Gerrit + Jenna | MARRIED!

It's no secret that I love surprises - so when I get to help my amazing clients surprise loved ones, I get a little extra excited about it! 

Gerrit + Jenna planned what everyone thought was going to be a 40th birthday celebration to surprise Gerrit - little did they know, the joke was on them! Earlier that day, we met at Laurelhurst Park with their immediate families where they toasted, laughed, cried, and were married (by Jenna's mom!), and it could not have been more perfect. Jenna's sister even got to walk her down the aisle (something that Jenna couldn't imagine any other way).

Also, can we talk about how handsome their amazing one year old son is?! I mean, seriously...

They left the park and headed straight for the restaurant, where they surprised all of their guests when they came in the back entrance, the DJ announcing them in as husband + wife!

Gerrit + Jenna - thank you, for allowing me to capture such an intimate moment for you and your families. Wishing you a lifetime of health, wealth, and happiness <3

Teddy + Liz | Proposal

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have many iconic landmarks, and perhaps one of the most iconic is Haystack Rock.

Teddy + Liz flew out to Portland on business, and Teddy knew just where he wanted to pop the question! Neither of them had ever been, and what better way to get engaged than while experiencing somewhere new, together?

As I pulled up to the parking lot, I glanced over and saw Teddy + Liz in the spot RIGHT NEXT TO MINE! So, of course, I awkwardly hid, waiting for them to get going on their stroll down the beach, ha!

Teddy told her he wanted to watch the sunset at Haystack Rock, so they brought along a little towel and a bottle of wine to do just that... and then he stood her up, and looked into her eyes, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him...

After she said "Yes" and he told her I was there for them, we snuck in a mini engagement session, capturing the pure joy every couple feels in that moment in that beautiful glow, just before the sun dipped below the horizon.

How perfect are their Malas? They were made for them by Teddy's sister!

Teddy + Liz - thank you, for trusting me (all the way from Madison!) to capture this moment for you! I can't wait to watch your love continue to grow and unfold, and am honored to have gotten to share this with you. 

Matt + Amanda | In Love

Lifestyle sessions are some of my most favorite to shoot. I love the way that couples and families engage when they're not worried about posing for the camera, and the way the emotion shines through in their images. 

Amanda and her husband, Matt, are the proud owners of The White Dress, one of my favorite bridal boutiques in the Pacific Northwest! Aside from truly providing their clients with an amazing experience, what I love most is how much of themselves they put into their boutique. 

I was so happy to get to capture Amanda + Matt in their new home, and with their sweet kitties! We kicked things off with a little cribbage, which they played on this gorgeous, personalized board gifted to them by Matt's sister.

Then we moved into the living room, where they cozied up, mostly laughing together. One thing I LOVE about these two is Matt's ability to make Amanda laugh - all.the.time! Also, how gorgeous is the piece they hung above their couch? It highlights many iconic Portland landmarks - and was custom-designed to include The White Dress

Oh, and their kitties! How adorable are they?! I'd say this little family looks pretty sweet...

Matt + Amanda, thank you for allowing me to capture this new beginning for you - I can't wait to watch you grow and make many memories in your beautiful home! 

Makeup by the ever-talented and wonderful Olivia Hawthorne