A intimate, fun three day wedding that took place at the Tierra Learning Center in Leavenworth, Washington. This features an extremely fun, candid group with a beautiful fall backdrop.
Samantha contacted me a month prior to their elopement date, asking if I could be present for two hours to document their ceremony with three of their close friends on San Juan Island. The day of, I showed up at the home that Sam and Rowen have raised their two beautiful daughters in to document Sam getting herself ready. Her dress was a beautiful number she had thrifted, and her shoes her worn in leather boots. She opted out of the sparkly heels she had purchased after realizing the boots were far better for the kind of field frolicking she was hoping to do in the next couple of hours. Samantha had beautiful flowers prepared by Leah at Bloom San Juan. After the final touches, and a few photos, Samantha alighted into the Classic Cab to take her to Olympic Lights B&B on the West-Side of San Juan Island. When she arrived, she walked straight down the aisle to meet her life partner and best friend beneath the driftwood arches, with the Olympic Mountains in the background. There, they exchanged hand written, personal vows before being pronounced husband and wife. After that, Rowen was able to briefly united with another love of his- the chickens. The owner of Olympic Lights was kind enough to catch a chicken for him to hold, which ended up being a favorite memory of Rowen's. After signing the marriage contract, it was time for a brief celebration with champagne and a few more stories exchanged of friendship and love. After the moments of relaxation, we headed to Duck Soup Inn for a few more photos before the wedding party went inside to enjoy their celebration meal. It was truely an honor to be a part of this beautiful elopement. Sam and Rowen were happy tears and giggles all day, and their love for one another was beautifully present in every part of the day.
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.
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.
Thank you for the honour of documenting your community and love.