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Jessie & Myles

A Quintessential Country Wedding

As soon as I met with Jessie and her then fiance’ Myles I felt like we clicked.  This is a couple who is both fun and charming, and so obviously in love - she is the peanut butter to his jelly.  Their sweet, summer wedding took place at Grimstad Farms in Kent Washington. On a hot perfect July day we gathered early to photograph all of the preparations that went into their big day. This venue is just so beautiful.  The owners obviously take pride in their property, and were available the whole time to lend a hand if needed. One of my favorite parts of this venue is the Bride’s getting ready room. Converted from an old silo it’s decorated with lovely antique pieces and is full of light and feminine details.

Jessie was such a gorgeous bride - she truly has a smile that lights up the room, and full genuine laugh that makes you want to join in on the joke. Her dress was perfection. The strapless style flattering her figure and the gorgeous details in the full layered skirt just adding to her fairytale princess appearance.  

Myles and his Groomsmen stoically dealt with the heat of the day, and looked more than dashing in their chocolate and tan vested suits. Opting for long ties in a complementary neutral tone the whole wedding party looked so posh and well put together.   

I really love the colors that Jessie and Myles chose for their bridal party and decor.  The hints of gold throughout the neutral, creamy pallet really gave the whole affair a touch of timeless elegance.


Together with their family and friends the ceremony took place beside the sunny pond on the Grimstad Farm property. While the reception was in the cooler, well decorated barn. The dinner was catered by Olive Garden, and their wedding cake was both pretty and delicious!  As an aficionado of wedding cake, I can confidently say that it was one of my favorites!

As the night started cooling off and the dancing began we all got to see how carefree and playful Jessie and Myles are together. From their very first dance as husband and wife, to their final cha-cha in the conga line this couple thoroughly enjoyed their guests and their reception. Everyone was on their feet dancing and celebrating together as the moon started to rise and the happy couple was whisked away to their hotel to prep for their Hawaiian Honeymoon!   

The Forysiak Family

An Autumn Eatonville Family Session

Kari is one cool chick… she’s also my Lularoe Lady! And I’m not going to lie, I love myself some leggings and tunics - so she holds a special place in my life!

Kari is a boy’s mom… these rough and rowdy boys just love their momma though! They humored mom, and we all got together at Smallwood Park, a local kid’s fishing pond in Eatonville. This fast paced mini session (it was a little cold) allowed us to capture the kid’s authentic personalities - and their sweet affection for each other and their mom and dad.

I just love these warm colors, and even though most of the leaves had shed from the trees, there was still plenty of texture and color to take advantage of. We live in such a gorgeous little town, and it always makes me happy when local families want to stay close to home for their photo session.

A great family photo can be taken in nearly any location… fields and parks are great, but even a wonderful parking lot, graffiti, or the side of a neat old building can give your photos a unique look. As a photographer I love finding places close to my client’s homes for their sessions. It’s more personal, and it creates a fun memory for them each time they go back to that location.

Red Barn Studios Engagement Session

A Red Barn Studios Engagement Session

You know what I adore… like, seriously makes me over-the-top happy?  When I get referrals. Having a couple chose me as their wedding photographer because they love their friend’s or family member’s images means so much to me.  It’s like happiness and validation, and the warm fuzzies all wrapped up together!

I really strive to build a relationship with my couples. I want to know how your wedding planning is going. I want to help support you with vendor recommendations if you need them.  I want to help you develop your timeline, and hear all about your wedding photography wish list. And once the wedding is over - I still want to know when you’re moving to a new place, or taking an epic vacation.  And if, or when you start a family my heart will give a little tug, and I’ll usually pull up your wedding photos and relive that moment for a bit. Because I LOVE this job. I love creating wedding images that mean something special to the couples who trust me to document the beginning of their journey as a married couple.

Makenzi and James met me at the Red Barn Studios in Chehalis for their early morning engagement photos.  We chose an 8 am start time because the sun is less harsh than later in the day. Plus it left the whole rest of the day for these love birds to get some breakfast and enjoy their weekend together. There’s so much to love about this venue - but can we talk about the lighting upstairs in the barn...for just a moment, can you drink it all in?  Check out this romantic dip kiss in that light! Feeling proud of this image, I won’t lie to you. I just love how warm and open the space is.

As we moved around the property we talked to the chickens - okay so I talked to the chickens, we hung out with their umm, well fed, Aussie who is sweet as can be, and we took advantage of the apple trees, the dirt road, the pretty barn doors, and the quaint outbuildings (as well as the shade they provided - it’s been hot!).  

We mixed in a few close up shots with traditional lovey-dovey “kiss that girl like you mean it” poses.  There’s always a bit of nervousness and what-do-I-do-with-my-hands moments when you’ve never been professionally photographed before.  And you know what? That’s just fine. We chat, we joke around a bit, I help you with posing and give you some guidance - and before you know it you feel like a pro in front of the camera!  

James and Makenzi came prepared in proper country attire with their boots and plaids. Even when you’re not getting dressed up in formal wear for your session professional hair and makeup makes all the difference, and Makenzi’s gorgeous red hair is just perfection - she’s going to be a seriously beautiful bride at her late summer wedding next year.  When booking your own wedding or engagement session I would be happy to provide contact information for some amazing hair and makeup artists that I love to work with like Dawn from Seattle Bridal Hair. Taking that extra step really helps ensure that you’re feeling gorgeous and fierce for your engagement photo session.

M & J

A Traditional Twist to a Modern Wedding

Megan and Lupe have been sweethearts in the truest sense of the word for years. Their long awaited wedding was a modern, colorful, family affair with a side of traditional glamour.  When I met with Megan she asked me if I was comfortable shooting a large wedding party - little did I know she meant a wedding party of 31!

