Happy weekend, everyone!

Today we are SO excited to be sharing some of our favorites from Stephanie and Justin’s Cannon Beach wedding with you! I don’t even know where to begin to talk about how awesome these two are. We first met Stephanie and Justin because they were initially planning to get married in Nashville, where Justin’s family is from. But as they got into the planning, they knew deep down that it would be way more true to their relationship and personalities to get married on the Oregon coast, outside of where they live in Portland, OR.

The Oregon coast is such a special place, and if you’ve never been there, I highly recommend it. There’s something magical about it that is hard to put in to words. It’s a place where you feel called to slow down and unplug, and a place where the real moments of life really catch up to you, and you have the space to sink into them. The coast is special to Stephanie and Justin’s relationship, a place where they’ve spent many days camping and hiking and walking the coast. Setting up bonfires on the beach and watching the sunset. So it was so completely perfect that they structured their wedding day around those things that they love so much, and shared it with their families! It was just the right amount of “outside the box,” with starting the day with their first look at Ecola State Park (instead of starting with getting ready photos!). Starting away from the bustle of the wedding preparations, in a place they’ve spent so much time, it was so sweet to see their connection! And you can’t beat those vibrant PNW greens and the incredible view of Haystack Rock from Ecola!

Their ceremony was so sweet and personal to them, on the beach with Haystack Rock in the background, and was followed by such a fun reception! Their friends and family took in the views, and instead of cake, everyone enjoyed locally made ice cream sandwiches (which were incredible!). As they’ve done so many times before, Stephanie and Justin walked along the beach at sunset before joining everyone for s’mores and a bonfire! Could there be a better way to end a wedding day?!

It was such an honor to be along on this adventure! Check out just a few (ok, a ton!) of our favorites!

 

 

 

Stephanie and Justin: CONGRATULATIONS!! We are so happy for you all, and it was such a joy to create for you. Thank you for inviting us along on this adventure!! Thank you for sharing your favorite spots and your stories with us. You two are truly inspiring!

Huge thanks to everyone who made it such an incredible day, including: Planner: Leann Reece, Ginger & You Events | Florist: Alli Schreck, Bramble Floral | HMU: Renne Bruhn | Ice Cream Sandwiches: Ruby Jewel | Bride’s Dress: Mikaella Bridal  from The White Dress | Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal | Groom & Groomsmen: Nordstrom | Invites: Minted | Menu & paper goods for the wedding day: Designed by the bride!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, everyone, and we hope you have a great weekend! We are off on a last minute camping trip–so fingers crossed that there’s a campsite available when we get there haha!

Happy adventuring!

Weddings are beautiful and wonderful, full of promise and dreams of a life built together. We love weddings: the joy, the celebration (the cake!). But the marriage–that’s where the good stuff is. It can be hard and it can be messy, but there’s something so perfect in dreaming and growing together. In the big adventures and the traveling, and in the small day to day living alongside one another.

We were SO excited to get to catch up with Carrie & Austin while we were out west last month, and to take some photos for them in honor of their 5th anniversary earlier this year! We photographed them for their engagement session and wedding in Kentucky, and shortly after, they moved to Seattle (where we’ve also visited them!) and got a dog (Icebox is the best!). They have fallen in love with the PNW. Carrie calls it “that PNW thing”–there’s just something about the vibrant greens and the crisp air, the mountains and the waterfalls, that once you get a taste of it, you can’t get enough! It was so wonderful to see how these two have grown together, and how they are chasing their dreams and building such an intentional life. Last year they went on a grand European adventure (the dress Carrie changed into later on in the session is one that caught her eye in Italy!), and Carrie has spent the last year in an amazing outdoor education program.

They wanted to document one of their favorite things, which is going on a family hike. The trail at Hamilton Mountain in Beacon Rock State Park totally delivered on all the PNW essentials: towering trees, waterfalls, wildflowers, and epic views! And Carrie was able to teach us about all the plants and berries along the way, which was awesome. The approximately 6.5 mile round trip trek totally wore us out, but luckily we knew about an INCREDIBLE brewery close by, which Chris and I had just happened to stumble upon during our PNW trip last fall. Pretty sure all sessions should end with beers and a peaceful view!

Sit back and enjoy, TONS of favorites coming up!

Carrie taught us all about the plants along the side of the trail, and which berries were safe to eat. Loved the sourness of these Oregon grapes!

My story telling skills aren’t anything close to Carrie’s, so I’m not going to try to recap, but you can read a little about the legend behind the Douglas Fir pinecones and the mice here!

