Kathleen & Michaels Villa Academy and Woodmark Hotel Wedding

We started the day at Kathleen’s family home on the hill overlooking the seattle waterfront and only a few blocks from the church where they would be married later that day,

St. Anne’s Chapel at Villa Academy

Kathleen spent her childhood in this neighborhood and was a student at Villa Academy. After a Kathleen and her bridal squad finished hair & makeup, we clinked champagne glasses and headed over to Villa Academy for the first look, some bridal party photos and the ceremony.

During the bride & groom portraits, we had a surprise visit from the couples golden doodle. EEE! the cutest doggo!!

After the ceremony, the couple descended the steps in front of Villa Academy through a flurry of bubbles.

Their reception was at my favorite waterfront seattle wedding venue,

The Woodmark Hotel

The party started in the tent overlooking Lake Washington. Sailboats cruised by as their guests enjoyed cocktails & lawn games. With the gorgeous scenery, we knew we wanted to double up on photos and do round two of couples portraits, bridal party photos & family photos on the docks & pathways in front of the lake.

Later, the reception moved into the ballroom & Headsmile productions got the party rockin!

Keep scrolling to see Kathleen & Michael’s

Villa Academy & Woodmark Hotel wedding

Vendors:

Bridal Shop: Novella Bridal  

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang

DJ: HeadSmile Productions

Florist: Terra Bella Flowers

Gown Designer: Rosa Clara

Invitation: Emily Mayne Studios

Jewelry: Enchanted Diamonds - NYC

Planner: Town & Country Weddings

Ceremony Church Venue: St. Anne's Chapel at Villa Academy

Waterfront Wedding Reception Venue: Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa

Lyndsey & Brady's Craven Farm Wedding in Snohomish

Our sweet Lyndsey got married to the love of her life, Brady Carpenter at Craven Farm. She that feels more like family to me than just my favorite barista and beloved babysitter. Jonesy and I are finished having kiddos, but I always hoped we’d have a girl (#boymom!) It just wasn’t in the cards but I imagine that if we did, I hope she would be a carbon copy of Lyndsey. She is loving, humble & so compassionate. Brady, you are one lucky guy. But anywhoo, this isn’t a supposed to be a blog about how much we adore Lyndsey. I want to share their first day as Mr. & Mrs. Carpenter. Lyndsey and Brady tied the knot with a rustic ceremony & reception among the cornfields & pumpkin patches of

Craven Farm in Snohomish.

Beautifully photographed by my senior associate, Kimber.

Lyndsey started the day surrounded by her sisters & best girlfriends in matching silk robes. Her sister Jennica wowed us all by enhancing Lyndsey’s natural beauty by doing her hair & makeup. After getting all dolled up, Kimber checked in on Brady to see if he was ready for the first look. (For those that don’t know, the first look is a private moment for the bride & groom before the ceremony where the choose to spend a little time together without all their guests. Ready more about First Looks here.) Those quiet moments alone, just the two of you, on a wedding day are hard to come by. These two soaked in the time with embraces, giggles and sweet conversations.

Their bridal party joined us a while later for some portraits and shenanigans. We always capture a series of shots with the bride and/or groom and each one of their bridal party. Each bridesmaid gets a solo shot with the bride where they both look happy & smiling. Then we give them the option to take another shot that’s wild/crazy or an inside joke. The stuff they come up with is always the BEST. And visa/versa with the Groom & Groomsmen. Make sure you keep scrolling to see what they came up with.

After we completed bridal party photos, the family joined the happy couple and we churned through a pre-determined list of photo combo’s hand selected by Brady & Lyndsey. This list ensures we capture all the family photos that are important to them and keeps things running quickly! Get to the bar sooner…am I right?

Then it was finally ceremony time!! Guests were welcomed to Craven Farm with the sight of a Lyndsey & Brady’s shiny red firetruck parked out front! More about the firetruck later! 😉 Surrounded by cornfields in the Snohomish countryside, the happy couple exchanged heartfelt vows & made it official! The joy on their faces as they walked back up the aisle after becoming Mrs. & Mr. was one of our favorite moments of the day!

Their charming rustic reception was help in the Craven Farm barn and glowed with twinkling lights. Guests were entertained with the infamous Shoe Game, special dances, a bouquet toss and a memorable garter toss.

As Brady was about to pull off her garter, Lyndsey ICED him!!

Which means he’s required to get down on one knee and chug the entire bottle of Smirnoff Ice. 🤣🤣🤣 SO GOOD!

