sweet bride and groom snuggling on a rock bench at Roche Harbor

Abe and Lindsay’s engagement story is quite possibly the most adorable tale ever told. Visiting a friend in Paris, Lindsay was on her way to check the famed love lock-covered Pont Des Arts off her her sights-to-see list. As she approached the bridge she noticed a familiar figure standing amongst the couples locking symbols of their undying love to the bridge and pitching the keys into the water below. Abe had secretly flown across countries and an ocean to propose to her amidst thousands of strangers’ symbols of love. They left their own promise locked to the wrought iron and then had the fringe benefit of being in the most romantic city in the world.

Their big day was equal in adorableness overload. They started by picking the perfectly Pacific Northwest Roche Harbor Hotel venue. All of the natural bay-side surroundings–towering trees, blue water and skies covered in puffy white clouds, docks, and sailboats–were emphasized and reflected in their nautical decor. The iconic navy and white sailor stripes (fittingly originated by 19th century French sailors) peeped into the day repeatedly: in the invitation liner, around floral arrangements, topping signature mojitos as flags, worn by the bridesmaids as shawls, across the tables, and as part of the escort card display.  A “Message in a Bottle” take on the guest book was flanked by a model ship and a shadowbox filled with boating knots. The guests ate oyster shooters and Abe and his groomsmen even wore boat shoes!

Beautiful anchor and oar elements acted as a classic part of the nautical vision and served, among other things, as a graphic design element for the programs and the escort card display. The incredibly impressive floral arrangements perfectly show cased the colors of the day and partnered with and emphasized the ribbon-covered chair backs and entry to the ceremony site. And we haven’t even mentioned the crazy-rad chalkboard-esque menu cards, the gorgeous letterpress maps, and the ice cream (Lindsay’s favorite!) dessert truck complete with toppings buffet. But the sweetest gem of the day were the keys. As a nod to their super sweet first promise of forever, Lindsay and Abe hid keys throughout their day. Whether tied to Lindsay’s bouquet, tucked amongst ceremony ribbons, strewn like Easter-eggs in the grass, each key their guests spotted was an exciting little, heart-warming treasure.

>>>Real quick… wanna see their cute Seattle engagement pictures? There’s ice cream… and wooden boats… see the whole story here or hop on over to our Facebook page for a couple of highlights!

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!!!! We’re not the only ones who are super excited about Lindsay and Abe’s gorgeous’ day!!! To see more images and to hear from the bride herself, check out their Real Weddings feature on Junebug Weddings!
Seattle Wedding Photographer Laurel McConnell feature on Junebug Weddings blog.
(Psst, make sure you click through to the Real Wedding Library for all the juicy deets.)
We loved, loved, loved working with all these wedding professionals whose creative brains and hard work made this wedding happen!
Event Planner: All The Flutter
Ceremony Venue: Roche Harbor -Sunken Garden
Reception Venue: Roche Harbor -Seaside Lawn
Photographer: Laurel McConnell Photography with Catherine on second camera
Officiant: Pastor Brian Turnbull (get this, he used to be their landscaper! gotta love a personal connection, right?!)
Invitation Designer: Ephemera Custom Letterpress
Catering: Roche Harbor
Mobile Food Truck: Parfait Ice Cream
Rehearsal Dinner: Cask & Schooner
Details/Signage: Heathoriginal
Floral Designer: Fleurish
Cake Designer: Cake’s By Felicitations
Lighting: Green Light Event Design
Linens and Coverings: All The Flutter, Pedersen’s
Mobile Restroom: Royal Restrooms
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Bridal Accessories: Sash – Vera Wang, Jewelry – Nordstrom
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Dress and Scarf – J. Crew, Shoes – Banana Republic, Jewelry – Nordstrom
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Suits – Calvin Klein, Shoes – Sperry
Hair and Makeup: Bride – erin skipley, Bridal Party – Afterglow
Live Music: Ceremony – Windsong Classical Trio, Reception – Freddy Pink
Transportation: Kenmore Air
Favors: Welcome Totes from Kaye Rachelle Designs
Rings: Bride – Seattle Diamonds, Groom – EE Robbins
  1. Megan Clark said:
    I kind of just died a little bit....LOVE these shots!!!!! Faboosh!
    February 22, 2013  1:00 pm
  2. Lindsay Thome Saeed via Facebook said:
    Thanks Laurel!!
    February 22, 2013  4:08 pm
  3. And also a big shout out to my homie Catherine Abegg for rocking second camera. Mad props to this mad talent!
    February 22, 2013  4:33 pm
  4. I love these nautical weddings. Seattle is the perfect location for a wedding of this type. Im so thankful i came across your work it is fantastic.
    March 17, 2013  4:16 pm

