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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!   

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.