Welcome to the world baby William!

When Kathryn called to schedule a newborn session with little William, I was so excited, because I was fortunate enough to get to photograph both his big brother and his big sister, and I love, love getting to document families as they grow!

The day that we had chosen for their session was a crazy one– the middle of the one of the big snow storms we got last month. Their house was cozy, the kids were sweet, and the light was beautiful– you couldn’t ask for anything more.

But as we were wrapping up inside, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how little William was born during a record month of snow in Ketchum and that we needed some images to help keep that memory alive. So we bundled everyone up and headed outside to make some images of the McNeal family and their new addition in the middle of a snowstorm! It’s pretty sweet how photography can give us the gift of preserving a simple little moment forever.

Cassie & Drew’s Sun Valley Winter Wedding

Sweet, beautiful, intimate, fun, and most importantly, full of joy. That was Cassie and Drew’s wedding. The two of them have a long history– they dated in high school in Reno but then college and careers took them their separate ways. At a serendipitous joint birthday party for Drew and his dad three years ago, they were re-united. Cassie moved from NYC to Chicago to be with Drew and they got engaged a year ago.

Cassie & Drew’s long history made it easy for their family and friends (who all know each other) to share toasts filled with cute and comical anecdotes about their lives together. It also made the wedding feel like it was a family reunion– one big happy family having the time of their lives as they celebrated a long awaited wedding!

The day was filled with the kind of moments that make me love what I do– Cassie’s dad tearing up when he saw her in her dress for the first time; Drew and his groomsmen cracking up during the wedding party photos; the crowd not being able to stop laughing when, in repeating her vows, Cassie couldn’t help replacing the ‘for richer or for poorer,’ with ‘for richer or for richer,’; the two mom’s dancing together and giggling the whole way through; and Cassie and Drew being lifted into the air by the crowd during the last dance of the night.

Cassie and Drew, so happy for you two! Thank you for choosing me to be document your big day– I loved being a part of it!

Abbey & Matt are getting married!

I know, I know, this is kind of ridiculous, but after spending only a few hours with them, I love everything about Abbey and Matt. It took just a few minutes to be able to tell that they just absolutely love spending time with each together, and their happiness is infectious!

Matt grew up in Twin Falls, eventually moving to NYC for work, where he met Abbey, “We were both working at a video editing company in New York City and from the minute we met, we sort of became inseparable. Going to the movies, seeing live music, laughing our butts off, having honest conversations and talking until the wee hours of the night- I think we both knew from early on that we had found our person.”

They come to Sun Valley often and love to ski, so we chose Baldy as the location for their engagement session. In the year between when a couple books us and when their wedding happens, it’s super important to us to really get to know them. Engagement sessions are part of that process, and so is just hearing about who they are in their own words. Here is what Abbey and Matt said about them as a couple, “We both love to have fun and are unabashedly affectionate! We love to ski, dog-sit for our friends, cook up meals in our apartment (we love Spa night, which is short for Spaghetti!), watch movies (lots of movies!), see live music, travel and explore places we’ve never been, visit art galleries and get our culture on, go for coffee strolls, play the NY Times crossword, and go on adventures!”

…and here’s the sweet story of how they got engaged, “It was a freezing cold Saturday morning in New York. One of those beautiful winter days where the sun is shining but you can see your breath in the air. It was the morning after Abbey had a performance with her band (she is a singer-songwriter) and we set out through the village to get some much needed bagels with lox (a staple!) and coffee. With bellies full, Matt led Abbey into Washington Square Park where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry  him.”

Given how much fun I had doing their engagement session, I can truly say that I can’t wait for their wedding this summer at Galena!

 

 

 

 

Happy (almost!) Anniversary Lilly & Stefan!


Lilly and Stefan had the sweetest, most intimate ceremony. They went back and forth for a long time, debating the pros and cons of having a big wedding or a small one, and ultimately decided that what was most important to them was to be surrounded by their nearest and dearest family and friends as they said their vows. And so, on a beautiful snowy day, they gathered all of the most important people in their lives together, went down by the river and vowed to be together forever. Not an eye was dry (including mine!).

