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I loved photographing this idyllic bridal portrait session in the tropical paradise of Hawaii’s Big Island.  The contrast between this soft, simple, and infinitely elegant vintage gown against the flow of hardened lava gets me every time.  It’s a serene and tranquil beach-side, lava rock photo shoot that has such a different feel and tone from my beloved wedding photography in Spokane – what a fun challenge it is to work in different destinations around the world! This was my first experience shooting a portrait session in volcanic smog (vog), which is created as the Kilauea volcano oozes hot lava. There’s not doubt that the Hawaiian islands are made for romance, and that vog made for some pretty magical and romantic light and atmosphere at sunset!
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Many thanks to the vendors who were involved in this ethereal bridal portrait session!

Makeup | Anisha Inamasu
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab
Film Stock | Fuji 400H

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Samantha and Hayden are married!  This gorgeous couple knows how to throw a gorgeous celebration – I am loving these photos of their wedding at Hayden Lake Country Club. What a perfect day they had!

It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Samantha and Hayden on this special day.  The natural love and joy they have for each other shines through in these photos, and from the very beginning of the day I knew it would be an inspiring wedding. They have lived and traveled together as a couple to so many different places and have experienced so many different things together, and the result of which was a wonderful group of guests and family gathered together to celebrate this special occasion.  Their wedding toasts were some of the funniest and most heart-felt I’ve seen! And, to make their day even more meaningful, Sam and Hayden chose to be married on Hayden’s parents’ wedding anniversary. What a gift and an honor to share such a significant date with some of the most important people in your life.

Thank you, again, to Sam and Hayden for having me as your wedding photographer, it was a joy to capture the day and watch you become husband and wife!

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Thanks to the amazing vendors who made this day spectacular for Samantha and Hayden!

Venue | Hayden Lake Country Club
Coordination | Haley Collings
Floral Design | Rose and Blossom
Rentals | Event Rents
Cake | Stacies Cakes
Wedding Gown | Vera Wang, from Marcella’s La Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses | Christine Wu
Suit | Calvin Klein
DJ | Audio Inc. Northwest
Guitarist | Kosh Shioya
Hair | Jill Deming, JN Couture Salon
Makeup | Clear Palette Esthetics
Videography | Christine Woeller
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab

And, an extra special thank you to my friend, Rose, who assisted me throughout the day. There’s no one I would trust more to collaborate with on such an important day!  xo

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What could be more beautiful than a couple in love on a beach in Hawaii? A couple in love on a beach in Hawaii with their little babe in tow!  What a sweet session with Loren, Caroline, and their little one.

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Chelsea and Austin are engaged!  In fact, they are nearly married, as this Thursday marks their big day, but I was lucky enough to have the chance to photograph this special session for them as they prepare to say their “I do’s.”

One of the perks of being a wedding photographer in Spokane is being able to easily fly to Hawaii for destination weddings and portrait sessions – something I took advantage of as wedding season is just beginning to gear up in the Pacific Northwest. Chelsea, Austin, and I met up on Oahu, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to explore more of the island with them.  We normally use Honolulu as a short day or two layover between flights to the Big Island or elsewhere, so it was fun to see that there is more to it than just Honolulu.  Chelsea introduced me to a beautiful beach about 45 minutes from Waikiki, and I was blown away by the location.  A little forest greets you before the ocean, and it was magical!

Chelsea and Austin were magical, too.  It always warms my heart to meet couples who are so madly in love, and best friends who empower each other as well.  They are clearly full of joy, and their love radiates from these images.  It’s the real deal, y’all, and I am always honored to be in the presence of love.

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A very, very special thank you to two of the most talented wedding vendors around, Blush Beauty Styling and Ocean Dreamer Florals.  I was blown away by the beauty these two brought to this session, with their gorgeous hair and makeup, and gorgeous haku worn by Chelsea. She looked every part the queen, with her king at her side.

Hair and Makeup | Blush Beauty Styling
Haku Floral Crown | Ocean Dreamer Florals
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab
Film Stock | Fuji 400H

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