There is a place in the woods where love grows tall. It’s so tall, in fact, that it almost touches a great, expansive sky.

 

The Lodge photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

I love shooting there.

 

It’s called Lake Crescent Lodge, and it’s part of a very majestic part of our nation named The Olympic Peninsula. Turns out, our world is a very small place. And it was through a chain of several, related little incidents that the Phillip family called upon me for Jess & Daniel’s Destination Wedding.

 

I arrived the day before the ceremony, a little weary for the wear. The night before I’d just shot another wedding in Houston (my home town). But it never fails that I step off that plane near Seattle, take in a deep breath, and feel my senses renew. Destination Weddings are always a way to see the world a little different – even more so than I try to do on the regular. A few hour’s drive over bridges and mountains I found myself back in my favorite part of the country – my second home – The Pacific Northwest. There, by the edge of Lake Crescent, a little crowd began to collect for a wedding rehearsal.

 

Sunset photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA 001 Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Smiles and laughter echoed in the air. Children played. So did adults. The energy of a wedding is always building, like bubbling in a corked bottle.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Ring Bearer photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Jess and Daniel stole their little moments in between the bustle and I began to get a sense of what their love looked like.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Bride Groom photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA 001 Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Bride Groom photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Everyone worked to practice for the wedding ceremony. Amazingly, the littles were super committed to their roles.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Flower Girl photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

As the day wore on, we settled in for dinner. And I was taken in as family. Into the fold I went, absorbing their stories and hugs. These folks have stolen a little piece of my heart. I couldn’t tear myself away and soon found that the light had gone.

 

After Sunset photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Nighttime photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

After nightfall, I was invited to the shores of the lake for friendship and s’mores. The men lit the fire, and in the darkness we huddled awaiting the growth of flames.

 

Friends and Smores by the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Friends by the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

By the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

A Blood Moon greeted us that night, making it’s way over the mountain. I only caught a tiny bit of it after the eclipsed had passed. But it reminded me of the fleeting nature of life. The importance of cherished moments and of seeing the little details as much as we can.

 

Blood Moon Image 2015 from Lake Crescent Washington by Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

There is so much love in this story. I cannot wait to share it all. More to come soon.

 

 

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Engagement sessions this time of year are a bit of a toss up in terms of the weather. And on this particular day Ashley, Zack and I had to decide if we should push on with the cloudy forecast or go for it. I’m so glad they decided to take the chance. We spent that magic hour at some of my favorite little spots in Hermann Park and captured the essence of their personalities. Ashley has this sweet and quiet quality about her, so loving and gentle. Zack is her perfect compliment with a combined sense of quiet fortitude and lighthearted sense of humor. I can see why these two embrace the way they do. When I look at couples through my lens I feel a gift being bestowed upon me. And I’m so grateful they opened up to me that day. I’m looking forward to seeing them again on wedding day. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from our engagement session:

 

Herman Park Engagement SessionTall and Sunshine Grass by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Pond and Nature by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement SessionTall Grass by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Fountain by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Engagement Ring by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session RailRoad Tracks by Plum Tree Studios AZ003 Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session RailRoad Tracks by Plum Tree Studios AZ002 Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session RailRoad Tracks by Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

Herman Park Engagement Session Oak Tree by Plum Tree Studios AZ003 Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ashley + Zack

 

On a side note, this magnificent oak tree fell to its end and rejoined the Earth just one week after our session. I felt it draw me in that day almost as if the Universe was asking for a record to be made. And isn’t that the purpose of it all: to find the beauty, the grace, marvel at life, share in that miracle, and make records of what we are so fortunate to experience. I’m so happy I got to capture it’s beauty in a photograph with such a sweet couple.

Ashley & Zack, thank you for working with me to create these images. My wish is that these will always spark the memory of what you feel for each other, and that the roots of that love grow deep to anchor your journey through life together in an unbreakable bond.

 

 

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What do you get when two, super-sweet lovebirds come together with an amazing group of friends and family for a wedding? Answer: an Epic Party and an incredibly joyous day.