I was very lucky to have Lilly as my studio manager for a year and a half and in that time we became very close. It is wonderful to see her and Stefan so happy together!

Kaitlin & Lauren’s Engagement Images

I loved the engagement session I did with Lauren and Kaitlin a few weeks ago. We had a session with big mountain views planned, but when it started snowing at the last minute, we decided to just go down by the river instead. And although I love mountains, this worked out really well. It’s a good reminder that it’s totally fine to keep things simple, to just focus on two people being together, on faces and emotions. Kaitlin and Lauren are so cute together and it’s fun to have images that capture their joy!

When I asked about their dynamic together, they said they were, ‘playfully sarcastic,” which, after spending a couple of hours with them, seems to fit them perfectly. They also describe their relationship as playful, dynamic, active, loving, outdoorsy, passionate and adventurous– they were all of these things together!

They also have the sweetest engagement story: Kaitlin set up a whole weekend on the Oregon coast. Lauren thought it was for a birthday party for her niece. Instead, Kaitlin proposed during sunset on the beach, and then surprised Lauren with her whole family traveling in from the east coast to spend the weekend with them!

 

The Evans Family goes sledding!

I had so much fun getting to know the Evan’s family, who recently moved to Sun Valley from Seattle. They have the sweetest kids. Now, it’s very important to have pretty portraits of everyone looking their best, but after that’s done, it’s always nice to have a more little fun! For me, these ‘extra’ images often end up being my favorite! Here are a few…

…and of course, a few of the pretty portraits!

The rest of Kira & Gurdeep’s Portland Wedding!

Although they knew that two ceremonies would make for a long day, Kira and Gurdeep honored his heritage with a ceremony in a Sikh Temple in the morning (see the previous post about their wedding), but also wanted to have a more traditional American wedding ceremony in the afternoon, which reflected more of Kira’s background. The afternoon ceremony was a very personal reflection of their life as a couple. Escorted by their parents, Gurdeep and Kira each walked down two separate aisles at the same time. Siblings served as their wedding party and nieces and nephews were the flower girls and ring bearers. They were married by their friend Aaron (a former roommate) and wrote and read their own vows.

After their second ceremony, family and friends ate delicious food, followed by desert– a mix of Indian sweets and local Portland ice cream– and then danced the night away to wedding classics with a little bit of Indian Bhangara music mixed in. The entire event was a wonderful melding of the two of them, their families and their traditions!

 

Kira and Gurdeep’s Indian Portland Wedding

When my brother-in-law Gurdeep told us that he and his fiance were getting married and wanted help planning their wedding, I was super excited to be a part of it, and to help them figure out the nuances of putting together a multi cultural wedding.

As many of you know, I have kind of an interesting background– my American hippie parents became Sikhs (an Indian religion) before I was born and my sisters and I grew up in India. I met my Indian husband Gurmeet in boarding school in India but he and his brothers grew up in the States, so our two families have kind of a funny cross cultural thing going on. When my husband and I got married 13 years ago, it was fun (and challenging) to figure out how to represent both of cultures in a meaningful way.  We ended up doing two different wedding ceremonies in the same day– one traditional Indian Sikh wedding, and one more American ceremony.

Kira and Gurdeep decided to do the same thing, with two different ceremonies. Gurdeep’s fiance Kira grew up in Portland (without the whole India connection that I had) and the couple have both lived in Portland for years. They are a super cute, quirky couple and love a lot about the whole Bollywood culture (India’s version of Hollywood) and wanted to incorporate that with some of Portland’s unique culture into their wedding.  Here are some images from the first half of their wedding day, when they did their traditional Sikh ceremony.

Stay tuned for another blog post with their second ceremony and the rest of their wedding day!

Cassie and Drew are getting married soon!

Just wanted to share some images from Cassie and Drew’s engagement session, which we did this fall. I love doing engagement shoots, because they are a great opportunity for me and the couple to just spend a little time getting to know one another before their wedding day. Cassie and Drew are such a fun, interesting and sweet couple and I can’t wait to share images from their winter wedding, which is coming up in February at the Sun Valley Clubhouse!