Ryann & Jeremy | Nature's Connection Place | Arlington Wedding Photography

Ryann & Jeremy | Nature's Connection Place | Arlington Wedding Photography

Ryann and Jeremy were probably one of the most relaxed couples I've had the pleasure to photograph over the years.  Every interaction between them was just so effortless and joyful. Their connection was so genuine and they'd just be giddy whenever they looked at each other.  They were married at Nature's Connection Place in Arlington outside in a beautiful garden.  Guests enjoyed stone fired pizzas and a Baskin Robbins ice cream bar as they danced the night away!  Many hugs to the new Mr. and Mrs.  It was a delight! 

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Julie & David | Cap Sante + Seafarers' Memorial Park | Anacortes Wedding Photography

Julie & David | Cap Sante + Seafarers' Memorial Park | Anacortes Wedding Photography

Mount Baker was standing proud in the background on the most stunning afternoon when Julie and David were married in Anacortes. With a first look at Cap Sante overlooking their ceremony site at Seafarers' Memorial Park, the couple shared an intimate moment before joining their families and becoming husband and wife.  Not only did they exchange vows and rings, but they serenaded each other under during the ceremony to a beautiful rendition of "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts.  It was a lovely afternoon full of joy, and I was thrilled to be there the document it.

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Abby & Ryan | Deception Pass Elopement | Whidbey Island Wedding Photographer

Abby & Ryan | Deception Pass Elopement | Whidbey Island Wedding Photographer

Marrying into the military means a life full of unpredictability, flexibility and adventure!  And Ryan and Abby's new life together will be no exception!  Not only is Ryan getting deployed with the Navy, but Abby will soon be joining him to begin their journey as husband and wife stationed in JAPAN!  I met this darling couple Friday morning at Deception Pass where they had a private and beautiful elopement ceremony.  They had an intimate vow exchange married by a family friend, and then walked the beaches through the pacific mist as a newly married couple.

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Party of 6 | Whidbey Island Family Session | Fort Nugent Park

Party of 6 | Whidbey Island Family Session | Fort Nugent Park

I love working with this family.  I first met Katy and Kyle when they had just brought their newborn twins home for an in-home lifestyle session.  This time we were able to connect again with their whole crew, and it was so adorable watching the big brothers love up on their siblings.  And when there's 4 kiddos, 2 of them super active, what better place to have a photo-shoot than at the park!

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4 Generations | In Home Lifestyle Session | Anacortes Family Photographer

4 Generations | In Home Lifestyle Session | Anacortes Family Photographer

The bond between a family is a powerful thing, and how amazing is it to know from day 1 that you have a line of strong, caring, and committed women surrounding you with love.  This Anacortes lifestyle session was so special because baby girl not only was wrapped up in her mother's arms, but also the arms of her grandmother and great-grandmother!  4 generations together, loving up on this sweet little lady.

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Together Again | NAS Whidbey Island Reunion | Homecoming Photography

Together Again | NAS Whidbey Island Reunion | Homecoming Photography

The story of the military family is one of strength, resilience, and love.  It's one of unpredictable phone calls, trying to explain to little ones why daddy or mommy can't tuck them in at night, and count downs of days until being reunited.  It's also a story of joy.  The excitement and anticipation of being able to have a conversation face to face, the camaraderie and bond you make with your fellow military families, and the pure elation across both parent and kiddos face when finally in arms reach of each other.

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Rosario Beach Romance | Roman Inspired Wedding Feast | Anacortes, Washington

Rosario Beach Romance | Roman Inspired Wedding Feast | Anacortes, Washington

Last night's stylized session was a dream come true!  A few months ago my wildly talented photographer friend Kim (of The Big Day) and I were catching up at Whibey Coffee, and a vision of collaborating on a Roman inspired wedding shoot began to evolve.  We imagined the rocky cliffs of Rosario Beach and a beautiful bride in a gorgeous flowing gown standing upon the rocks at sunset...

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Tiffany & Jon Married at Sea | Whale Watching Wedding off the San Juan Islands | Anacortes Wedding Photographer

Tiffany & Jon Married at Sea | Whale Watching Wedding off the San Juan Islands | Anacortes Wedding Photographer

Talk about the epitome of the PNW at its finest!  Usually the turquoise waters surrounding our island are in the distant background of photos, but for this maritime wedding, it set the scene for one of the most unique ceremonies I've photographed.  Tiffany and Jon celebrated their I-do's surrounded by their closest family and friends on a whale watching tour boat docked out of Anacortes.  For about 3 hours we cruised the open waters, passing bald eagles and various densely forested islands I didn't even know existed, until we came to a stop to watch an orca pod breaching and tail slapping in the distance and eventually coming right alongside the boat. 

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Columbia College Class of 2017 | NASWI | Oak Harbor Photographer

Columbia College Class of 2017 | NASWI | Oak Harbor Photographer

I get teary at weddings....it's just what I do. The pure joy, the heightened emotions, the candid moments...So who knew I'd also be turning on the water works at a graduation celebration?! Photographing Columbia College's graduating class of 2017 at NAS Whidbey Island was such a moving experience.  I loved hearing the students' personal stories of what their degree meant to them, watching the ceremony unfold, and documenting the pride and sense of accomplishment on not only their faces, but also on the faces of their loved ones. 

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Taylor & Caleb | Fort Ebey Engagement Session | Whidbey Island Photographer

Taylor & Caleb | Fort Ebey Engagement Session | Whidbey Island Photographer

Taylor & Caleb's PNW engagement session was the first time I actually was able to meet this darling couple in person.  I had spoken to Taylor a few months ago on the phone as she was out of state, planning a wedding back in Arkansas while engaged to a handsome fella stationed here at NAS Whidbey Island.  Engagement photos were scheduled during her recent visit to the island, and I totally hit the jackpot with a couple who not only were so natural and photogenic in front of the camera, but who were also up for an adventure of exploring Fort Ebey in less than ideal weather.  

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