In 2018 I photographed 25 weddings. It was my 19th year as a wedding photographer. I’ve picked out my top 5 wedding photos of 2018 and shared the stories behind these moments below.
A First Look with Her Father
Tristan came home to Snohomish for her wedding. Before doing her first look with her husband Stuart, she walked down the long aisle at Belle Chapel to where her father was standing in the foyer. When he turned and set yes on her he was completely overcome with emotion. I will admit I was too. Here’s the series of photos from that moment that take the number 5 spot in my countdown.
Husband and Wife
At the end of their ceremony at Jardin Del Sol, Betsy and Brian could hardly believe they were really married. For a moment they stared at one another in disbelief! Then their Pastor said, “look” and they turned to see then entire audience cheering and waving wands with brightly colored streamers attached. The pair couldn’t believe their eyes and as they walked down the aisle and into their future Brian grabbed Betsy and dipped her for a romantic kiss!
The number 3 spot on my top 5 wedding photos of 2018 comes from Rachael and Andrew’s wedding at The Red Barn in Redmond. Rachael LOVES cats. It just so happens that the venue has a beautiful Bengal striped cat that lives on the property. The venue staff discourages people from trying to pet or hold the cat but he was in a very friendly mood and let this cat whisper of a bride pick him up for a portrait. Later Rachael told me that the cat photo was her profile pic and NOT a photo of her and her new husband. Sorry, Andrew!
Sunset over Lake Washington
I’m a sucker for a good sunset photo. One of my favorites came from a wedding at Inglewood Golf Club. I have actually photographed a lot at this venue and for many years I’ve used a dock to take photos at sunset that is just a few yards from the golf club. But in 2018 this dock became no longer accessible and I was devastated. That’s when a kind club member offered their own personal dock to Laura and Nick. After hearing this we all jumped into golf carts and sped down the course to the friend’s home. We arrived just in time to catch this extremely brilliant sky.
This year I went to Kona Hawaii with the DeShon family for their third and final wedding in three years. I was lucky enough to photograph Amy, Rachael and KayLi’s weddings for this wonderful family. KayLi and Ruefeng chose to have a small family get together at the Ohana Resort. All though every part of their day was beautiful, my favorite photo was of these two having a private moment among the rows of tropical fruit trees.
Bonus: Father Daughter Dance
I tried to pick my top 5 wedding photos of 2018 and I couldn’t help but add a 6th. This photo barely made it into the 2018 category since it was shot on December 29. This was also a destination wedding, but it only took 90 minutes to get there. Teresa and Teo’s wedding in Ellensburg was a perfect hometown wedding for two high school sweethearts. Although they have long left this small rodeo town, it was romantic for them to return to be with all of the friends and loved ones. During the Father/Daughter dance you could tell that Teresa was feeling a deep sense of connection and love from all of those who put so much effort into this special day. Just a few minutes before her Father delivered a beautiful and heartfelt toast. As this pair turned on the dance floor I caught a glimpse of Teresa crying tears of joy though the twinkle light decorations that lit the room.
If you’d like to see more great moments from these weddings you can visit their full galleries on my website.