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Woodland Family Photos: Baydo Family

I love that we were able to make it to Washington during our Christmas trip to the Pacific Northwest and that I was able to photograph this amazing family! We spent time with my family in Oregon for Christmas and Larry threw out the idea of the Baydo’s wanting to possibly do family photos. Since Eric and I were already so close we figured sure why not! It was a little chilly out but they survived with trips to the car to defrost while they waited until it was their turn. We got some beautiful family photographs and didn’t even have to leave their property! 

I was born and raised in Oregon so anytime I get to go to the Northwest I just love seeing all the green and trees. Little backroads like this are everywhere and walking along them, exploring and breathing the fresh air brings back memories and makes me miss it. Being that we now live in Southern California where green and trees are far and few between, it’s hard not to stop and take pictures constantly when we travel up North. The little road that runs along the edge of the Baydo’s property was the perfect spot for pictures! I love the winter feel of the tall sparse trees lining the road and even a little fog in the distance. So pretty! Richelle has some great location idea skills. 🙂

They were so kind, inviting us into their home and making us feel so welcome while we were there. They even sent us home with some goodies and amazingly delicious fresh pepperoni that we put to good use on our 16 hour drive home. 

Thank you for your being so welcoming! God has blessed you all with such a beautiful big family and it was so much fun to photograph and spend time with you all! – Megan

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Emily & Nathan: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum WA

I’m so excited today to share Emily & Nathan’s wedding at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum, Washington! Before the wedding I’ll admit, I did panic inside just a little when I learned how many photographers were in the bridal party (including the bride) but they were all so incredibly sweet, kind and full of compliments from the moment I met them at the rehearsal. Emily has some pretty amazingly awesome photographer friends! Ritter Farms is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The perfect place for a farm-to-table tuscan style wedding! The day was overflowing with gorgeous details, dear friends & family and delicious food!

The ceremony was in an open field with the most amazing rustic timber barn and a forest of fir trees as the backdrop. Shades of wine, charcoal gray and artichoke were spread throughout the day and the reception felt like you stepped into a Tuscan family gathering.

Emily loves to cook and incorporated a farm-to table theme. Inside the timber barn, fresh vegetables streamed down the center of the farm style dark wood tables and the cutest vegetable place card holders were carefully placed at each setting. Little corners and nooks filled with fresh lemonade and an abundance of vegetables were everywhere. They served fresh strawberry and spinach salad tossed with candied almonds, crumbled feta and a tuscan balsamic vinaigrette, delicious Italian roasted chicken dinner with a fresh lemon and rosemary reduction. Dinner was complimented by sides of baby red potatoes roasted with tuscan herbs, grilled seasonal vegetables and rustic breads with garlic and herbs. Is your mouth watering yet? To finish it all off they had the most delicious triple berry pie with a crumbled streusel topping and warmed apple pie with local apples.

Emily and Nathan first met casually when he was over visiting her older brother. Nothing really came of them meeting each other until years later when she went out on a limb and invited him to her brother’s rehearsal dinner. Emily admits that it seemed completely irrational but she decided to do it anyways. 🙂 She didn’t hear back from Nathan and assumed that he wasn’t coming. The night of May 24th, 2014 while driving to the rehearsal dinner, Emily prayed specifically that if Nathan was meant to be there, he would be. If he was there, he’d be standing exactly in the front of the restaurant, all alone. Believe it or not when she pulled into the parking lot he was standing there and he was the only one one standing there. Emily was stunned and could hardly believe that God had just answered a prayer right before her very eyes. They continued to talk over the phone every night after going back to their homes which were several hours apart. They talked for at least an hour and half each time, I guess you could say they were becoming pretty good friends.

Over the next several months they continued talk over the phone for hours on end and make quick weekend trips to spend time together. It was so obvious they were head over heels for one another and the coolest part is that God was right in the middle of it all. Soon enough Nathan bought a ring and on December 29th while visiting Emily’s family he planned a pretty epic “geocaching” adventure. Nathan proposed at Alta Lake, Emily said yes and so the wedding planing commenced! You have to read her full version of the proposal on her blog!

Congrats Emily & Nathan! You are two incredibly kind people and being part of your day as your photographer was an honor. I am so happy for the two of you! Watching you two interact and seeing the tremendous love your families have for you both was such a joy to photograph. Wishing you both only God’s very best as you begin your story as Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Moller.

Also, a little shout out to Sabrina Nohling for being an awesome second shooter! Thank you!!

Venue: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum, Washington    Dress: David’s Bridal    Florist: Fleur De Lis Floral Design    Design: Out on a Whim    DJ: Sean of Seattle Wedding DJ    Cake: Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso    Catering: Ritter Farms    Invitations: Zazzle    Hair: Megan at Tousled Salon    Makeup: Makeup by Alyssa Walsh

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Our Vacation in Seabrook, Washington

After a very busy summer Eric and I took a much needed little vacation earlier this month to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. We always try to do something together and get away for a few days with each other for our anniversary every year and this year we flew up to Washington state. We stayed at the Remember When Cottage in Seabrook, WA and we’re wondering what we can do next year to top this trip. 🙂

Seabrook is a peaceful little beach town right off the Washington coast near Pacific Beach. When we drove in we loved the style and feel to the entire community. They have a small general store and restaurant near the entrance and we frequently stopped in both places during our stay for coffee, snacks and a meal or two. The sidewalks are all white crushed shells and the houses all look beautiful with most of them having some sort of beach theme and classy decor. They also have a few shops and a place to rent beach cruiser bikes. Lovely!

We relaxed in the cottage, hiked along the wooded trails, read books, ate blackberry cobbler (YUMMY!), collected sand dollars (whole ones!) and took several long walks on the beach. The sunsets were amazing! One night we sat on the beach and watched the sun go down. Such an amazing view of God’s creation and a reminder of just how great He is. Easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you are ever looking for a vacation spot the Remember When Cottage in Seabrook is a beautiful place!

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It’s been 7 years!

Wow, time flies when you are having fun! Eric and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on August 27th this year! We went out to dinner at Wood Ranch (Their garlic rolls are to die for!) and then headed to Ikea to browse and buy some new office furniture. We’re taking our real anniversary get away in a couple weeks to a beach cottage in Seabrook, WA called the Remember When Cottage. Can’t wait for that! It’s seems crazy that it’s already been seven years! We’re an old married couple now, not newlyweds anymore. 🙂  These past seven years have been some of the best of my life and I am so happy with and thankful for the man God blessed me with. Love him!

We were married in Coquille, Oregon (which is my home town) at the little church where I grew up.