We made it to the top! It was hot, and there were lots of bugs, so we headed back down pretty quickly haha.


Chris and I stumbled on Thunder Island Brewing Company last fall during our trip to the PNW, and completely fell in love. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful setting. There’s just something about sitting on the water in view of the mountains with that PNW crisp air. Plus, the beer and food are both INCREDIBLE. Highly recommend!

Carrie & Austin-Congratulations on five years! You two are so inspiring, and it’s been a joy to document your adventures. Cheers to many, many more! And thank you so much for coming down closer to Oregon and picking such an amazing hike! We loved every second of it 🙂

Thank you all for stopping by the blog! If you’re looking for photos that document your joy and adventures, please get in touch! We’d love to chat with you 🙂 And keep an eye out later this week for more of our favorites from Stephanie and Justin’s Cannon Beach wedding!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

 

 

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Hello, everyone!

I’m pretty much all smiles over here getting ready to share Angela and Eddie’s adventure engagement session! These two kicked off our summer of Really Epic Awesome sessions in a big way with their engagement session. Angela and Eddie, who are both currently internal medicine residents at Vandy, love to travel together and explore. They have been exploring some of the waterfalls in the area surrounding Nashville, and wanted to incorporate that into their session. They ended up deciding on Greeter Falls, which is actually where Eddie proposed to Angela! So not only did we get to explore an epic place, it was also meaningful to them, which is one of our very favorite things!! I always say that a little something magical happens when we’re able to break out of a comfort zone during a session. We decided to shoot at sunrise to avoid the TN summer heat and crowds, and oh my goodness you all–it paid off in a big way with some of the most magical light! Then of course climbing down and over and around rocks and waterfalls was pretty amazing too 🙂 This has to be one of my new favorite hikes–such a great variety in a short amount of space! So major thanks to these two for introducing it to us!

I love the way these two love to do life together, and how genuine and sweet they are together. They settled right in being themselves, and I loved a particularly sweet moment by the waterfall where it seemed like they just melted into each other and it’s like we weren’t there–just them, their love story, and the peaceful sounds of nature.

On to some of our favorites!

So. Magical.

Congratulations, Angela and Eddie! We seriously had the best time with you two, thank you so much for sharing such a special spot and hike with us, and for being up for early morning with all that magical light! Such an incredible day. We cannot wait for your wedding!!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, friends! We’ve also been sharing lots of adventures on Instagram, so we’d love to have you join us over there!

Hope everyone is having an amazing end of summer!

Hello, everyone!

We are so excited to share some of our favorite images from Sarah and Jared’s wedding at The Old Post Office in Evansville, IN! These two (and their families and friends!) are just SO much fun! Sarah and Jared were referred to us by one of our past couples (shout out to Jessica & Eric!), so we already knew they were going to be awesome 🙂 Sarah is from Indiana originally, and Jared is from California. They met online while living in California, and had their first date in Napa. Fitting, because they love the NorCal region just about as much as they love each other! They love exploring and hiking around the area, and Jared even proposed at one of their favorite hiking spots along the Sonoma Coast. So awesome!

Their wedding back home in Sarah’s hometown of Evansville was such a sweet celebration! It was so fun to see the families come together. Sarah was especially excited to see everyone come together and have a great time at the reception, which they certainly did! Sarah found her wedding dress while visiting Spain, and I am completely in love with the lace. So gorgeous. And those sparkly bridesmaid dresses–incredible! Scroll down to see just a few (ok, a lot!) of our favorite images from the day!

Funfetti wedding cake=BEST

Getting to see past couples at weddings is so fun!! Love Jessica and Eric!

Congratulations, Sarah and Jared! You two are so fun, and we are so happy for you all! We hope you had an incredible time at your California celebration and on your honeymoon!!

Thanks to everyone who helped make it such an awesome day, including: Venue: The Old Post Office | Planning: Forevermore Weddings | Hair Stylist: Emily Thomas | Makeup artist: Vangie | Flowers: Timber View Flower Farm | Catering: Just Rennie’s | Cake: My Mom’s Cakes | Donuts: Donut Bank | Dress Shop: Santos y Eva Novios, Malaga Spain | Dress Designer: Demetrios | Alterations: The Wedding Detailor | Groom’s Suit: Tom James | Stationery: Hadley Designs | Video: Visuals by AJ | DJ: Song Bird DJ

Thank you all for stopping by the blog and celebrating with Sarah and Jared! Hope the rest of your week and weekend is full of love and adventure!

 

 

 

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