Today I’m writing about a very very special celebration. It was a a sweet June afternoon that I was honored to capture these people and their love. While it’s a celebration of love, adoration, family, and friends, I’m also extremely excited to share it with you because:

  1. today is the very first day in the history of Washington state where love between same sex couples is legally honored
  2. this is the wedding of my image editor/production gal and one of my very best friends, Lily
Lily and Michelle met in a film and media production class in college. Over a decade later, M is in the video production industry, and Lilipants still has a passion for classic film photography when she’s not working with me on my clients’ images. They’ve waited long enough and couldn’t wait a day more until marriage equality Referendum 74 passed, so they celebrated with their closest friends and family in a very intimate farm-style wedding. Among vintage napkins and succulents hugged by old crates and antique silver cups, we cheered, cried, toasted, ate wood fired pizza, played lawn games, and sampled desserts from their favorite bakery. We photographed til our little hearts were full of lovely love images; you see, half of the guests were photographers themselves! Toy cameras, vintage film cameras, modern digital cameras, Instagram, and funky lenses were EVERYWHERE. It was a love celebration truly inspired by their personalities and relationship. The classic photobooth was a huge hit and an absolute must- Lil and Michelle have been collecting photo strips of themselves for years and love to hunt out the dated little cabins of photo fun when on vacation and strolling through their beloved Seattle.
Without further ado, I invite you to take a browse through some of our favorite images from their sweet day.

Details of blue wedding pumps and converse.

Don’t you love Michelle’s detailed blazer? They found it on one of their trips to Vancouver where they love to shop the unique boutiques together. And Lily’s dress was designed by one of (both of our) favorite designers, Eva Franco.

brides putting on necklaces in a funny getting ready photos at a farmhouse wedding in seattle

Romantic black and white bridal details.

Sweet black and white bridal portrait of lesbians in a farm house

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Lily’s bouquet was AMAZING. Peppered with succulents, peonies, and tied with some fun chevron ribbon, one of our favorite florists, Anne Bradfield, was given a few choice ideas and creative control and couldn’t have been more spot-on. Lily loved it! Don’t you?

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celebrating a lesbian wedding, guests are happy and full of love

So many smiles as they sealed their ceremony with a kiss. What a beautiful moment.

Now for a little celebration! Lily and Michelle hunted and gathered the cutest details for their wedding from antique stores ranging from Snohomish to Seattle. Flowers were arranged by Lily’s stepmother, and friend and fellow wedding photographer Sharlane planted the succulents.Vintage forks and handmade mason jar name tags.Adorable, minimalist, woodland wedding table decor.

vintage wedding napkins for DIY decor at a farm wedding

Wedding reception menu of handmade pizza being enjoyed.Wood fired pizza. ZOMG. If only I could transport back to this day in June for lunch today.

French pastry wedding dessert.

Polaroids of wedding portraits.Personal bridal details.Detail of wedding guest attire.Besalu in Ballard. French pastries for the win. Go there, and you’ll thank me afterward.Real men wear bowties. And pacifiers.Candid portraits of guests at wedding reception.Barbie brought her Bluebird and Polariod. If you can’t tell, we pretty much geeked out all day while guests mingled and played croquet. It was awesome.Wedding reception yard games.

guests having fun in the photobooth and playing croquet and laughing during a self portrait

Beautiful wedding portrait of brides in a field.

