destination wedding

Derek and Kyler's Orcas Island Wedding

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.

San Juan Islands Wedding - Rosario Resort

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.

City Winery in Chicago with Jean and Brian

It's hard to start a blog post without saying this, I love the couples I work with! Jean and Brian are the sweetest, but one of the best parts about them(and I know they would agree!) is their ridiculous dog Baxter. He's such a lovable one eyed beagle. But seriously if you want to to obsess about how great your wedding is, just be sure to have your dog hang out with us on your wedding day.

Besides Baxter, Jean and Brian had a gorgeous ceremony and reception at City Winery back in Chicago and I can't thank them enough for bringing me out to the midwest to share in their celebration!

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Ally & John - Madison, WI Wedding

Sometimes I get these crazy ideas for what we can do for The Last Shot on a wedding night. Well it just so happened that Ally and John's wedding up in Madison, WI coincided with a new moon, a great view of The Milky Way, and there was even potential for a meteor shower! As soon as I realized all of this I called Ally and John. I told them that if we drove far enough away from Madison, we could get one hell of a photo. They loved the idea, so as soon as Emmalee (my crazy great assistant) and I got into town we started the hunt for the perfect road with just the right view. It took us about 12 hours, but we found it!! 

Check out whole wedding day below!