“….when I saw you even the air around me fell in love. That’s the thing about love, it knows no limits, it’s divine” - Anita Krizzan
There’s something so beautiful about a bride feeling completely free and getting ready in the beautiful outdoors, and this is exactly how I love to begin our days. And Piney River Ranch is the perfect place to do that.
With the mountains and lake seemingly surrounding the ceremony, Todd stood in front of family and friends anxiously awaiting the arrival of his bride. Two by two the bridesmaids and groomsmen proceeded down the aisle and now it was finally time for Nicole. As she stood at the top of the stairs the smile on Todd’s face grew larger. The ceremony even featured live instrumentals. When they were announced as husband and wife it was obvious Nicole and Todd were ready to celebrate!
As expected the reception did not disappoint. Keeping with the adventurous spirit of both the bride and groom, guests were treated to s’mores outside as the sun began to fall. The dance floor never seemed to be empty and laughter filled the room. It was the perfect celebration to a day filled with love and excitement.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this incredible day!
January of 2009 seems like ages ago; I was just a kid myself. I found myself working long hours into the nights. I found this work schedule stressful and overwhelming at times but looking back on it I’m so glad I did it. After a long day of work I would go to the 24 Hour Fitness location close to my house. At 11:00 at night it’s rare to find someone interesting to talk to. One night I was taken aback by the handsome man behind the counter. In fact, he was the most handsome man I had ever seen in my life. Being unsure of myself I decided to casually check to see when he would be working again so I could also be there.
Little by little I managed to start conversations with him which sparked an incredible friendship. The friendship turned into much, much more. Before I knew it we were building a life together. Our relationship grew quickly from boyfriend/girlfriend to puppy parents. In just three short years after becoming puppy parents we became parents to the most beautiful little girl. Taylor Leigh – or, as I love to call her, T. I had no idea I was capable of such love but here I was overjoyed at my life with both of them. Three years after that he finally popped the question. Sometimes men tend to drag their feet but it was worth the wait. After 15 months of planning and 7 years of being together we stood at the altar on May 13th, 2016 and become husband and wife.
The morning of our wedding I woke up filled with so many emotions. I began to write the last letter I would write Garrett as his fiance’. As I watched T run around my room my eyes filled with tears. Tears of excitement, joy and love. I listed to the playlist of our favorite songs and noticed how content I felt. I wasn’t nervous at all. I kept thinking one thing over and over in my head: GARRETT IS GOING TO BE MY HUSBAND TODAY!
Once my bridesmaids began to arrive everything fell into place perfectly. I found it touching to have my best friends around who had watched my love for Garret bloom into what it was today. I was brought to tears when my brother arrived. His calm presence quickly washed over me and I realized he was exactly the person I needed to see at that moment. Putting on my wedding dress made everything real for me. This was it. This was the beginning of the rest of my life. T helped me put the finishing touches on my look for the day. The moment I was able to share with my mom was so incredibly special to me. Our times together always are but this was different. When I was able to see my daddy it was such a moving moment for me. This was the man who made me the woman I am today. He was my protector. My hero. It was only fitting that I see him before Garrett. After all, he taught me what true love is.
Garrett and I decided to do a ‘first look.’ I’m so happy we did. Spending that quiet moment with him before we said ‘I do’ brought an energy to the day I couldn’t expect. Looking into his eyes I knew this was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. We had come so far together; experienced so much. I knew without a doubt the best was yet to come.
I want to take a minute and give a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our friends, family and vendors who made this day perfection. Every little girl dreams about what her wedding day will look like and mine far surpassed any dreams I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend every single one of our vendors. They did not disappoint.
Sweet T helping me put on my shoes
These photos of Garrett & T in the morning are some of my favorites.
No cufflink holes… no problem.
By far my favorite photo of T. EVER.
We did a whiskey box ceremony to be opened on our first anniversary with love letters we wrote to each other.
My veil completely wrapped around the pole.
Meet Lindsay, one of my longest friends. We played dinosaurs way back when so I had her reading be “the lovely dinosaur”
Crying grooms are my favorite, especially when he’s mine.
Practicing our first dance
Venue: The Sanctuary Golf Club
Planner: Mark Christopher Weddings & Events – I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mark. He is truly a phenomenal friend and a extraordinary wedding planner.
Florist: Bella Calla – Our florals were absolutely stunning. You made every vision I had come to life.
Cake: Kelley Kakes – By far the prettiest cake I’ve ever ever seen! It was unlike anything I’ve seen before, and fit so perfectly with every other aspect of our design.
Calligraphy signs: Katie Rogers – These were such perfect additions to our day. You an amazing artist. I love you.
Dress: Emma & Grace – You ladies were absolutely wonderful in completely re-designing the dress I had purchased. It turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
Veil: Love Veils – Cori, you made finding the perfect veil absolutely painless.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vow to Be Chic – The process with these dresses was perfect. And the fact that we were able to rent designer dresses was a huge win!
DJ & Photo Booth: Elite Entertainment – As always you guys blew me away by your incredible talent.
Hair: Hayley Styles – Sweet Hayley. You did such a beautiful job on my hair, making it look exactly how I had wanted it. Even after me changing it post trial. You are a gem.
