Fall in Love with Elianne + Neil
We were so excited and honored that Elianne and Neil asked us to photograph their wedding in Lacey, Washington.
When going to new places with our clients, we love going early to scout the area for great locations to take portraits. Upon our arrival at the venue, we were warmly greeted by the groom, Neil. We all ran off to look at the beautiful house and the property it sat on.
September weather in the PNW is notorious for being unpredictable, and with rain clouds looming in the horizon, what was supposed to be an outdoor ceremony was moved inside. These kind of last minute changes can make a bride very nervous or stressed but Elianne was perfectly calm and collected. Nothing fazed her that day from marrying her best friend, Neil!
Indoor weddings on overcast days can serve as a tough challenge to capture but we lucked out with a beautiful venue that had a lot of windows letting natural light in. With their vision of a fall-colored wedding and the rainy weather, it couldn’t have felt any more autumnal that day. Elianne’s sunflowers in her bouquet and decorations really brightened things up.
Elianne and Neil’s young son, Evan, was running around during preparations and a quick rehearsal run-through—so we knew we had to get some shots of him seeing his mom for the first time in her wedding dress. Plus, we took some shots of Elianne’s dad’s first look. These were priceless moments captured!
The ceremony itself was heartfelt and beautiful. Intimate weddings are always our favorite because you can share inside jokes, add personal touches to the vows, and you can look out to the audience — everybody you love is right there.
After the ceremony, we seized the brief window of sunshine and dashed outside to do some portraits of the bride and the groom along with their bridal parties in a race before the rain started up again.
All throughout the ceremony and the photo-taking, we could smell the delicious BBQ that was roasting the dinner for the reception. With that deliciousness wafting through the air, we could tell all of the bridal party was ready to dig in some brisket and chicken, so we wrapped up the photos and went back inside the house.
When dinner concluded, it was time to get the party started — Toby definitely wanted to dance along to all the music that was playing! The celebrating and dancing was a blast because before we knew it, it was time to cut the cake. Toby set himself up outside to get a different perspective through the window, and Sami hung by the cake table for the perfect shots.
Our other favorite thing to do with our clients is just to be a fly on the wall, we captured so many unseen moments like Neil’s mother sitting down with Elianne, Evan playing with bubbles, and many of their friends and family chatting and bonding with each other.
In a snap, our day came to an end with laughter, hugs, and love. We couldn't be any more grateful for Elianne and Neil for giving us a chance to witness and capture the power of love we saw that day.
Congratulations to the three of you, and we wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness and love!