Jaclyn & Alex hosted the very first wedding at Katy’s brand new wedding facility: Palacio Maria. It takes an incredibly confident and sweet bride to be the first at any venue, and Jaclyn is just that. Palacio Maria did an outstanding job. And I have loved working with this family so very much! Here is a quick little sneak of just a few on my favorite photos so far. More to come soon!

 

Jaclyn is a stunningly beautiful bride, and on wedding day she took my breath away even more than usual.

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201503 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex Sneak

 

Alex the eager groom, can’t help but tug a little at his bride’s arm during the give-away. Dad, on the other hand, is not quite done with his hug. I love that stunning iron-cast door that frames their ceremony area at Palacio Maria.

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201502 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex Sneak

 

My lovebirds at the conclusion of their beautifully sunny, outdoor ceremony: Can that wide-eyed grin of hers get any bigger?

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201501 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex Sneak

 

Stay tuned for a link to the full gallery. More photos wedding day photos are coming soon!

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It’s officially engagement session season and I’m excited to share just a tiny sneak of Laura & Donavan’s shoot. These two lovebirds are uber sweet and fun to be around, which made capturing their personality and love story super easy. Here are just a couple of my faves from our time at Hermann Park.

 

Hermann Park Engagement Session 2015 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers LS001 Hermann Park Engagement Sneak: Laura + Donavan

 

Hermann Park Engagement Session 2015 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers LS002 Hermann Park Engagement Sneak: Laura + Donavan

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We were super honored today to have four of our images featured on Bridal Guide! The article, “The Most Beautiful Ideas for Your Wedding Bouquet” was published to showcase an array of gorgeous arrangements from rustic, to textured, classic white, and boldly colored. Truly, it is eye candy made of flowers and a wonderful compilation of ideas for any bride seeking inspiration for one of the most important accent pieces on wedding day.

We are so thankful to work with such talents in the wedding industry! Agave Brothers Floral created thee of the four wedding bouquets that were chosen for the feature. A heartfelt thanks goes out to Tawnya Morse who heads the Agave Floral team for creating such stunning bouquets!

And congrats to our real brides for getting their bouquets chosen!

 

Holly’s Bouquet ~ by Agave Bros.

BridalGuide 02102015 Bouquet Feature 1024x986 Press   Bridal Guide Bouquet FeatureKathleen’s Bridesmaid Bouquet ~ by Agave Bros.

BridalGuide 02102015 Kathleen Bouquet Feature 1024x986 Press   Bridal Guide Bouquet FeatureLauren’s Bouquet ~ by Agave Bros.

BridalGuide 02102015 Lauren Bouquet Feature 1024x986 Press   Bridal Guide Bouquet FeatureCatherine’s Bouquet ~ by Edelweiss Events

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Santa Fe, Texas might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a destination wedding. But the grounds of  Haak Vineyards and Winery sure seem like a world away. We had the immense pleasure of photographing Kernita & Jason’s wedding there this fall. I cannot wait to share the full set of photos from this wedding. It was emotional, full of laughter, and happy tears. Here are just a couple of shots from my set of faves to whet your appetite. The rest will be revealed very soon!

 

001 Haak Vineyards Winery Weddings Ceremony First Kiss KJH2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers Sneak Peek: Kernita + Jason

 

001 Haak Vineyards Winery Weddings Bride and Groom KJH2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers Sneak Peek: Kernita + Jason

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T’is the season of weddings…our final BIG push before the holidays. There’s going to be a lot of work up on the blog in the next few weeks. I’m happy to share with you a tiny sneak from Duyen & Vu’s wedding day. Serious Face vs. Happy Cake Face. Which one’s your fave?

 

Wedding Photographers Houston Bride Groom Portrait DDVT2014 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers Houston Sneak Peek: Duyen + Vu

 

Wedding Photographers Houston Cake Shot DDVT2014 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers Houston Sneak Peek: Duyen + Vu

 

I love you guys and can’t wait to share the whole wedding day set coming very soon!