Makeup: Make-up by Heather B – My makeup was completely flawless throughout the entire day, with 0 touch-ups needed.
Dance Choreography: Erin Fitzgerald – You created the perfect dance to fit Garrett & I’s personalities.
Photography: Gabe McClintock Photography – Our photos are breathtaking and I love looking through them, and re living every second of the most perfect day of our lives.
Videography: Bosha Video – Kim you captured what we needed perfectly! I will cherish our videos forever.
When we first met Morgan and Kellen we could feel the spark between them. Some couples just touch your soul and they certainly did. Not only was the love between them obvious but their playful love had me more than excited for this wedding. Morgan’s classic dress combined with the subtle colors in the wedding party matched perfectly with the backdrop of the landscape. It felt soft and sweet while still being electrically romantic. Every detail was perfect including the live guitarist set off to the side of guests. Keeping true to their creative sides they chose a reading from Method Man during the ceremony.
“Shorty I’m there for you, anytime you need me,
For real girl, it’s me in your world, believe me,
Nothing make a man feel better than a woman,
Queen with a crown that be down for whatever,
There are few things that’s forever, my lady,
We can make war or make babies.
Back when I was nothing you made a brother feel like he was something,
That’s why I’m with you to this day boo, no fronting,
Even when the skies were gray you would rub me on my back and say, baby, it’ll be okay
Now that’s real to a brother like me, baby.
And I’mma walk these dogs so we can live in a fat-ass crib with thousands of kids,
Word life, you don’t need a ring to be my wife,
Just be there for me and I’mma make sure we be living in the lap of luxury,
I’m realizing that you didn’t have to funk with me, but you did, now I’m going all out kid, and I got mad love to give, you my everything.”
The true victory in life lies not on the field but in the heart. I was honored to witness the electric connection between these two. Their passion for each other is undeniable and it just resonates from these photos. Congratulations Brandon & Nadia, thank you for braving the cold, and for allowing me to document your incredible love story. I’m excited to see where your future takes you.
We met Morgan some 6 years ago. She was one of the first people I had ever photographed. When she got engaged to Zach she asked if we would be willing to fly out to Washington. Of course combining our love for travel and weddings was a definite yes.
We spend a week riding ferries, exploring Pikes Place Market, and enjoying what the gorgeous state of Washington had to offer.
I love Morgan & Zach’s story, so I’m going to let Morgan tell it. Enjoy.
“Zach and I have known each other since infancy but we grew up in different states. Our story wouldn’t pick up again until we were 17 and met at a reunion in Cannon Beach, Oregon the summer of 2007. We were both a little bit smitten, roasting s’mores on the beach, late nights filled with stories, piecing together the last 12 years. Then senior year of high school came for both of us, Zach was accepted to the prestigious United States Military Academy and I went off to Azusa Pacific in Southern California. We spent hours on the phone and I made annual trips out for the academy balls but the timing wasn’t right for us yet.
Then in the fall of 2013 Zach deployed to Afghanistan and we reconnected. We began corresponding as often as we could and on December 26th, 2013 we decided to try a very long distance relationship. When Zach got back to the states we started to plan my move from Colorado to Washington, where he was stationed at Ft. Lewis. After 12 months of being long distance I made the move to join him. Then on February 28th we planned a trip back to Cannon Beach for the first time together since 2007. As we were watching the sunset Zach got down on one knee and proposed and then we roasted smores together again.
My inspiration for the wedding centered around our historic venue and the dress uniforms worn in the Army. I wanted something romantic and elegant, a magical night that could whisk everyone away for a few hours to celebrate love and enjoy good music and lots of dancing. The wedding was a formal affair, floor length Navy dresses for the bridal party and dress blues and tuxedos for the men. Our color palette was navy, gold, and blush. My uncle was our florist and he transformed an already beautiful venue into an enchanted fairy tale. We gave a nod to the Army by having the saber arch, which is comprised of 6 officers in uniform creating an arch out of sabers. The bride and groom walk through until they are stopped at the end where they must give a kiss to pass. As the bride and groom exit the final saber bearer taps the bride and says “Welcome to the army ma’am.” It was a night to remember because I got to enter into a lifelong commitment with my best friend, the man who surpassed my wildest dreams. All the other details were just icing on the cake.”
We’ve had a incredible year with some truly fantastic couples. We will splitting our year end review into a few different categories. So we are starting out with our favorite wedding day portraits of 2015. Take a peek.
Chanelle & I met some 6 years ago, and I have followed her and Sean’s story since the beginning, and was thankful we were able to be a part of their journey from engagement through their big day. It allowed me to see how magical their love truly is for each other.
The blush Jenny Yoo dresses the bridesmaids wore matched the outdoor ceremony perfectly giving it a whimsical feel. Chanelle was escorted down the aisle by both her father and her mother showing the close bond they all shared. The emotion among the guests was electric.
The reception that followed was as fairy-tale as the ceremony was but with lots of dancing and laughter, and even a surprise dance from Chanelle & her father.
We are so happy we were able to follow you through this process. We wish you nothing but the best in the future!