Kendra and Ray | Crane, Oregon | Boise, Idaho Wedding Photographer

This wedding was beautiful and genuine and so full of love, and I could just kick myself for not blogging it months ago.  Kendra and Ray were married on Ray’s family ranch in Crane, Oregon where Ray’s family had lived and ranched for generations.  Kendra got ready in Ray’s mother’s home.  Kendra’s mother, a wonderful pastry chef, made their beautiful (and delicious!) wedding cake.  They held their reception in a friend’s barn just down the road and the decorations were made entirely from items from the ranch and from family and friends.  The whole day, friends and family members worked to prepare the floral arrangements, arrange hay bales into the field, sand prepare food for the reception.  Everyone helped, and everyone celebrated this beautiful couple.

Jessi and Caleb | Barber Park Wedding | Boise, Wedding Photographer

I’ve been holding off on blogging this wedding because I just couldn’t find the words to do it justice.   In the end, though, I think I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. I will say that Jessi and Caleb’s wedding was just about perfect.  It was a beautiful, warm fall day full of love and laughter and joy.  It just doesn’t get much better.

 

Greg Marsh Cakes  //  Meridian Floral  //  Delicate Designs 

Aaron and Amy | Cove, Oregon Wedding | Boise, Idaho Wedding Photographer

I hope you don’t mind this oh-so-long blog post.  Because I couldn’t narrow this post down anymore.  Aaron and Amy met as kids at a summer camp in Cove, Oregon.  Years later, they reunited as counselors to the same camp.  It was at the camp, under a canopy of tree leaves, that Aaron proposed to Amy.  And it was under this tree that they were married.  The night before the wedding, family and friends gathered to sing camp fire songs and play games together.  They played one game (that I’d never heard of) that involved a baseball bat and a whiffle ball filled with shaving cream.  They sang camp fire songs late into the summer night.  Amy had hoped for an amazing sunset during their ceremony, but on Saturday we woke to thick, black thunderclouds.  All day long, Amy eyed the sky nervously.  And during their portraits, the skies opened and rain and hail pelleted the ground. Everyone was preparing to move the ceremony indoors when the rain and hail stopped and the clouds started to part. And while Amy didn’t quite get the sunset she hoped for, I can’t imagine a more perfect wedding.

Aaron and Amy,  thank you-from the bottom of my heart-for letting me part of such a beautiful celebration.

Ben and Jessica | Hidden Springs, Idaho Wedding Photography | Boise Wedding Photographer

You may remember Ben and Jessica from their engagement session a few months ago.  After their engagement session, I knew that their wedding was going to be beautiful and full of love and laughter.  These two are from opposite sides of the globe. Jessica is from Australia and Ben is from Idaho.  Their guest list included family from England, Turkey, Australia, and many different parts of the United States.  And all of these people gathered to celebrate the wedding of these two very special people.

Sarah and Danny | Boise, Idaho Wedding Photographer

Oh boy.

There are so many things I want to say about this wedding.

More than anything, though, I just want to say thank you to Sarah and Danny for letting me be part of it all.  I am so lucky to be able to photograph so many weddings and to be surrounded by so much love.  With that being said, it is so rare to see a love like Sarah and Danny’s.  Their love just fills the room.  They adore one another so much and it is so obvious- in every glance, in every touch, in every smile.

And while there are so many other things I’d like to say, I won’t.  Because words aren’t really enough. I hope the pictures come close, though.

 

corinne and neal | boise, idaho wedding photographer

When Corinne and Neal first contacted me, they asked if I might be interested in shooting an intimate wedding with 20-25 guests.  Um, yes.  Yes I would. I replied a little more professionally than that, but I confess that I LOVE small weddings.  And small and intimate is the perfect way to describe Corinne and Neal’s wedding.

