I don't remember me, before you. {A&C}

Where do I even begin?

Alina and I hit it off immediately. We met almost 2 years prior to this special day. We talked, we planned, we belly laughed… and before we knew it - it was here! Cole & Alina moved from the Spokane area to Seattle, where Cole is apart of the Seattle fire department! A huge transition, but ultimately this gorgeous wedding day brought them back home to Spokane. Ms. Kalins Barn in Green Bluff was nothing short of stunning, and the smoky weather did not stop us from capturing their perfect moments together. From start to finish, you could feel the love. Their bridal party had me cracking up the entire day - yes, that means YOU Jesse, the professional cross stitcher!

I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, and to the moon and back - how much I adore you two. I can’t wait to create more monumental memories with you. I am very thankful for our friendship and the time we’ve spent together. Your wedding day was PERFECT.

Vendor Information:

  • Venue: Ms. Kalins Barn - Green Bluff, WA.

  • Dress: Marcella’s Bridal

  • Cake: Sunshine Hanke

  • Doughnuts: Casual Friday Doughnuts

  • Flowers: Amy Wall of Salt of the Earth - Cashmere, WA.

  • DJ: On the go DJ Pro, Anthony Perez

  • Band: Junk Belly

  • Make up & Hair: McKenna Swanson of McKenna Jane Artistry

Rivers and Roads {T&E}

Rivers til' I reach you... 

This day was straight out of a movie. Emily and I had a fast friendship. We'd been talking and planning this perfect day for a long time. It could not have come together in a more absolute way than it did. I usually hold my composure well throughout weddings while I am hiding behind my camera.. but today was different. I can truly say I have never felt more present, raw, perfect love than I did this day. The passion these two humans have for each other is something we all search for. Tyler, I have never seen a man love a woman the way you love Emily. You are the man of her dreams and it was so very apparent from the moment she started telling me about you.

The wildfire smoke really set the tone for this wild romance. The setting was a beautiful venue up in Greenbluff with the most beautiful backdrop to share in the start to forever for Emily & Tyler. I hope you both know how blessed you are to have found one and other. You are so blessed with so many friends. So many family members. So much LOVE. I appreciate you both and your souls so much and wish you nothing but happiness and love for your future, wherever it may take you ... let your spark fly. 

  • Venue: Cannons Edge
  • Day of Coordination & Flowers - Those Girls
  • Dress: Annas Boutique (Alexandria, VA)
  • DJ: Cindy Grosbush
  • Catering: Couple of Chefs
  • Desserts: Marcellas, Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Make up artist: Evelyn Mauro
  • Hair Stylist: Heather Schmick Bridal Hair

Home is wherever I'm with you. {N&T}

Where do I even begin? I met Natalie through her older sister. Karlee and I became quick friends and have an incredible friendship that I will cherish forever. Natalie was home from college, and needed some headshots to send out as announcements that she was graduating from OSU! We instantly connected, and laughed, and trekked around in the forest behind Karlees house. Timmy was with her, and quickly, I knew that they were perfect for each other. Natalie and Timmy are two of the goofiest people I have ever known. They compliment each other so well in so many different ways, you'd believe that they'd known each other since they were little. They are quirky. They are hilarious. They are so in love. When they got engaged, and contacted me to photograph their engagement, I was smiling ear to ear. We wandered around Spokane Valley along the river, and it was easy to capture what is so special about them. The wedding came up quickly, and as I arrived to meet Timmy in the same place he proposed to her, to do the first look.... he was sweating. He was so nervous. You could just see how excited he was to marry the love of his life that day. I feel like it's evident how much these two adore each other. I was blessed to be able to privately witness them exchange vows, and I can tell you all right now.... I've ever experienced such a special intimate moment like that. Your wedding day was straight out of a fairy tale book, Timmy & Nat. I mean it from the bottom of my heart that I could not have enjoyed myself more, and I wish and bless you both with nothing but light and love. Your future together is so bright. <3 

From this moment. {A & R}

Driving up the backroads from Spokane Valley to Springdale was breathtaking. Every turn and gravel road, filled with sunlight bouncing off of the trees, and filling the air with love. I had only met Ashley once prior to her wedding day. We instantly connected and chatted about her love for Ronnie and what she envisioned for her day. The property - her Aunt and Uncles, was straight out of a movie scene. It is up in the backwoods of Springdale, overlooking the valley. Basically every photographers dream. It started to rain. You won't be able to really tell in any of these photos, because these two didn't even care. The second they saw each other, the magic ignited. I felt so blessed to be apart of a wedding so full of love and gratitude for each other, and each others families. They put on such a beautiful event, and I can't tell you enough how much fun I had spending the day with these folks.