I knew I was up for the challenge, and I was so excited when I got the call from her that said I was the photographer who best fit their needs and I was hired.  I admit there may have been a little celebratory dance off in my kitchen that night. (okay so the secret is there’s a celebratory dance in my kitchen each time we book a wedding because I freaking LOVE what I do, and when a couple trusts us to photograph their wedding it gives me all the feels!)

Fast forward to the wedding day - I show up at the gorgeous church in Tacoma where they are having their wedding, and I’m thrilled to see such an open, modern space with amazing colored lights and clean lines.  Add in a gorgeous gazebo in the back for portraits and the sweetest first look with her dad, and it was just a winner of a wedding venue all around.

I’m especially fond of the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that Megan chose - the dresses were flattering on everyone, even her cousin’s sweet baby bump! And can we talk about  the shimmery, fairytale perfect wedding dress she chose for herself? In some kind of magical material voodoo the bottom of her gown shimmered in the light as though there was a fine dusting of glitter all over the bottom half.  I have dress envy to this day! The dusty purple color the couple chose was carried throughout the wedding decor, and the dahlias and florals were a wonderful accent in their darker purple tones.

There were so many wonderful parts of this wedding celebration.  From the touching first look with Megan’s father, to the exchange of letters before they walk down the aisle - there was so much love to love.  It really was a perfect wedding!

After a beautiful Traditional Christian ceremony the couple took off for Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup Washington.  While family was arriving we took some extra time, and got a few more romantic portraits in the park before their grand entrance - with an exuberant and rowdy greeting from all of their family and friends.

The couple included several traditional Samoan dances into their wedding reception, and Lupe - more commonly referred to as Junior - surprised Megan with the most amazing choreographed dance that he and his groomsmen secretly planned, practiced, and performed for her!  
After the traditional dances, the toasting, and cake cutting this large combined family danced the night away and took advantage of the photo booth and fun props we set up for the reception.  Overall this wedding was a wonderful combination of time honored Samoan traditions, a beautiful faith based Christian ceremony, and plain old F-U-N and playfulness. These two high school sweethearts gave everyone a wedding to remember. They combined all of the things that meant the most to them and made a grand exit by taking off into the night after a magical sparkler exit under the stars!

Rachel & Micah

A Colorful In Home, Lifestyle Session

I met Rachel when she was the Maid of Honor is the first ever wedding that I photographed. Since that time I’ve been blessed to develop the most lovely friendship with her, and her husband Micah. Their children are just such a bright, happy light and watching them grow up is really a joy. I just love seeing these faces pop up on my social media feed. I love working with them yearly to photograph their family as it grows.

On a nice warm sunny day I hopped over to their adorable cottage style home for a fun, colorful session to help celebrate the birth of their newest addition Aowen. This little girl is such a ray of sunshine, just like her two big bothers. All three of the men in her life, her daddy Micah and her two big brothers just adore her!

We decided to do a casual family style newborn session, in lieu of a traditional posed session in my Tacoma studio - and I must say, I’m so pleased with how these images turned out. I love the organic flow of an in home lifestyle session. The little in between moments mean so much, and will really be treasured in the years to come.

Some of my all time favorite images from my own childhood are the ones that showcase our weird home decor, my then-fashionable clothing, and my parents amazing hairdos. Those little glimpses into my childhood are treasured keepsakes now that I’m older. That’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about shooting families in their own environment. There something really magical about capturing that specific moment in time, in the intimacy of your own home.

If you’re interested in an in home, lifestyle session use the contact me link on the web page! No you don’t have to make your house sparkle, and you don’t have to decorate or plan something special to do - the point of an in home session is to capture a day in your life. Who you are as a family. Family game night maybe? Baking cookies? Gardening, or just snuggling on your couch while you all read your favorite books. Playing, loving, laughing, eating… living your life. That’s what I want to help you document!

Kim & Sherry

Kim and Sherry’s Seaside Cottage Wedding

One word I would use to describe Kim and Sherry’s wedding would be intimate.  With only a small group of their closest friends and family members present these two amazing souls exchanged personal and deeply moving vows at Sherry’s family retreat - a quaint and homey seaside cottage on Fox Island.  This lovely cottage has sentimental value to the ladies. It’s been in Sherry’s family for generations and is a beloved vacation spot. The brides decided to have an intimate seaside wedding in Washington followed by a larger reception in Portland for their extended family and large social circle.  This way they got the best of both worlds… smart ladies!

Sherry and Kim got ready privately in dresses that each one picked out in secret.  Including sentimental pieces of jewelry worn by both ladies. Lovey, simple white flower bouquets complimented their individual styles and made everything harmonize perfectly.

With the waves lapping at the property edge they each walked around opposite corners of the cottage, past blooming hydrangeas and evergreens to see each other, and then joined hands at the water’s edge to share their vows and exchange rings.  

The officiant and the musician for their ceremony were both long time friends, which made their contributions even more special.  And Apollo, the couples precious pup was the most handsome best man you could ever ask for. The only trick was keeping him out of the ocean long enough to participate in the wedding!  Apollo takes frolicking in the waves very seriously!

Immediately following a ceremony that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house these two gorgeous brides served champagne and an adorable cake made by their niece.  After changing into comfortable beachwear and flip flops everyone sat down to a scrumptious Pacific Northwest style crab feed as afternoon stretched into a hot summer night.  

This amazing wedding had all of the hallmarks for an epic love story - sand, sun, surf (an adorable pup even!)  and two of the sweetest and most genuinely in love people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing.