Check out this majestic Puget Sound Wedding! The venue, The Edgewater House, is located about an hour outside of Seattle and situated directly on the water with a verdant forest backdrop.
Quick little post from a quick little adventure with Nick & Katie in Joshua Tree. Thanks for inviting us on a fun exploration into the California Desert to do a portrait session together!
Hope to see more of you two in California soon.
California’s Central Coast is one of our favorite places to visit. We recently to spent a warm autumn evening there with Veronika and Will exploring the craggy coast to celebrate their engagement. Knowing that they love to hike, we spent our time exploring a cove beach and climbing all around some coastal rocks without another soul in sight. It was a fun way to celebrate the season and get to know Veronika and Will. We are very much looking forward to their wedding next year!
As a Landscape Architect and musician respectively, Nicole and Will are a true power couple. When we met for the first time, it was clear that their wedding in Georgia was going to be a heartfelt and hand-crafted celebration. And we were not disappointed. To begin with, their venue was a dilapidated brick manor surrounded by a wide range of landscapes, from carefully sculpted english gardens to a towering grass forest. Nicole helped design her stunningly simple gown and hand-crafted the invitations. For their first dance, they busted out a semi-choreographed creation that put the older-generation to shame. These two exude kindness, sincerity and spirit. This was clear as they danced the night away with their pack of friends and family. As the party came to an end, guests were treated to a homemade hot-sauce party favor for the trip home.
Brides Dress: Design by Nicole Ives + Jill Aiko Yee
Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn
Invitations + Print Material: Design by Nicole Ives, Printing managed by Paper & Type
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Barnsley Gardens
Wedding Planner: Britain Lamon
Hair: Jessica Joslin
Makeup: Blair Boreland
Desserts: Sarah Dodge
To mark the occasion, Rachael and Ivey rented a house in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and spent the weekend leading up to their wedding hanging out with their closest family and friends. This peaceful house in Santa Barbara is set on 10-acres of terraced gardens with unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean. It felt like there was no one else around for miles. One of our favorite parts of this day was the first-look between Rachael and her Dad. It was completely organic, and the reaction as he saw his daughter for the first time in her gown was so sincere. This is the best stuff in life. We're so fortunate to have been part of their day. All of our best to Rachael and Ivey!
La Paz, Mexico is a is a laid-back town with old-world charm that made for the perfect, fun-filled getaway to celebrate the marriage of Jillian and Chris. A unique part of their ceremony was the incorporation of the traditional Mexican lasso where a decorative rope was placed around their shoulders in the form of an '8' to symbolize infinite union. The day was warm, the sunset was spectacular and the dance floor was packed all night. Mexico, we can't wait to visit you again soon. Congrats Jillian and Chris!
Rachel and Justin’s wedding took place amongst the avocado trees and citrus groves in Ojai. The classic California backdrop of mountains and sunshine set the stage for a fun-filled celebration. The tiered venue was one-of-a-kind, as guests moved about throughout the evening from one setting to the next. Following the hilltop ceremony, guests were led to the dining area below by a three-piece band. And as the sun gave way to dusk, everyone made their way back up the candlelit walkway to dance the night away under a sky full of stars. We are so happy for Rachel and Justin – can’t wait to see what is next for this visionary couple!
Wedding Dress: Shareen Bridal
Grooms Attire: Johnathan Behr Bespoke Clothiers
Florist: WildRoots LA
Invitations: Swell Press Paper
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence in Ojai
Wedding Planner: The Love Riot, Courtney Toney
DJ: Red Shoe DJ
Cake, Desserts & Catering: Fig & Forage
Furniture Rentals: Ventura Rentals
Name Cards: Joanna Goss Design
Lauren and Drew's wedding took place in and around the historic, white-washed Blue Dress Barn. Covered in flowers and foliage, the grounds served as a perfect backdrop to their intimate and heartfelt ceremony. Later in the evening, family and friends moved inside to dine and dance under the soaring wood rafters that frame the iconic gambrel roof. A unique party favor, the couple made 'smores' packages for roasting over the fire as a late-night snack. Conversation and sticky 'smore' fingers carried the celebration well into the night. Thanks for sharing your friends and family with us Lauren and Drew! We had just as much fun shooting this beautiful wedding as we did enjoying conversation by the fire afterwards.
Photographer - Formwork Photography
Wedding Dress - Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid's Dresses - Show Me Your Mumu
Florist - Marco Alexzondra
Venue - Blue Dress Barn, Benton Harbor, MI
Wedding Planner - Jessica Smith
Hair & Makeup - Pomp & Artistry
DJ - Bee Entertainment
Videographer - Rhys McIntyre Videography
Cake & Desserts - Amanda Marie Bakery
Catering - CK Catering
Brittany and Evan are avid day hikers. So when they asked us to take their pregnancy photos, not only were we thrilled, but we knew that we could get to some of our favorite locations accessible only by hiking trails. This evening we explored Topanga Canyon and walked from grassy fields to mountain tops, with spectacular views at every turn. A few deer even joined us along the way. We couldn't be happier for these two and their new little boy due in a few months!
