Model call!

Open model call!  

We're looking for a couple madly in love and a lovely solo lady for a wedding shoot this Sunday, April 12th.

It's going to be amazing. No experience necessary.

What we're looking for: A COUPLE in love and a solo LADY

When: Sunday, April 12th

Where: Snohomish area

What: Gown, professional hair and makeup provided. You'll receive photos as compensation.

Contact me and send a photo of yourself and your stats: hello@elmandolive.com. Thanks!!

 

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colette + ryan. [wedding photograph] evergreen gardens.

This wedding was dreamy.  Evergreen Gardens is a stunning venue in Ferndale, WA.  The property is surrounded by impeccable gardens and towering evergreens.  There's a covered pavilion, gorgeous covered arch ways, playful swings, and the whole place feels like you stepped into The Secret Garden.  It also has separate places for the bride and groom to get ready.  This made it so easy to capture getting ready shots and head out to photograph their beautiful first look on the grounds.  Having everything in one location is such a bonus when planning logistics for a wedding day. I started photographing the beautiful bride, Colette, in her getting ready room and had fun shooting her wedding details around the gardens.  The first look happened in a private area of the many gardens and pathways.  Ryan's expression when he saw his bride for the first time was beautiful.  This is often my favorite part of a wedding.  There are no words to describe the look on a bride and groom's face when they see their beloved.  Most couples are choose to have this first look be an intimate time for the couple only before the ceremony.  I love the first look for so many reasons but I would say that for photography, it's particularly great because it allows for all formal portraits to happen before the ceremony.  After the bride and groom have seen each other, the bride/groom portraits, the family portraits, and the wedding party formals can all happen before the ceremony.  After you say 'I do,' you can all immediately start celebrating with your guests at the reception.

It was one of those days where we all thought a major rain storm was coming.  The bride was prepared with many white umbrellas and even had the ceremony set up in a alternative covered area.  With all of these precautions taken, the sun decided to come out and we never felt one drop.  About an hour before the wedding ceremony, the couple made the call to move the ceremony to its original outdoor location.  Everyone pitched in a before we knew it, a gorgeous outdoor wedding was taking place.

The bride and groom planned for such a beautiful wedding and reception.  Their dinner was spectacular (if you're looking for a caterer, check out Memorable Events and Catering).  There were wine and cheese pairings, a decadent spread of food and dessert (start drooling at the photos below) all with suggested wines.  Mmmm.  After dinner, guests could relax around the grounds and enjoy s'mores and drinks by the camp fire.  A friend of the couple's performed some beautiful music.  What a wedding.  I was honored to photograph your big day, Colette and Ryan!

 

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Vendors

Venue: Evergreen Gardens located in Ferndale, WA

Caterer: Memorable Events and Catering located in Ferndale, WA.  I can't say enough positive things about Memorable Events.  Their food was divine.

Wedding cake and dessert table: Pure Bliss Desserts located in Bellingham, WA.  Mmmm.

after wedding session [wedding photography]

I just love this time of year.  I had a blast with these two at their after wedding session as we played with leaves.  It's always so fun to let the day unfold and embrace what's around you for photography.  Couldn't have asked for a better day to have fun with this bride and groom.  Here are a few from our session just outside of Bellingham . . more soon.  Hope you're enjoying this amazing fall (and happy halloween!!).  

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georgia + jake. [wedding photography] backyard wedding.

What a lovely wedding this was.  You may remember Georgia and Jake's engagement session earlier on this blog (here).  It was so fun to return to this gorgeous property to photograph their wedding.  Family and friends gathered for this beautiful wedding on a lake at the groom's family home just outside of Bellingham.  There was laughter, great food, dancing, and most importantly such love in the air. Be sure to check out the lux honeymoon getaway tent which was a gift for the couple across the lake from the ceremony.  The family even made a honeymoon mailbox for the bride and groom.  How cool is that!  I was honored to capture this beautiful wedding for such a fantastic couple.

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Vendor list

Venue: Backyard wedding outside of Bellingham, WA

Tents and dance floor: Pacific Party Canopies.  Bellingham, WA.  A great place for any wedding rental needs!

Desserts: Pure Bliss Desserts. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you owe it to yourself to check these guys out.  Talk about amazing desserts.

DJ: Jimmy Mai with Fatal Mix Productions. Great DJ!

Caterer: Memorable Events Catering.  Ferndale, WA -their food is DELISH.

Makeup: Sarah Rorvig.  She does wonderful work.

Hair: Lynette Johnson.  Also great work!

Flowers: A New Leaf.  Bellingham, WA.

Dress: Belle Bridal.  Bellingham, WA.

lindsay + andrew. [wedding photography] married at squalicum boathouse.

I had so much fun photographing this wedding.  We had a gorgeous Bellingham day and to be so close to the Bellingham bay is such a bonus.  The bride got ready at her parent's home nearby and I was thrilled when I arrived to find the most amazing property.  We had such a blast playing in her parent's horse barn, tomato green house, the list could go on and on.  That's what I love about weddings -the unexpected.  You can plan your heart out for a wedding but on the day of it's so fun to be surprised and capture all of the beautiful moments!  Here's a sneak into this beautiful wedding. More coming! Elm & Olive wedding photographyElm & Olive wedding photography Elm & Olive Wedding photographyElm & Olive wedding photographyElm & Olive wedding photography

colette + ryan. [wedding photography] married at evergreen gardens.

What a beautiful wedding at the Evergreen Gardens with this fabulous couple.  I love it when a full rainy day forecast turns into a perfect wedding day with barely a drop of rain.  The possibilities for wedding photography was endless at this gorgeous venue.  I felt like a kid in a candy shop (or rather a popcorn shop, for those who know that I'm a popcorn fiend).  Colette and Ryan's wedding day was a blast: married in a gorgeous flower garden, a reception filled with camp fires, smores, wine pairings and INCREDIBLE food, stellar music.  Pretty much the perfect wedding.  Many more photos to share, here's a few to start.  (If you're looking for a gorgeous local venue, check out www.evergreengardensweddings.com.) Wedding photography Bellingham, WA Elm & Olive

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lisa + david [wedding photography] married at lake crescent lodge.

Wow.  This wedding blew me away.  It was intimate and simply lovely.  The couple had their wedding at Lake Crescent Lodge on the Olympic Peninsula.  They were married on the lake surrounded by close friends and family.  The lodge is a historic national park and was a stunning place to be married.  Oh and the ending to this night was amazing . . . the bride went in the lake, in her dress.  Yup, it was pretty incredible.  LOTS more photos coming soon, but until then here's a few early looks. Elm & Olive wedding photography Bellingham, WAElm & Olive wedding photography Bellingham, WAElm & Olive wedding photography Bellingham, WA

lisa + david. engaged.

For anyone who's never been to Bellingham, there's a little treat waiting for you.  It's a vine growing on the side of building on a fairly busy street with a railroad track close by.  You could drive past it a million times and never notice but if you look closely, you'll see it's in the perfect shape of a heart.  Once you see it, you'll never not notice it again.  I was excited when Lisa and David suggested their engagement session include this darling heart.  We braved a chilly afternoon and what turned out to be a very active railroad day.  A few surprise shots happened with a train that caught me on one side and the couple on the other.  Rather than wait out the long train, some pretty cool shots happened thanks to an intuitive couple who could see me shooting them between the train cars.  Here's a peek into our day.  Hope you see a little love growing in an unexpected place in your city.