ property on a mountain just outside of Winthrop. The ceremony was followed by a mountaintop toast, a musical processional down the mountain, and a reception at Cub Creek Ranch. Not only were these two some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, they planned all of this wedding long distance and it was the most magical kind of day. Their vows had everyone in tears, the toasts gave us all belly laughs, and when you see all the processional photos down the mountain, you can see that nearly every guest traipsed down the mountain in the wedding finery while dancing and singing. This was the first wedding where I’ve worn my actual running shoes (which were covered in dust by the time we got down the mountain) and the first time I’ve hiked down a mountain with all my gear.
During the reception, we did sneak back up to their parents’ property for a few more portraits and some quiet time for them. Which included lots of snuggling, a decision to climb a huge rock in a wedding dress (they are both climbers), and the most beautiful light. Stew Dietz Catering, as usually, was on hand to make this one of the smoothest wedding days of my year. Not only does Stew make amazing food – with no kitchen! – she and her team keep the day running smoothly. They handled cocktails on top of a mountain and the dreamiest crab cakes that I am still drooling over more than a year later. At the end of the night, the coats came off, the dancing started, and the guests all had pie and coffee under the twinkling lights while a local band played music.
Heather + Craig, thank you for including me in your wedding day. Your beautiful hearts make my job so easy.
I don’t know if I have the words to describe the sweet perfection of Jessi and Tim’s wedding, but I’m going to try. Every detail was perfect and simple and so true to them. From a wedding in the Methow Valley, which they love so much, to the jewel tones of their wedding party. The smoke cleared, the rain stayed away, and the sun even came out to play for a bit in this beautiful wedding that perfectly captured Jessi and Tim’s love for each other and this special place. From the moment I arrived to their sneaky second solo dance right as I was leaving, this wedding pulled on all my heartstrings.
Thank you for having me. More to come, I promise.
I’m a sucker for small weddings, and I love when my couples pick dates that are special to them. Mandy and Nick were married on Wednesday — on Mandy’s grandparents’ 50th anniversary. The rain stopped falling just in time, and when I left, they were all still dancing the night away.
Oh! And check out these gorgeous new twinkle lights outside at Commellini Estate!! I can’t wait to share more from this sweet wedding.
PS – Mandy & Nick told me they didn’t have any professional photos of the two of them together. Here’s to many many more. :)
So happy that my 2016 wedding season ended with Malain & Lucas‘s sweet Arbor Crest wedding last weekend. The weather was perfect – just a touch of fall – and these two high school sweethearts were surrounded by so many friends and family as they tied the knot.
I can’t wait to share more of these soon!