I've heard it said that, "when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life!" I'm a firm believer in that..and I'd like to add, that when you do what you love, for people that you love, your work and your passion become one in the same. This was most certainly the case for this incredible, Labor Day wedding this past Summer.
Ali, the bride, has been one of my closest friends since high school. She is an incredibly talented film photographer and we both started our careers around the same time. One of my first styled shoots was shot by her and took place in my parent's back yard with another good friend wearing a handmade dress we created the day of the shoot. From there, the rest is history! It's amazing to see how far we've come! (thank God we aren't still making the dresses ourselves!) Having her by my side to bounce ideas off of, share in triumphs and disappointments, while simultaneously building our companies was incredible,. Getting to plan and design her wedding was years of dreams, ideas and brainstorming sessions coming to life.
Ali gave me one image as inspiration to design her wedding off of: a floral arrangement in a cool urn, full of red and pink flowers...that was it. From there she cut me loose to do what I wanted and basically said "I'll see you at the wedding." If designing for one of your best friends, who has a very different design style than you wasn't pressure enough, Ali dropped a bomb on me, when she hired Erich McVey to shoot her wedding. As a photographer herself, I knew she'd have a huge challenge picking someone to be her photographer. Erich was the dream option that we assumed would be booked and probably off in Bali or Morocco shooting something exotic and incredible. To help persuade him, Ali & Evan created a video inquiry, like they were trying out for a spot on a reality series or something, and submitted it to Erich. He generously accepted their proposal and instantly excitement and terror set in! I knew whatever I designed had to not only be perfect for Ali, it had to be "worthy" of being shot by Erich...no pressure!
Fast forward to September and we were met with the most perfect summer day on Liberty Lake, just outside of Spokane, Washington. The wedding took place on her parents property, next to the house Ali's dad grew up in. They spent the entire summer getting the property ready and it couldn't have been more picturesque. Between the sweeping Northwest views, string lights, and amazing rentals we brought in from Classic Vintage Rentals , Ali's eclectic vision of a lakeside wedding came together beautifully. This much color was certainly a stretch for me, and I could not have been happier with how everything came together (even if it took me 2 hours to make the bridal bouquet.)
And how amazing are these photos from Erich? Working with him and his wife Amy was a dream come true. I asked Amy to be my best friend after the wedding...verdict is still out on that one, but the offer still stands.
Photography: Erich McVey | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Paper Goods: Ali & Evan- the bride & groom | Venue: Private Residence | Dress: Bo & Luca | Dress Shop: The Dress Theory | Suit: ASOS | Hair & Makeup: Friend of the Bride | Planning, Coordination, Design & Floral: Kaleb Norman James Design