And just like that, summer was here and it was time for these two to get married! Dom and Nicole tied the knot at beautiful Green Gates in Snohomish – a gorgeous barn-meets-garden venue overlooking the lake with space for so many loved ones. And pack it with loved ones, they did. It was such a joyous evening – full of family traditions, good toasts, great dancing, and friends and family taking part in a truly lovely ceremony. These two are starting things off right – with a lot of joy, a lot of support, and a good dose of humor. Thank you for picking me to be a part of your day, you two!

Randall and Lisa are the real deal – full of joy, and generosity, and love for each other and their big, wide community of loved ones. It was such a joy getting to be a part of their day! Their family is a riot, and defiantly know how to tear up a dance floor – the whole event was such a genuine, happy celebration of this lovely couple. Thank you, both of you, for letting me document!

Ireland, you guys, what a dream. Markus and I packed our suitcases and headed off to the Emerald Isle last month to celebrate my finishing grad school (*insert several party horn emojis and the releasing of a million balloons*) and to hang out with some of our favorite people. Kali and Brent set up shop in Belfast for the year, and it was the perfect excuse to go visit. Kali is taking on a degree in peace and reconciliation at Trinity College like the shining rockstar warrior that she is, and Brent is running the show at The Thinking Cup (highly recommend for a cozy reading space and a stellar Irish fry-up) – and they were naturally the most gracious and incredible hosts. Jenni flew over after a week of exploring the Scottish highlands, and Danni took a break from school to come play. Chris and Asa joined us from England for the Bank Holiday weekend (Chris is one of my besties from home) and it was the actual best. We packed our time to the rafters, starting in Belfast and the Northern Irish coast, moving on to Galway and the Aran Islands, the Dingle Peninsula, Cork, and finally Dublin for a hot second and a stiff drink. Things we did that were amazing and so fun: Giant’s Causeway, renting bikes and cycling around Inis Mór (the biggest of the Aran Islands, complete with coves that looked straight out of Greece), holding tiny sheep, taking in some of the most jaw dropping views from the tops of cliffs (how can one country have so many incredible cliffs?), enjoying live folk music and Guinness in local pubs, taking gorgeous train rides (trains and ferries are tied for best modes of travel), and obviously singing along to both versions of Galway Girl with gusto. Glory days.

Belfast, Northern IrelandMelisandre’s birthing cave, for all fellow GOT nerds.

These hexagonal rock formations were the work of the giant Finn McCool in his quest to build a bridge to Scotland. Or it was a volcano or something. But it was probably the giant.Galway, IrelandInis Mór (Inishmore), Aran IslandsCliffs of MoherKillarney National ParkDublin, Ireland

It’s always a gamble to plan an outdoor session in April – on April 1st, no less – but we went for it and felt like we won the big bucks. Seattle gave us bright grays and soft blues and a few bursts of sun to boot. Nicole and Dom were so wonderful to work with and took on an afternoon of photos with energy and a readiness to laugh and have fun – which makes me doubly excited to get to shoot their wedding in May. More good times to come!

When I get homesick, I think about swimming in the ocean and eating brinjal curry and drinking my morning milk tea in the garden. I crave warm weather and shorts and a time schedule that doesn’t worry so much about being punctual. And then there are those favorite faces. There is almost nothing more happy in the world than getting to go home and indulge in every one of those things.

One of my nearest and dearest got married just before christmas and naturally it was cause for our whole high school class to make the trek over the pond and party it up for a week. There was home time and beach time and all the good times in between. Here are some favorite out takes – mostly taken with the Nikon, with some iPhone snaps thrown in the mix. Enjoy and then go make yourself a cup of tea. With at least 3 spoons of sugar, Lankan style.