Anyone remember Jamie + Melissa‘s gorgeous wedding up at Priest Lake from last spring? Gosh, it was such an absolutely perfect day, and I’ve been thinking ever since last May about what to say for this post.
Jamie + Melissa reached out to me long distance from Florida. They are both in the Navy, but wanted to get married in Idaho, where Melissa is from. We sent a lot of emails back and forth over the months, and chatted a couple times on Skype (with most of our pets making appearances) before I drove up to Priest Lake for their wedding. We were prepared for all sorts of weather, but ended up with the most gorgeous spring day. From the moment of their sweet and emotional first look, to the beautiful vows and the epic dance party, this wedding was one for the books. Jamie + Melissa had family and friends come from all over, and from all different parts of their lives. I think one of the things I love most about weddings is that you finally get to have all the people you love in your lives together. And, for Melissa and Jamie, they got to bring them all to Priest Lake and Hill’s Resort, which made the day even more sweet for them.
Thank you two for having me up at Priest Lake for your wedding! It was a joy to meet you both in person, to meet your wonderful families, and all your friends!! Check out all the wonderful vendors at the end of the post!
Venue + Catering: Hill’s Resort at Priest Lake // Hair & Makeup: Friend // Officiant: Friend // Florist: Floral Traditions // DJ: Chad Yount // Clothing: Men’s Warehouse + David’s Bridal
I have so much to share about this absolutely adorable couple, but I’m going to save that for their full post later. I will say this: Melissa started choking up from the moment Jamie started down the aisle with her dad (after doing a first look) and I don’t think there was a single dry eye by the end of the ceremony. I was even crying!
Melissa + Jamie, I can’t wait to share more images with you and your families soon!
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
Sara emailed me last fall to tell me about this crazy idea she and Joel had: they were going to rent a cabin for a weekend at a lake in Idaho and get married. Would I photograph their elopement?
And then she tells me: oh, yeah, we want to get married on Leap Day. What a fun idea! And so, over the next few months, we emailed back and forth. We met up when they came out to Idaho (from Montana) to get their license, we met up for lunch. And it was such a blast to witness their simple, heartfelt, ceremony.
This was, to date, my smallest wedding ever. These two, the officiant, their two pups, and myself, witnessing their love. I’ll be posting a bit more about eloping in the Pacific Northwest later this year, but needless to say, I’m here to photograph your wedding – no matter how big or small – and help you bring your vision to life.
Sara & Joel, thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for trusting me with your memories, for welcoming me into your little home for the weekend, and letting me love on your puppies. It was a joy to meet you both, you made this my most memorable Leap Day ever! :)
When Annie walked up to me at the Bridal Show last year, I knew I liked her. And then, I got to sit down with both Annie & Zach a few days later, and I had the best time. Annie and Zach had a clear idea of what they wanted from their wedding – something small and casual – and their wedding was perfectly that. They rented a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene, the groom arrived by paddle boat while singing The Final Countdown, and hired Patty’s Tacos to come out and cater the dinner, which was amazing. Even when it threatened to rain, and the taco truck was late because of mechanical problems, Annie & Zach just went with it. There was no stress, just lots of friends and family and love.
Annie & Zach, thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding, for making me laugh and cry with your beautiful vows. It’s been so wonderful to get to know you both, and to meet your lovely families. <3