Ashley & Ronnie, thank you so much for letting me tell your love story. I will cherish these beautiful images, and I hope we can make more memories in the future! Cheers! :) 

Speechless. (D&M)

It's always on a night like tonight
I think that you can read my mind
'Cause when you look at me with those eyes
I'm speechless
Staring at you, standing there in that dress
What it's doing to me, ain't a secret
'Cause watching you is all that I can do
And I'm speechless
You already know that you're my weakness
After all this time I'm just as nervous
Every time you walk into the room
I'm speechless

Every single wedding I photograph, I fall in love all over again with my job. I fall in love with the people I meet, with the decor, with the venues... with the light when it's just right. This wedding was no exception. But, this wedding POURED rain, all day from start to finish. BUT, the best part of these photos and memories we have created is that you literally would never know, because every ounce of happiness from every person apart of this day pours through each image.

These two love each other. And that is the understatement of the century. What they have is rare. I met Melissa a couple years ago, and it happened to be the day after her first date with DJ. She told me that day that she knew she was going to marry him. I always imagine that people "don't actually know" ..... but she knew. And he knew just as much. It's cliche - but it truly makes me believe that your person is really out there, and you just have to be patient. I loved getting to know both sides of their families - they were so incredibly gracious and warm to me.... and I loved getting to spend the day with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. All of love from all of these personalities is just overwhelming and humbling. Thank you both for making me apart of your family. I will never be able to thank you guys enough for having me be apart of this perfect day. 

Thank god, I'm yours....

"I came to life when I first kissed you
The best me has his arms around you
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I'm yours...


The worst me is just a long gone memory
You put a new heartbeat inside of me
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I'm yours..."

These are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I was blessed to be recommended by word of mouth, and I couldn't be more thankful. I had never done a LDS wedding before, and I truly had such a lovely time. The temple was stunning to photograph, as well as the grounds.... and the venue set up was incredible - the brides mom is incredible! I hope you both had an amazing time on your getaway to the Oregon Coast... I am so jealous and wish you would have packed me in your suitcase! Here is a little preview from your incredible day... Enjoy!!!

"Soul meets soul on lovers lips"

Some of the most romantic moments I've been apart of, have been private ceremonies. This was no short of a perfect day. Laura was referred to me by a mutual friend. We chatted over a few weeks sharing in ideas and thoughts about her special day. I knew we were a perfect match artistically.

These two met under very normal circumstances - at the gym. And I LOVE THAT. That is how all love should happen. It should be normal. It shouldn't be forced. It should be exactly how you are.

One of my favorite quotes goes as follows... (obviously from the Princess Bride, because it's only one of the best movies that's ever existed.)  

“Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”

The way this man looks at this woman is what every girl imagines and dreams about. And I could say the same for how she looks back at him. I just want to say congratulations x 1 million to the both of you. Thank you for having me be apart of such a beautiful, raw, intimate moment that I will forever cherish. You are both so lucky. 

Bridal & Beauty Girls Night Out!

Last night I was apart of my first Bridal Show, and it could not have been more fun! I love supporting small businesses and shopping local myself, so meeting a wide variety of lovely folks that are in the same realm & industry I am was totally right up my alley! Between the food, the dessert, the other artists and clothing boutiques.... I can't tell you how fun of a time it was. I ran a little photo booth for all of the wonderful folks that came out to show their support, and snapped a few photos of some of the local vendors. I will post some of them below that I was able to snag some photos of! I hope to do another event like this soon. ALWAYS support small & local. It's how our economy thrives, and how we are able to do what we love.