 

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It’s no secret that WA is like my second home. Every chance to be here is an extra special blessing. I don’t know if it’s the sweet scent of fir and cedar that fills the lungs as soon as you leave the airport, or the intense color that makes one feel as if inside a real, live version of Photoshop. It’s just home.

 

But this trip was all the sweeter because it was a return to the wondrous Lake Crescent for Bethany and Mike’s wedding. And feel at home we did because they embraced us into the folds of their wedding day from the second we arrived. Despite never even meeting over our usual Skype/Facetime sessions that we have with our destination couples, we felt like we’d known them for eons upon the very first moment. They enveloped us with happy and bright faces, warm hugs, excitement, and the sweetest compliments from the first introductions. Such a loving group of people, happy, boisterous, joyful, and fun.

 

This is their wedding day in a collection of a few of my favorite photographs:

Dress shot by Blake

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

002 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

Bethany & Mike decided to do a First Look before the ceremony – a new tradition that I’m highly fond of. We set up them up for the shots in the forest behind the lodge and then let the magic happen:

 

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

002 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

003 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

004 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

005 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

006 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

What I notice about First Looks is that they never detract, but instead add a whole new element to wedding day that includes a very private, nerve-free and loving moment for the couple. I’ve witnessed laughter and tears, gasps and giggles – all of which heighten that moment that comes soon after, which is the walk down the isle. As evident in these next shots, both Bethany and Mike were over-the-moon with elation at every point of their beautiful ceremony on the shores of Lake Crescent:

 

007 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

008 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

009 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

010 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

011 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

Here’s our awesome wedding party. I just loved the wedding colors they chose! Also, I don’t know what it is…but I seem to attract total hams for groomsmen…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Bridesmaids BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Groomsmen BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

Just the four of us took the long way around to the meadow where the reception tent was set up. There’s a path this way that goes right by the water. Bethany & Mike walked ahead and enjoyed their moment – and some incredible sunshine. My heart filled upon catching these expressions of joy and love. It’s the little things that say the most about our couples.

 

014 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Bride and Groom Portraits BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

012 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

012 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Tent Dance BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

013 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Tent Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

It truly was a magical day at one of the most majestic places in Washington. Bethany & Mikey, thank you for honoring us with your trust and friendship. We enjoyed being with all of you on this amazing day.

To view all photos from this wedding, please visit the full wedding gallery.

 

 

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We are prepping for the big reveal of Leasha & Owen’s late summer wedding – location to remain secret. Hint: it did take place in Houston, but we could have been somewhere in Europe by the looks of this setting. This place was super amazing! But what’s more amazing is the love these two share. They are best described as shy, quiet and incredibly sweet. I cheated a little and shot a teensy bit of their first look (which they wanted to do all by themselves). Just a couple of sneaks from their day…can’t wait to share more!

 

Wedding Photographers Houston First Look LMOB2014 Plum Tree Studios 001 Wedding Photographers Houston: Leasha + Owen Sneak Peek

 

Wedding Photographers Houston Bridal Portrait LMOB2014 Plum Tree Studios 001 Wedding Photographers Houston: Leasha + Owen Sneak Peek

 

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What can I tell you about Ellen and Daniel that you can’t guess from their session photos? Let’s start with a little background on their love story. They met in college, though dated much later…a fact that makes Ellen’s eyes twinkle and Daniel’s grin widen as they tell the tale. For it was Ellen that made the first move at a Black Eyed Peas concert. Sometimes a guy needs a little nudge. *wink

 

Their proposal story was equally delightful to hear – an anecdote about clever planning and the serendipity of a car breakdown. All ended well, as you can tell. They are fun, sweet, easy-going and definitely a great looking couple. I had so much fun on our recent engagement session shot at Hermann Park at sunset. Here are some of my favorites from the day.

 

001 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

003 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

004 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

005 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

006 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

007 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

008 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

009 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

010 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

I cannot wait to  see these guys again for wedding day. Thank you for an amazing session – your love is palpable and I enjoyed our time at the park.

If you’d like to see the full gallery, please use the following link: Ellen & Daniel • E-Session

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