Growing up, I had always wanted to travel to the Pacific Northwest. I think because I saw so many creatives who thrived in those cities and because the scenery seemed to good to be true, my Georgia, Atlanta-suburb mind found itself wondering.
I had made my way to Portland briefly in 2016 for a photography wedding workshop, with an original plan of renting a car to see Seattle, as it was only a 2 hour drive. Plans changed though, after I had traveled alone and became homesick. I was only 18, traveling by myself for the first time and cut my trip short to come back home. However, I promised myself I would eventually come back and follow through to see Seattle.
I found myself scrolling on Google Flights one afternoon and noticed that flights out west seemed relatively inexpensive. California, Las Vegas, Colorado…all too good to be true. On a whim I typed out SEA and couldn’t believe my eyes. Round trip tickets for $300 a piece. It was a Sunday afternoon and I quickly texted Corey, my boyfriend, saying “How do you feel about going to Seattle this September?” “September? ok” And that was it.
We didn’t have much of a plan other than traveling to see downtown, the market, Mount Ranier, and go to Portland for a day. If anything, our trip was mostly to experience what it would be like in another city. Milk was cheaper than it is here, we went to the mall, even, and cooked at the airbnb for the most part. Each day we drove, we couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenery was, how the trees we saw were all evergreen, and we found ourselves marveling at how going any direction took you to completely different terrain.
The first day, we did a lot in downtown Seattle, exploring a Japanese garden with more koi than I’ve ever seen before. Then, we went to a trail that ended up being a hike to the coast with breathtaking views and rolling hills. In the same day, we also went to Safeco field to watch the Mariners play. Corey and I love baseball and were surprised at how uninvolved the fan base was compared to what it’s like to be a Brave’s fan.
The next day, we drove to Portland for a day to see Cannon Beach and the renowned rock that is famously in The Goonies. Unfortunately, the weather was gloomy and too foggy for us to see anything, so, Corey was convinced that the rock wasn’t real. We spent the evening and ate the worst Chinese food and left to explore downtown Portland the next morning. Portland didn’t excite us as much as Seattle did, which was surprising to the both of us.
After exploring for a little in Portland, we made our way back to Mt. Saint Helen where our friend Amanda took some portraits of the both of us. It was cold and rainy, but the photos still were incredibly breathtaking and some that I’ll cherish forever.
As our trip came to a close, the last day, we went to Pike Market which is where local entrepreneurs come together to sell their goods; from food trucks, nick nacks, to fresh bouquets, it was all there, and surreal to experience. Corey bought me one of the prettiest and largest bouquets that I’ve seen, organically grown and larger than my torso, for only $20 which was astonishing. We loved walking around downtown and ended the evening at Metropolitan Grill. We stumbled upon the location and chose it on a whim, after doing a google maps search to find the nearest food that we thought was the most basic. Little did we know that once we stepped into the restaurant that it was one of the most upscale restaurants (known for its steak and celebrity visitors) we could have chosen by accident, and we felt incredibly underdressed to say the least, haha!
We’re so thankful we had the opportunity to travel to such a beautiful place and hope you love these photos just as much as we do.
Ashton and Jay met in downtown Savannah almost a year ago and upon seeing Ashton for the first time, Jay said that he was sure he would find a way to talk to her in person. Fast forward a few weeks, they both sat in a coffee shop, and what they initially thought would be a short while turned into hours of nonstop talking and they both left knowing that they had something special.
Jay plays soccer and works early in the morning while Ashton is still in school and also models on the side. When first meeting Ashton, immediately I was taken aback by her sweet and endearing demeanor and her precious southern accent. Jay is cool, calm, and collected, and they are so comfortable with one another. Even when they’re talking about what’s going on in their day, you can tell that they are enthralled with one another and truly just love spending time being with the other.
Ashton and Jay drove from Savannah to Atlanta for some pre-wedding photos this spring and were gracious enough to be willing to go out in the rain, which thankfully went away soon after we began. These photographs are gorgeous, don’t you think? I love Jay’s black tuxedo, which went beautifully with Ashton’s gowns from BHLDN and The Sentimentalist.
There was a beautiful pink bouquet created by Lindsay Coletta with spring tones and what made the day even more special was the special appearance by Honey the Pug.
The day was styled by Erin Ryser who did two looks for Ashton: a textured updo towards the end of the night while Ashton wore her hair down at first. Emily Claire helped style the beautiful details with unique antique gold pieces and carefully styled paper goods by Owl Post Calligraphy.
What I love so much about Nallely and Javid is their tender love they have for each other. Both of the two met at college, where Nallely was pursing a Bachelor’s in Math and Javid going to business school. Javid is in the military, and was about to leave for training when Nallely reached out to me about her wedding. She reached out to me, telling me that they were planning on having a fast engagement and needed photos together before he went away. Nallely told me that she was so excited about doing life together and that he would return only days before the wedding.
We began the morning photographing Nallely and Javid’s first look at Montaluce Winery, located in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains. They had the sweetest first look and the love they had for one another was so apparent. Nallely wore a beautiful flower crown and a gown she bought off the rack from David’s Bridal.
The two were wed at Juliette Chapel, a wedding venue north of Atlanta, directly after the first look and portraits with only their immediate families in attendance. It was such a stunning day, and I’m honored to have documented their love and celebrate alongside their families .
Chrissy was once a photographer who focused solely on photographing weddings in the Atlanta area. Since then, she’s taken a step back from her business to focus on motherhood and I’ve loved seeing her sweet comments on my work. I was over the moon to find out that Gavin was soon about to be 1 and that she wanted some photos with him at the local park. I hope you love these as much as I do!