Just a few weeks ago I had a wonderful evening with some wonderful folks. I have been working with this crowd for a while now through events and work with the World Forestry Center. When the Mitchell’s contacted me about photographing their 40th wedding anniversary & vow renewal I was so flattered.

It was a beautiful event filled with many happy generations, some beautiful hula dancing, and so much yummy ice cream!



Wendy thanks again for having me out to capture your event. It was my pleasure. I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peek.

I will have the whole set up soon!

xo em


I always love hearing how people choose names for their children. It is such a personal choice, that is so very public. For our family, we did research, family tree studies, and then found names that just felt right. For many folks names come from important people in their lives.

For one of my favorite clients, their sweet girl was named for a dear friend of Mama’s.

I have heard about this beloved friend for years as I have spent time with this family, so it was SO fun to meet her while she was in town visiting. It was so fun to see the interaction of this family, and darling baby girl as she loved on her “Auntie Aurora”.

Check out some of my favorite images from our session together:


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Josie & family, thanks again for choosing me to capture this special time in your lives! Your darling girl was so fun to capture as always! I hope you all had a wonderful visit, and safe travels.

I should have the whole set done shortly.

xo em


So earlier today I was called by a lovely local man. He was wanting to surprise his lady love with a ring and a question. He and his son would be proposing to this fine lady this very afternoon!

He asked me to photograph it, so fun! I told him after I got home I would upload “just a few”… welll…

I can not help my self! I went in to just edit a few for this happy couple and came out with way more than a few.

What can I say, I am sucker for a surprise engagement, and top if off with a darling 3 year old, I am toast!

Meet Faustino, Melissa, and oh so adorable Adrian.

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Congratulations Faustino, Melissa & Little Man! I am so happy for you all. It was my honor to witness such a special moment! I hope you enjoy your “boat” and have many years of happiness together. 🙂

xo em


Just last week it was my pleasure to photograph the great team at Gormley Plumbing & Mechanical. They are a wonderful local business that has been serving our community for over 100 years now! It was so fun to be part of that family and local tradition.

This is just day one, next month we will head out to some job sites, but for now I wanted to share these fun captures!

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xo em


When ever I sit down to do these posts I always think, “ok how do I want to tell this story”… but this time really, I am thinking “how would Niall tell this story”.

The thing is I adore this couple. They are sweet, kind, stylish, and oh so full of fun stories.

Also close to my heart, the groom of this darling couple comes from Ireland, the land of story telling. He is so good at it too! I had SO much fun just listening to these two talk about their love story, wedding wishes and plans over the last year. It was such an honor to see it all come together on one fine day.

The weather was kind to us, the flowers were amazing, the love was palpable. It was an amazing day. I love every second from the last touch of lip gloss, Niall’s friends teasing him endlessly, our stunning bride walking down the isle, dramatic winds during photos, the best toasts ever, the food, (THE FOOD!), the dancing, and the Irish stories being told over tea & whiskey at the end of the night.

It was an amazing day, and one story I am so proud to tell. Check out the HUGE post below for the visual story.

The awesome team who made it happen…!

Venue: The Colony at St. Johns

Coordination & Event Design: Misty with Luxe Event Productions

Invitations:  Mekala Tinnin of Tie That Binds

Flora: Swoon Floral Design

Her Dress: Allure Romance from Charlotte’s Weddings & More

Veil: Gracefully Girly

Bridal Jewelry Including Hair Comb: Treasures570

Brides Ring: Custom Designed by Krista of Green Lake Jewelry

Bridesmaid Dresses:  ModCloth and Azazie
Hair and Makeup:  Cassandra Kennedy

Niall’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Este’s Men’s Clothing

Music: John Ross Productions

Pours: My Bartender NW

Food Trucks: 808 Grinds, Retrolicious

Ice Cream Sandwiches: Ruby Jewel

Photobooth: Happimatic

Furniture Rentals:  Classic Vintage Rentals and Barclay Event Rentals

Signage: Luxe and Julamade

Custom Guestbook: Little Carabao Studio

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Eryn & Niall, thank you so much for having us out to capture your big day! It truly was a stunning story to tell! I loved spending time with you all over the last year, and wow what an event! I wish you two so much joy in your lives together.

I will have the whole gallery up shortly. Please do leave a comment below if you would like access once it is all up!

xo em