Callie + David took a spontaneous road trip to the Big Sur coast to meet up with me and celebrate their 1 year wedding anniversary. When I was planning the shoot with them, I wanted to not just take pretty pictures on the coast, but really capture who they are in a way that no on else has. We talked about their adventure van, all the amazing trips they have been on, their need for a stress free life (my kind of people) and they brought a few fun things with them like these sleeping bags and I thought *ding* that’s it.
Santorini, the land of the most magical sunsets.
This trip was such a whirlwind. I barely spent 3 days here, a painfully short trip for such an incredible place. Britt + Jonathan wanted a laid-back adventurous elopement and were up for basically anything. We hiked out to a cliff where we found the most amazing spot for them to say their vows, hiked 7 miles to Oia the morning of their wedding, ate tons of seafood, swam in hot springs coming out of a volcano - there’s so much you can do here in just 3 days. It was an experience to remember.
If anyone knows Hannah + Cole, they know just how perfectly in love with each other they are. It's no often that I meet a couple that still can't stop taking pictures of each other, oogling over how cute they are, and enjoy having their photos taken because that means they get to be close to each other. These two are inseparable in the most perfect way. They are what I want to feel inside, and they wear it all on their sleeve. They are open, intentional, accepting, forgiving, who deeply love and aren't afraid of the consequences.
For our 2 year anniversary, Rich and I decided to head to our favorite country for some "us" time. While everyone else celebrates by going out to dinner, maybe taking a weekend in the mountains or even a nice beach, we choose to spend it walking through blizzards, eating overly salted dehydrated food, getting blisters after long hours on the trail, and sleeping in a hut with 15 other smelly hikers. Talk about romantic. Not everyone's first choice, but why isn't it?
A wedding at 12,000ft.
What more could I say?
I met these two last year in Joshua Tree, we drank beer and talked about the year they spent living out of their car. Our love for the outdoors and a good life bonded us pretty immediately. The next time we see each other is in a small mountain town in Colorado - Crested Butte - spending the weekend with their family + friends, rafting down the river, eating pizza, and having the time of their lives. The only thing I can say is I wish it lasted longer. Weddings like this, when it's more than just a day, but an entire experience, are what I love so much about what I do.
Sometimes, you just need to go to a waterfall in the middle of the week and sit at a lookout until the sun goes down. Spending time with your person is just as important as all the other big things in life. I know I'm usually sharing couples getting married and engaged, but I've found that it's all the little things in-between that matter the most. Silver Falls is one of my favorite places in Oregon, there's this 10 waterfall hike you can do that is pretty incredible. All to say, take the night off, stop watching Netflix, get outside, and spend some real undistracted time with your loved ones, because it's a big deal.
Long summer nights on the Columbia River Gorge
Baylee is a friend and fellow photographer in Portland and it was such a treat to capture her and her husband along the Gorge, near the place where they were married just 1 short year ago. Places are so significant to me and when I get to infuse their story in a love story, I feel everything.
I met Rachel + James last year at the coffee shop where they had their first date and within minutes I knew that these two were the most carefree + intentional couple who wanted a wedding that reflected exactly who they are and did away with all the disconnected traditions that weddings so often are dictated by.
They had a small pop-up ceremony in the Santa Barbara mountains where they had spent so much time together and ended the day at their friends house, a place where they had many gatherings over the years. It was all so perfectly them. They created the time + space for the people closest to them to not just celebrate their commitment to each other, but to be a community of loved ones who love + support each other.
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.