Congratulations you guys. I’m super honored to have been picked to photograph your weddding… I mean, you know SO many awesome photographers! I feel so lucky and full of happiness for you both. Your wedding was so beautiful, personal, and came together so well. Now, what are we going to wear for the big legal ceremony this Sunday?!?!?! Can’t wait!!!!!!

Lily and Michelle’s wedding was brought to you by:

Photographers: Laurel McConnell (all images here), Barbie Hull, Sandra Coan

Venue: The Landa Farm

Music: The Landa girls and Sandra Coan

Officiant: Justin Funnyman

Food: Veraci Pizza

Dessert: Besalu

Photobooth: 321 Foto

Personal Bouquet: Anne at Floressence

Table decor: Sharlane, Marty, and Lily

Tables: Seattle Farm Tables


  1. Katy Moran via Facebook said:
    December 6, 2012  4:20 pm
  2. What a FUN day shooting with Barbie Hull, Sandra Coan, listening to Sarah Landa and her sisters sing, playing with 321 FOTO | photo booth rentals, and admiring the work of Anne's Floressence succulent and peony bouquet! Congrats Lily West and Michelle!! Pretty sure it couldn't have been any more amazing.
    December 6, 2012  4:20 pm
  3. Carlos Ruiz via Facebook said:
    Wow what an awesome wedding. GREAT choice for a venue and the decorations looked great (damn fine looking couple).

    The pictures were amazing!
    December 6, 2012  4:22 pm
  4. Wonderful, fun, whimsical and just plain delightful images! Congratulations to this gorgeous couple.
    December 6, 2012  4:24 pm
  5. Cayley said:
    Now did you make Lily edit her own photos too!?! What a great day for equality!
    December 6, 2012  4:41 pm
  6. Heather Pearce Campbell via Facebook said:
    Darling!!! Love it.
    December 6, 2012  6:18 pm
  7. Gerri Anderson-Epley via Facebook said:
    Every part of this album made me smile! Washington Voters...Thank you for choosing LOVE!!!!
    December 6, 2012  8:48 pm
  8. Tana D said:
    Perfect ~ beautiful ~ touching. Absolutely love this whole series!! Congratulations to Lily!!
    December 13, 2012  9:29 pm
  9. Rachel Bayne via Facebook said:
    December 16, 2012  12:48 pm
  10. Rob Holley said:
    Love the use of a tilt/shift lens. Great work.
    January 4, 2013  8:52 am
  11. Rob Holley said:
    So well done it is stunning. Great work.
    February 1, 2013  6:27 am

Yep, that’s right. Blink your eyes again and the title of this post STILL says it: You can book me for your wedding at 80% off while granting final wishes at Get Hitched Give Hope on November 8th!!!

Here’s how it works: Get your ticket to Get Hitched Give Hope right now, and study up on the incredible wedding services and items that are up for bid. Arrive early to scout out WHERE the stuff is that you want to bid on, whether it is in the raffles, silent auction, or live auction. Silent Auction opening bids (which is where I am) begin at 20% of the retail value so you’re bound to get some amazing deals on top-notch wedding goods and services! Since GHGH is a charitable event and put on by volunteers, you can rest assured that what you pledge will be used well to grant wishes.

And what am I donating? Boy am I glad you asked!!!

Phenomenally Fantastic Wedding Photography :: Looking for a fun, fashionable, and magazine-worthy style? Laurel has got a passion for creating rockin’ portraits while capturing moments as they happen. Her style is fabulously photojournalistic plus a dash of fashion, and her outgoing and fun personality will set you at ease. Here’s what’s included: a pre-wedding Getting To Know You Consultation, 6 hours of wedding day photography by Laurel herself, a sneak-peek Facebook album of highlights, a private Big Screen Reveal in Laurel’s studio, and a proofing website for sharing and ordering. Want something more? You can also use the value of this package toward any other package or service the studio offers. Retail value: $3000 big ones, although bids will start at $600. Unavailable (already booked) 2013 dates will be listed at the silent auction.