On the day of their private ceremony, Rachel and Justin kickstarted the morning with coffee from Handlebar Coffee Roasters. Despite the persistent rain, they kept warm and dry inside this quaint cafe. The rest of morning was just as warm. On the short walk to the venue, their golden-doodle Clementine joined in on the fun. The courthouse was practically empty because of the wet weather, which gave us our choice of places to enjoy the solitude. Congratulations, you two - we cannot wait to celebrate with you and your families in Ojai this summer!
From their renowned weekend brunch gatherings to their elopement in Mexico City, Christina and Jon know how to throw one hell of a party. At All(Most) Studio & Gallery, it was a fun-filled night of celebrating with lots of family and friends. The couple, along with lots of help from their families, completely transformed the blank-slate space with handmade banners, string lights, a mariachi band and a magician - all thanks to the vision of the incredibly talented and organized Christina. Congratulations Jon and Christina - we can't wait 'til the next party you throw!
When we lived in San Diego years ago, we ran by this beach in La Jolla on a regular basis. It wasn't until meeting up with Rachael and Ivey for their engagement shoot that we discovered the endless beauty of this spot. The numerous rock formations and crystal clear sky made for the perfect San Diego backdrop. As the sun set below the horizon line, we checked out the view from Mount Soledad and watched the city light up below us. Having clients like Rachael and Ivey make us feel lucky - we can't wait to photograph their wedding this fall in Santa Barbara!
Instead of popping champagne for New Years this year, we celebrated the marriage of Natasha and Jorge in San Francisco. City Hall served as the classical backdrop to this stunning and heartfelt wedding. We loved that that these two brought their super friendly dog Rocco with them to the ceremony and reception! This little guy was a trooper, dressing up in a bow tie and all. Natasha and Jorge's family nearly all flew in from out of the country to celebrate with them. Even the officiant flew in from out of town, having married Natasha's parents a few decades prior. We couldn't be happier for them as they start out their New Year together!
Visiting Chicago in December is the best because Christmas feels very real in Chicago. Everywhere you look, twinkling lights and festive decorations adorn window displays, doorways and rooflines. This is one of our favorite aspects about visiting the Windy City this time of the year. Another highlight for us on this trip was hanging out with Lauren and Drew for an evening engagement shoot. We found a few spots to relax as we strolled along the Chicago Riverwalk, making our way to the 1920's Wrigley Building and plaza. We can't wait to photograph these two again in June for their wedding!
Coronado was the perfect place to celebrate Jillian and Chris's engagement. We love photographing people in their favorite spots because it brings a sense of familiarity and comfort to a shoot. This is the spot that Jillian and Chris go to on their 'beach-days' which made the location feel very personal and special. We had a blast playing along the shoreline and toasting with some champagne at sunset. Shooting with the Hotel Del as a backdrop was also exciting for us. The building is so iconic and we were up to the challenge of photographing it in a unique way. Jillian and Chris, we can't wait for your Mexico wedding in October!
When asked where they wanted to take engagement photos, Hayley left it up to Grant to decide. An enthusiastic fly-fisherman, Grant quickly decided on a forgotten section of the LA River near one of his fishing spots. What a find. These two make the LA River look so good! This shoot quickly turned into an adventure. We crafted bridges from discarded signs and boards to cross over streams and narrowly escaped a wild barking dog. On our way back to the car, we stopped for a few photos in front of an amazing graffitied wall. Hayley warned us beforehand that she has a habit of smiling uncontrollably in photos. As you can see, we certainly didn't mind. So excited for these two to get married next year!
We had such a great time exploring the woods and enjoying the crisp fall weather at Big Bear Lake with Jamie and James. Jamie is 36 weeks in these photos, and she looks absolutely incredible. These two know how to have fun - they are going to be the best parents. We are thrilled for them and their baby girl to be!
Check out the full gallery of images here.
Before summer officially ended we found time to make one last road trip into the Sierra Nevada to take advantage of the long days and warm summer nights. We started our journey at Silver Lake just off of the 395 and hiked deep into the wilderness, spending a night at 1,000 Island Lake on our way.
Noah Elliott Morrison is an artist based out of Detroit and another photographer that we had the pleasure of meeting while photographing Renée and Ian's backyard wedding. He was kind enough to share some of the images that he captured on film at Lake Michigan the day before the wedding and we've posted a few of them below.. Noah has a gift for capturing the personality and spirit of his subjects.
Check out more of Noah's work here: http://www.noahmo.com
Toronto based photographer Mark Sommerfeld is a talented artist and a friend of Formwork Photography. In case you missed it, we recently posted pictures from Renée and Ian's backyard wedding where we had the good fortune of crossing paths with Mark. If you ask us, Mark has a wonderful eye for color and a unique ability to capture the most spontaneous moments. He was kind enough to share his photos with us, check out some of the moments that he captured on film.
See more of Mark's work at http://www.mark-sommerfeld.com