Reminding Me of Me

When I was 18, I left California with, let’s just say, a sense of urgency. It came to a surprise for most people that I would join the military. Heck, it was a surprise for me too. But once I hopped on that plane, I was ready for a fresh start.

Except one thing I forgot, I had an awesome girl who I left behind to. At the time I didn’t think it was a big deal. But bootcamp is a lonely place and you realize that once you’re out in the real world, it’s nice to have someone to share your little spot in the world with.

When Delana contacted me, she was stationed at Port Hueneme, California serving in the Navy as a SeaBee (aka construction engineer). She too had surprised everyone when she left Spokane for the military. And like me, once she graduated school and headed to her first duty station, she had to bring the love of her life to share in her new experiences. So Colton, the heavy metal, guitar slaying, long-haired kid from Spokane left to be with his special lady friend in Southern California.

One thing leads to another, and your getting dressed in your first suit about to exchange your vows with all your family and friends in attendance. And because of Delana and Colton’s backgrounds, there were so many great, talented people in attendance — musicians, artists, storytellers, and just solid friends who grew up with these two and slowly saw the evolution of their relationship.

Aside from the company, the venue and light that we were treated with at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane was amazing. So much texture, light, space and areas for solid photography. I liked it … a lot.

After nearly 20 years of marriage, I look back on who and where I was at Delana and Colton’s age and can’t imagine my journey any other way. It’s a crazy, fun, tough, exciting life and if you don’t have someone to share it with, I’d say your living half a life.



Venue — Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
Hair & Makeup — Lindsey D Hair Design
Music — Paul Grove, guitarist
Cake — Marcell’s Cakes
Dress — Celestial Selections
Bridesmaid Dresses — David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit — Men’s Warehouse
Catering — Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute

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Free Reign

I’ve always used the analogy that you don’t go into a steakhouse, and order tofu. If you know what you want, then that’s what you go for. Sarah and Dan knew what they wanted — a laid, back and fun day documented by a photojournalist with the same mentality (aka me).

When these two told me, “Do what you’d like to. We trust you” I knew I was in for a great day of moments.

The day started off with some great stories about Sarah and Dan and their families and everyone took an easy approach to preparing for the day. Followed by an emotional first look with a distant audience of family and friends. But then things really took a turn for unique when the couple hopped into their uncles classic Bentley and we headed out for the bride and groom portraits.

Once we returned, it was the production of wedding party portraits and family photos, followed by some downtime with a few beverages to ensure everyone was hydrated before the ceremony. Oh, and the ceremony, had nearly 300 people in attendance at The Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. To say it was a little tight on space, would be an understatement. But, it was also an amazing spectacle to see everyone in awe of this couple as they laugh, cried and celebrated these two exchanging their vows.

But the reception was when the moments were taken up a notch. Between Sarah and her families crazy dance moves, Dan and his families awesome toasting abilities, and the great group of friends and family tearing up the dance floor, it was a site to see … and document.

By the end of the night, everyone lined up for a sparkler send off with a elated couple making their way to the end of their night of celebration.


Venue — The Roosevelt Inn
Cake — Stacies Cakes
Catering — Cater 2 U Catering Company — (208) 215-1740
DJ — Ruby Frog
Flowers — The Magic Stem
Dress — Marcella’s Bridal
Make-up — Jennifer Sellen
Hair — Lindsey D Hair Design
Suits — Tux Gallery

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A Long Journey

I remember when Katie contacted me from Seattle about documenting her wedding in Spokane, Washington in June of 2014. It was January 2013. She had wanted to make sure that as soon as she had her venue set (Commellini Estate), she had me set to document the day.

Over the next 18 months we stayed in contact, bounced some ideas off each other thorough email for the engagement session, discussed the craziness of life and planning a wedding, shot the cold weather engagement session, met up for some site visits and finally the big day.

Booking a client over a year out helps in getting to know them. You always get an idea of someone’s personality whom you haven’t met face-to-face with. And then when you meet them for a shoot, you get to see how those little nuances over the phone and in email conversations play into their personalities.

With Katie and Steve, they were always pleasant and easy to talk to. Katie was well organized and open to sharing what was going on in their lives. Pleasant, organized and open are a few of the criteria I find in a majority of my ideal clients. One of the must have criteria is fun. And these two didn’t disappoint.

During our downtown Spokane engagement shoot, despite the cold weather and the awkwardness that always comes with the first few minutes of a portrait session, there was a lot of joking around, brainstorming, and stories told. The wedding was about the same, except about 60 degrees warmer and a lot more people involved. And those friends and family were just as fun and engaging giving me a lot of awesome moments to document.

After 18 months of being on board for their big day, I knew Katie and Steve’s wedding adventure was going to be a good one. It was a year and a half that was well worth the wait.



Venue — Commellini Estate
Hair & Makeup — Tease Salon
Dress — Blue Sky Bridal, Seattle
Flowers — Evergreen Floral Shop
Catering — Commellini Estate
Cake — Cupcakes by Briona Hughes
Suits — Men’s Warehouse

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