This Bellingham event embodies so much of what resonates with me at weddings. Deep, emotional responses to the moments of the day. Authentic smiles, not the learned school-picture-day business we all offer most cameras. Great dancing. Personal connections. Wearing her grandmother’s gloves. Faith, coupled with excitement for what could be. Boys making bad decision and sinking on a dock 😉  She works at a food bank. He nervously switched legs before the first look. She hugged the kids she nannies like they were her own. He danced with reckless abandon. The bridesmaid trying to give away the bouquet, apparently uncomfortable with the marital implications. There were so many honest moments, but these three are my favorites.

1) Near Bellingham, there is a rock that people often paint with messages for special events. I love bookends at weddings. I want a good starting image, and a nice ending image to finish the story. Sometimes I get better bookends than others, but it is my goal. A couple of the bridesmaids called me as I drove up from Oregon and tipped me off that they did some work on the rock, and I thought the rock painted by the bride and her girls was perfect. The morning of the wedding I drove out to the rock, which was back out the highway, very much not on my way, but I felt like I NEEDED that shot to start it off right. So I drove. And I saw nothing. I looped around again. I saw nothing. I called one of the bridesmaids, whose wedding I am photographing this summer, and got some really poor directions (assigning full blame here), plus a description of the colors, etc. Nothing. One more pass is all I had time for before I had to head back into town for the getting ready shots, and then I saw it. The purple had been covered up already. I had to laugh… all that effort for a picture of someone else’s rock 🙂 Perfect. (props to bridesmaid Grace for the shots of the rock pre-Justin)

2) The bride’s mother is a florist, and has made countless bouquets and boutonnieres, and I am sure she also cannot count the amount of times she has pinned  boutonniere on a groom. On this particular day, she got to pin one onto her new family member. “Of all the boutonnieres I have put on before, I think this one is my favorite.”

3) After the ceremony, the couple’s recessional took them up stairs to an open area where she absolutely nailed the perfect “I just got married and I am so happy I will now cry” moment. An all-time favorite for me, and it was enough for me to get teary, too.

Now, the bride and her roommates have been in front of my camera before, for a personal project that was just for funsies. It’s a photogenic bunch, and although the cast of roommates has evolved, I wanted to include a couple here because I have always loved the images, and it was the first time I met her. By the way, all the dresses were from Goodwill, or Value Village, and if memory serves me.. none of the girls spent more than $10.

Much love to the families having me.



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  • Mike OlbinskiYou killed it Jay…love these so much.

  • Glen and Fiona PhotographersAmazemirizing. It’s all awesome, but the ‘tear’ shots of the bride.. gold!

  • benj haischso much goodness.

  • Wyn Wileyso much beauty.

  • paolo mezzerathis wedding is really amazing! the bride is wonderful, funny, an excellent model.
    a lot of fun in your pics, congratulations!

  • Tara Leigh Nelsonhomie… you have such a gift. that bnw of the couple with her looking to camera. gut punch gorgeous. I mean geez.

  • Mariah GaleSeriously. Saw these this morning and was completely blown away.

  • Amanda K RigieroWOW….no words for how AMAZING this is. You ROCK.

  • Jane in the Woods PhotographieLove her gloves! And her shoes! I wore the same ones 🙂 The photos are so full of life, they are gorgeous.

  • John GaidoshJay – your work makes me want to know everyone you take a photo of. Cheers to you my friend.

  • Meg Manion Sillikeryou have such a way of capturing every emotion for all of us to swoon over. so many stunning images. the b+w of the b+g running away…..flawless.

  • John GaidoshAlso, I hope I’m your first friend on the new myspace.

  • Jay Eadsi don’t see you on there?!

  • mercedesUnbelievably sweet, beautiful wedding. That last one of them running off and her feet barely hit the ground? Love.

  • lydia {ever ours}loving it…all the emotions, the love, everything.

  • ralphEvery time I think you can’t out do what you’ve done before, you go ahead and do it. These are incredible Jay. The shot of the couple just after the ceremony, with the tear down her cheek. Gotta be one of my all time faves. Made me a bit teary-eyed, I’m sayin’ it out loud. 🙂

    Bravo my friend.

  • Jay Eadsgoodness, @[643545987:2048:Tara] . i kind of couldn’t go wrong with the subjects 🙂 thanks!!! you’re a pretty amazing bride, yourself! @[100003786901784:2048:Mariah] i wish we could have chatted more at the wedding.

    @[1153822912:2048:Amanda] – thanks, birthday girl!!!!

  • Jay Eadsthanks homie. kill it with @[386050065267:274:Macklemore] today… i’m excited for you, so glad it worked out!

  • Jay Eadspretty much the best compliment ever. thanks @[1442688728:2048:Meg] so much

  • Jay Eadsalso… i couldn’t ask for higher praise, man. “your work makes me want to know everyone you take a photo of. “

  • Jay Eadsthanks homie!

  • Jay Eadsi loved her entire ensemble… so classy. and grandma’s gloves? are you kidding me!?!?!?

  • Jay Eadsyeah… i cried when she cried. 99% because i was so happy for her… 1% because i knew i had just taken my favorite shot of the day. hahaha.

  • jordan vothSo good, Jay! Love this entire set, well done.


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