elopement

Olympic National Park Elopement

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I have been best friends with Kristina since we were awkward 13-year-olds (all right, I was way more awkward, okay?). When I became a wedding photographer, she became my model for styled shoots, yoga shoots, boudoir shoots, you name it, but I was always most looking forward to getting to be her photographer for her actual wedding. In December I got to do just that! With a couple close friends, we drove out to my family's waterfront property on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State to participate in her and Joe's elopement. I made her macrame altar backdrop and wooden arch, her bouquet, the flower crowns, and her veil, in addition to capturing it all on camera. My fellow matron of honor, Amy, is a photographer as well, so she was able to shoot a few photos of me walking Kristina down the aisle, and then we swapped again at the end so she could get some shots of me standing beside Kristina during her ceremony too.  Everything about their ceremony was so personal, sacred, and unique.  

Dress: Brides for a Cause Portland
Venue: Private Residence
Florals: Liz Morrow Studios
Officiant: Nichole London
 

Columbia River Gorge Elopement

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Caitlin was one of the incredible women who attended my Wildbride retreats back in 2016 and recently moved up to Portland, so we were able to hang out (and have some Corgi playdates with her gal, Tumbles, and mine, Dusty) over the summer.  She and Tim always planned on eloping and they found the perfect spot in the middle of the woods near the Columbia River Gorge.  As we drove up the road it suddenly felt like I was on the Avenue of the Giants in the Redwoods, which is decidedly one of my most favorite places on earth.  Caitlin used to work in tech in San Francisco and when they moved to Portland, she quit her job and focused on her passion: sewing and drafting her own clothing!  Yeah, people, she MADE that dress. She designed it and sewed it.  Unreal.  

If you're into corgis, unconventional wedding style, and saying vows beneath giant trees, you're gonna like this one.

Joshua Tree Bridal Session

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This wedding dress in Joshua Tree is a match made in heaven.  When I was living in Portland, I connected with the incredible Elizabeth Dye to style up one of her gowns while I was down in Joshua Tree back in September.  The bohemian vibes were perfectly laid back and desert-hippie inspired.  Brooke and I had a blast playing in the evening light, climbing on rocks, and spinning in the middle of the road!

Gown: Elizabeth Dye
Hat: Urban X Change

Snoqualmie Falls Elopement

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Last month I had the pleasure of hiking down to Snoqualmie Falls for Kaeli + James' elopement!  I think this might be one of my all times favorite shoots, and Kaeli + James were so laid back and up for climbing up on "just one more" rock for photos.  Kaeli's dress was simple and stunning, and she even rocked some gold sequined chucks to match her gold dress!  Sneakers were a brilliant choice since we were clambering around through rocks and driftwood all evening.  Their ceremony was lovely and intimate, with beautiful violin played by James' sister-in-law who is a world class violinist, and Snoqualmie falls thundering in the distance.

Thanks for letting me capture your beautiful day, Kaeli + James!  Congratulations!

Gown: Rachel Zoe, Emerson Maxi Dress
Venue: Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

Oregon Coast Beach Elopement

Oregon Coast Elopement

Talk about 4th of July Wedding Goals.  These two eloped on an Oregon Beach in the most adorable, festive ceremony!  They included a unique, vintage flag, a hand-made altar, cute white mismatched chairs for their few attendees, and a candle-lined mini aisle for the most simple and gorgeous wedding celebration.  I absolutely love a flowy gown on a breezy day, and Nicole's beautiful Catherine Deane gown was the perfect gown for a beachy wedding, and her gorgeous braided floral hairstyle caught the wind beautifully.  These two are the cutest!  Congrats, David + Nicole!  I hope you have endless PNW adventures in your lives together!

Venue: Camp Rilea Beach, Astoria Oregon
Gown: Catherine Deane via BHLDN
Florals: Erika's Fresh Flowers
 

Nicole + Tyler | Seabrook, WA Elopement

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Nikki and Tyler stole away to the Washington coast to the cutest little town of Seabrook, WA to tie the knot on the longest day of the year.  Nikki went to high school with my husband, so it was fun to be able to capture her big day!  One of the fun things about some Washington coast beaches is that you can drive on the beach in your car, so we drove all our cars out on to the beach where their ceremony location was set up.  It was a blustery afternoon, but I do love a windy day paired with a flowing gown.  After the ceremony we all sauntered around the town and explored, including heading over to the barn for a few photos!  I definitely have it in my head to visit Seabrook for a getaway sometime in the future.  Such a cute little town!