In the months leading up to the wedding, Corinne and her mother kept echoing the same concern, “I just hope it doesn’t rain…” The days leading up to the wedding were sunny and beautiful. But the morning of the wedding, dark clouds loomed overhead and the rain began to fall as Corinne began getting ready.  As the day progressed, Corinne kept glancing outside nervously, hoping that they wouldn’t have to change their outdoor ceremony location.  All morning long, it rained.  But just when they were about to begin calling the guests to change the location, the sun came out.  And it shone bright and warm as  Corinne and Neal said their vows in the Rose Gardens in Boise, Idaho.

After the ceremony, the reception continued in the backyard where Corinne grew up.  There was food and laughter and hugs and tears.  Just as dinner ended, the rain came back, and the party moved inside.  With everyone standing shoulder to shoulder in the family room, loved ones toasted the newly married couple.  They talked about how Corinne and Neal’s first date and how they went hiking together.  And they talked about how Neal revisited that same spot to ask Corinne to marry him.  They talked about their kindness and their laughter.  And through it all, I felt so thankful to be there.  So thankful that Corinne and Neal had trusted me to document such a beautiful day.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And now…for the pictures!

A Blossoming Time of Year

These images are very special to me.   The images in this post are mine, and the words are from Heidi at Ira and Lucy, who agreed to guest blog this session for me.

 

 

A few weeks ago, Stephanie Mballo, a dear friend and fabulous photographer, sent me a facebook message, “I’m just dreaming of an orchard bridal shoot!” I of course jumped at this!!! “YES! Let’s do it!” So, we started collaborating on design, concept and pulling together our A-Team of professional creatives! As I researched and started pooling ideas together that incorporated our furniture, accessories, floral design by my go-to FlowersAtWill botanical stylist, and local wedding gown designer, Daci –  I stumbled upon a poem by Horatio Alger that I felt so perfectly stated the vision for what Stephanie, Will and I were dreaming up!

Title:     Apple-blossoms

I sit in the shadow of apple-boughs,
In the fragrant orchard close,
And around me floats the scented air,
With its wave-like tidal flows.
I close my eyes in a dreamy bliss,
And call no king my peer;
For is not this the rare, sweet time,
The blossoming time of the year?

I lie on a couch of downy grass,
With delicate blossoms strewn,
And I feel the throb of Nature’s heart
Responsive to my own.
Oh, the world is fair, and God is good,
That maketh life so dear;
For is not this the rare, sweet time,
The blossoming time of the year?

I can see, through the rifts of the apple-boughs,
The delicate blue of the sky,
And the changing clouds with their marvellous tints
That drift so lazily by.
And strange, sweet thoughts sing through my brain,
And Heaven, it seemeth near;
Oh, is it not a rare, sweet time,
The blossoming time of the year?

 

The Williams Fruit Ranch in Emmett, ID established in 1890, set our perfect backdrop. Our goal was for simple elegance, utilizing the natural beauty of the apple-boughs. The stage was set with hand-selected items from our vintage rentals inventory, pulling in the warm wood tones, soft pinks and gold hues. I added some DIY elements to the shoot – spray painting an apple in a soft pearl gold tone, which matched the ornate frame.


“The flowers that surround a bride on her wedding day should never steal the show, but rather compliment her beauty and enhance her elegance. I chose Lilacs, Peonies, Ranunculus, Hydrangea and Dogwood Blossoms for that very reason. I played off the apple orchard setting and went country chic. The bride’s beauty was softly, yet deliberately stunning, so I accented that with soft pastels, bringing in a deliberate pop of color. The arm band of flowers was as unique as the bride was breathtaking. The fresh idea was an elegant play on the eternal wedding concept: the simple band of Lilacs and Dogwood Blossoms continued in a circle with no end, ushering the bride into a marriage with just as much promise.” – Will Heatter, FlowersAtWill

The day of the shoot was sunny and warm and perfect for the dreamy bridal session we had envisioned. It was a dream to photograph and I was lucky enough to be able to capture it all with my camera.”
Stephane Mballo Photography

Local Wedding Gown Designer, Daci featured two of her custom gowns for our bride. Whimsical layers of tulle, intricate lace details and my word the back of the sleek and sexy gown. Could we say perfection! I just love how the light filtered through her veil! I first discovered Daci at the bigWedding Party Show last January and when I walked by her booth I just about fell over in LOVE! Here was a gown designer that had the same deep love for romance, for vintage, for lace and elegance and we have become great friends ever since! Hair and makeup by Behrens Artistryachieved that effortless, yet gorgeous look.

jonnathan, heidi, and jagger’s sunday morning shoot | boise, idaho lifestyle photographer

you may have noticed a few changes in the blog lately.  i’m simplifying things. stripping away the excess fluff and trying to show you more of what really matters.

and i’d like to kick off the new, simplified blog with this post. because when you’re talking about what really matters-this is it.  family and love and being there for one another no matter what.  and can i also say that i am so in love with the fact that this entire session took place in their heidi and jonnathan’s bedroom?  i love it when a family trusts me enough to do a lifestyle session like this one.

i understand the appeal and the tendency to choose to go to a park or an outdoor space for family pictures, but i hope this session makes a few of you consider doing a lifestyle session.  you don’t need a fancy house or awesome decorations. all that doesn’t matter. what matters is capturing your family in your lives-right now.  these are the moments that you are going to want to remember for the rest of your lives.  an added bonus of lifestyle sessions? kiddos tend to feel more comfortable at home and smiles tend to come more easily and more naturally.

but enough about all that.  on to the pictures!  i hope you love them as much as i do.

oh-one more thing!  i absolutely love that this little boy’s name is jagger. and what a rock star he was! now for the pictures!

by the way, heidi is the co-owner of a super awesome company called Ira and Lucy.  check them out!

Jordan’s Winter Wonderland| Boise, Idaho Wedding Photographer

meet jordan.

i know! gorgeous, right? well, gorgeous she is. but she’s also extremely brave and an amazingly good sport. jordan agreed to slip back into her wedding dress for a shoot that i had in mind.  which doesn’t sound so awful, except that it was a chilly 18 degrees outside and, as y0u can see, our shoot was completely outdoors.  on a frozen lake, to be exact.  but i think it was worth it.  although it was cold, the sun was shining and all that snow and ice served as the perfect backdrop.

William and Taya | Boise Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer

As a Boise, Idaho wedding photographer, I don’t have too many posts featuring palm trees, but this one has plenty!

I can’t help tearing up a bit as I write this post.  Taya and William are not only one cute couple, but I’m lucky enough to call both of them friends.  I met Taya a few years ago while working in the same office. We weren’t friends at first.  Mostly because when she started working with me, I was eight months pregnant and just about the crankiest person you’ve ever met.  But when I got back from maternity leave, we bonded over a love of all things international.  Which was good since we both have international romances and met the loves of our life while studying abroad.

Taya is from the United States and William is from Costa Rica.  International relationships aren’t always super easy.  Family members are often not able to travel to the United States-even if it is to see a son or brother get married.  So, in order to have members of both families present at the wedding, Taya and William decided to have their wedding in Costa Rica.  And who wouldn’t want a wedding in Costa Rica with a backdrop like this:

You can imagine how excited and honored I was when they asked me to be their wedding photographer.  So, at the end of October, I traveled from Boise, Idaho to San Jose, Costa Rica for William and Taya’s wedding.  There I met up with Taya and William and Taya’s friends and family.  The next day, we all piled into a bus and took the four hour trip that turned into a seven hour trip through rain forests and banana plantations to arrive at a sweet little resort called Almonds and Corals in Punta Uva, Costa Rica.  That night, it rained and rained and rained.  I woke up several times in the middle of the night to hear rain still falling on the hut’s roof.  But, in the morning, we woke to beautiful sunshine.  A perfect day for a wedding.

And what a beautiful wedding it was.  The setting was perfect, the decorations were lovely as the setting, and the food was the best wedding food I’ve ever tasted.  But William and Taya’s love for one another is what made this the perfect wedding day.  When they look at one another, you can’t help but feel the love between them. After years of traveling back and forth to visit one another, Taya and William are finally together.  They are living out their happily ever after.  And I couldn’t be happier for them.