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Who doesn’t love a countryside farm wedding outside of Bremerton, Washington? A real one mind you, with actual horses, cows and cowboy boots on a real farm. This was an exceptional one because I had been at the same farm only a month prior and while it’s not uncommon to see the same venue twice in a month, this was a rare case indeed. This farm had only seen two other weddings, first was the mother of the bride some 22 years ago, and second was Sara’s sister Allison and her dapper husband Michael not a month earlier. So imagine my excitement to be able to photograph not just one but two gorgeous sisters one month apart at the same location. We also did a sisters bridal session the following day, but that’s a different post.

Of course, Allison’s wedding was record high temps, so Sara’s had to be the first day of rain in months. That’s fine with us, we love inclement weather. So with hairdryer in hand in case we needed to dry her dress, the ever brave Sara and Levi took to the vast expanse behind the ceremony location for a stunning session before the ceremony, which by the way was infused with hay bales for seats and some classic trucks that you just don’t find down here in the desert. We had some wedding crashing beasts and BBQ to boot.

It was, plainly put, an exquisitely intimate and beautiful day filled with wonderful people. I’m proud to have grown up in this area and it was great to see old friends and make new ones.

Hair and Makeup by Crystal Hart

Coordination by Rhianna/Saving Grace

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On a rainy day in the Pacific Northwest, two sisters (you remember Allison), their mom and new husbands holding umbrellas in tow, made it through the murky and dank woods, down a very old trail to some remote old growth forest for an unforgettable bridal session. If you’ve never been in an old growth forest, it’s a sensory experience that you’ll not soon forget. The sound of rain coming through the canopy far above, the scent of pine sap, and the rustle of critters vying for a dry place are all part of it, but it also encompasses a totality that is calming in a way that defies explanation. Having been a desert dweller for the past six years, coming back to this particular forest was a trip back in time, almost like coming home as I’d spent the better part of my youth combing this forest and could have navigated the trail blindfolded. We stopped at the remnants of an outdoor chapel, carved out of wind-fallen trees 15 years earlier by my friend who owns this many hundred acre tree farm and is the epitome of sustainable and renewable resources. The chapel, now overgrown with moss and ferns, was where he was married and it was the second wedding I’d ever photographed. Coming back with two stunning sisters was both a rewind and a look forward.

Special thanks to the Clyde Tree Farm and Crystal Hart for hair and Makeup excellence.

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