An Intimate Lopez Island Wedding Editorial
The Pacific Northwest has a very specific kind of magic. It’s an untamed, sacred energy – even the quiet scenes hum with life. Lopez Island is part of the San Juans, a sleepy little cluster of islands tucked between the Washington peninsula and the mainland. Every summer of my childhood, my parents and I would pack a big orange camping cooler full of snacks and then pack ourselves and our dog into the van and head for Lopez. I could always tell when we were getting close to the ferry landing because the air started smelling salty and the trees started looking scraggly in the way sea-side trees do. The trip always felt like an adventure, and simultaneously so comfortable – like going home.
This shoot takes that feeling and applies it to an intimate Lopez Island wedding for a stylish couple in Seattle. The design overall was inspired by design as it relates to the natural world – in the clean, minimal lines of a modern structure, and in the humble, wabi-sabi nature of a hand-thrown clay bowl. We also incorporated nods to spring, a season of softness, green, growth, and beginning. Amy of GATHER DESIGN COMPANY created the most incredible subtle ceremony installation, with blooms seemingly sprouting right out of the ground. I’m so grateful for the creativity and talent that went into this shoot as well as the actual experience of photographing this day. It was incredibly special.