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favorite venue | copper creek inn

Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios

Copper Creek Inn is one of my favorite venues to shoot.  Not only is it a beautiful, woodsy, cozy, and intimate, but I also happened to have my honeymoon there nearly four years ago!  Every time I get to go back to shoot a wedding I have so much nostalgia for those first few days married spent hunkered down in a rustic log cabin on the side of Mount Rainier.  

Copper Creek is a relatively small venue, the weddings that I've shot had no more than 60 guests, but it's only a couple hours outside of Seattle and the venue has a handful of gorgeous little cabins for the family and wedding party to stay at and get ready in, which makes for a really fun summer-camp-like wedding morning.

I love how natural settings bring their own beauty, making the decor budget a lot smaller.  Copper Creek features, no surprise, a creek that winds its way through the middle of the property and the large river rocks speckling the creek bed are one of my favorite places for portraits.  

One of the best parts of the reception area is the huge fire pit where guest can warm up, roast marshmallows, and chat into the evening.  I'd take fireside conversation over a fancy cocktail hour chit chat any day.  So intimate and homespun.

I can't wait to shoot more weddings at this little mountainside gem!  See more of Lindsay + Harrison's October wedding here, and Aaron + Laura's September wedding here!  And check out Copper Creek Inn's website here!

Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios
Copper Creek Wedding Photography, Ashford WA | Liz Morrow Studios

flower power styled look with bhldn

BHLDN asked me if I wanted to partner with them to style one of their gorgeous dresses and I fell in love with this short, fun, Anna Sui dress.  I was inspired by a more vintage, 60s/70s, bohemian look and I love how it is definitely influenced by flower power prints of the 60s, but is sophisticated and modern at the same time.  This look is more styled for winter, but I think I might give it a remix and style it for a summer flower power inspired look!  It's basically begging for a flower crown, am I right?  That being said, I am a little obsessed with flower crowns, so maybe it's just me.

dress +  shoes +  headband/courtesy of bhldn :: necklace(similar)/handmade :: tights/target

bhldn bridal showcas

Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration

 A couple weeks ago I popped up to Seattle to visit BHLDN for a little wedding event they were putting on!  The Seattle BHLDN is located inside the Anthropologie store and I'm proud to say I didn't buy anything (even though I wanted to buy everything).  They had treats from local bakeries, apps and libations from local caterers, and a curated selection of wedding vendors including a photographer, handmade bow-ties, a calligrapher, a florist, and more!  I never did the whole wedding dress shopping thing since I wore my mom's dress, but I do get a little wistful for that experience I never had!  BHLDN has so many stunning dresses, it'd be so much fun to try them all on and feel like an ethereal goddess!  Though I'm sure it wouldn't be quite as magical as searching for the dress to wear on the day.  Still, I say life needs more excuses for dressing up and feeling like a goddess, eh?  Also: drinking champagne while shopping.  More of that.

Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios, BHLDN Wedding Inspiration

stunning wedding gowns under $1000

ith shows like "Say Yes to the Dress" showing women trying on dresses in the thousands-of-dollars range, the dress can feel like it might be a huge chunk of your wedding budget!  I'm a firm believer that you can find a stunningly perfect wedding gown that doesn't send your budget into outer space.  There are tons of options now when it comes to wedding gowns and many brides don't feel obligated to shop at bridal shops that only stock super expensive designer gowns.  There are so many online shops, as well as vintage options, and plenty of amazing gown makers on Etsy even!  

I skipped the wedding dress shopping adventures and opted for a hand-me-down gown, but I know that dress shopping can feel stressful, especially when you're sticking with a budget.  There are lots of absolutely jaw-drop-gorgeous dresses out there for under $1000, under $500, and even under $200 or $100!  But today I'm sharing a handful of my favorite gowns between $500 and $1000.  

Free People

just came out with

their new wedding line, Ever After

, and I'm pretty sure that if I had bought a wedding dress for my ceremony, it probably would've come from Free People. That being said, The Penelope gown from BHLDN is super dreamy and I actually got to try it on for a couple minutes when I had it on hand for a styled shoot earlier this year.  

So

pretty.  It definitely would've been in the running for my "the one!"

To see more from that styled shoot (and more of the Penelope Gown and BHLDN's Francine Gown too)

click here

!

Free People

($750.00)  //

Free People

($775.00) //

BHLDN

($970.00) //

BHLDN

($800.00)

BHLDN

($1000.00) //

BHLDN

($800.00) //

Modcloth

($694.99) //

ShopBob

($897.00)

ethereal alaskan winter bridal shoot

alaska, bridal, anchorage, wedding photographer, alaskan bride

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.  

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

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
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!

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'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.  

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

moorea seal's seattle flagship store opening

On Friday I had the pleasure of getting to go to Moorea's flagship brick & mortar store soft-opening party to preview everything and celebrate with her.  I first "met" Moorea when we both worked for Freckled Nest Design creating blog designs.  I realized that she lived in Seattle and started reading her blog and lusting after her beautiful jewelry creations, which at the time she sold in her etsy shop.  We've become friends over the years and I love getting to hang out with her at blog meet-ups and blogger conferences.  Last year when she launched her online retail store she used my home for a product photo shoot and I basically wanted to steal everything she brought for the shoot.  I was so impressed with the caliber of designers and the curation of products she'd chosen to sell and was so excited for her.  

One of the things I adore about Moorea is how she's constantly thinking of ways to give back.  Her store donates a portion of every sale to amazing causes and she's completely committed to empowering women and helping people, which I deeply admire.  When I heard that she was opening a brick and mortar shop in Seattle I was so thrilled for her.  I knew it would be stunning and as I walked through the doors on Friday my expectations were exceeded.  This woman is a powerhouse and I love her vision.  

If you're not local, you can still shop on her online shop here, full of the same beautiful items!

Moorea Seal Store

2523 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington