Spring weddings are just so pretty, with a color palette that is soft and hopeful. The sudden rain showers, followed by bursts of bright sunshine, the freshness so desperately needed after long, grey winter months, the perfect transition as we navigate towards the vibrancy of summer.
I love it when a couple knows who they are–not just who they are individually, but who they are as a couple, and incorporate that stylistically into their wedding theme. Jeff and Shelby nailed it. Starting with the quintessential PNW wedding venue, Alderbrook Resort, to their vintage/nautical decor, having their beloved furry faced Luna in attendance, and the delicious menu–the entire celebration was a sublime reflection of their laid back demeanor and understated elegance. Shelby was a vision in her Tadashi Shoji wedding gown, and the whimisical succulents in her bouquet by Fleurae was a flawless background for the special shell as an homage for Jeff’s Mom. It was an absolute honor to spend the day with them capturing the lovely celebration. Cheers to many happy years together, both lakeside and beyond. xoxo
Sometimes you just need to warm yourself to the core, to fill up those vitamin D stores, to fill your heart and mind with deep conversations, with thoughtful beauty, and a hearty dose of laughter. I didn’t even know how much I needed the trip until I was there. A bit of work and some solid soul quenching sun, just what PNW’ers need in the middle of a rainy winter.
It’s so interesting to discover niche worlds, like the world of traveling art gallery shows. Talk about visual inspiration. The Spectrum at Indian Wells http://spectrum-indianwells.com was a new world to me. The international juried art show featured an incredible range of work from paintings, sculptures, glass work, photographic art, and even some wild steam punk creations. It was incredible to wander through, champagne in hand, lounge on the swank white leather sofas, and take it all in. Thank you to Essence Arts, and Tom and Anna Boatright https://www.tomboatrightoils.com, for inviting me along. I loved being part of this journey with you.
I was also lucky enough to steal away to Joshua Tree for the day, spending time with radiant humans and capturing their portraits for Erin Jane Illuminations www.erinjaneilluminations.com/ and Essence Arts. I lingered a bit longer meeting up with dear friends for lunch at the infamous www.pappyandharriets.com/ before venturing back to the park to capture sunset images in Joshua Tree. Let it be known when your story begins with “So we were drinking tequila in the desert as the sun was setting…” is always a solidly hysterical tale. Ask me about it next time you see me : )
I hope you’re all fine with my blog stream being filled with adorable images of our sweet granddaughter. If not, darn it, get on board! She is lively and bright and so curious–it is such a joy to be with her. I dida little secret photoshoot over the holidays, and although the little vintage dress isn’t really her sweet Momma’s style, I couldn’t resist! Please enjoy the biggest blue eyes and holiday wonder. Love to you all… Cortney
Oh, these two sweet girls! Austin’s girls. We are so profoundly grateful to have them both in our lives. Austin would be so in love with his little one, she’s lively and sweet and smart and so happy. I like to think he is right alongside them both, pushing Morgan to complete her MBA, soothing Riann, watching over them. I was so excited when I found out Morgan had bought them matching pajamas since the boys always received matching Hanna Andersson striped pajamas and a holiday storybook to open Christmas Eve. The tradition continues! Riann was so excited about the stories–it was sweet to see her reaction to her Daddy’s books and ending with a little squeeze with Austin’s very first teddy bear. Keep the love flowing this holiday season ya’ll!
Some of the most special weddings I’ve photographed, have been small, intimate, family only weddings. There is something so dear about gathering ones family to usher in the next phase of life. Brent and Hannah had the most perfect weather on their wedding, as family surrounded them at Brent’s family summer cabin along Hood Canal. How fitting that he would add his marriage ceremony to the treasured memories he holds at this special place, with many more to come! After the sweetest ceremony and heartfelt vows, guests were treated to an incredible dinner masterfully created by the talented Dahlia Lounge staff. A truly elegant start to the rest of their life together. Cheers!
I first met Reid working a wedding together a couple of years ago. His funky mohawk and lively personality made such an impression on me, as did his incredible eye–he is the man behind the creative force, Best Made Videos, beautiful, moving wedding films. I was honored to have him refer his close friends to me for their sweet wedding, where I met his stunning girlfriend Dorothy, who was a bridesmaid that day. When they became engaged, I was over the moon excited to be asked to photograph their wedding! I knew this wedding was going to be a celebration full of life and maybe just a teensy tiny bit of fun! Ha!
They included their beloved pup Rosie in the first look, I’m not sure who received more kisses… Surrounded by family and friends, the clouds gave way to blue skies as they said their I Do’s. Guests were treated to the delicious northwest cuisine of Salty’s Restaurant, which fueled the way to lighting up the dance floor. Such a loving, connected group of people. I would say they are beyond lucky to be supported by such a loving community. Cheers to you both!!
Man, I thought I would be able to keep it together and get through writing this without tears…but whelp, it’s me, so tears there will be. But the happiest of tears, be sure about that–because in about ONE month, the person who made me a Mother for the first time, is about to finally know how much a parent can love. It’s difficult to fully express to our children, the true depths of our love. Love you too Mom, they say. But now that Austin and Morgan will become parents, they will GET it. That soon, there will be a little person in their lives that will transform who they are to the core. A little person that will slay them with the tiniest of smiles, someone they would do absolutely anything to protect, a new life that will bring them closer as a couple and turn them into a family. Imagining them as parents is easy. They are among the kindest, hardest working, playful, creative people I know. That is one lucky duck of a little girl. And the best part? I get to be part of that sweetness… just call me Gramma Coco. Now where is that damn box of kleenex?
Fall is absolutely one of the most incredible seasons in the PNW. The crisp mornings give way to luxuriously warm afternoons, just in time to turn crisp again for the evening, calling for fires in the hearth. Ashley and Keith celebrated their wedding day with one of those perfect falls days. Set along sweeping views of Mt. Rainer and the Puget Sound, sweet “I Do’s” were exchanged in the presence of dear friends and family. These wildly brave souls took it to the next level by stepping INTO the Puget Sound, wedding attire and all, to allow for some gorgeous images. I just love when clients have a crazy fun idea! Thanks for allowing me to celebrate with you! Cheers to years of happy times! xoOlympia we
I have been looking forward to this sweet wedding celebration all summer! I’ve known Liv since she was in high school–she’s like a sister to me. Liv is one of those people who can tackle anything, and she does it with grace, passion and perfection. I knew her wedding was going to be full of creativity, playfulness and elegance and, of course… it was. She pulled in nods to the Hawaiian Islands, the Pacific Northwest, and added a touch of whimsy to her decor. Her sweet Groom Jake, absolutely ADORES her! It’s so wonderful to see the way he looks at her. Ahhhh, love! I am beyond happy for them both! I love events at Alderbrook, it highlights the very reason why we love it here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s perfection, rain and all. Guests settle in more, making it a weekend full of celebrations–you see friendships made and others strengthened, and even more fun to run the “highlight” reel the following morning…Wonderful wedding, sweet people and a smashing dance party! Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Bourne!