A few photos of this stunning friend of mine. I loved getting out for an afternoon to wake up my sleepy inner artist. We tend to hibernate this time of yearmakeup by: meghanstoll.com
Oh wow. I checked my website today and realized, GASP, it had been over 3 years since I last updated the main images. EEEEK!! So I went through my work from the past few years and gathered some favorites. Go check them out. I’ll be working on the galleries too. I’ve shot so many incredible events and people in the last few years. I’m excited to share them with you. Thank you as always for your support and love! honey-photo.com
Marjorie and Sam had a stunning day up at Bridal Veil Lakes. The venue is one of the best I’ve ever shot at. The heart of the venue is a lake with shallow water and canoes for guests to use as they wish. The lake is surrounded by trees, manicured pathways, and open green areas. The sun sets off to the side with some spectacular views of the Columbia Gorge.
The day itself was relaxed and smooth. They are one of those couples that found the right one in life. They compliment one another perfectly. I can just sense a life of happiness and content between them. Of course, those kinds of couples are my favorite!
See! I told you I would be blogging. Two in two days. Go me. Today we are looking into the full story of Brandi and Brian’s wedding. When I arrived and met Brandi for the first time, I was happy to see an untraditionally short wedding dress and bright blue heels (with sparkles!). The day was off to a great start. I love when people make their day what they want it to be. Brandi and Brian were low key and happy to celebrate the day with good friends. We wandered the stunning Skamania Lodge property for photos to get the day going. The bright blue sky and warm summer weather brought a great feeling to the day. The ceremony went beautifully. That led into a stunning cocktail hour overlooking the Columbia Gorge. I had never been to this venue and I was thrilled with the beautiful backdrops in every direction. The day ended up indoors with food, drinks and dancing. I loved the wild flower girls the most. They embraced the party and even flew at one point. I captured it below
Hi all! Happy 2014! We can still say that, right? I had a busy fall and winter. I travelled (a lot) for both work and pleasure, I finished up another full season of weddings, and I moved! Life has been incredible to me. 2013 was my favorite year yet. Makes me excited for all that lies ahead as we start this new year.
I’m into goal-making and to-do-listing lately. It really helps me move through a lot of work, personal goals and projects. I try to think big picture and get out every idea, every project, every little chore out on paper to start. Then I break that down into a day by day list, something I can conquer and keep track of. We have to stay organized in these times when our schedules fill up so quickly and there is a never-ending list of things to do, places to be and people to see. If you don’t have a grip on it, life can get overwhelming fast. A recent goal is to share photos from the second half of our 2013 wedding season with you in the coming weeks. I loved so many images and moments from this last season and I want you to experience them too. Thanks for hanging in and waiting patiently for these. More to come in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
I’m going to start off with Ashley and Todd’s wedding at The Garden in the Woods. It was one of those days that went smooth from start to finish. The friends and families welcomed me in and made me feel at home. The bride and groom were kind, sweet and totally ready to be married. They were quite perfect together. They had spunky, silly, and loyal friends there celebrating the day with them. A notable moment from the day was watching a “ring warming” ceremony. They had every guest hold the rings and bless them with good thoughts and prayers as they entered into the ceremony. I loved the idea that all their closest people in life took a moment to touch the rings and contribute to the couple before they put the rings on as husband and wife. I also loved when Todd saw Ashley for the first time. It was incredibly sweet to see his expressions as he saw her as a bride. Melted. My. Heart. The day ended perfectly with a hazy, glowy summer sunset.
Scroll through and enjoy! It’s good to be back.
I’m excited to share my experience of working at the Roloff Farm as they filmed an episode of “Little People Big World” this last September during Meredith and Kevin’s wedding. But before I share about that excitement, I want to say that Meredith and Kevin are fantastic people. They make a great couple. A great couple I would have loved to work with no matter what the circumstances. From the moment I first met them, through the rehearsal and the wedding day, they were a dream to work with. Without the show filming, I would have been just as excited and honored to share these moments and tell you about how fun the day was. They were full of energy and love throughout the whole process. I was thrilled to be there. One of my favorite moments from behind the lens… well, there were two favorite moments… The first was when Kevin called upon their two dogs to come over for photos. I turned around to see two fairly large dogs, full of joy, bounding towards us. It got even better when the dog tie and flowers were put on. My second favorite moment of the day was when we took some additional bride and groom portraits right after the ceremony. Amy Roloff drove us around their incredible (INCREDIBLE!!!) property to see more stunning locations for photos than what we already worked with. As soon as we made our first stop in the woods, I asked Meredith and Kevin to walk down the road and then hug. They proceeded to embrace and totally melt into one another. They rested, with eyes closed and took a sweet moment to catch up without words. It was sweet to witness and showed a different side to them as a couple. I loved it.
So about the show… We all know this show, right? I’ve watched it for years. Meeting Amy and Matt was great and exactly what I expected. Amy spoke with me a few times and was totally down-to-earth and genuine to the core. She stayed around for a good portion of the reception and may have danced with the bride (see photo below). What you don’t see in the photos is the film crew. They were there all day; cameras, boom mics, even a huge (30-foot) camera jib hovering during the ceremony and reception. Being there during the filming was surreal. Scott and I went about the day like normal. Everyone let us do what we do normally and encouraged us to not pay attention to anything going on outside of the wedding itself. It was actually way more normal than I would have thought. It was just interesting to look around and see a couple dozen people moving around the outside of the event, talking on headsets and directing the camera crew. So in the end, Meredith and Kevin had a pretty normal day but with a film crew running around the outside of the events. None of us know what is in store for the episode airing tomorrow (9/8pm central, TLC) so this will be interesting to see! Join us and watch!
Vendors that made this day awesome:
Second shooter – Scott Larsen – www.scottlarsen.com
Champagne Wedding Coordination – Mandi Downs – www.champagnenw.com
Blum Floral Design – Jordan Gladow – www.blumfloraldesign.com
Maggie’s Buns – Maggie Pike – www.maggiesbuns.com
Di Tazza Gourmet Coffee and Café – Dana Carpenter Camas, Wa
Hit Machine Band – Bart Hafeman – www.hitmachineband.com
Micaela Couture (makeup) – Micaela – www.micaelacouture.com
Beautimous hair styles – Nikki Johansen – www.salon26hair.com