Welcome to a beautiful day on Lopez Island, accessible only via boat, small plane, or ferry. After a 45 min ferry ride from Anacortes, Washington, I stepped into a world that feels like home to me. Often called the "friendly" isle because everyone will wave regardless of if they know you yet or not. Chances are, you'll meet.
Welcome to Lopez Island, Washington. A beautiful, quaint island in the center of the San Juan Island Archipelago, and the perfect place for a summer wedding in Washington.
Enter Meghan and Christian, a couple melded together throughout years spent together. Now they reside on Bainbridge Island in a tiny home built together. I have known Meghan for several years through working together at the same kayak guiding company (check out San Juan Outfitters; they're awesome) on San Juan Island. Meghan and Christian have always been one of those couples that attract and create comfortable, supportive community.
Their island wedding was no exception to that. Arriving with the sunrise on the ferry, I walked into the coffee shop in Lopez Village only to be treated to coffee by Meghan's family who arrived around the same time I had. Then, to the house where the pair was finishing the writing of their vows.
We all ate breakfast and enjoyed the celebration of the day. Each moment was one of joy and celebration, with nary stress or frustration clouding the day.
Meghan and Christian's first look was beautiful, watched at a distance by the community who has seen them grow together throughout the years. Family photos was a celebration of laughs and memories shared of loved ones near, and loved ones unable to be there on this day, but living on in the joyous memory of their presence.
Then, the ceremony out in a field in the middle of the island. Vows were exchanged, and the union blessed and supported by loved ones. Then, the bike processional to the reception hall 2 miles away began.
The rest of the night was a continued celebration of love in so many forms, lead by the union of Meghan and Christian, married on the beautiful Lopez Island.
Thank you for the honour of documenting your community and love.
This wonderful couple reached out to me to photograph their intimate wedding on Henry Island, right off the north end of San Juan Island. I grew up only about 5 minutes from this area, and spent several years working for San Juan Outfitters. During that time, I had kayaked by the house on the point of Henry Island daily, remarking that “I’d love to photograph a wedding there.”
Now, I’m the only person who has.
I was picked up at the Roche Harbor dock and shuttled over to the dock across the way. The wedding venue was incredible, with the wedding arbor overlooking Spieden Island.
After the ceremony on the point, we drove over to Wescott Bay Farm where S&S work to photograph their bridal portraits at sunset.
If you’re looking for a beautiful location to get married, I highly recommend checking out the various wedding venues in the San Juan Islands… and I’m happy to be your local San Juan Island photographer ;)
Considering getting married on the San Juan Islands, and still looking for your wedding photographer? Take a look through this collection of beautiful San Juan Islands based weddings that highlight some of my favorite locations to photograph folks on their wedding day. I absolutely love photographing weddings on San Juan, whether it’s an intimate elopement, or a large celebration filled to the brim with your closest friends and family. Growing up on San Juan has given me a deeper appreciation for the pace of the islands, and how to document that island feeling throughout your wedding day. I’m always happy to show my couples my favorite locations, and know what time of day during which season is best to create incredible wedding photographs.
The San Juan Islands have incredible local wedding vendors that cannot wait to welcome you to our home, and support you in creating memories that will last a lifetime. Looking forward to meeting you!