Congrats, Nikki + Tyler!  

Gown: Seraphine
Venue: Seabrook, WA

Rattlesnake Ridge Elopement

Lauren and Daniel traveled all the way from Mississippi to the Great Northwest to explore and elope!  In typical PNW fashion it of course rained on their wedding day, and as we hiked to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge we were completely enveloped in a cloud!  With a first look beside a bright green-blue river, mountains shrouded in fog, an adorable tiny honeymoon cabin, and being soaked in cold rain, I'd say they got the full Seattle experience, hands down!

But with all the gloomy weather, we actually ended up with the trail and lookout all to ourselves!  If you know anything about Rattlesnake, it's a super popular hike and I've never hiked it that empty!  I think we saw 5 other people the whole time we were on the trail.  Perfect for an intimate elopement ceremony.  

Congratulations, Lauren + Daniel!  I hope your Northwest experience was everything you'd hoped for and more!

Gown: Modcloth
Hair + Makeup: Hannah Bush at Urbanista Weddings
Florals: Down to Earth Flowers
Location: Rattlesnake Ridge

jon + susan's seattle city hall elopement

Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios

One of the things I love about weddings is how unique each one is, and how the personalities of the bride and groom come through.  It's always so fun to see how people create such a special ceremony and party that is so them.  Jon and Susan invited me to come shoot their ceremony up in Seattle at the Municipal court, and even though it was a quick ceremony and only a few hours shooting, it was lovely to see their personalities shine through, even with something as "standardized" as a super small ceremony before a judge and two witnesses (and me!).  This was my first time shooting a ceremony at the Municipal Court and it was so interesting!  Susan, Jon, and I were musing the whole time how strangely non-intimate it was with about seven other bride and grooms milling about (with their families, friends, and witnesses) waiting to be called.  None of us had ever been to such a ceremony before, so it was quite funny seeing all these lovely brides in their white dresses hanging out in the same lobby!

Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios

The Municipal Court has a rooftop which you can access, and you can even have your ceremony performed up there if you like!  We did some portraits beforehand up on the rooftop, but with the crazy heat we've been having here in the Pacific Northwest, we escaped back into the comfort of air conditioning before too long.  Seattle was really bringing it with the vistas though.  I've never been a big city gal, but my husband and I have been sort of itching to move to a true big city for a short period of time, just to experience it.  I think I might love the woods and nature too much to settle down in a city, but the hustle and bustle are definitely something else!

Jon and Susan both had fancy shoes, but they also both brought some "wedding chucks," so we busted those out for some fun photos!  Susan found these incredible sequined high tops at Nordstrom Rack (of course)!  How fun! They went so perfectly with her flirty, frothy, white dress.

Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios

While I love the decor and festive atmosphere of traditional day-long weddings, a short and sweet city hall ceremony was just as lovely and definitely less stressful!  I'd love to shoot more elopements and super tiny ceremonies like Jon and Susan's.  They are just as full of love and heart and there's a sense of peacefulness in a small ceremony like this that's hard to achieve with the hustle and bustle of a normal wedding day.  

Congrats, Jon and Susan!  It was such a pleasure and honor to get to tag along on your special day!  I hope your post-wedding 4th of July weekend was the best ever!

Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios
Downtown Seattle City Hall Elopement | Liz Morrow Studios

glamorous grunge seattle wedding inspiration

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Inspired by local record stores and the Pacific Northwest's grunge rock history, Karrie (of Sparks Fly Events) contacted me with the idea to do a rock and roll inspired wedding shoot!  I was super excited about the concept and was 100% on board.  We were both disappointed in the lack of variety of "rock and roll" weddings, and in our research there was a lot of the same look.  Lots of black and red color schemes.  We decided to create a luxe-grunge wedding styled shoot with plenty of rock and roll cred, but with luxurious textures and a heavy dose of glamour. Glitter and Leather. Studs and Roses. Our "bride" is a truly rock and roll gal, a local burlesque dancer (she performed in Adventures in Oz with me, as the Tornado!), and the "groom", who can rock a serious man-bun, is a former coffee shop owner (my former boss, actually!).  These two are rad folks, but not in a relationship with one another, though it was fun to have them as our models!  Her amazing nails were actually my inspiration for my crazy emerald city nails for Adventures in Oz!  And you might recognize her studded jacket, it's one of my favorite pieces from my closet and a regular here on the blog in my outfit posts.

