I've known Emily and Josh since their sophomore years at WSU Vancouver, around the time they first started dating. I'd taken their photos at various events or activities on campus during their college years and we had become friends. I was beyond excited and honored when they asked me to shoot their wedding! So, on a gorgeous(ly hot) 103 degree day in August, I drove up to a beautiful farm in La Center, Washington to capture their special day.
One thing I love about Emily and Josh is their sass and goofiness. Having known them for years, we are totally comfortable around each other and freak flags can fly freely. No awkward moments between these two, only laughs and lots of love. Turns out their friends are also hilarious, so the day was super entertaining start to finish. Starting with the bridesmaids ... These bridesmaids (and bridesman) had one photo request: to reenact the "Bridesmaids" movie poster. I'd say they did a pretty good job.
The morning of the wedding, Emily got a special delivery from her groom: some sweet custom Vans. These two are big Disney fans, can you tell?
Now this. Is a ring.
That moment when you put on the dress and you know you look good.
Proud parents get me every time. Here's the bride and her mom, followed by her new mother-in-law.
The bride's coach (aka: Dad's vintage car) that will get her to the altar on time.
Getting ready for the first look before the ceremony, I walked the groom in place, made him hang out by a koi pond (in the shade, again it was 103F!) and sent his bride in to say hello.
First Look nervousness out of the way, the sass returned. These two!
Here's a look at some of their bridal portraits. We chased beautiful light and shade, anywhere we could find it!
Pre-ceremony, it was time to gather the troops and use the light. Lots of beautiful people to fit in one frame (and around a small koi pond), but we did it!
Gorgeous bridesmaids -- I loved these colors!
The groomsmen were so, so ready for their turn. We did the nice, smiley, formal portraits of each with the groom, but they each took a turn creating their own poses. Thanks for making my job fun!
Niece-bonding before the aisle walk. Father of the bride, getting his boutonniere fixed on.
Again, proud parents make me cry---every time.
The new little family on a very big day.
Josh anxiously awaits Emily's arrival the the end of the aisle.
This wedding party knows how to make an exit.
Signing on the dotted line ... Getting in a good sister hug afterwards. They're the best! A horse arena transforms into a reception hall with fairy lights and candles.
The thing is: if you're dressed like a princess, little girls might mistake you for one, gather round, ask questions and want hugs. It happens.
First dance ... Toasts by candlelight and the evening closes in ... All in all it was a beautiful wedding and even the extreme heat couldn't touch that. Congratulations to my friends Emily and Josh, may you live a happy, healthy life and laugh everyday!