Styled shoot for Get Hitched Give Hope in vintage circus style. This bride is blowing glitter toward the camera under a red and white circus tent.

Want to see more from our sparkly, popcorn-y, elephant-y Vintage Circus-inspired ad shoot?? >> Click here<<

 The important stuff, at a glance:

WHAT: Step right up to the 5th Annual Bridal Auction & Gala, where you can get gorgeous goods for your wedding while giving back! Brides, grooms, & guests will indulge in sips and sweets while they shop for fabulous wedding goods and services, mingle with some of Seattle’s hottest wedding vendors, and give to a great cause. We’ll have amazing appetizers, raffles, auctions, a dance party and surprises, so put on your party shoes!

WHEN: The evening of Thursday November 8th, 2012 at 6 o’clock

WHERE: The fabulous Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

WHO: Seattle’s hottest and most giving weddings pros and YOU, the brides & grooms and fun folk of Seattle

WHYTo get gorgeous goods for your wedding while giving back.  Help us raise $100,000 on our 5th anniversary; YOU can grant wishes simply by attending and bidding!

HOWBuy tickets here and you will be entered into a special drawing at the door!  Note: Ticket prices increase at the door, so get yours now while they’re still piping hot and you’re entered into a very special “advanced ticket buyer” drawing.

CAN’T COME TO THE CIRCUS? You can donate online to help us deliver dreams.

Please join us to toast to this wonderful cause that celebrates life and love and the fabulous spirit of giving! It’s an evening not to be missed, where the most stylish way to give . . . is to get!

If you have any questions about the event, our organization, or my auction item, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below and I’ll try my best to answer them for you!

I’ll see you there!!!  >>>>GET MY TICKETS NOW<<<<


Jessica and Nick took an afternoon off from planning and prepping their Vail wedding for a sweet and cuddly Woodinville winery engagement session. Wine grape vines, wrought iron fences, and a bad ass black and white striped Bella Umbrella pagoda-style umbrella gave the whole affair a touch of Parisian flair. Congratulations to the charming couple, on what is sure to be a ridiculously cute life together!Engagement photo of couple in woods in Woodinville, WA winery.Detail of bride and groom at Washington winery in their pre-wedding session by Seattle Wedding Photographer.Oooh-la-la!Playful couple preparing for their wedding at Seattle area winery wedding.Couple kissing at Woodinville winery for pre wedding photography.Bride and groom embracing during engagement session at Washington winery .Personal and unique engagement session wardrobe details.Bonjour purple shoelaces. You make feet (and photographers) happy.Seattle wedding photographer engagement session at Woodinville, WA winery.Engagement session in Seattle area winery with Bella Umbrella detail.Sweet couple with Bella Umbrella during engagement session at winery.Couple holding hands on train track near forested area of Seattle area winery.Adorable overload.Bride and groom embracing Woodinville, Washington winery during engagement photos.All this romantic French-y loveryly-ness and we didn’t even have to trek the 5,000 miles.

  1. Joshua Clark via Facebook said:
    Nice work! I dig that umbrella!
    September 18, 2012  2:31 pm
  2. Carol Harrold via Facebook said:
    September 18, 2012  2:50 pm
  3. Holger Kessen via Facebook said:
    Great pics!
    September 19, 2012  2:33 am
  4. Yo,

    That second last pic is epic. 'Nuff said.

    October 5, 2012  11:01 pm
  5. April said:
    Which winery is this? I LOVE these pictures! :) Are they all from the winery, including the train tracks?
    June 4, 2013  3:34 pm

Oh hey. We’re suuuuuuper excited to have been selected as one of the “People and Places To Know” when planning a Seattle wedding in the national Brides Magazine!! There’s a whole lot of blushing going on over here at being recognized with a bunch of wedding professionals we love and admire. August 2012 Brides Magazine.

Pardon us while we do a happy dance.

