S Y D N I E + M A T T H E W
3 – 4 – 2017
One of the fun perks of being a wedding photographer is the potential of becoming friends with your couples. Usually this happens after the wedding when you’ve realized how much fun you’ve had together. In this case, Sydnie and I became buds pretty much as soon as she booked me. She’s a bad-ass photographer herself (check out her amazing work) and we both love adventuring outdoors, so naturally we clicked. It made the wedding so fun for me to help set up and stay at the cabins for the weekend as a friend, not just a vendor . . . I even whipped up the bouquets and corsages for the bridal party before starting my day of shooting.
Sydnie and Matt are serious outdoor fanatics. They got engaged on top of a mountain at sunrise after summiting in the dark. So, it was only fitting that their wedding took place in a mossy forest with a rushing teal river and snow-covered mountain nearby. They invited their closest loved ones to stay the night with them at the Wild Lily Cabins, a quaint little commune of craftsman-styled cabins complete with a sauna and hot tub for ultimate forest relaxation.
The day was casual and lovely as ever, with folks helping set up benches for the ceremony and preparing ingredients for the chili dinner, while others lounged around the campfire drinking beers and playing with the many cute dogs romping around. Sydnie and Matt’s dogs (ahem, their children) walked them each down the aisle, complete with a bowtie and flower garland around their necks. The ceremony was short and sweet with joyful tears and laughter. When we took couple portraits, they unsurprisingly forged across the river like pros in their wedding attire. The dwindling sun setting behind Mount Index made for beautiful portraits, and Sydnie and Matt just so happen to be gorgeous individuals who are so grounded in their love for each other. This photographer was pleased.
The evening was spent around the campfire eating baked potatoes and chili and drinking cocktails and local beer on keg. There was ukulele-playing, hot-tubbing, hugging, and rounds of impassioned drunken conversation. In the morning, we all woke up to a fresh coat of snow on the surrounding ridges. All in a all, a magical weekend of celebrating two wonderful people’s love with all the Pacific Northwest feels.
C o n g r a t s S y d n i e a n d M a t t !