Love and a VW Camper: An Anniversary Session

December is here, and with it comes the time to be wonderstruck by the beauty of the  season once more. There’s something magic about that light, foggy haze of winter, and not to mention, the chillier temperatures outside mean all the more reason to cozy in with the one you love.

To celebrate their anniversary, Ariana and Caleb took to Mount Baker and the Snoqualmie National Forest for a charming photo session. When you set a classic VW camper, a couple in love, and a dog against one of the prettiest sights in the PNW, it’s hard not to strike photographic gold – and that’s exactly what Sprigs and Jade yielded.

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Northwed Issue One: Beginnings

I am so excited to announce that the first issue of Northwed Magazine is finally here! Please enjoy “Beginnings” by clicking below:

 

I am truly proud of how this issue turned out, and it couldn’t have happened without the talent and generosity of all the individuals involved. Thank you so much!

Stay tuned for “From the Magazine” blogs posts of the editorial shoots, complete with bonus images.

Love,
Olivia

Lucy and Ryan’s Styled Session on San Josef Bay

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When it came to displaying Lucy and Ryan’s love for one another, San Josef Bay made for the ultimate backdrop. The two of them recently tied the knot in a coastal setting, and this shoot was the perfect opportunity to capture a more casual celebration of their commitment. The happily married couple called upon the artistically-inclined photographer, Kimberley Kufaas to capture their couple’s shoot and harness their love for the beach. The results are simply stunning. Though the styled session was carefully pieced together with an editorial eye, the narrative that it represents is anything but contrived. Wade through their beautifully rugged and emotionally-rich images below, and keep watch for their wedding images to come.

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Kendal and Mitch’s Backyard Wedding

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They say that love is blind, and blind was exactly what Kendal and Mitch’s first date happened to be. With a great deal of encouraging by Mitch and Kendal’s best friends, a shy senior girl and a recently-graduated gentleman agreed to meet each other for a rather nerve-wracking first date. “My first impression of Mitch was how genuine and funny he was. I remember being so nervous to meet him for the first time. We spent our first date laughing the entire time.” Kendal shares. Mitch was also anxious , but once he laid eyes on her, all of his nerves seemed to dissipate.

Their first solo outing was an evening spent  along the Vancouver waterfront. The date turned out to be not only full of chemistry, but also a little friendly competition. The two played putt putt golf and a lively game of H.O.R.S.E. before Kendal decided to shoot for a first kiss. She scored, and after that, the ball was in Mitch’s court.

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Carissa and Daniel’s Maple Valley Wedding

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There’s no better way to open up the tale of Daniel and Carissa than with their beginning, as told by the groom himself:

“It was the summer of 2007 and down in Olympia, Washington, the paths of two very different human beings were set on a collision course at Black Lake Bible Camp. The initial meeting would be marked by awkward eye contact, attempts at flirting, and the mocking of dark blue running shorts that were ‘too short’. Regardless of the precise details, the earliest interactions can be characterized by these things; she was cute and travelled in a pack, where there was safety in numbers. He was a gangly rogue, who resented the herd mentality. She noticed his mischievous smile and misplaced self-confidence. He noticed her face. The week ended, and he headed back to his home to a tree farm outside of Salem, Oregon, and she rode a bus back to Maple Valley, Washington.”

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Mattie and Morgan’s Mountain Top Engagement

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Surrounded by picturesque peaks of Mount Baker at Artist Point, Mattie and Morgan’s mountain top engagement is a stunning representation of not only the region’s rich landscape, but the natural beauty stemming from their romance. Relationships certainly have their share of grand moments, and the images of the two walking hand in hand on the snow-covered mountain top beautifully evokes majesty.  What’s so special about love, though, is that it allows for magic to be found in the midst of everyday life too.

Mattie and Morgan originally met in the other Washington, but found Seattle to be the perfect place to fit their lifestyle. “We both enjoy getting outdoors and hiking in the beautiful forests and mountains that surround us, so we wanted to choose an engagement shoot location that would complement our interests,” Morgan shared. From the down-to-earth shots with their dog and their kisses in rain gear, it’s easy to see the joy radiating from Mattie and Morgan from simply just being with one another and doing what they love. Enjoy their adventure captured by the talented JTobiason Photography.

