That's right, I was on Orcas Island for 2 weddings this year! This place is a goldmine for photos, every inch of forest and coastline has so many possibilities! But that's enough about my love of landscapes and scenery, there's more important things to talk about. Like Derek and Kyler, they have some of the best friends and family that I've ever come across while photographing a wedding. I am not exaggerating, out of the 150 ish (who even knows how many weddings I've photographed), their wedding had hands down the most beautiful and thoughtful toast I have ever heard. I think that's a testament to how much love Derek and Kyler have for each other but also how they have impacted the lives of the people around them.
Thank you both for inviting me to be a part of your day! Also, thank you to everyone who helped bring their day together and Bayside Cottages for hosting.
Anisa and Marc's wedding was just incredible! I truly can't say this enough! Their wedding was the perfect adventure, well having a wedding on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands is going to do that. First you have to take a 90(ish) minute, and absolutely gorgeous, ferry ride. The whole time you're surrounded by views of the island chain, the Washington coast, and of course Mt Baker to the east. If you're lucky you might even see a few whales. Once you get off the ferry you're greeted by a beautiful island community on your drive to Rosario Resort. That's just how you get to the wedding! Everything else about their day was even better!
Check out all these amazing vendors that helped make Anisa and Marc's wedding perfect! Erin from It's All In The Details planned the whole thing, Sugar Pine put together these gorgeous floral arrangements, Brandon Landon of Sound + Spendor did the incredible lights and music, with makeup provided by Urbanista Weddings.
This is by far the most adventurous engagement session I've ever been a part of! Anisa and Marc said they were up for anything anywhere! So we found this 8 mile hike with 2,000ft of elevation gain to some insanely gorgeous mountain views up in North Cascades National Park. (If you're so inclined check out WTA for hike details, Heather - Maple Pass Loop) This is now one of my favorite fall hikes of all time, but this wasn't enough for us! At the last minute I found out that The Milky Way happened to be out in full force later in the evening, and Marc and Anisa thought that was the best idea ever. So we met up in downtown Seattle to carpool up to the North Cascades. We then hiked 4 miles up to the summit, did 90% of their engagement session and then ate some delicious snack food while we waited for the Milky Way to rise. After we got this perfect photo we hiked 4 miles back to the car at night and we didn't get back to Seattle until around 4:00am!
Just a disclaimer, not every engagement session is this intense. But if you are interested in wandering through the backcountry to capture some portraits, just say the word! I'm always up for it!