23 Sep 2016
16 Aug 2016
Holly an Jason’s classic black and white wedding found the perfect backdrop in the M.V. Skansonia! A refurbished ferry boat docked on the northeast shore of Lake Union in Seattle, the Skansonia’s crisp black-and-white color scheme created a stylish and timeless backdrop for a romantic nautical wedding. Holly wore a gorgeous one-shoulder lace gown with a black sash, her blonde hair gathered into a feminine chignon of curls and braids topped with a birdcage veil. The bridesmaids wore elegant floor-length plum gowns, and Jason and his groomsmen used touches of purple in their ensembles as well.
4 Aug 2016
On a golden late-spring day at Lake Crescent Lodge, we created a romantic tableau featuring mixed metallics and subtle florals to complement the historic setting in Washington State’s Olympic National Park. It almost goes without saying that Lake Crescent is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I grew up going to “the Lake” for swimming days during the summer, hiking and camping, and it’s part of my landscape of memory as far back as I can remember. Lake Crescent is an unusually deep, sapphire blue lake nestled in the Olympic Mountains west of Port Angeles, Washington. Being so deep and cold, it’s color is startlingly blue due to lack of the nitrogen that would usually support the growth of algae.
If you’ve ever been to a wedding at Lake Crescent, you know that it feels like stepping out of time into a parallel reality where the most urgent thing on the agenda is what time of day you should take a canoe out on the water. Cabins dot the lakeshore, much of which is now protected by Olympic National Park, though enough residents and vacationers remain to foster a sense of lakeside community. The waves are usually ruffled by a breath of evergreen-scented air, and the sunlight dances across the azure waters like laughter.
Art Nouveau and the history of the region were the inspiration behind this wedding editorial at Lake Crescent Lodge, which itself dates to 1914 and was visited by Theodore Roosevelt during his tour of the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to showcase the best local vendors of the North Olympic Peninsula against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Northwest evergreen forests and sapphire glacial lake. The Lodge sits on a small promontory in Lake Crescent called Barnes Point, enjoying western exposure and the shelter of tall conifers. The incredible blue-green colors of the glacial lake water inspired the color palette off aquamarine and dusty greens, set off by a hint of rose and ivory. Lake Crescent Lodge is an historical property that hosts weddings and travelers throughout the summer months, and it was the loveliest backdrop for an Art Nouveau inspired wedding day. I loved being able to showcase the incredible work of all the vendors involved!
Gold and copper accents paired beautifully with the soft greens of eucalyptus and mint, enhancing the natural textures of burlap, linen, and foliage. Candlelight, simple florals, and metallics served to elevate the rustic, timeless glamour of the historic venue. The emphasis was firmly on local vendors contributing the best of our work available on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
Our vision came to life through the beautiful styling by Rae Anne from Fancy That Party, thoughtful coordination from Breva of Love Note Services, impeccable skill of Bernadette from Beautiful You Makeup Artistry, elegant hairstyling from Monica Salazar, stunning gown and dapper menswear from Black Diamond Bridal, seasonal floral bouquet and boutonniere from Angel Crest Gardens, lovely cake from Raindrop Desserts, charming invitation suite from Dear Emma Stationary, classic jewelry from both Black Diamond Bridal and Solar City Boutique, and endless patience and sweetness from our gracious models Kayla and Kelly Gould! Gabe and Chloe from Bello Pictures were a delightful presence during the shoot, and their work is a wonderful complement to the photography! Charlea from Aramark/Olympic National Park was invaluable in allowing us to use the property at Lake Crescent Lodge, and Michael the General Manager at the Lodge was incredibly helpful as well.
We hope you enjoy the beautiful setting of Lake Crescent, the historic Lodge, and the beautiful work from talented, passionate Olympic Peninsula wedding vendors!
26 Jul 2016
Even after years of having a spouse in classes at the University of Washington, through undergrad and now graduate courses, I still managed to forget just how beautiful the UW campus can be. Especially on a balmy summer evening! Of course UW is famous for its cherry blossoms, Red Square, and Suzzalo Library, but there are a thousand hidden nooks and corners to explore and the most amazing, lush landscaping to take advantage of as well! The University of Washington campus is a special place for Wendy and Jon, as they’re both alums of the respected Seattle school. We spent a delightful couple hours wandering through the Quad, the Grieg Garden, made a visit to Drumheller fountain and the adjacent rose garden, and the Sylvan Theater with its striking columns. And we could have easily spent another few hours exploring! Wendy and Jon’s sweet pup Hina (pronounced hee-nah) came along with us and helpfully posed for a few photo ops! She was such a sweet, energetic presence and kept us laughing throughout the session. What I loved most was the way Jon could make Wendy laugh, and her sweet smile was the highlight of the whole session! They’re getting married at J.M Cellars in less than a month and I’m so excited to see them again soon!
21 Jul 2016
This little girl is such a delightful bundle of love and a dash of attitude! I only do a couple of newborn sessions each year, so when my sweet friend and former bride Emily asked me to photograph her second baby, I was so excited! Okay, I *may* have strongly hinted that I would just be showing up with my camera and a basket if she didn’t ask, and Emily so sweetly allowed me to photograph little Anna! I like to keep newborn sessions really simple, with pretty minimal posing and props. Give me a window, a basket, and some white blankets and I’m a happy girl! Anna, however, wasn’t so sure about this portrait session at first. She was very alert for being just a few days old, and it took a little rocking and snuggling with mama to sooth her to sleep. One of my favorite images is the one where she opened her eyes slightly with a little frown, as if to say, “What is going on here?!” Once we let her stretch her little arms up over her head though, she was perfectly relaxed and content! Welcome to the world, little one!