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Shooting a wedding at Beacon Hill Winery is always such a pleasure. Not only are the staff amazing, there’s something about it that feels a little bit like coming home, too. I love everything about this venue! And what a perfect pairing it was with the darling Katie and Blake, who were a dream to photograph on their special day, and just lovely to plan with throughout this past year.

There is so much that can be said about these two, and about the love they share.  They’re one of the happiest, most genuine, and thoughtful couples I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and there are so many things that stood out to me about their wedding.  For one thing, Katie was the talent behind every bit of hand lettered goodness sprinkled throughout the wedding details, and she did a phenomenal job honoring her family, with a gorgeous heirloom ring as her “something blue,” a special first look with her dad, and beautiful embroidered hankies for both him and herself. Her wedding ring even incorporates diamonds from both her side of the family and Blake’s, and I love that she’s wearing their history on her finger.

As Katie’s maid of honor mentioned, you can’t help but love Katie when you meet her. And, as Blake’s best man mentioned, Katie is Blake’s passion. It’s obvious that he pours his everything into their relationship and making Katie happy, which is  just a dream to see.  My favorite part of the day was when he snuck Katie away after their ceremony, for some private time together, just the two of them.  He had arranged for flowers, champagne, appetizers, candles – the works – to be set up at a little table away from all of the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, and I think it was the best surprise ever.

Cheers to this happy couple, and here’s to many more years of passion and surprises!

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Thanks to all of the amazing vendors who made this wedding so lovely!

Venue | Beacon Hill Winery
Florals | Special Touch Florist
Hair | Alicia Sanger
Makeup | The Makeup Studio
Cake | Sweet Dreams Bakery
Gown | Amanda’s Bridal & Tux
Suit | Men’s Wearhouse
Handlettering | Katie Jensen
Officiant | Kaleb Fischer
DJ | Audio Incorporated

 

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Ah, love on the beach!  We traveled to the coast for this beautiful engagement session with Scott and Amy, which was only fitting, considering it’s where they got engaged.  They’re busy planning for their Settler’s Creek wedding next summer, and I can’t wait to capture those photos.  In the meantime, though, I might just have to pack up and move to the beach, because this pretty light is my happy place!

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Ah, this beautiful couple – so happy and in love! The excitement and anticipation of a couple engaged to be married is just so hard to beat, and it was a joy to photograph this engagement session for Madee and Spencer as they prepare for their future together. I always recommend that my clients prepare for their engagement session with as much emphasis and attention to detail as they would their wedding day, by treating themselves to professional hair and makeup, and finding the perfect outfits to compliment their style, and this session is a great example of how doing so allows you to shine in front of the camera, both individually and as a couple.

I asked Madee to share a little about her relationship with Spencer, and here is what she had to say:

Spencer and I originally met at a college party that he and his roommates were hosting.  He introduced himself to me, but I had a boyfriend at the time.  Our paths crossed again later at the campus library, when I was single once again, and he invited me to go out with him and his friends.  I didn’t go, but fortunately, after getting to know each other a bit more, a little more talking, and a few dates together, our relationship became effortless. We do just about everything together! We  love being outside and going on new adventures, but we also love coming home from a long day of work to make dinner together and spend the evening together.  Spencer is the most thoughtful person I have ever met, and we find so much fun in whatever we do. Our relationship thrives in our happiest times together, and strengthens in our difficulties. Spencer never ceases to amaze me, and I can’t wait to build a life with him and see where this crazy thing called marriage takes us.

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Thanks so much to Beauty by Megz for the gorgeous hair and makeup she created for Madee! One thing I love about being a Spokane wedding photographer is the amazing community of wedding professionals we have here, and I’m always honored to have the opportunity to collaborate on beautiful photo shoots together!

Hair and Makeup | Beauty by Megz
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab

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These Hayden Lake Country Club wedding photos hold a special place in my heart, because the bride and groom have a special place there as well.  I have truly loved getting to know Jenny, Kurt, and Jenny’s family over the past year, and it was an absolute pleasure watching their wedding vision come to life little by little, until this magical summer day when everything came together so beautifully as they became husband and wife.

Jenny and Kurt planned their destination wedding while living in California, and the fact that their guests traveled from far and wide to be in Idaho for their special day speaks volumes as to the warmth and kindness they exude, both individually and as a couple. Love permeated the day! To borrow a quote from Tom Mullen, “happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.” I have no doubt that this happy marriage will continue to blossom throughout the years, and I’m so honored to have been on board to capture day one of their union!

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Jenny and Kurt assembled a tremendous team to help craft the wedding of their dreams, and I am so pleased to have been part of it.  Thank you to my wedding colleagues who made the day magical for the lovely couple and their guests!

Venue | Hayden Lake Country Club
Styling & Coordination | Soiree Event Design
Florals | Garden of Eden Floral Design
Makeup | Makeup by Evelyn Mauro
Hair | Designs by Janet Suzanne
Wedding Gown | Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaid Dresses | Show Me Your MuMu
Tuxedo | Hugo Boss
Catering | Hayden Lake Country Club
Invitation Suite | Copper Willow Paper Studio
Rentals | Design Events
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arm Table Rentals | Spokane Farm Tables
DJ | Epic Vibe
Photography | Sarah Elle Norman, Park Road Photography
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab

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