After 10 years of being married to a pilot myself, I've come to realize that aviation seems manifest in so many different areas of our lives. That's why I was so excited to head south to Kenmore Air for Jennifer and Jason's engagement session.
This pilot and his beautiful bride-to-be Liz recently relocated to Oak Harbor after being stationed at NAS Whidbey Island. Their easy going demeanors paired with their genuine chemistry and wide smiles made them an absolute delight to photograph.
There is something just so breathtakingly romantic about elopements here in the Pacific Northwest. The sea and sky as witness to private vows, the rocky cliffs and wooded trails as picturesque backdrops, and the golden summer light that lingers until 9:00pm.
I'm pretty sure the only times there weren't ear-to-ear smiles across everyone's faces at this intimate Whidbey Island elopement was when there were emotional tears of happiness being shed. The joy and love between Paul and Bethany was just contagious as they said their vows beach side here in Oak Harbor in front of a small handful of loved ones.
In a whirlwind week, we said aloha and goodbye to Hawaii after an amazing trip to Kauai for Ben and Rebekah's beachfront wedding. In fact, my tan (and this freckly Irish girl uses the word "tan" loosely) hasn't even faded yet, and yet I couldn't wait to get looking through their gallery of their incredible day.
I'm pretty convinced that there's no more beautiful of a place than Whidbey Island in the summer. The light drips golden warmth, the scenery is spectacular, and the terrain is so diverse. The Navy recently brought newly engaged couple Marrem & Mark to Oak Harbor, and while they'll be getting married out of state next year, they opted for Rosario Beach for couples' photos before their I-Do's.
Sasha and Nick came all the way from Oregon for their engagement session on Whidbey Island, and so because of their travel, we weren't going to let a little rain get in the way! However, right before the shoot began, the clouds parted and made way for the most beautiful, rich and dynamic sky.
Talk about chemistry! These two were on fire during their couples' session! The connection between Christine and Adam during their shoot made photographing them a blast....and the gorgeous Whidbey Island landscapes in the background didn't hurt either.
It may have felt like winter during this Anacortes engagement session, but you'd never know it from the photos! The chilly wind gave so much movement and life to the still photographs, and once again Rosario's dynamic background was the perfect spot for photos together.
I can say without hesitation that Whidbey Island is the most beautiful place I've ever lived. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I'm lucky enough to call this location home, and for a photographer, this place is a total dream!
I have long been intrigued by historic places, particularly homes that have been long abandoned. There's something so beautiful and melancholy about seeing a structure that once provided shelter and comfort, now being run down by nature's elements.
After moving to Oak Harbor, I heard the term "island time" get tossed around quite often...especially when comparing to the mainland. It was used to describe why movers were late, or the line at the post office, or even service at a local restaurant.
Joining two lives together in marriage is always the start of an adventure, but when the military is involved, it's taken to a whole other level where flexibility, patience and a good sense of humor is always needed. I was originally scheduled to photograph Claire & Carl's off-island wedding late this October,
I love autumn on Whidbey Island, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning warm hues, and there's such a sense of beauty when the seasons are right on the cusp of change. I first met Kristen and Jason around this time last year for holiday photos,
Engagement sessions are always the best way to get to know a couple before their big day. We get to explore, laugh and chat in a relaxed environment, all with some stellar Pacific NorthWest backdrops behind us. Nadine and Luke are getting married close to the Canadian border this summer, and they ventured down to the Whidbey Island area for some photos down at Deception Pass.
Young love, finally reunited after months of separation...what could be sweeter? After a few setbacks and delays, Casey was finally able to fly home to his beautiful girlfriend Kaityln who traveled from the east coast to be there for his Navy homecoming.
Everything about Ashley & Dave's historic mansion wedding was completely swoon-worthy. From the monogramed robes, immaculate garden landscape, incredible floral arrangements to the sparkler-send off, start it was an incredible day start to finish. The weekend was a total whirlwind.
These two were so electric, narrowing down favorites was almost impossible. This radiating session down at Rosario Beach was such an amazing experience. From the way Omar looked at Cearra, the sun beams illuminating her hair, the dynamic background and the beautiful golden dress she wore, the whole shoot was just perfect.
It's such a cliche', but I swear the older I get, the faster time goes. These moments of toddlerhood, childhood curiosity, snuggles and dependence are so fleeting, which makes photographs so important. I loved shooting Leo's first birthday cake smash photos. His mom, dad and grandmother all adore this little boy and it totally shows in the photographs.
he connection between mother and daughter is such a fiercely strong and powerful thing. AJ reached out a few months ago to set up a session to surprise her mom with a portrait session. Willow is a photographer herself, and both of her daughters are artistic women, so it was such a wonderful experience to collaborate with a trio who brought so much creativity and beauty to the scene.
Whidbey Island is gorgeous. It's rugged, dynamic and free. The turquoise waters envelope us, and snow capped mountains stand tall in the distance, even in summer. So when this darling family contacted me to ask about a session while visiting Washington from their home in California, I knew the scenery here would not disappoint. We met at Deception Pass and explored the coves, beaches and trails together. Their two daughters were the stars of the show, sharing huge smiles, giggles and laughter.
Everything about this Whidbey Island wedding ceremony was magic. From Angie & Erik's first look deep in Fort Ebey's beautiful forest, to their I-Do's at the historic Crockett Farm in Coupeville, the whole day just transitioned from one memorable moment to the next. The couple exchanged private letters with each other before walking down the aisle and becoming husband and wife. Guests drank signature cocktails and played lawn games before creating custom hamburgers catered by Front Street Grill.
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!
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.