Shout out to the other party peeps featured:
Sodo Park, The Northern Lights Dome Room, The Corson Building, Georgetown Ballroom, Bella Luna Farms, Kiana Lodge, and 215 Westlake.

Gown Salons:
Luly Yang, Cicada Bridal, and La Belle Elaine’s.

True Colors Events, Steven Moore Designs, Bow Tie & Bustle, Solomon Events, and Invisible Hostess.

New Renaissance Cakes, Jenny Cookies, Tallant House, and The People’s Cake.

Invitation Designers:
Brown Sugar Design, The Pike Street Press, and Hobson House Design.

Willow and Bloom, McKenzie Powell, The Flower Suite, and Marigold and Mint.

James Moes, Michele M. Waite, and One Love Photo.

Lisa Dupar and Company, Skillet Street Food, and Ravishing Radish.



  1. Mindy Rowser via Facebook said:
    You Rock!
    September 11, 2012  4:43 pm
  2. Melissa Hogenson via Facebook said:
    Hey! Lookie there!
    September 11, 2012  5:37 pm
  3. Hillary said:
    Yeah!!!!! U are one cool lady!!!! Congrats for all your hard work laurel!
    September 11, 2012  5:58 pm
  4. Heya from downunder - from another photographer who goes by the name of McConnell. Congrats on your success - I've been following your work for a while and like the fresh, vibrant style you have.

    September 12, 2012  1:37 am

While gallivanting around Ballard, Ashley, Nick, their cute little pooch, and I stumbled across this super adorable chalk drawing. How could we not resist??!

fun hip engagement shoot in ballard blue and red

For more from this shoot, pop on over to our Facebook page to see what we’ve been shooting this summer!!!!

  1. Matt Haines said:
    Wouldnt that be funny if some other photographer was just posing their couple there, and had drawn that on the wall? That's vey cute and I might pack some chalk next time I've got an urban e-shoot.
    August 29, 2012  6:29 pm

I know…. we can hardly believe it ourselves! We loved our old space probably just as much as you did, but it’s time for something new, and this something even has a sweet lil’ studio space separate from our show room!

Never fear- we’re not going far…. just 10 blocks to be precise. Update your Rolodex’s (anyone still have one of those?) and stop on by in a coupla weeks!

We’ll be open with internet on and phones a-ringing on August 21st. Til then, enjoy the sunshine!

  1. Carol Harrold via Facebook said:
    Best of luck with everything!
    August 14, 2012  6:11 pm
  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!! WE ARE GOING TO BE NEIGHBORS! Sorry for the obnoxious caps, but we are pumped to hear you are moving in downstairs! We are upstairs on the other end of the building at 7222 suite A. You must pop by for a visit next week and check out all our dresses! Let us know when we can come by your new studio too :)
    August 14, 2012  9:34 pm

Close your eyes for a second. Imagine the salty smell of popcorn and sweet aroma of cotton candy, the sparkle of glitter and whimsy of balloons, and the trumpeting of elephants and rumbling roar of lions.

You hear the call of the ringmaster, booming out over the roaring crowd in his melodic cantor, “Laaaaaadies and gentlemen, brides and grooms, welcome to the grrrrrreatest show on earth! A spectacular spectacle! The most giving of galas! The show of all shows! Step right up, and see the one, the only, the most fantastic gathering of clever coordinators, beguiling beat-makers, fantastic florists, delectable deserts, skillful shutterbugs, and dashing dressmakers all under one roof!”

When you open your eyes, this is what you see. A vintage circus! Welcome to the 5th annual bridal gala and charity auction of Get Hitched Give Hope!

Happy bride blowing gold glitter confetti.

To celebrate our 5th year, our bridal show will be set inside a big top tent filled with feats from nostalgic years past on November 8th, at none other than the gorgeous venue of the Four Seasons Seattle! We produced and photographed one of the most spectacular fashion shoots Seattle brides have ever seen, and we are excited to present you with some inspiration a la “Backstage At The Circus!”

