When Derek first got in touch with me about photographing him & Elise’s summer backyard wedding, he came across so laid back but super excited for me to be their photographer. After shooting their engagement session and getting to meet them in person for the first time a month before their wedding, I knew I was going to have a blast when the big day arrived. They were so effortlessly in love, and we had such a fun time getting some amazing engagement photos.
When I arrived for the wedding, Elise and her many bridesmaids (and group of long-time best friends) were getting ready on a family friend’s home on beautiful Whidbey Island, and feeling the excitement and wedding day nerves from the entire wedding party was so contagious. Elise’s dress was so beautiful and suited her perfectly, and you could see how much her bridesmaids adored her. As the day went on, I could just tell that Elise and Derek were the type of couple that just radiate love and appreciation for one another. When she started crying as her father comforted her down the aisle, and saw Derek’s reaction to seeing her in her dress for the first time, I had to try so hard to hold it together! This is why I love first looks being during the ceremony 😉
After a lovely ceremony, there was plenty of dancing and heartfelt (and very tearful) toasts from friends and family alike. It was clear these two had a personal connection with every one of their guests, and keeping it more intimate made everything so special. I had such an amazing time celebrating with them!