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I was so in love with the braided faux-hawk the ladies at Embellish created!  Mae's grey hair was perfectly unconventional, yet chic, and the up-do gives homage to punk culture, while still being glamorous and pretty.  Her Elizabeth Stuart dress was classic and elegant, but the giant tulle skirt was so much fun and playful.  As we walked down 6th avenue, the huge skirt flowed out behind her in the wind.  I also loved how it was slightly blush, a departure from more traditional white and ivory dresses, but still decidedly bridal.

We went with tons of gold and blush in the color scheme, and lots of sparkle.  Who says rock and roll isn't glamorous?

So many wonderful vendors contributed to the shoot, so scroll down to the bottom to see all the amazing talent involved!

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Vendors:

Florals:
Laurel's Floral Decor

Dress:
Elizabeth Stuart

Second dress:
Ivy and Aster

Chalkboard art:
Colour And Dust

Venue:
Events on 6th

Design:
Sparks Fly events

Hair + Makeup
Embellish Salon

tropical kihei maui bridal editorial

When I found out we were going to Hawai'i, I got excited about wearing pretty summery dresses and as I was shopping around for some dresses to wear, I happened upon this one.  It was too fancy to be a casual sundress, but I thought it'd look perfect in Hawai'i and got the idea to pull together a fun little faux bridal photoshoot.  I wanted to have some tropical wedding photos in my portfolio because it's be pretty dang rad to travel to a tropical location to shoot a wedding.  Right where I did the shoot there are actually real weddings all the time!  I saw at least three weddings on the beach at the same spot where these shots were taken!  I can't blame people, It's so gorgeous, especially right at sunset.  We spent every sunset down at the beach with a drink in hand and watch the sun dip into the ocean.  

I wanted an ethereal and a little bit vintage vibe, but with a tropical twist.  I made the bouquet from $28 worth of flowers from Safeway and masking tape, the crown is one I made this summer and brought with me.  

The dress is from ModCloth and I had it altered to fit me just right (and short girls, take note!  I didn't cut any length off, so I think it might be intended as a tea length, but it was the perfect length for my 5'1" frame when I was barefoot).  I knew I'd still have green hair, which didn't fit the look I was going for, so I took my black curly wig, added some curled extensions and it was perfect!  It's funny to think that the last time I was in Hawai'i this is what my  real hair looked like!

The dress is actually a bit of a light tan/nude color, and I loved how it matched the sand and how it glowed when the evening sun filtered through it!  With my black hair matching the volcanic rocks and the dress matching the sand, I unintentionally matched my location pretty well!

Since the trip was kind of our anniversary vacation, it was fun to get all "brided up" again and feel fancy.  I think women should be able to get fancy more often, especially us grown up ladies.  I mean, you have prom or homecoming as a teen and then a wedding, but after that there aren't a ton of opportunities to get super fancy.  And I think sometimes we feel self centered or vain getting dolled up, but I say screw that.  You're allowed to feel pretty and get done up if it makes you feel awesome.  I have a friend in Tacoma  who does amazing boudoir shoots and I love how it makes her clients feel like bombshells.   I think we sometimes need more glamour in our lives, and if your life isn't full of glamour naturally (which is where most of us exist, I imagine), you gotta make your own!

Something that I love about burlesque's influence on my life is that it's made me love wigs even more.  The other night I was going out to a show in Seattle with my burly-gals and I had zero time to make my hair do anything cute, so I just grabbed this wig, gave it a little twist into a side ponytail type thing, slapped on a Swarovski headband and I was ready to go!  The cheap wigs you get at the thrift store for Halloween aren't what you want, though.  Invest in one or two higher quality wigs and you're good to go!  The extensions I put in this one were a lot straighter than the curls of wig, so I just wet them down, put them in perm rods overnight until the hair was totally dry and voilà!  They perfectly matched the curl of the wig.  I'm eventually going back to black for my real hair color, so I think I might grab myself a redhead wig to keep me from wanting to dye my hair again!

ethereal alaskan winter bridal shoot

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You guys just saw some of my favorite shots from Emilee and Matt's Alaskan New Year's wedding, but I also put together a super fun styled shoot while I was up in Anchorage, so I could take full advantage of the gorgeous, snowy landscape.  Here are some of my favorites from that shoot!  I partnered with an amazing bridal shop in Anchorage, Fabulous Frocks, which happens to be owned by a gal I went to high school with!  I didn't know it when I emailed her and when I walked into the shop to meet up, I was like, "Whaaat?! Hey!!"  Going home to Anchorage always feels like I'm in such a small town, despite it being the largest city in Alaska.  Anyway,  Tara from Fabulous Frocks set us up with our amazing accessories.  Jewelry, veils, headbands, she blinged us out.  

