After a few moments of silence and a few rapid blinks to contain the tears, these were the first words Brittany was able to utter while wearing her gorgeous dress, holding her beautiful flowers, and seeing herself in the mirror for the first time as the truly stunning bride that she was. It was heartfelt, emotional, and moving; a theme that continued to hold strong throughout the day. In every single moment, from their first look to their first kiss as husband and wife, the love Brittany and Doug share was overwhelmingly present, sincere, and beautiful. It was a spectacular day and I am so honored and blessed to have been able to share in the joy that surrounded the new Mr. & Mrs. LaPalm as they celebrated with their closest family and friends.
Many thanks to Brittany & Doug for inviting me to share these special moments, and special thanks to Davin for assisting.
I first met Shelby back in March over a lovely cup of coffee, where I was instantly drawn to her bubbly personality and the way her eyes lit up when she talked about her soon-to-be husband, Aaron. The love these two have for each other is blissfully obvious, and it took me about three sips of my iced Americano to realize that I really, reallllllllly wanted to photograph their October wedding. I must have not screwed up the meeting too badly (hehehe), because fast forward two months later and I found myself getting to spend a beyond gorgeous afternoon with Shelby + Aaron, meandering around Seattle for this super fun engagement session.
Like I said, I already knew I would love working with Shelby + Aaron, but this statement was confirmed when they acted completely unfazed by my typical photography antics, such as my crawling around in the dirt at Discovery park to snap just the right angle, or my random prompting for Aaron to “GRAB SHELBY LIKE A MAN AND KISS HER LIKE YOU MEAN IT!!!”. Seriously, they were a photographers dream. And they are Seahawk fans. Long story short, Shelby + Aaron may just be the coolest couple ever, and I feel so darn lucky to be a part of this special time in their life.
Congratulations Shelby + Aaron, and Goooo Seahawks!
So, about that “2014 bucket list” I mentioned a few weeks back? Well, we can cross a Montana road trip off the list! BAM. Mission accomplished, and boy, was it a good time (minus the 18+ round-trip hours of driving time, but in all honesty, they wasn’t too bad either).
What brought me to the snow-capped mountains of Whitefish, Montana, you might ask? Whelp, I was on a mission to spend nearly 5 days with the gorgeous lady you see in the ‘sneak peek’ photographs below (okay the first photo might not be our best look but it pretty much sums up our friendship in a single frame, so I had to include it).
Casady and I first met when we were both working at a photography company in the college town of Pullman, Washington, and it was a friendship-love at first sight. Confession, I actually remember crying in the bathroom office the day she moved back to Montana, which really should have been her first clue that she wouldn’t be able to get rid of me so easily (muah ha ha). Two years, a few jobs and a handful of relocations later, Casady and I are still wonderful friends despite the miles and miles of country highways and farmland between us. In a few months that distance is only going to get bigger, but I am so freaking excited for Casady that I can’t even be sad for myself.
Casady, using all the spunk and spontaneity that I love about her, is moving to NEW ZEALAND this October. New..Freaking..Zealand.
You know those people who talk about living life to the fullest but who are, in reality, too scared to actually DO anything about it? The people who say they would travel if only they could find the money or if only they could find the time, or any of the multitude of other excuses we use to justify what’s actually holding us back. You won’t find one ounce of that type of person in Casady. Forget the secret adventures we all dream about but are actually too hesitant or scared to ever pursue—she is taking the little voice we all keep buried inside ourselves that quietly begs and longs for adventure and is handing it a freaking microphone. And I honestly couldn’t be prouder. Or more envious.
To add a cherry on top of the ice cream sundae that is this lady, she is also the owner and creator behind Homefish Knits – if you follow my Instagram, you’ve seen me rocking her creations on more than one occasion. Naturally, I was thrilled when she asked if we could take some fresh pictures of her hat/scarf collections, and I was even MORE excited when she offered to pay me in new hand-knitted goodies. My bad hair days and “OMG-I-DON’T-KNOW-WHAT-TO-WEAR” moments don’t stand a chance.
I love this stuff so much, I actually won’t mind if spring stays away for a bit longer, just so I have an excuse to wear alllll my new infinity scarves and hats. Keep your paws of my new gear, but don’t forget to order your own while we still have Casady in the US of A. Six months and counting!