When Dominique and Nirav first contacted me about photographing their gorgeous East meets West wedding, one of the things they said attracted them to us was how much we embraced color.  Dominique immediately told me she needed a photographer who loved color – and she was so right!  This wedding was an absolute dream for me to photograph… from the gorgeous henna that Dominique and her bridesmaids had done at the Mehndi Ceremony, to the beautiful sarees, and the stunningly draped mandapa – all aspects were an explosion of rich color.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort was incredible to work at for this ceremony. The staff was incredible, the rich Indian food was delicious, and the location was to die for.

I am so thrilled we were able to be a part of such a unique ceremony for such a wonderful couple!

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Sometimes wedding days go off without a hitch.  Other times, every carefully laid plan just goes out the door with the wind.  In this case – they all went in the door with the wind.

“I’ve never worked a wedding day quite so windy before… but welcome to Idaho!  Just hours before the Deb and Tim’s wedding was supposed to start, they found out they had to move their entire reception and luncheon indoors in Deb’s mom’s house.  Their family and team quickly rearranged the furniture and began setting up the tables inside, making decisions like where the guest book would go, the cake, and all the food.  While it felt slightly chaotic, Deb held herself together and the wedding ended up being incredibly gorgeous, even if it wasn’t exactly what everyone had planned on.

The flowers from Canyon Floral were absolutely stunning.
Greg Marsh Cakes always puts together the most beautiful show stopping cakes! I love photographing their works of art.
The gorgeous dresses and amazing blue tux are from Christa’s Dress Shoppe.

I can’t thank Tim and Deb enough for allowing me to be a part of their beautiful (and windy!) day!  This was such a touching ceremony, and you could feel the love every single person that came had for this couple.

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“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

– Frida Kahlo

I don’t even know how to describe this incredible wedding at Castle Rocks State Park.  Friday afternoon, Jena and I drove down.  GPS was so awesome (insert sarcasm font) and sent us the back way, so an hour after rehearsal finished we showed up in a dust covered car from our 20 miles down a dirt road through the middle of nowhere.  Rehearsal dinner was so much fun as we stuffed ourselves on steaks and met new friends, and got to see past brides and old friends that were attending the wedding.  Then off to the local hot springs for a soak.

The wedding day dawned bright and early… and I discovered I had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere with no cell service.  Ahhhh camping in Idaho!  Luckily, this entire group is amazing and the grooms parents came to our rescue!  A few hours later (and some time getting some fun detail shots that included the hornet you see in the first photo) the car was fixed and we were up and running.  From shooting in full sun on top of some amazing rocks, to the hilarious officiant who had no less than four hat changes during the ceremony (I was so impressed) the wedding was incredibly one of a kind perfect for Brady and Andrea.  The moment they discovered they “surprised” each other with the same song at the end of the ceremony was so moving.

A taco bar dinner topped off the evening (hello, my favorite food!), and then some speeches that left us roaring with laughter and wiping away tears.  The dancing was everything you wanted it to be and nothing you expected it to be.  A song from the wonderfully talented sister of the bride left me trying to pretend my eyes were just “watering from the dust” so I could focus the camera.  And then the party began in earnest!  I’ll let the pictures do the talking for that part ;).  We ended the night in a most romantic way – by taking their portraits as husband and wife under the stars.

The entire weekend felt like a crazy wonderful colorful adventure… that was surrounded by an outpouring of so much love it was at times almost overwhelming.  I’m so honored to have been able to work with so many people in this group, and thrilled they allowed us a glimpse into some of the most touching relationships I’ve ever been able to witness.

Congratulations to the beautiful wonderful Brady and Andrea!

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“There you see her
Sitting there across the way
She don’t got a lot to say
But there’s something about her
And you don’t know why
But you’re dying to try
You wanna kiss the girl.”
– Little Mermaid, Disney “Kiss the Girl”

Thank you so much to Jena Maxwell for second shooting this wedding with me!
All the little details Joel and Taylor put together for their wedding in Hagerman, was just perfect…

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When Bekah from Adorn Bridal and I first chatted, we quickly discovered we had a longtime mutual friend – even though the three of us were living throughout the country in different states.  So when she came up with the idea of meeting in the Portland, Oregon area for a shoot featuring her dresses, I was totally in.  It was a whirlwind trip – we met up on Monday at the Portland airport.  After a quick breakfast, we met up with our models and hair and makeup team downtown at the cutest little apartment I’ve ever been in.  Then off on a two hour excursion to the beach for photos… because when you’re in Oregon, you go to the beach.  It’s a thing.  We drove to Kiwanda beach, indulged in a “snack” of seafood (because again, the beach, Oregon… who passes up clam chowder?!) then walked down to the rocks to shoot.  Bekah’s dresses are stunning by the way, and completely made for the insanely beautiful location we were at.  Jenny was the perfect model for this session, and James complemented her so wonderfully – you would almost thing they were a real couple off on an elopement.

Working with a creative team is always amazing, and having both Jena there, as well as Maggie from Maggie Grace Photography, was so neat.  I had one minor mishap (ok, I fell in the ocean while I was shooting in front of like 30 onlookers… but I saved the camera!), but overall the day was just dreamy.  Beautiful lighting, beautiful people, beautiful dresses, and a spirit of laughter and fun that was the most amazing part of our entire trip.

And let me tell you, if I wasn’t completely “all in” for small intimate weddings and elopements before – I am SO there now.  I love to travel and I love the intimacy that comes with just you and your love, and me there to capture as you say your vows in front of each other and this great wide beautiful world.

Part one of the beach session is featured below!

Wedding Dress by: Bekah Bratton of Adorn Bridal in Atlanta
Hair and Makeup: Helen Park
Models: Jenny Meeker and James Nash

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  • August 3, 2016 - 5:23 pm

    Tonya - WOW! Bekah from Adorn Bridal’s dress is beautiful, I love it :-). The Portland, Oregon beach looks like a lot of fun to shoot on, and I’m glad you saved your camera.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2016 - 5:31 pm

    Kristen - Ummmm this is amazing! I love this so much!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2016 - 8:48 pm

    Briana Tresko - Looks like such a fun shoot! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2016 - 5:58 pm

    Alisha Wilkerson - Seriously your work always blows me away but I am totally in love with this session!Just gorgeous <3ReplyCancel