As the sun was dipping behind the hillside in the Snohomish Valley, Lyndsey donned a ‘Just married’ jean jacket and the two went out into the cornfields for a few golden hour photos. They rejoined the reception and an epic dance party ensued.

At the end of the evening, the two made their

grand exit through a row of sparklers to their fire truck with flashing lights.

Now THAT’S a memorable grand exit!!

Vendors : Bridal ShopI Do Bridal  | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | CakeSimply Sweet Cupcakes | DJ: Ottomatic Mobile Music | Florist: Rocki Burns, Groom's mother | Gown Designer: Lillian West | Makeup & Hair: The Bride's sister | JewelryHelzberg Diamonds | Planner: Unforgettable Events | Venue: Craven Farm

Enjoy Lyndsey & Brady’s Craven Farm wedding in Snohomish.

Vendors : Bridal ShopI Do Bridal  | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | CakeSimply Sweet Cupcakes | DJ: Ottomatic Mobile Music | Florist: Rocki Burns, Groom's mother | Gown Designer: Lillian West | Makeup & Hair: The Bride's sister | JewelryHelzberg Diamonds | Planner: Unforgettable Events | Venue: Craven Farm

Annie & Ryan's Wayfarer Wedding on Whidbey Island

It’s truely a pacific north west treat when you start your wedding day with a ride on the ferry across puget sound. Annie & Ryan wanted to give their guests a little taste of the PNW with a their wedding at the

Wayfarer on Whidbey Island.

When I arrived at Annies airbnb near downtown Langley on Whidbey, her hair & makeup was nearly finished by the talented, Yessie Libby. Yessie is one of my favorite professional makeup artists because she always finishes ontime, her brides look/feel radiant and she gifts her brides a high end touch up lipstick. This touchup lip is KEY to maintaining your wedding look all day. While Yessie was putting the finishing touches on Annie’s natural wedding day makeup and updo inspired Megan Markle, I gathered all her wedding details to style & photograph. —

  • Invitation (Made by Annie! Just wait til you see, I was gob smacked too!! They were like a work of art)

  • Rings — An oval cut diamond solitaire mounted on classic gold band fro,

  • Shoes (Oscar De La Renta, 😍)

  • Bridesmaid gifts (A luxurious charcoal robe, champagne, necklace in a polka dot box)

Next we stepped outside to pop mini pink champagne bottles & toast to our glowing bride. After an uneventful pop where we twisted off caps and looked shocked when they didn’t explode, we counted our blessings that we weren’t covered in champagne and headed over to the venue to get dressed.

Arriving at the Wayfarer on Whidbey Island feels like driving in the Tuscan countryside. A row of tall trees billowing in a flowery breeze around sprawling grounds dotted by white iron cafe tables shaded by beige canvas umbrellas. We ducked into Annie’s bridal cottage surrounded by heavily fruiting apple trees and Annie stepped out onto the wrap around porch in her Enzoani from La Belle Elaine’s Bridal in Seattle to zip up her gown and do a few portraits with the most important women in her life, their moms & bridesmaids. Fun fact, Annie found her dress here in Seattle and then flew it home to New Zealand where the couple lives and then flew it back to the PNW for the wedding. That dress is WELL traveled! hah.

During their first look, the couple decided to exchange their wedding gifts. For the bride, Ryan gifted her an heirloom, leather bound copy of Pride & Prejudice. For the groom, Annie commissioned a custom pen & ink drawing of their home and had it framed. Great gift choices you two!

After a meandering the grounds of the Wayfarer for bride & groom photos, the bridal party joined us on the dance floor for some photos. We wrapped those up and the bridal party ate a quick lunch before guests arrived for the Ceremony in the apple orchard.

It was a quick and intimate ceremony, officiated by their close friend Aaron (Who totally CRUSHED IT!) Well done Aaron! They exchanged their first kiss as an officially wed couple and then it was time for family photos! The guests had cocktail hour on the upper lawn with vintage tunes to set the mood from a record player. SWOON

To announce dinner, the couple rang the wayfarer’s antique triangle (So whimsical!) and the guests were invited to find their seats at one long table that felt like it was something out of a movie scene. The table was bedecked in mostly local flowers & greenery from Whidbey island by the Wayfarer team. Got to love that the venue offers a floral package! It was perfectly styled with whimsical charm.

Guests were served family style by local Whidbey Island Catering company, Serendipity Catering. What a SPREAD! Combined with perfect pairings of locally sourced wine, chosen & provided by the bride & groom. After a round of funny & tearful toasts, we ventured over to the barn for a quick cutting of a ‘nearly naked cake’ from CJY Desserts. For those that aren’t wedding cake eaters, the couple doubled down on dessert by having waitress passed mini berry cobblers ala mode. OMG guys. I totally ate one. Because, duh. It was AMAZEBALLS. Best cobbler I’ve ever eaten. I highly recommend all summer weddings add this tasty treat to their dessert menu for guests.

