The doors opened at 8 a.m. and I was one of the first people through them. I was meeting Wendi from Sweetness & Light Floral Design. We had back-to-back shoots that morning. We started with this San Francisco City Hall bridal session and ended with an editorial elopement at City Hall. Wendi is one of my favorite florists and she’s absolutely gorgeous from the inside out. I was so excited to not only be shooting her beautiful floral arrangements, but to have her model for the bridal session as well.

For this shoot we chose a soft grey and blue color palette. I’m so glad we went with a soft blue lace dress rather than a white one. It complimented our overall design so well and the cut out shoulders are my favorite. It’s elegant and classy and a perfect City Hall dress. Sandelin Designs created an absolutely stunning invitation suite. She put so many thoughtful details into the design. She incorporated drawings of City Hall and the sweetest quote about San Francisco by Dylan Thomas. I loved these elements of her design so much.

The light and architecture inside City Hall are so gorgeous. It was amazing having this place essentially all to ourselves that morning. I may have gotten reprimanded for talking too loud, but I was just so excited about how everything came together. I had been wanting to shoot a bridal session at City Hall for a while and I can’t thank this dream team enough for bringing my vision to life.

Sweetness & Light Floral Design | Sandelin Designs | Blush Makeup & Hair | Photo Vision | The Mrs. Box | Bella Belle Shoes | Floral Jewellery

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The San Juan Islands are one of my favorite places to visit in the Pacific Northwest. When Lauren and Stu contacted me about photographing their Roche Harbor wedding I was excited from the start. These California residents have a deep love for the Pacific Northwest and wanted to treat their guests to an incredible destination wedding in Friday Harbor. The day of their wedding started out with a peaceful sunrise, and a relaxing early morning ferry ride, sipping hot chocolate and watching harbor porpoises from the deck of the ferry. It could not have been a more blissful way to start the day.

Lauren and Stu’s wedding took place on a gorgeous September day. They were surrounded by the sweetest group of friends and family and of course, their adorable pup Bailey. A highlight from the day was riding in the open air trolley to the Lime Kiln lighthouse for bridal party pictures and family photos. Music was playing and everyone was just having the best time, celebrating Lauren and Stu and soaking up the incredible views and the warm weather.

Their garden ceremony was beautifully decorated by Leah of Bloom San Juan. I am obsessed with her work and was so thrilled to get to work with this talented artist. I think my favorite moment from the entire day was when Bailey the pup decided to take a nap in between her humans as they exchanged their vows. I love it when couples include their fur babies in their wedding day festivities.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to cocktails and appetizers in the courtyard before sitting down to a delicious dinner. The toasts were another highlight from the evening. Lauren’s grandma stole the show and had everyone in stitches. I ended the evening with Lauren and Stu soaking up that golden hour light in the garden and loving every second of my time with them.

Roche Harbor Resort || Bloom San Juan || Pacific Brides || Minted || Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

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I’ve done a lot of flying back and forth between Seattle and California this year, but one of the highlights from this wedding season was getting to photograph Holly and Brenden’s Coopers Hall wedding in downtown Portland. This former auto body shop turned winery and tap room is pretty incredible. The industrial space is painted white, with concrete floors and is filled with hanging plants. The wall of wine barrels is a unique and fun ceremony backdrop. Coopers Hall really is the perfect venue for any couple looking to have a modern and industrial wedding.

From Coopers Hall:

The spacious environment invites guests to get closer to all aspects of the wine making experience from grape to bottle. Coopers Hall values authenticity, producing wines that we care for in such a manner as we care for ourselves. We view winemaking as an evolving process that changes with the seasons, moods and elements. Our goal is to make wine honestly: to have transparency in our process, experience, and methods. We want the character of our wine to be an expression of us; making each wine changes us as we too change it.

Thanks to my friend Jenna, for the fun road trip and having me along to assist her.

 

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