I met Bailee + Taylor at Cayla + Thomas’ wedding last fall. I loved getting to know them better during their engagement session where we spent time in their first home and on the farm that had been in Taylor’s family for many generations. They are truly the sweetest couple.

Cold weather and rain were forecasted for the wedding, but it ended up being a truly beautiful spring day. Here are a few of my favorite moments:

// As Bailee and her dad walked down the aisle, the flowering trees shed their buds, and they sparkled in the sun as they fell with the wind. It was magical to watch nature embrace such a profound moment in their marriage.

// During the ceremony, the family passed along their wedding bands and prayed over them. I loved the sentiment and symbolism behind that moment.

// Right after Bailee put her dress on, her mother turned to her and tearfully gave the advice to “be happy.” It was such a simple statement, but it was truly profound all the same.

// Both mothers were incredibly emotional all day. I had a difficult time keeping it together watching their faces! It was obvious how much they love their children and how much they care about their union. After Bailee and Taylor had exited the sparkler line and jumped in the getaway car, I saw Taylor’s parents embrace and tear up a little bit. It was one of those quiet moments that I felt honored to witness.

// I had the pleasure of getting to know the Fralicks at Cayla + Thomas’ wedding last fall, and it was so wonderful to see them on the dance floor again. There’s nothing I love more than getting to work with a family time and time again.

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We all woke up while the earth was still dark, only hours after they had eloped at sunset the evening before. We saw the sun peeking over the horizon in the distance and pulled over quickly to take in the sunrise at a beach off the beaten path. Surfers paddled in the distance. The air was still crisp with morning dew, and there was a quiet peace that rolled from the waves to the sand.

We continued our journey to the Waihee Ridge Trail, taking in the mountains and increasing elevation as we drove. The dark clouds teased us with rain, but the sun pushed them away and peeked through to cast the most beautiful morning light.

We hiked through mud, mosquitos, and rainforest. About two miles in, we came upon the most epic view of the mountains with the sun spotlighting the terrain. It was an incredible morning.


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I’m elated to introduce y’all to my spring intern, Emma! I’ve already had the pleasure of working with her for the past three weddings, and she’s incredibly talented + kind-hearted. I can’t wait to see how she grows over the rest of the spring season.

I always ask my interns to write a bit about themselves so that my couples can get to know them. From Emma:

Great loves almost always have a long crazy story about how they came about.  The food you never really cared for as a kid is your favorite, the boy you never took notice of is the man you fall for and marry, and the hobby you never thought you’d have becomes a passion that you plan to make your life’s work.  How that comes about and the way it makes you feel – words can never do it justice.  That’s probably why I love photography so much, because it gets us so much closer to paying the tribute to the feelings you’ll never find the words for.  Plus, I’m a really terrible writer – so that’s a bonus.

When I was a kid, I wanted to work at Taco Bell or be Bozo (does anyone remember him?).  Later, I thought I was going to be an architect, so I went to architecture school.  There, I met my husband and my world flipped a little bit.  A lot of stuff happened in-between then and now but, it’s because of him and our two sons that my perspective on life has changed.  

They add so much love and craziness to my life that has helped me grow as a person, a woman, and a mother.  I am so many things I never thought I would be because of them and a photographer is definitely on that list.

Because of them, I believe in things I cannot prove, I listen to my heart and love deeper than I ever thought I could.  The crazy just adds to the adventure.

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