The rest of the evening went by in a blur of sunset photos, first dances lawn games & smores’. What a magical evening! Thank you for choosing me to document & partake in the festivities! It was an evening their guests will be surely talking about for a lifetime.

Keep scrolling to see all the photos from Annie & Ryan’s intimate tuscan inspired wedding on Whidbey Island

Wedding Favors your guests actually WANT

Wedding Favors your guests actually WANT

But WHAT (you might ask), do guests actually want as a wedding favor? Well, I did the leg work for you via a little crowd sourcing of opinions on social media and put together a list of wedding favors your guests actually WANT.

Branden & Monica's Chateau Lill Wedding | Woodinville

Branden & Monica's Chateau Lill Wedding | Woodinville

Branden & Monica’s Chateau Lill wedding in Woodinville Washington by Seattle Wedding Photographer, B. Jones Photography.

5 Essentials to a Rustic Wedding in the Pacific Northwest

Venue:  Kelley Farm

Guest post by: Darya Kuksenko of AKP Bridal

Your man gets down on one knee and pops the question somewhere at a viewpoint you hiked to. The ring is everything you’ve dreamed off and you finally get to use that ‘wedding’ board that you’ve started on Pinterest back when you were in high school.  You are beyond excited and itching to get started planning your big day. You know one thing for sure— you want a rustic wedding. Living in the mountainous Pacific Northwest, you really want to highlight the beauty of where you’re from. Something homey and family oriented, with nature as your backdrop and a relaxed atmosphere. People wearing comfortable shoes, laughing and having a good time celebrating your love story. You have a clear vision but you don’t know where to start to make it a reality. Just the thought of planning the most important day of your life overwhelms you. 

       Let me tell you that you are not alone. Most brides feel anxious at the beginning of their wedding planning process. We’re here to give you a place to start. A tangible beginning to get your ideas rolling, and hopefully, aide in your process of planning your dream wedding in the gorgeous evergreen home of ours.

        I would like to give you five essentials that gives a wedding that rustic feel that you might be dreaming of.

Five ways to accent the beauty around 


  1. Cozy Venue

      Whether your wedding is in the hottest part of the summer or in the dead of winter, your venue stages the mood. Choosing something with a wooden interior, will engulf your guests into a feeling of comfort and home. A log wood cabin. Or homestead on a farm. A large barn that can be decked out in string lights and filled with music. Chose a place that is ‘close to the earth’. A place that has trees and open space and maybe even some animals. A venue where people will feel a connection to nature. This sets the scene for you to celebrate your love in a relaxed, family oriented atmosphere.


2. The Right Playlist

         Whether or not you hire a DJ or a band, or simply create a playlist, the music you choose will layer on that rustic feel on your special day. When guests arrive to the party and hear the southern brawl of Kenneth Chesney of the smooth and easy voice of Nora Jones, they will instantly feel the comfort and energy of a rustic wedding. Be strategic about your music choices. Think about the mood each song brings to the celebration.


Venue:  Zephry Lodge

3. Lighting

        One of the most signature elements of a rustic wedding is string lights. Hung from the ceiling, from the trees, back and forth on the patio, or where ever there is open space. String lights create a glow that reflects off the glasses and candles and creates a warmth and homey feeling to the party that is hard to create with anything else. So hang those lights everywhere. They are your biggest coziness factor. You can’t go wrong with something that has such big effect, for such little money.



Venue:  Zephyr Lodge

4. Wooden Decor

      Invest into wooden customized wedding signs that say “Welcome” and “Reception This Way” and other personalized messages. Wooden table numbers and “Mrs and Mr” engraved pieces. Wood personalized with beautiful calligraphy, stylishly placed all around your venue adds beautifully to the rustic feel. Wooden chairs and wooden cake stands highlight the earthy tones and gives a personal touch that looks very aesthetically pleasing and pairs perfectly with the rustic style. 


5. Food

        With food, there are so many ways you could go. A barbecue or an elegant roast beef dinner. Whatever menu you chose, it ought to be one that is hearty and filling. Comforting and hot. It should make the guests feel like they’ve come home on a Sunday evening to mom’s house. Make a buffet style meal and heap is with steaming goodness. There’s nothing that makes one feel happier and ready to dance than a full stomach of the most delicious comfort foods mom used to cook. Be intentional with flavors. 



Aim for these five big features, and you’ll have a real start on planning your dream rustic wedding. The rest are details that add fun and depth to the overall mood of your special day.



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Aria Sky Suites & Retreat at Charleston Peak Wedding | Brittany & David's Las Vegas Elopement

There are a lot of wedding venues in Las Vegas and this was my FIRST TIME experiencing the Las Vegas strip and Mount Charleston! But when it comes to Brittany & David’s 

Aria Skye Suites & Retreat on Charleston Peak Wedding

This is a wedding weekend I’ll never forget. Britt and David personally picked me up from the airport and welcomed me like family. <3 I spent the rest of the afternoon with them lounging in their Aria Resort sky suite that had an UNREAL view of the mountains and the strip. These two included me in all their festivities, even gifting me one of the ‘bride tribe’ hats that the bridal party was rocking. At one point brittany turned to me and said, “I just love you, you’re like that best friend that is so easy to hang out and you don’t have to impress.” The feeling is mutual my dear! The whole weekend felt like this. It was humbling to feel so loved.

I started my morning at the Vdara hotel and strolled across the plaza to the Aria where Brittany was getting ready in their infamous sky suites. On my way, I passed David, their son Ian. Ian was adorably babbling on about his Ninetendo DS and David looked on adoringly. They had just come from the pool and were going to get dressed in matching grey suits & burgundy bow ties.

Walking through the Aria lobby was a feast for the eyes and my camera! It’s full of every kind of art you’d ever want to see in a high end Vegas hotel along the strip. Brittany said she watched 23 hours worth of videos on hotels along the vegas strip and chose the Aria Resort & Spa because it’s known for it’s world class art & sculptures. (Britt & I share the same ocd planning gene. hah!) We ended up doing quite a few portraits of Brittany, Ian and her adoring parents throughout the Promenade in the Aria Hotel.

After hair & makeup was completed by Elwynn & Cass in the skye suite, Brittany doned her blue sole Betsey Johnson heals, a veill and not much else for some romantic boudoir photos near the tinted windows overlooking the vegas strip. “Omg. she’s so gorgeous! She looks like barbie!” I overheard a bridesmaid say. Once we zipper her into her lace wedding gown, David’s mama fastened her vintage pearls onto Britt and the brides mama read a special wedding day prayer. I may have cried. Jus sayin.

Once we were ready for depart for the ceremony & reception at

The Retreat on Charleston Peak Wedding 

a party bus rolled up to transport David and the bridal part to the top of Mount Charleston. After rounding up some straggling groomsmen, the party bus finally arrived at the venue, 1.5 hrs late. My heart broke for this couple. They had planned so well and were on an already tight timeline. The silver lining of the delay is that the ceremony site was now perfectly lit with golden sunset lighting. SWOON. We had driven through the dessert and they married in a ponderosa pine forest  What a VIEW from the deck overlooking Mount Charleston!! The couples little boy, Ian, escorted the moms down the aisle followed by the bridal party. These two opted to forgo a first look and see each for the first time as Brittany walked down the aisle surrounded by golden lit mountains. The moment was MAGIC. The ceremony officiant, Peachy Keen Unions, created one of the most charming, thoughtful and well spoken ceremonies I’ve ever photographed.

As they were walking back up the aisle as Husband & Wife, Ian sprinted to David’s side, grabbed his hand and the three of them finished the recessional as a beautifully blended family. If there were any dry eyes after this moment, I didn’t see them. <3

Their planner, Las Vegas Elopements, set up the most beautifully decorated cake table and we all toasted the happy couple with champagne as they cut their cake. They did their first dances overlooking the mountains as their friends & family watched emotionally. At this point, we were still about 1.5 hrs behind schedule due to the late departure and the light was fading FAST. We still had to do bridal party photos, ALL the family photos and the couples portraits. Thankfully, I am well oiled portrait machine and was able to churn through ALL the photos they requested in HALF the time. I took charge with my ‘mom’ voice and together we created photos they can cherish for a lifetime. After a brief dinner & toasts in the Aspen room at the Retreat at Charleston Peak , we hopped on the party bus and it got CRAY. At Brittany’s request, we cranked up the song “this and that.” It was the perfect end to their Vegas elopement.

A little story from the bride:

On their first date, 10 minutes in, David said:

“I’m going to marry you.”

To which she thought, no, I don’t know you, pull this car over. 

6 yrs later and they tied the knot. 

Have a look through Brittany & David’s beautiful wedding photos from their Aria Skye Suites & Retreat at Charleston Peak Wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada!