There was something about Katie + Jack from the moment they inquired. Before I even responded I knew I had to get to know these two and photograph them. HAD TO. They have so much zest and enthusiasm for life it comes out right away even in text. I immediately fell in love with them. They’re planning the most beautiful backyard wedding on Lake Washington next summer and it’s just gonna be a dream.

We met up at Saint Edward Park on Lake Washington outside Seattle, WA last week and they brought they’re freaking adorable fur baby, Mac. I want to keep him so bad. Just the cutest thing and Katie + Jack are the best puppy parents ever! We ran through the woods with their pup as gloomy clouds rolled in and the rain fell, not a care in the world. I asked them to run into an embrace, whatever felt natural. Katie instantly jumped on Jack and then without asking they decided we needed to do this again and again each time she came at him a little different. The spider monkey jump. A totally unexpected side jump. We laughed the whole time. They’re total kids at heart. Wanting to walk on every log, explore around every corner, throw up gang signs. I was enjoying it so much I just watched and photographed in awe. Literally jaw on the floor excited about these two.

At the beginning Katie asked if I’d be up for this other idea at the end. I didn’t care what it was, I was in. They asked if we’d go to this total dive bar near where Jack grew up and his dad goes to have a drink with friends for as long as he can remember. Hells yes. We went in grabbed a drink and they snuggled up in the back corner booth being total goof balls. I loved it. I want to do it again!!!

Katie + Jack, you babes! You’re amazing! I CAN NOT WAIT FOR NEXT SUMMER!!!

 

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Franklin Falls Seattle WA Engagement Photos Couple Embracing in Waterfall Mist

The world really is a small place. Quinn emailed me about photographing her winter wedding in Montana and an engagement session in Seattle and as soon as I saw her last name I thought what are the chances this girl is from little Dillon, Montana. Sure enough she is. Her younger sister and I went to school for a while and her younger bro and my younger sister were in the same grade.  It’s so fun having crazy connections with couples.

Jake and Quinn are planning this amazing winter wedding. I can’t wait, it’s gonna be awesome. We started talking about their engagement photos in Seattle and I threw out the idea of hiking in to Franklin Falls near Snoqualmie Pass. Just an idea. And a couple weeks later I asked them what they wanted to do and their hearts were set on this little adventure to the waterfall. I was so pumped and this last weekend headed over to Seattle for it.

Pacific northwest forests are enchanted. It’s so beautiful how green and fresh it always is. The sun shined down after days of rain giving us the most amazing light. It was a photographer’s dream! And then we reached the roaring waterfall. It’s so much taller in person. All of us took a moment to just stand in awe. The mist sprayed so far back and with the sun in the background looks like glitter in the air. I can’t make this stuff up you guys! It was perfect! Then adding in Quinn and Jake, ohmygosh! Jake smiled and laughed the whole time. Also a photographer’s dream to have a guy just having fun and loving it instead of just getting through a shoot haha. I was excited about their wedding before but I’m even more so now!!!

And what the heck I need to explore the Pac Northwest a whole lot more. It’s stunning!

XOXO

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Green Gates at Flowing Lake Seattle WA Wedding Bride and Groom Holding Hands

Erin and Nat’s love story is quite possibly my favorite of all time. How an Australian came to the US and was lovestruck by a gorgeous girl from Seattle but she wasn’t interested in anything more than being friends. He pursued her for a year and a half as she continued to say no not interested in dating. And finally on a trip to Australia he asked her again if she would be his girlfriend and date him to which she once again said no thanks. And after not talking for a few days Erin decided she couldn’t leave Australia this way. That what the heck, even though she thought she had a plan for her life at the moment, why not give this dating Nat a try. What’s the worse that could happen, they’d go back to being friends? But really how was this going to work with an ocean separating them.

But, they made it work. Nat eventually even moved to Vancouver, BC so he could be closer to Erin. And after he crafted a little row boat he took Erin out in it and proposed to her on Flowing Lake. And a couple weeks ago they shared the most heartfelt vows to each other at Green Gates at Flowing Lake and made this thing official.

With everyone on Nat’s side of the bridal party being from Australia, other than Erin’s brother, I joked that their stubbornness would make me never photograph another Australian wedding. Nat actually told me no at one point. People don’t tell me no…. And I don’t accept it lol. But truthfully I’d love to photograph Australians every week. They were so much fun. And it’s clear that Nat has been mesmerized by Erin. And although it took her longer to realize what they are and what they could be she’s equally madly in love with him.

Erin and Nat THANK YOU SO MUCH for bringing me to Seattle to photograph your incredible wedding. I’d do it every day!!! I’m excited to see where life takes the two of you, it’s bound to be a grand adventure!

 

XOXO

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Seattle WA Backyard Same Sex Gay Wedding Photo Couple Hugging

Matt & Bryant asked me to photograph their engagement session last summer. I met them at a trailhead for a bit of an adventure and immediately fell in love with them. These two love life and put a smile on the face of everyone around them. We chatted during the session a little about their upcoming wedding at Matt’s parents just outside of Seattle WA but just the basic wedding chat.

And then a few months ago Matt messaged asking if I’d come. I had actually marked that weekend as an OFF weekend since my 30th birthday was just a couple days before and I planned to be in Vancouver BC. But when he asked I had to say yes. And I think it was meant to be since it coincided with me being nearby anyway.

Matt’s parents house is BEAUTIFUL! They put so much work into flowers and trees, a pond, water feature, a gazebo with a fireplace and built in bbq. It was amazing. And it was perfect for Matt & Bryant. They surrounded themselves with just their closest family and friends. You can just glance at the them and see the love they all share for each other. It was one of the most beautiful celebrations I have ever been apart of. A celebration of acceptance and love. Simple. I’m so grateful to have witnessed it. 

Congratulations you two!!!!! So excited to share these!!

XOXO

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