Michele and Cory | Chehalis, Washington Wedding Photography

Michele and Cory are the quintessential bride and groom. A pastor and a nurse. Young, innocent, sweet, beautiful and fun. Their wedding was a dreamy, rustic affair in a big red barn surrounded by grassy fields and wildflowers. Everything was full of life, bursting with color and radiant in the June sunshine. I could not have asked for a nicer couple, a better day, or a more stunning location. This is the third wedding I’ve done at Red Barn Studios in Chehalis, Washington and I can say without a doubt it is one of my favorite wedding venues I’ve been to.

Thank you so much Michele and Cory, for inviting me to share and document your special day. You, your friends and your families are absolutely incredible, and it was a pleasure to photograph all of you! Congratulations!

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Vendors:

Venue: Red Barn Studios

Cupcakes: Taylor Frazier from The Cupcake Brigade (a non profit!)

Caterer: Branks BBQ

Florist: Janet Foss

Photo Booth: Viral Booth

Espresso Caterer: Black Tie Espresso

Megan and Spencer | Chehalis, Washington Wedding Photography

I’m not going to dance around this one. I adore this couple.

I loved them from the second I met them at the Deschutes brewery in Portland. They offered me a beer and we shared a night of great conversations and laughter from the very beginning. I loved them when Megan let me in on some of the sadder times of their lives, and how they’ve only gotten stronger because of everything they’ve been through. I loved them when they shared their story of how they first met back in high school, lost touch, and then were reunited by Spencer’s sister, a DECA event, Taco Tuesday, and dog tricks.

But most of all, I loved their wedding.

Maybe it was Megan’s vows that were crammed on several 8.5 x 11 pages because she had so much she wanted to say. Or the quiet moments where I found Spencer going over his notes alone in his car, looking handsome, nervous, but most of all, excited to make Megan his wife. Perhaps it was when Megan’s dad pulled Spencer into a kitchen to give him a family heirloom – a watch – as a gift on his wedding day. Or maybe it was the best man’s speech, explaining how broken Spencer had been until he met Megan. How Megan brought a warmth back into his heart that he never thought he would see again.

They were married on October 29th, 2011 at Red Barn Studios in Chehalis, Washington. The weather was perfect. The venue was perfect (I shot Amy and James‘ wedding there too). The whole day was like a beautiful dream. Congratulations you two. You deserve it!

Thank you so much Megan and Spencer! I hope you can tell how much I loved working with you. I wish you both the best in your marriage! Congrats!!

Amy and James’ Wedding | Chehalis Wedding Photography

(Warning, this is an extremely long post, haha)

I just can’t say enough good things about this couple! In EVERY photo, you could see how totally and completely in love they were. Their day was centered around their love, and they never lost sight of this. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and yes, the couples always love each other, but sometimes they get distracted by friends and family, by decorations, by needing everything to be totally perfect. Not Amy and James. Everything went so smoothly and happily for them and their guests, and if it didn’t go as planned, no one would have ever noticed. This is how all weddings should be, in my opinion. Happy, simple, and about you and your love. Not flowers, cakes, or stress over silly details.

The venue, Red Barn Studios, outside of Chehalis, Washington, was totally perfect. The red barn was beautiful inside and out, and the surrounding fields and rivers could not have been more picturesque. Everything coordinated perfectly to create a vibrant primary color scheme. Yes, the 95 degree heat and outdoor ceremony at noon was a little bit challenging, but it didn’t seem to stop anyone from having a great time!

Amy’s beautiful dress!

Her sister helped her get ready- it was just them two for awhile.

Once she was ready (she didn’t take long), she headed out to the river for her First Look with James. But she ran into some important people on the way…

Not exactly a short walk… haha.

Their first look was a little different- James faced her so that he could see her as she walked down the hill toward him. Seeing her for the first time…

We headed down to the river for a shot. And yes, that meant walking through REALLY tall grass.

It was soo hot already by this point! So we took some in the shade.

And got a few shots in front of the barn.

Almost forgot something James!

I couldn’t get enough of this barn… obviously..

And I haven’t even mentioned the HUGE field of yellow dandelions yet!

(I’ve known two of the people in these pictures since 1st or 2nd grade! Crazy huh? I’ve also known another two since middle school, and Amy and James since high school! It’s so much fun shooting a wedding party that you KNOW!)

I just LOVE that his two brothers helped him with his jacket like this- totally candid.

We took about a million family pictures- here is the big one!

And then it was time for the ceremony!

Some legal stuff..

A nice long receiving line! This little girl was so cute.

Fooooooood!

A little bit of man love 🙂

The reception- inside the barn upstairs:

Man and Wife!

Details..

Cutest thing I have ever seen! James played/sang a song just for Amy in front of everyone. I’m pretty sure she was crying like half the time.

First dance..

Money dance- this little girl was so funny!

After all the toasts and the dancing and the cake, they went back outside to play… tug of war!

It turned into jump rope of course

Congrats Amy and James!