2014 RETROSPECTIVE

2014. Whoa. It's February and I feel like I'm still catching my breath from this last year. This has been by far our busiest, craziest year yet, which feels like - and is - a huge blessing. This spring my wife Emily joined me full time, helping making everything run smoothly. To everyone who commissioned us this year, thank you. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of some of the most momentous and long-planned days and moments of your lives. I know it's probably a cliche, but I honestly don't care - it's such an honor to get to do what I love.

I didn't want this post to be a "Best of 2014" or a "2014 Favorites" type of thing. Although these photos are some of my best, and some of my favorites. It was impossible to work every shoot into this post, or every photo I love - because I love them all and I kinda get attached. Just too many photos. Going through the tens of thousands of images we made was a joy, it was fun to take a step back, breath, and relive everything we created this year. It also made me realize that posting every photo I wanted to would make an internet-breakingly big post. Ain't nobody got time for that. So what this post is, is a small (haha) slice of the moments and portraits at some of the weddings, engagement and boudoir sessions that we photographed. Little pieces that meant something to me.

Look out for full blog posts of a bunch of these sessions in the coming months.


LAKE CHELAN WEDDING // KATE & ADAM

On one of the busiest weekends of our year, we got to drive over to Lake Chelan, in Eastern Washington, for the wedding of two of the sweetest people we know. Every part of this day fit Kate and Adam so perfectly. The ceremony was on a hillside overlooking a vineyard and the lake, with the reception at a family friend's lakefront home. Not only that, but they put such a huge amount of their labor and love into the wedding. From hand-built tables, to the amazing florals and design by the wonderful Stacy Anderson, and the watercolor-dipped invitations and calligraphy table settings by Sally at La Happy Design ... everything just felt so put-together, yet still relaxed and fun and personal. Knowing Kate (who's a super talented photographer as well) and Adam, none of this came as a surprise. So much fun to see the outpouring of love and support from their family and friends who were there that day.


DETAILS

Dress // Sarah Seven via The Dress Theory

Invites, Paper Goods & Calligraphy // La Happy Design

Florals and Design // Stacy Anderson Design

BIG SUR BAKERY WEDDING // KIRSTEN & EVAN

When I got Kirsten and Evan's initial email asking about photographing their wedding in Big Sur, California, I'm pretty sure I spun my chair around and whooped out loud. Big Sur has been kind of a dream spot for me for a while now - if you've seen the coastline there, you probably feel the same. To top it off, they had their intimate, family-centered wedding at Big Sur Bakery, makers of one of my favorite cookbooks.

All that to say, I was pretty fired up about the wedding, and that was before I'd even met the two of them. Flying down and finding out they're basically the kindest, most genuine people on the planet, was the icing on the proverbial cake. Tons of time for exploring and making photos, exchanging teary and joyful vows under the redwoods, great food, loved ones all around, hanging out in the river ... just a dream-come-true kind of day. 

 

Also thanks to Christine for shooting with me that day!

ADVENTUROUS ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MT. BAKER // KATE & ADAM

With our game faces on, beers in our hands, and a heart for adventure, we all trekked up for an afternoon of fun engagement photos on Mt. Baker with no agenda beyond having fun, getting out of the city, and making some killer photos. As we neared to the top of the mountain, we expected to be greeted with wildflowers since it was the middle of summer, but instead we found a blanket of white. Bonus points for getting all 4 seasons in one shoot in one afternoon. 

Kate and Adam are amazing humans. I am so grateful to get to be a part of their wedding. Their love for each other is contagious and inspiring, Emily and I are pretty thrilled to call them friends.

See more of their session featured on Green Wedding Shoes