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. 

Oh Happy Daehns!

M&Z .... You two are a riot. I love the love you have for each other, but first and foremost - your friendship. This day was so special and I know first hand how much this day meant to you, and your families. It was beautiful. Effortless. Timeless. You two are perfect for one and other and I couldn't have been more grateful to kick off 2017 with you. Much love!

B&B, the start to forever

Dear Britt & Brett,

I hope you know how much it means to me when a close friend of mine asks me to not only witness their big day, but to document it. Everything could and tried to go wrong that day, but you both just let it roll off of your backs, and enjoyed every moment of each other, and your family & friends surrounding you. You are beautiful individuals, and I know it's cliche sounding... but you're perfect individuals for each other. You compliment each other in a way not many do. Thank you for having me create such beautiful images and thank you for being my friends. 

A big shout out to those who helped with the little (but very important) things....

Location: Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Make up: Alyssa Walsh, Hair: Tara Fromm

The skies above are blue...

....My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you.... <3

When you meet another person that you so oddly connect with....It makes days like this so much more special. I met Megan a little over 2 years ago, and she instantly became one of the best humans I know. She is the most kind, genuine, heart warming soul that walks this earth. She will do anything for anyone and not think twice about it. She puts everyone before herself. Knowing that she had found a best friend in Mike, someone that lets her be her, and never takes her for granted is the best thing to be apart of. 

Now to get to the mushy stuff. You two fit each other so perfectly, and make me believe that "true love" exists. I am not just saying that. I envy the familiarity and the constant push to make it work from you both. The work is what makes it last. The way you compliment each other, build each other up, and help each other achieve your dreams inspires us all. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and then some!!!! .... for letting me be apart of your start to forever. It was such a beautiful and elegant day. I appreciate it more than you know. It was so fun!!! 

Your love, it's my truth.

I've always wanted to photograph  a wedding in the Palouse. This wedding couldn't have made my dreams come more true. Our setting was the BEAUTIFUL Latah Schoolhouse, which is a place I recommend considering for your event. The staff did such an incredible job, I can't say enough good things about them. 

I met Rachel and Taylor last year when they hired me to do their fun engagement photos with their puppies. If anyone knows me, telling me you want me to play with your dogs for an hour while doing what I love is the way to my heart. These two are a GORGEOUS couple... and I mean GORGEOUS. They made my job very easy... more so, because they are so incredibly and genuinely in love with each other that it was obvious. They were my 3rd to last wedding of the season, and I have to tell you - it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I've ever witnessed. They both shared what they loved most about one and other, but made it apparent that their strong bond would hold them through anything. Their beautiful families shared beautiful words with us all as well,  and really set the bar. I hope you both know how much you have inspired me in my own relationship just from sharing that day with you. I can't say thank you enough. Much love.

...and I thought I loved you then

Rain or shine, these two were determined to have the most magical day possible. I feel they exceeded expectations. The beautiful vows surrounded us all while we shared this special day filled with joy and family. Kristina - you made one stunning bride, and you and your groom deserve a forever filled with all of the love the world can offer. I hope the two of you know how truly blessed you are to have found another soul so compatible for the other. Relish in your new journey and enjoy every second of it. I wish you two nothing but the best, thank you for such a fun rainy lovely day. I will never forget it! 

In my life - I love you more.

To my dear friends Cody and Katie -

Watching two people raise a child in love is so inspiring to me. Knowing Cody my entire life, and seeing him marry the love of his life - is even more inspiring. The good, the goofy, the family bond you have created and embraced gives me hope and makes me look forward to my future. Please know how incredibly deserving the two of you are, and know that you'll have my support forever. Here is to you two and your beautiful baby girl making your family just a little bit more official than it already was, and here is to your bright journey full of happiness and love...and lots of laughter. 

Love knows no barriers

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

I am so thankful to know this family. I have been apart of two weddings now, Rick's son Rhett got married last year in Kauai, and I was lucky enough to be apart of it... and now Rick has found his mate for his soul. Kim, you were one of the most exquisite brides i've ever had the pleasure of working with. The entire day was magic. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your perfect day. Much love.