Marrakech Rooftop Couples Session

After our morning session inside of our Riad, we ended the day on the roof with Nemanja and Darija. She wore a gorgeous sequin dress (like out of this world beautiful). They cuddled up in some Moroccan poufs and pillows and had some tea. The sun went down behind the buildings and we spent the right of the evening chatting over bread and wine.

One thing I learned in Marrakech is how much tea is a part of their culture. Moroccan mint tea in particular is something you will find everywhere. It’s made up of fresh sprigs of mint and dried green tea, it’s not uncommon to add quite a bit of sugar to this tea (traditionally sugar is a sign of wealth). One thing I completely loved about the experience is how they pour their tea. Traditionally from a teapot called a berrad, it is poured high above the tea glass- it’s exciting and effortless. The tea will fall into the glass creating bubbles but not splash and is to be enjoyed with your friends. I LOVE learning cool facts like this about other cultures!

Location: Riad Chamali Workshop: Immersed with Anni Graham Models: Darija + Nemanja Styling and Planning: Mae & Co Creative

Morocco Couples Session at Riad Chamali

One of the shoots from my trip to Africa this past month was with these beautiful humans. Meet Darija and Nemanja. They are BEAUTIFUL humans. They melt effortlessly into each other, love on each other without any cues needed- just a dream for the front of my camera. We hung out in our Riad for a bit before heading outside. We were staying at the Riad Chamali (seriously, if you are visiting Marrakesh, and aren’t sure where to stay- STAY HERE) The entire staff was so hospitable, great food, the place is so clean and just a quick walk to the souks and night market. We loved the little alley outside of our Riad and had a handful of small kids giggling behind the camera at these two kissing and playing- it was pretty cute. I’ll be sharing their rooftop session following this so stay tuned!

Location: Riad Chamali Workshop: Immersed with Anni Graham Models: Darija + Nemanja Styling and Planning: Mae & Co Creative

BAILEY AND KELLEN’S BACKYARD WEDDING

I feel like I had a good share of backyard wedding’s this past summer that are way more AMAZING than your stereotypical “backyard wedding”. For example, Bailey and Kellen’s wedding. They got married in the backyard of Bailey’s grandparents house. When I met them at their engagement session, Bailey described this place to me and when I showed up the day of, it did not disappoint. It was the PERFECT venue. Bailey is a wedding photographer too, and she dreamt of getting married right in front of this big tree, where she hung a super rad macrame hanging piece and small copper geometric hangings with flowers in them. She had over 200 antique wooden chairs full of her favorite people on the planet and this ceremony was completely their style- full of just as many heartfelt moments as it was laughs. Their reception took place on the same property, with long wooden tables surrounding a dance floor with string lights. There was a live band, some amazing toasts, a crazy amount of smirnoff ice, and some epic dance moves. EVERY piece of the wedding was a result of Bailey’s insane creativity, and with the help of her family and friends who brought those ideas to life. Their guests pitched tents and danced until the moon was well over their heads. It was SUCH a fun wedding and I feel so lucky to have been able to capture it.

Venue: Stenson Family Farm Officiant: Uncle Brent Stenson Precessional: Brian Fleischman and his mom Maureen Fleischman Florist: Buds n Blooms (Auburn) and Pikes Place Market (put together by the bride’s aunt Courtney Stenson) Video: Scott Ohashi Hair: Kyla Gedney Make up: Kaylee Schulke of New Appearances Decor: DIY  Rentals (tables and chairs): Remember Me Pretty Planning / Coordination: Bride but day of coordinator Carissa Mosiman Band: the Ante Up band Dress Designer / Boutique: Weddings with Joy CakeHanny Bakes Cakes Caterer: Happy Teriyaki #4 Photo booth: Select Photography 

& check out their amazing wedding video by my friend Scott Ohashi!