Olympic Peninsula Wedding
Olympic Peninsula Wedding
Megan and Eric’s Pacific Northwest wedding day began with an early morning ferry ride for me across the Puget Sound to head to the quaint town of Port Gamble on the Olympic Peninsula. The day was foggy (classic Seattle weather setting the mood), and I was giddy with excitement (which is a big deal because I’m not a morning person) as my car winded along the roads. Megan and Eric’s day was filled with simple, yet dramatic, details that were thoughtfully chosen.
I will never get over first looks. They are simply the best moments, and I feel so privileged every time I get to capture one. You could see the anticipation and excitement in Eric as he waited for Megan to make her way towards the woods where he stood. As soon as his gaze saw his stunning bride, the tears were flowing (and I’m not just talking about myself behind the camera lens). You could see how much he loves Megan, and he just simply could not NOT cry! Rain began to fall and out came the clear umbrellas (and, boy, am I glad they did!). Who would have thought that a detail like a clear umbrella could add so much personality and depth to a photo?
Intimate Forest First Looks: Grab the Kleenex
Can’t get enough of these emotion-packed first look photos? You’ll love Cody’s reaction to seeing Emily for the first time on their wedding day in the Washington woods.
The drop-dead details did not end with their first look. The gals carried bouquets that were created with flowers from Pike’s Place Market while rocking leather jackets over their dresses. I mean, COME ON. It doesn’t get more Pacific Northwest than that.
Their ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Church, built way back in 1879. The original wooden pews sat aligned in a quaint chapel with beautiful teal walls. I truly felt like I had traveled back in time to the days of Yellowstone being named as the first national park in the world. Now, before you ask, yes. Yes, I did do research to find out what was happening in our country during the 1870s. What do you do in your spare time?
Okay, back to Megan and Eric. Their ceremony truly ended with a bang as they walked down the aisle, up the stairs to the balcony, and pulled the rope that rang the church bell for all of Port Gamble, WA to hear. To set the scene for you, Port Gamble is a picturesque National Historic Landmark town reporting almost 1,000 people during the last census. So, when the church bell rings at St. Paul’s, the whole town knows! How fun is that?!
After their ceremony, Megan and Eric escaped for some epic photos in the Washington woods. One of my favorite things to do for couples to to personally scout out locations based off of their personalities. For Megan and Eric, I knew I wanted to take them somewhere deep in the moody woods where ferns thrive. So, once I arrived on the peninsula, I drove around the area searching for the perfect spot. Where we ended up was somewhere you could easily miss driving by, but it made for some epic portraits of the bride and groom nestled among the Washington pines.
Personalized Scouted Locations for Your Dream Adventure
I love highlighting my couples’ personalities through the location of their photos. Do you want a long hike or a short hike? Do you love chasing waterfalls or epic mountain backdrops? Do you love to be between the pines (lol) or along the coast? Let’s find a location that perfectly represents who you are as a couple! Want some epic location inspiration? Check out Natalie and Jake’s Mount Rainier Adventure Session.