We started Cami & Evan’s Bellingham engagement session at the ivy heart wall on Chestnut St. The heart wall is a popular spot for photos because it is a perfect backdrop for couples in love! This was a great way to begin their Boulevard Park engagement session.

Cami is a cellist and is studying music at WWU. She also plays in a string quartet or duet at weddings, which sounds amazing for a wedding ceremony. Evan also attends WWU and studies math. They are high school sweethearts, and even attended pre-school together! After their wedding they are honeymooning in Hawaii, whoohoo! And then they will be moving to Houston to finish grad school.

After we got some fun photos at the ivy heart wall, we headed to Boulevard Park for some photos along the beach. This location was meaningful to them both, as this is where they had their very first date. We had a great time enjoying the beautiful weather and playing along the beach as the sun set.

They are planning a July wedding at Beau Lodge in Skagit County, which is a beautiful venue for outdoor weddings. I can’t wait!

 

Ivy heart wall in Bellingham Wa

Engagement photos at ivy heart wall in Bellingham Wa

Beach engagement at Boulevard Park

Boulevard Park engagement the ring

 

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Bellingham engagement at Boulevard Park

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Showing off the engagement ring

Engagement ring in clam shell

Sailboat and engagement session at Bellingham Bay

Sunset beach engagement at Boulevard Park

Beautiful sunset at Boulevard Park

Sunset Beach engagement at Boulevard Park

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Engagement couple on the boardwalk at Boulevard Park

 

 

 

 

Bride & groom at Peace Arch ParkThis was my first time shooting a Peace Arch State Park wedding, and it is quite a charming little venue. The day-use building is called The American Kitchen and houses about 100 people. As you walk out on the grounds, you have a view of Semiahmoo Bay and the islands. There is also a view of the 67 foot tall Peace Arch, which was dedicated in 1921 and was built  to commemorate the lasting peace between the United States and Canada. There is an abundance of flowers on the grounds, and many trees, but the Canadian portion of the International Park is teeming with flowers and is perfectly landscaped.

Groom & groomsmen before wedding

Groom with his groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen with dinosaurs

The guys were having so much fun with the dinosaurs, that I decided to include them in their photos….

Dinosaurs with groomsmen before wedding

Isn’t she gorgeous?

Bride during getting ready

Details from bride and wedding dress

Groom and groomsmen

The first look is always so exciting! Seeing each other for the first time can be pretty emotional at times. All the wedding jitters seem to dissipate once the bride and groom are reunited and can face the day together….

Bride and groom first look at Peace Arch Park

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 Peace Arch Park first look before wedding

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Bride & groom at Peace Arch Park

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Details at Peace Arch Park wedding

Emily and Joe chose a Harry Potter theme for their reception. The centerpieces on the tables that they created themselves were named after the houses in the Harry Potter series. They did a great job on the centerpieces and added a succulent to take home for each guest as favors.

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Reception at Peace Arch Park

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Harry Potter wedding

Wedding processional at Peace Arch Park Her comes the bride!

Bride Groom Wedding ceremony at Peace Arch Park

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Wedding ceremony at Peace Arch Park

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And a big high five to congratulate each other!

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Wedding rings at Peace Arch Park

Wedding rings at Peace Arch Park

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Wedding at Peace Arch Park with bride & groom

Groom leading bride at Peace Arch Park

Beautiful bride at Peace Arch Park in Blaine Wa

Bridal Portrait at Peace Arch Park

Beautiful bride at Sunset at Peace Arch Park in Blaine Wa

Whatcom Falls Park engagement session

Whatcom Falls Park is a beautiful setting for an engagement session. The first thing that you hear as you travel down the path to the sandstone bridge that this park is famous for, is the sound of the waterfall off to the right. Once you are on the bridge, you have a spectacular view of the waterfall, a part of Whatcom Creek, which is fed by Lake Whatcom. The sandstone bridge was constructed in 1939 and is a popular site for photos. (You will find a link to a map of the area with it’s trails and park information at the beginning of this post.) It was a beautiful day, though a really warm one, when I met Emily and Joe to capture their engagement photos. We started out by taking a few shots on the bridge before heading onto the trails underneath the canopy of evergreens.

Stone bridge at Whatcom Falls Park

Whatcom Falls Park stone bridge during engagement session

We had intended to hike down to the “Whirlpool”, a favorite swimming spot for local Bellinghamsters. There is also a small waterfall there that empties into the pool and people often jump off the cliffs surrounding it into the pool below. (Which there are signs prohibiting diving because of the danger. There have been several people injured by doing that). But the temperature was in the 90’s, so the pool was crowded. I may have to try that spot again for photos on a not-so-warm day….. I decided to forego that option and get some great shots up above before heading to the wooden bridge on the other side of the pool that crosses the creek.

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Whatcom Falls Park engagement session

Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham Wa during an engagement session

Engagement photos taken at Whatcom Falls Park

Portrait at Whatcom Falls Park

We did find a secluded spot in the woods to take a break so that Emily & Joe could have some alone time, and I could also grab some gorgeous shots of Emily.

Engagement session on wooden bridge at Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham Wa

Whatcom Falls Park engagement photos

Engagement session in Bellingham Wa at Whatcom Falls Park

Whatcom Falls Park engagement session

I love this little wooden bridge!

Whatcom Falls Park engagement session

There are so many trails that wander through this park that covers 241 acres. You can actually walk all the way to Woburn St, or over to Bayview Cemetery. I will have to do some more exploring on a cooler day. In the meantime, I am so looking forward to this wedding this summer! These two are such a sweet couple! And they are just made for each other!

 

 

 

 

 

This is such an adorable family! Hunter was just the best baby throughout this entire family session in Ferndale. He had smiles almost the entire time! You can really see how much Marissa & Colby dote on him, because he is their first-born son.  And he is the spitting image of his daddy. I was able to capture a few shots under a willow tree before we headed over to Vanderyacht Park in Ferndale. Vanderyacht Park is actually used as an off-leash dog park in Ferndale. It isn’t as busy with dogs and their people as the dog parks in Bellingham, and is a pretty little park with a trail meandering through it next to the Nooksack River. A true hidden gem right in the middle of Ferndale!

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I was able to grab a couple of shots of just the two of them while my assistant (my hubby, who just adores babies) entertained Hunter for a few minutes.

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Ferndale engagement session

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Have you ever seen such a happy baby before?

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Adorable baby portrait with parents

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Bellingham Lifestyle Portrait Photography Session

Ferndale Family Session

Thank you so much, Marissa & Colby, for letting me capture the smiles on your beautiful baby boy, and your relationship with him!