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!
Allie and John’s wedding was a great end to our super busy wedding season! I love the two of them and their sweet, fun and warm personalities. Their wedding was wonderful– a beautiful ceremony, a spectacular fall day and family and friends beaming with happiness for Allie and John!
John grew up in Ketchum, went to the Community School and has a super close group of friends from the valley (I actually met him years ago when I did his high school senior portraits!) He and Allie went to Gonzaga and met on a weekend skip trip to Canada through the GU Ski and Snowboard Club. They found they had lots in common and started dating shortly after.
I often ask people about how they got engaged, because it always tells me so much about who they are as a couple. Here is Allie and John’s story,
“As a tradition every year John and his family spend the 4th of July at their cabin in Stanley. This year, John and I were fortunate to have time off work and traveled to Idaho to join in the holiday celebrations. The morning of July 3rd John asked if I would like to go on a hike to kick off the day, which sounded nice before the day got too warm, so I said sure! We hopped on our bikes and headed towards the mountain directly across from the family cabin, which they had nicknamed years ago “Crystal Mountain.” John was carrying a backpack, which I found a little odd, but I didn’t think much of it. When we got to the top of the hike it was a beautiful view- we could see the cabin, the river and the snowy Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. I was taking pictures of the view when I turned around to see John kneeling down! I was completely shocked and thrilled, and said yes right away. From his backpack john pulled out champagne and his parents’ wedding glasses for a toast to a lifetime of adventures together.”
A super sweet story for an awesome couple! Thanks Allie and John for choosing me as your photographer– it was so much fun to be a part of your wedding day! I could not have enjoyed it more!
Thanks to a great team of vendors:
Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Megan Gergen of Sun Valley Company | Venue: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Sun Valley’s River Run Lodge | Catering: Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Kelly Martin (mother of the groom!) | Makeup: Chantelle Conway | Hair: Stacy of the Sun Valley Spa |
Mia and her family moved the valley a few months ago, just before her senior year, and Mia has taken it all in stride. She is a super smart, talented girl who know what she wants. She has her eyes set on a school and is already taking college classes to get a head start on it all. I had so much fun getting to know Mia during her senior portrait session a couple of weeks ago!
My job is pretty sweet, I must say! I know that I say that all the time, and of course there are things that make it a drag (you know, all that pesky running your own business stuff that is not actually photography related), but still, it’s pretty fun! When Lauren’s mom called to say that Lauren and Kenneth are getting married next summer and they wanted me to be the photographer, I was bummed because I was already booked for their date and this would have been the third wedding in the family that I would get to photograph. But she called back the next day and said that they could move the wedding back a couple of days, and now I get to be their photographer! Which is fun because their family is awesome and because Lauren and Kenneth are just super cute together!
I loved hearing their proposal story. Super sweet! “…We were in the Grand Cayman Islands for my uncle’s wedding. The proposal was the day after the wedding. The whole family was getting ready for dinner, and I asked Lauren to come with me to watch the sunset. Little did she know that there were flower petals in a heart shape on the beach and a photographer ready to capture the event. We walked down to the beach… I turned to her and told her how much I loved her and wanted her to be in my life forever. I knelt down on one knee and asked her. The whole family was watching from the resort balcony and irrupted in cheer. We lit a Chinese wish lantern and watched it fly into the distance after making a wish.”
We had their engagement session planned for a few weeks ago when they were in town for the weekend and the weather was looking if-y to say the least (cold with a very good chance of snow), but because they were only here for the weekend, we decided to just go ahead with the shoot. And as I often am, I was so glad that we just went for it. Stormy days can be the best for photography. We got a mix of beautiful light, stormy clouds, sun and snow, all in a little over an hour.
Cant wait for the wedding next summer– congrats Lauren & Kenneth!
It was such a pleasure to photograph Megan and Brian’s wedding on Saturday at the Valley Club! Megan’s parents have had a condo here since she was a kid and she grew up with Sun Valley as her second home. Now a dentist in Seattle, she and Brian (who owns a tech company there), were excited to host a great weekend getaway for their family and friends, who seem like they all had a blast. It was fun getting to be a part of such a fun celebration. Here is a little peek of images from the big day. Thanks to all the vendors who made it a great event– my awesome second photographer Adelaide Mason, the staff at the Valley Club, Sue Bridgman Flowers, DJ Rory and Cristiana’s. More images to come soon!