Feel free to cozy up with your favorite beverage (if you're like me, then maybe it's an espresso over ice with a splash of cream, or a warm matcha latte if it's cold outside!) and stay awhile. This is my place to share not just beautiful weddings or sessions, but to share my life. My hope is through this, you'll get to know a bit more about me and all the beautiful people that make it worth living!
I remember our very first conversation and when we first met like it was yesterday. I received a call from her last fall and well, after 90 minutes on the phone talking about everything from wedding to life to her marriage to Jake, I knew she was incredibly special. And amazing. Everyone who knows her would say the same thing : that she’s incredibly hard working and when she has a goal or a dream, she sets out to accomplish it. I can say all this and so, so much more about what an incredible person Callan is and I’ve only known just a bit of her story. What I do know is this, she’s been through it. There have been emotional trials and difficult experiences and one thing I can say without hesitation is Callan has an incredible strength. And not just Callan, but her new husband. Jake is one of those guys you meet where you just don’t exactly know what they’re thinking. I only feel ok saying this because I know he’ll laugh about it – but he was that groom who put up with all my “just one more shot like this” … ten minutes later … “ok just a couple more, right there, now laugh in Callan’s ear” …and it was by his 2nd or 3rd eye roll and smirk that I felt like he approved of me as a photographer. Or so I hoped. ;) BUT, it was when he asked for a photo of my mom and I with him and Callan that I felt just a little bit like I had arrived. So, thanks Jake, for putting up with my persistence to photograph you and your hot wife for what probably felt like a thousand years. I promise it was worth it :)
Their wedding day was perfect from beginning to end. Literally. Jake, Callan and her mom, alongside countless other people, worked tirelessly for months to build this dream venue. When my mom and I drove up the long driveway and pulled in I looked at her and said, “Am I really here? I can’t believe I’m getting to be a part of this day and the first wedding here. I hope I do it justice.” All day long I probably had that starstruck face of awe. I was captivated at every turn whether it was the HUGE windows in the home that were perfectly designed to let in natural light for photos, or the french doors that opened out over the reception site. The romantic string lights created a warm ambience throughout the entire space, and Lynn from Fleur De Lis created a complete fairy tale experience for every single person from her flawless decorating and florals. I could have photographed the details all. day. long. And just wait until you see their ceremony site. Ahh, it was what dreams are made of! Jake & Callan’s day was an effort of so many incredibly talented local artists, from Loreen’s detailed coordinating, Brogan Kelly’s live music that kept all of the guests so well entertained, a family style dinner served from Ravenous Catering around Lake Chelan Wedding Rentals’ long farmhouse tables and dessert with a cake like you’ve never seen before from Wendy at Sweet Crumbs, and videography from Jared LaMar, I felt like I had the dream team on my side all day long. It felt just a little bit like we were all in Tuscany for the evening with rolling hills of green vineyards all overlooking gorgeous Lake Chelan. Brides, this venue is unlike any other in the entire valley and I feel so honored to be sharing these images from Jake and Callan’s stunning wedding.
I could go on for so long talking about every little detail and all of the amazing people who came together for their day, but I’ll let the 8754 photos do the rest of the talking. :) Jake and Callan, thank you so much for giving me this honor and privilege of not only photographing your wedding day, but getting to know you and your families throughout this season of planning and preparing for this day you two finally became Mr. & Mrs. Kanev. I am so thankful for you both and feel so honored to have been there alongside my mama who I couldn’t have done it without. I love you guys!!!!