BHLDN provided two incredible gowns and I'm a little over the moon in love with their penelope gown.  I may or may not have tried it on and flounced around in the mirror, because holy gorgeous.  

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alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride

My models are the amazing Corina and Molli.  I'm actually shooting Molli's real wedding in August and it was so much fun to do a "dry run" bridal shoot with her!  Another friend from high school,

Tess Weaver

, did makeup and I love the berry lip and eyeshadow she gave Molli.  Aren't Molli's eyes killer?  For Corina, we went with a brighter look with pink lids and fresh face.  

Andrea Moss

was our hair gal and she rocked it out with their loose updos!

Molli rocked a more vintage inspired old-hollywood glam bridal look, and I found a perfect vintage jacket in my mom's closet that happened to be my grandma's old coat!  I had never seen it before!  It actually turned out to be great because, like Matt and Emilee's shoot, temperatures were still hovering around 8ºF for this shoot.  Molli wore the

Francine gown

from BHLDN.

Corina's dress was definitely a bit more frothy and ethereal and I loved how the low sun filtered through the layers of soft tulle.  I think if I got married again I'd definitely have to consider the Penelope gown as an option because it's just so magical.  Floaty and effortlessly pretty!  Definitely a twirl-worthy gown.

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alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride

I made both the girls' bouquets from flowers at Alaska Wholesale Flower Market, which was really fun.  I'm a little obsessed with big, lush, overflowing bouquets at the moment.  Lots of greenery and texture.  Sometimes I think people forget about using greenery and go for more flowers, but I think greenery is such a great way to add fullness without spending a ton of money on fancy flowers.  

We shot on the Hillside in Anchorage, and then drove out the road down to Beluga Point for some more expansive landscape shots and on our way back we had to pull over for the most incredible sunset.  I couldn't believe the pastel colors in the sky as the sun hovered right at the horizon.  There were tons of photographers and tourists snapping away at the same location and we actually got paparazzi'd by the local newspaper and were in the paper the next day!  So funny!

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alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride
alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride

I've been loving doing styled shoots lately, they're so great for inspiration, exploring creativity, and expanding skills.  I'm doing a styled shoot this Saturday with a great local wedding + event planner which I think is going to be a blast!  It's so inspiring to team up with talented local folks and put together something really fun and exciting.  

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alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride

matt + emilee's winter wonderland alaskan wedding

At the beginning of January I flew up to my hometown of Anchorage to shoot Emilee and Matt's snowy winter wedding!  With the daylight hours super short this time of year, they got ready early in the day and we headed out in the afternoon to do their bride + groom portraits.  Their ceremony wasn't until 6pm, but by that time the sun would be down for two hours!  The week before the wedding the weather was so warm and gross that it melted most of the snow, but I scouted around a bit the day before their wedding to find some snow, and all I had to do was drive up the hillside a bit and once I got to a high enough elevation it became a snowy wonderland!  Unfortunately, the temperatures dropped as soon as I got to Anchorage and it was about 8 degrees for our shoot!  I grabbed a cute sweater from  my mom's closet, my own mittens, and Emilee brought a scarf her sister made to keep a bit warm, though after a few minutes of shooting we still needed to run back to the car and blast the heat to thaw out before heading outside for more photos!

This fence photo is one of the last ones we shot, at 2:30pm, and you can see we're catching the last of our light!  I love that Emilee wore snow boots for our shoot.  Since she had a long gown it didn't matter what shoes she wore because we weren't going to see them anyway.  She switched into her heels for the actual wedding, but I loved seeing this peek of boots in this photo.  Another tip for winter brides: wear thermal leggings under your gown!  I use this trick all the time when styling maxi dresses during winter months.  You don't see them and they really don't add any bulk at all, but keep your legs toasty warm!

We took most of these photos on the road where my old horse barn is located and it was so crazy to step out of the car and smell that old familiar scent of horses again!  Although, I don't think I miss bundling up to ride when it's 8 degrees.  I used to train all year long, regardless of the weather, and while the barn where the horses lived was heated, the arena was not.  Brr!

I know everyone's super into outdoor/barn summer weddings right now, but after doing a winter wedding, I'm so into winter weddings!  I've always loved shooting photos in the snow and snowy wedding photos are my new favorite thing!  My mom and dad had their wedding mid-December and it snowed on their wedding day and I still love those photos of them outside the log cabin chapel where they got married, with snow falling around them.  So magical!