Pre-Wedding Vows on the Oregon Coast

Pre-Wedding Vows on the Oregon Coast

Do you dream of eloping, but know that it means too much to your family + friends not to?
You're not alone.
The elopements that you see all over instagram and the internet where a bride + groom plan an epic trip to some far off land with cliffs and waterfalls have only really been a thing for the last 5 years. That's probably why your parents don't get it. 
The thing about eloping that really is so incredible (and what I love so much about them) isn't the killer photos or even the money that you will probably save on catering and an open bar, it's the intimacy. 

Morocco Inspired Elopement

Morocco Inspired Elopement

Have you ever dreamed of a place for so long that you don't even remember when it all started?
Well, it's been a dream of mine to shoot in sand dunes for as long as I can remember. I think it's the simplicity of it all, but when you experience this landscape it's almost overwhelming to be in (because of all the sand in your eyes). It feels rugged and endless, and the dunes are actually so huge it's crazy to see them in perspective. I think of nomads in the deserts of Africa, they always have such eccentric style with bright colored dresses and big jewelry.

This shoot was inspired by that desert beauty that I have seen in National Geographic magazines. It also happened to be an especially windy day in the dunes, so it makes for some really fun, unexpected images. We could barely even talk to each other, let alone open our eyes during this shoot. The sand in the wind made it nearly impossible to stay out there for very long before we'd run into the car to give our eyes a chance to drain out all the sand. It was pretty wild. But I love wild.

Lake Powell Engagements

Lake Powell Engagements

I am such a huge advocate for making your wedding, engagements, vow renewals, fill in the blanks, into more than just a day, but an experience.  It takes away the stress of needing everything to be so perfect because what you are doing isn't for a picture, it's for a feeling, a memory, a moment in time that you can look back on and remember more than just a photo, 
it's a weekend of memories,
a meaningful place, 
the person you shared this with.

My husband and I got married on the Lost Coast - a rugged, mostly inaccessible part of the Northern California coast where we had both been on extended backpacking trips and it had become one of our favorite places in the world. Now, every time I go back to that place, I can't help but feel overwhelmed by our memories from that weekend and I relive it all over again from beginning to end. Tears stream down my face, and I feel everything.

I think the place that you choose to document your love is a big deal, it holds those memories just as much as the pictures do. These two did just that.

Jillian + Eric spent the week road tripping through Arizona + Utah and I met up with them in the middle of their trip for some epic engagement photos in the desert. We camped out in our cars above Lake Powell so we could wake up before the sun and capture their love in an incredible place. It was everything + more than I expected, and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. We spent the whole day together and it was unforgettable.

Kauai Adventure

Kauai Adventure

Rich and I finally went to Hawaii for the first time, and it was everything we expected and more.
Walking around barefoot, a constant ocean breeze, humid warm air that made my skin feel amazing, giant trees and leaves, chickens everywhere, and slow paced life.
The best part was hanging out with these two, hiking barefoot in the mountains and chasing the sun on a very stormy + cloudy day. 
This island has the be the most magical place and I would go back here in a heartbeat.

Backyard 15 Year Anniversary Session

Backyard 15 Year Anniversary Session

What can I even say about these two.
They reached out to me last year to do an in-home anniversary session and their home was a really significant place for them that they wanted to capture.  They have been remodeling and pouring every extra second of their lives into this amazing place that you are about to see.  We started the evening at their favorite nursery, a place where they have spent so much time together gathering little pieces to bring into their home.  Then we spent the last bit of the day exploring their amazing back yard with a veggie garden, swing set, coy pond, rabbits, greenhouse, fire pit, gazebo, beach volleyball, you name it, it's there.  I could have stayed out there for forever. This home, this life that these two have built together, was such an honor to capture. Happy 15 years. 

Oregon Coast Adventure

Oregon Coast Adventure

A rainy day on the Oregon Coast with the sweetest, most adventurous and carefree couple who love and enjoy each other like no other. 
A little rain didn't stop these two from having the best day ever. 

Patagonia Adventure

Patagonia Adventure

In January, Rich and I went on an adventure of a lifetime.  Patagonia is a place that I have heard of  and knew it was as beautiful as ever, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself actually going there. After long days and multiple flights, we finally made it to the most southern part of the world I had ever been to and our flight landed right next to the craziest blue lake with glaciers, mountains, and alpacas running around.  It's pretty surreal. 

Seattle in home Anniversary

Seattle in home Anniversary

Whit + Garrett

I spent the weekend in Seattle with these two, 
hanging around with their two cute little girls
and the most adorable dog I have ever seen.
We stayed up late drinking wine + talking about life and photography.
The next morning we spent the day finding good light around their sweet little home, 
and ended the day in a snowball fight in the mountains. 

I left this weekend feeling so encouraged, refreshed, and inspired.
Thank you Whit + Garrett for inviting me into you home, and into your lives. I am so grateful for you both!

Laid-back Yosemite Elopement

Laid-back Yosemite Elopement

I only got to go to Yosemite twice last year, both were for weddings that were within a week of each other and both times were so, so different from each other it was crazy.  Yosemite in the fall is just breathtaking, the roads are clear, kids are back in school, the leaves are changing colors, and you have this whole magical landscape all to yourself.  

Valerie and Vedran are probably the most easy going couple of all time and hanging out with them and their east coast family who were experiencing Yosemite for the first time, shot gunning canned wine in the valley, was the best ending to an amazing summer.  You know when you meet people and you think - we would absolutely be friends if you lived in the same place as me - well it happened to me countless times this year and these two are no exception.  They planned their whole day to just take it as it comes and enjoy each other in one of the most beautiful places and that's exactly what they did.  

Latourell Falls Lovers

Latourell Falls Lovers

Courtney is 100% babe and spending the afternoon with these two getting completely soaked in the waterfall, sliding around in our mud covered shoes, wiping down my camera every two seconds because it was completely covered in mist, was the best adventure.