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It’s been 4 years since Benj and Maddie were married. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love these guys, and how much Benj’s friendship has meant to me. In 2008, we were simply Flickr friends, and beyond a mutual admiration for each others work, we really had no points of connection. Little did I know that this would end up being one of my favorite weddings, and a couple of my favorite people, not to mention the wedding photographer I would choose if I were getting married today. The things I remember most from the wedding are all great stories on their own, but together they build a broader narrative of love and commitment. This is in large part what a wedding photographer does. We tell a story that could never contain everything you need to know about the couple, their families, and their friends… but it’s a snapshot. It’s a teaser or a trail of breadcrumbs for other people, in order to get the conversation started. For the people directly involved, it is a reminder that life “can be whatever you want it to be.” It is a window that shows both the past and causes you to wonder about and plan the future. That’s the story we try to tell. I have no idea what Benj and Maddie’s story will look like in 5, 10 or 15 years. All I know, as I approach my own 15th anniversary, is that they have both chosen wonderful companions for the adventure.

Some of my favorite moments:

  • Maddie’s starbucks cup save the date idea
  • The very detailed card Maddie made Benj, explaining how he would now replace the teddy bear as her long time sleeping companion
  • Benj official relieving the teddy of his duties 😉
  • The pearl ring which is a new family heirloom
  • High school girls love them some romance. The looks on their faces as the newly married couple kisses outside the sanctuary kills me every time
  • The Canon cake
  • The party-foul… drink spilled on the best man’s sleeve. Who’s the blame, the best man or the planner? 🙂
  • Um, fireworks.

I sat at dinner with Benj and Maddie last weekend (we have a shared affection/obsession for Indochine) and talked a bit about their anniversary, and possible plans for their future and couldn’t help but smile at all they have to look forward to. It’s also Benj’s birthday, so go give him some love on his facebook page. Shooting and editing styles change, but I will never stop loving this wedding. High five to my Washington homies, here’s to 64 more anniversaries.

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  • Jay EadsHillary Uhler-Powell gets the high five as coordinator and makeup and all sorts of good stuff 🙂

  • Craig FloodAMAZING!

  • Rodrigo PaivaWow! o.O

  • EmilieLove these images! Happy anniversary Maddie and BenJ!!!


Krystle and Michael are my kind of crazy, and I mean that in the very best sort of way. I wish there was a way to show the height and depth of their fun natures, we’ll just have to settle for the epic caveman-carry images 😉

Could it get any better than having Benj Haisch for back to back weddings? This day he shot with me, the next day, I shot with him. And I have to say… I was worried about a repeat of the kidney stone hospial adventure the last time we shot together 🙂  Thankfully, it all went perfectly. Of course… I do have another kidney stone hospital story in an upcoming blog post. Figures.

I’m not usually a sucker for details, but I couldn’t resist what Krystle and her mom put together… plus they had a lemonade stand. If your wedding has lemonade, it’s alright in my book. Enjoy thier day, and give in to the crazy. Thanks to Lydia from Ever Ours for featuring their day, you can see her post HERE. Lydia is the best. It’s just science.

I loved everything about the day, and Krystle + Michael. Plus, if you get a chance, take a look at Krystle’s Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/krystlewahn

Event design: Krystle + Christi (bride’s mom)
Venue: Titlow Lodge Tacoma, WA
Caterer: Sheila Whittingslow and Sharon Condor  Puyallup, WA
Florist:  The Flower Shop Puyallup, WA
Cake: Pioneer Bakery Puyallup, WA http://www.thepioneerbakery.com/
Featured on: EVER OURS
Second shooter: Benj Haisch

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  • BENJ HAISCHyeah dude. YEAH DUDE.

  • azI’ve been a big fan of your work for a long time Jay. I love the way you shoot.

  • lydia {ever ours}muchachas gracias for sending it over to share, jay! so flippin’ stoked to have you on here!

  • Nimawhat a team! you guys covered this wedding so well. the colors are super inspiring. yea!!!!

  • StevenBeautiful light, beautiful images. Great work Jay.

  • CassOne of my favorite ever of yours Jay – beautiful couple and beautiful pictures.

  • Lucie Zekastunning images


Early New Years resolution – blog weddings on a regular basis.  I’m not sure why it seems to be such an issue (ha), but I’ll work on it.  One possibility behind the psychology of not blogging weddings is in the details.  Details… if you visit the wedding blogs out there, they are so heavily detail oriented and I’m just not.  I’m people oriented.  I shoot the details while I am at a wedding, however; I focus on the people and the moments they share together.  Whether it is the session alone with the bride and groom, the mother/son dance, or even the engagement session… I photograph people.  It’s what I love.

Here’s my typical blog bomb of images.  You’re welcome, and I’m sorry 🙂

so much more after the jump…



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  • Jeff marshYou are such a stud. One of the ONLY photographers I respect, thanks for takingsuch incredible photos for us to always have.

  • michael baxleyjust ran across this post while surfing my google rss feeds…good grief this is rocking work! carry on….:)

  • Joel Florywow. solid group of images with some really spectacular ones in there.

  • Matt FerrellLove your work! A photographer that is a forerunner at what he does, Mad skills

  • Shelley HanlonWow! I want to get married again just so YOU can shoot my wedding. You are just amazing. By the way, when are you going to do a workshop?

  • hughnormally when i see that many images in a single post, i skip over most of them. not this time. looked at every one. you make good pictures, jay.

  • Eric KrebsAmazing! Could, already have, and probably will spend a long time enjoying each one of these photos. Father & Daughter dancing half way in post got the water works going on my wife immediately. Bravo Jay! Phenomenal work.

  • NickWow, some of the awesomest wedding images I’ve seen in a while. Great work.

  • Matt FerrellThat last shot bro, I keep coming back to it… Off the hook!
    Oh and love Jeff marsh’s wedding too… You killed it

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  • Stephen JacksonWhen I’m running out of inspiration, I turn to music and blogs. Usually when it comes to blogs, I have to thumb back a few pages before I really feel I’m seeing something unique and inspiring.

    Thanks for making a post made with two full cups of inspiration and awesomeness.

    Also, thanks for reminding me how much it sucks to live in Georgia. Either sunny, muggy, and way too hot or raining, muggy, and way too wet. Never cloudy and awesome like Oregon or Washington. Boo.

  • Cameron BraunLoving the 4×5 crops here Jay. Such a good aspect ratio that I have such a hard time shooting myself. Adds a really unique touch to these images.

  • laurenjay, your photos make my heart pitter patter

  • jayeadsi’m pretty humbled about those comments… my wedding work always makes me self-conscious. thanks for the kind words!

    lauren… spear guns and rivers. that’s all i will say

  • BENJhey! I know some of those people.

  • Steve ElmerAwesome Overload.

  • Seattle Senior and Family Portrait PhotographerYou have some pretty amazing shots here! I love your creativity with silhouettes shots, very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your great work. It inspires!


  • Meredith Syou’re fantastic. these are so great and classic.

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  • Heather EYou are so damn good, my friend.


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