Audrey's: https://www.facebook.com/audreysaboutique/

Lexi Lou Jewels: https://www.facebook.com/lexiloujewels/

Paisley Prints: https://www.facebook.com/groups/357686144573798/

Cosmic Cowboy Grill: https://www.facebook.com/CosmicCowboyGrill/

Marsells Cakes & Desserts: https://www.facebook.com/Marsells-Cakes-and-Desserts-86076768762/

Decor-A-Tables: https://www.facebook.com/DecorATables/

Prairie Home Farm - Lil Punkin' Pie Co: https://www.facebook.com/Prairie-Home-Farm-Lil-Punkin-Pie-Co

Other amazing vendors that were apart of the event: Young Living, Lipsense, Crystal Madsen Photography, Brian Wood Photo, Make up by Alyssa Walsh, Natural Tans, Hair by Heather Smith, Total Body Boutique, etc. 

Thank you to everyone that came by, to the McGinnity room - one of my new favorite venues, and all of the wonderful small businesses that participated! I truly had a lovely time! 

steady as we go....

There aren't enough words to sum up how it feels being apart of a lifetime friends special day. Alex and I became friends in Elementary school, and have grown up an arms length apart. She has grown into a strong, beautiful and independent woman. And the most incredible mother.

And then she met Jeremy. It is like the world shifted. Being around these two, and seeing the love and support between each other is inspiring. But do you want to know what the most beautiful part of this story is? The love that Jeremy has for her son Braydon. It brings tears to my eyes going through these photos and seeing the love and family dynamic between the three of them. The world may not have originally brought you two together, but in the end, you are exactly where you were made to be. And you are raising the most beautiful little boy. My hat is off to you guys. You are the epitome of what every woman/man is looking for in a significant other/relationship. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for having me document the OFFICIAL start to your forever. 

"

I walk halfway around the world
Just to sit down by your side
And I would do most anything girl
To be the apple of your eye
Troubles they may come and go but good times never go
If the road gets rocky girl just steady as we go 

Anyplace you want to go you go you know
I'll be next to you treasure you're looking for
I've searched the whole world
Through the trouble they may come and go but good times never go
So if the road gets rocky girl just steady as we go 

When the storm comes shelter me
I don't say a word anymore and you know exactly what I mean
In the darkest times you shine on me
Set me free forgive me
Steady as we go
So if you heart runs dry my love
I will fill your cup
And if your load gets heavy girl
I will lift you up
But troubles they may come and go
But good times be the gold
So if the road gets rocky girl
Just steady as we go 

Shine shine, shine on me hey"

I'm dancing in the dark with you between my arms <3

Where do I start? This was over 2 years in the making.  I found out that Kayla had previously worked at the dog daycare I took my crazy husky to, making it already a small world. We instantly connected and I felt very bonded to her from when we first took their engagement photos. This wedding day was nothing short of everything a girl could dream for. From the dress, to the venue... to the love between the bride and groom.... this was a photographers dream too. Words can't express how blessed I felt to be apart of this day, and how I will cherish these memories as one of my favorite weddings I've ever been apart of. Thank you for letting me feel like a part of your families, and thank you for choosing me to document this incredible day for you guys. Forever friends.

Tale as old as time... <3

Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight...Lead me out on the moonlit floor. Lift you open hand, strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance silvermoon's sparkling....So kiss me... <3

If you could envision the perfect backyard wedding... this would be it. Between the love these two have for each other, and all of the love the families already have for one and other... you felt right at home. Home is a great word I feel for these two, because they radiate it. They fit, and truly compliment each other in all of the ways you see in the movies. True love truly exists. Finding a partner, a best friend... and your soulmate is something that is possible. I hope that you can all see that through these beautiful images. These two ... it was just wonderful. Thank you for having me be apart of your day. Maxey & Jeff... I hope you know how lucky you are.... You guys are one in a million.... 

N + S = Forever

Sheena, you were such a beautiful bride. From start to finish, your boho backwood beautiful dream wedding is one of the books. I can honestly say I have never had more fun being out in the middle of nowhere. You gave me the most perfect backdrop, and shared such beautiful memories with me, and your loved ones. You and Nick are the epitome of adorable and I am so thankful to know you've found forever within each other. I love you and your family, and hope nothing but the best for you two.