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Local Love: Pacific Northwest Styled Shoot

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If you’ve ever questioned if the Northwest is truly best, this locally and sustainably sourced styled shoot by Lightworks360 Photography is sure to remind you why fell in love with the place you call home. We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the upper left, and collaborative talent that shines through these images is no exception. This Pacific Northwest styled shoot is rich with inspiration to make your wedding not only only a celebration of your love, but of all the creativity and beauty that the region radiates.

Learn more about the story behind this styled shoot:

Being born and raised in the incredible Pacific Northwest, with mountains as a headboard, the beach as a pillow, and the forest as a blanket… it makes a girl pretty spoiled. As I assembled my dream team for our end-of-season styled shoot this year, I had two strong visions: I ONLY wanted a locally-based, female-led team for our vendors, and I wanted to display as much of the crazy-beautiful variations on the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Kara and Ryan’s Sweet Snohomish Wedding

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No amount of rain could dampen the love and joy that filled Kara and Ryan’s Snohomish wedding at Thomas Family Farm. The images by Betty Globa Photography captured not only the darling details of the occasion, but the undeniable chemistry between the bride and groom. Once you read through their story, you’ll see why Kara and Ryan put the “sweet” in high school sweethearts.

It began with a question. Kara, who had barely spoken a word to the cute boy she believed to be “way too good for her,” had been somewhat forcefully convinced by her friends to ask Ryan to their tenth grade Tolo. Little did Kara know, Ryan had shared the same sentiment before she offered the invitation. “I thought she was way out of my league and that I didn’t have a chance!” The following night, Ryan asked Kara to sit next to her at their friend group’s outing to see Dear John, and feelings began to flourish.

“I know this seems crazy, but I was barely sixteen at the time and I knew then.” Kara shares. Six months into dating, the two of them agreed to share coffee and an important conversation. “I remember meeting at Starbucks and being so nervous to say out loud that I was in love with Kara,” says Ryan. “We both decided that our feelings were mutual and that we were in it for the long haul.” she adds.

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Carly and Jeremy’s Lake Crescent Wedding

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It was love at first “like” for Carly and Jeremy, whose initial interaction took place over Instagram. A follow from Jeremy and a few double-taps from Carly led to many long distance dials and Skype exchanges, but screens could only suffice for so long. After a month, Carly decided to buy a plane ticket to visit Jeremy in the Lone Star State. As it turns out, the purchase button wasn’t the only thing that clicked. “I knew [that I wanted to spend my life with him] the immediate moment I bought my first plane ticket to see him.” Once the two met eyes in the San Antonio airport, their future really took off. Jeremy instantly sensed that he was going to marry her too.

Downtown San Antonio proved to be a very special spot for the two of them. It was there that the two strolled the famous Riverwalk for their first date and shared an extravagant Valentine’s dinner date upon Jeremy’s return from deployment. They also returned to the scene of their first date for a rather “hot” proposal, fueled by their mutual love of Taco Bell. “Whenever we would go to Taco Bell, I would toss him the fire sauce that had the message “Will you marry me?” on it, just jokingly passing the hint along.” Carly explained. One day, Jeremy finally took the bait. Mid-Riverwalk, Jeremy stopped Carly and handed her the fire sauce. Confused, Carly started to laugh, then, she shared, “he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring I had been eyeing for forever!” Tears of joy and applause from bystanders followed the sweet, yet spicy, gesture.

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Introducing Northwed

Northwed seeks to tell the stories of couples pursuing the ultimate promise that is marriage. This source of online inspiration aims to not lose sight of the attention a wedding truly demands. A wedding is not just about décor or a dress, but emotional depth. It’s about love. It’s about those two words you say when you’re looking into each other’s eyes at the altar. It’s about the lump in your throat that forms during the father and daughter dance. It’s about laughing so hard that you cry as you tear up the dance floor as a married pair. Weddings are about relationships. They’re about brides and grooms becoming life partners, families becoming one, and friends supporting friends. Weddings are absolutely beautiful because of those bonds.

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Northwed is committed to sharing the stories of the people involved in Pacific Northwest nuptials — both those exchanging vows and those involved in the creation of memories. From the photographer capturing the day on film to the florist arranging the bride’s bouquet, Northwed recognizes the love local talents put into their work, as well as the love couples have for each other.

This marks the beginning of the story of Northwed. I hope that you’ll allow Northwed to be a part of your story as well.