What’s in it for you?? Well, let’s see here….. my donation to the 2012 auction is WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY! That’s right- you will have the opportunity to bid on my services for a FRACTION of what they normally are, all to grant wishes for those whom the cure can’t come soon enough. Read about how Get Hitched Give Hope grants wishes here.

Get Hitched Give Hope vintage carnival style Save the Date.Vintage circus invitation in red and white striped envelope.Bride and groom circus portrait inspiration.Hilarious wedding editorial style red and white tent portrait.Amazing circusy bridal inspiration.Red, white, cream, and pink circus wedding inspiration.Bride in pink ruffled wedding dress and top hat.Sassy bridal portrait inspiration with full length strapless floral wedding gown.Unique groom as circus ring master portraits.Fun red, pink, cream, and white portrait with popcorn raining down.Vintage circus wedding detail inspiration.Smiling circus bride and stoic carnival groom.Classic brides in cream with unique red, white, and pink bouquet.Traveling circus with an orange-juggling master of ceremonies.Red, white, cream, and gold vintage circus wedding details.You can buy your tickets right now, right here! The first 100 tickets sold are entered into a drawing to win a movie party from Cinefresco. Woowee!

To achieve this look, our shoot was produced and sponsored by the generous talents of numerous local Seattle designers and artisans:

Styling: Laura Cassidy, Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom
Production, styling, and photography: Laurel McConnell Photography
Makeup: Tiffany Colors
Floral: Christopher Flowers
Gowns: designed by Madina Vadache and Watters, provided by La Belle Reve and the private collection of Danielle Fayette
Parasols: Bella Umbrella
Paperie: Kerri Efendi Designs
Furniture: Scout Vintage Rentals
Props: Curtsy Bella and Tayler Doffner
Balloons and glitter and behind-the-scenes footage: Barbie Hull Photography
Tent: Prop Gallery
Talent: Chris Fitzner, Mariah Pennington, and Kate Coble
Location: Plug Out Fitness
Extra special on-set help provided by: Mary Hayes, Tayler Doffner, Becca Ellison, Heather Driscoll, and Holly-Kate Foss

Don’t forget to buy your tickets now for the November 8th gala before they’re all snatched up!!

Tech Specs: these images were captured in Seattle, Washington, using a Nikon D3, Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm 2.8, Nikon 35mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.4, and a Nikon Tilt Shift 45mm PCE.

  1. Nash said:
    Good luck ladies ... you know how much I wish I could've been there given the theme :)

    PS: great photos yo
    August 10, 2012  12:31 pm
  2. Jill Reit via Facebook said:
    I have never seen a "wedding" shoot like this. so creative! kudO's!!!!
    August 10, 2012  1:00 pm
  3. These are stunning.
    August 14, 2012  3:46 pm
  4. Kristin said:
    These are the most gorgeous and unique wedding pictures I have seen in a loooong time! Absolutely stunning - the color is to die for. You totally nailed it.
    April 11, 2014  8:10 am

Kate and Rachel’s sunshine-filled Camano Island beach nuptials were in-cred-ible. Almost everything was handmade, starting with the venue…the couple was married in front of a cabin that Kate’s grandpa built. Inspiration came from a Caribbean trip in the form of orange and turquoise and the wedding style took off from there.

Lets take a minute and run down the list of DIY elements (and how specific each one was): hand stamped and painted ceramic calendar magnet Save-the-Dates, crocheted ring bearer boxes with driftwood clasps, turquoise, orange, and white beaded strands holding ceremony Mason jar vases filled with orange dahlias, clay starfish ornaments for favors, sand-filled, starfish topped vial escort card holders, driftwood center pieces, hand-stamped eyelet rimmed placemats, orange and blue carnival-esque reception bingo cards, a white paper flower and lantern chandelier, an initialed pennant cake topper, and accordion pinwheel table numbers to name a few.

Um, yeah. That’s rad. And if they couldn’t hand make it you better believe they designed it (see delicious invitations), had it custom silk-screened (you think you can just pick up dahlia print ties anywhere?), or made sure it exuded their individual style (orange argyle socks, initial letterpress blocks, unique vintage parasols, checked bow ties, a wood grain textured wedding band, whew!). Their style, flair, and attention to detail (no shock we’re talking about an art teacher and a wedding photographer) were impressive, gorgeous, and set the stage for a super sweet day filled with friends, family, and overwhelming affection for this lovely pair.

Rachel’s brother officiated the sweet and hilarious ceremony overlooking the Puget Sound. R & K’s guests were tickled by a game of reception bingo. The groomsmen-slash-nephews delivered with VERY funny speeches. And two people in love promising forever. All around about as good as a day gets.Orange and turquoise carnival themed invitations and handmade calendar save the dates.Bride in wedding gown overlooking Puget Sound.Romantic detail of bride's accesories and dress.Groomsmen trying to tie orange ties with detail of argyle socks.Orange argyle and dahlia print ties. The final word in style.Best first look reaction ever, total joy and excitement.Rachel’s favorite part of the day, seeing Kate in the dress she wanted her to try for the first time. Also known as Best First Look Reaction ever.DIY floral and driftwood boutonniere with beautiful orange and white bouquet.Sunlit brides kissing with letterpress decorations.Lesbian wedding portraits in a field near the beach.Driftwood framed wedding portrait of brides on the beach.Smiling bride sits in a field of grass while her wife runs and jumps over her.Groomsmen in grey with orange argyle socks and bridesmaids in teal with orange flowers and parasols.Silhouette of brides kissing behind an orange parasol.Ringbearers in orange checked bow ties with crocheted ring nests and groomsman with handmade boutonniere.Orange and turquoise wedding party with parasols.Orange and turquoise beach wedding details among seashells.Spectacular wedding portrait of lesbian couple with parasol on driftwood log.Laughing brides in a sandy Pacific Northwest beach wedding.Camano Island, Washington beach wedding gets emotional.Kate’s fav moment, neither could hold it together when Rachel talked about the someday that they are mommies.Brides kiss as new wives amongst driftwood.Creative orange and turquoise handmade, diy favors and details.Amazing handmade, diy, orange, and turquoise table details and decorations.Clay stamped name cards and sand-filled wedding favors.Black and white portrait of lesbian couple smiling on their wedding day.Brides laughing and highfiving groomsmen during wedding toasts.Orange dahlia and ranunculus bridesmaid bouquets paired a white paper lantern diy chandelier.Wedding guests playing reception bingo with candy.Wood textured wedding band and diamond eternity ring on driftwood.Excuse me, is that an incredible wood grain textured wedding band? Why yes, yes it is.Beach house dessert table with pennant cake topper.Lesbian brides feeding each other wedding cake.Lesbian couple's first dance as wife and wife.So lovely.Super awesome beach wedding dance party.

Oh, btw, we’re not the only ones obsessing over these two, check out the love:

Every Last Detail




A Bicycle Built for Two







Congratulations you guys. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and SUCH an honor to be chosen to photograph your superrad celebration and party. I will never forget the rad lens mug and super sweet crocheted Nikon you gifted to me on your wedding day…. only photographers would do that for other photographers ;).

Thanks to Tana on second camera!

Tech Specs: these images were captured on Camano Island, Washington, using a Nikon D3Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon 34mm 1.4, Nikon 70-200mm, and a Nikon Tilt Shift 24mm PCE.

  1. Kate said:
    Oh my Lord, cutest ladies ever!! I am so diggin' their style. And your pics. Perfect.
    July 19, 2012  4:56 pm
  2. Stephanie said:
    LOVE them. I'm a firm believer that a marriage is destined for greatness and a never-ending amount of laughter when couples smash cake in each other's faces.

    BOTH wedding bands are gorgeous - where are they from?
    July 19, 2012  6:36 pm
  3. Leah said:
    July 20, 2012  10:25 am
  4. So awesome!!! You're right...BEST first look reaction ever.
    July 24, 2012  1:44 pm
  5. Nina Harwick said:
    Laurel! I teared up. Such a great job at this wedding! :)
    August 2, 2012  8:57 pm