Brittany and Jonny’s Wedding on Orcas Island
It’s about time I share the story of Brittany and Jonny’s wedding on Orcas Island. I’ll begin this adventure by saying my friend Brittany is a very magical person. One day, she found a very magical Jonny to do life with. A little while down the road, they bought a little plot of land in Doe Bay on Orcas Island. And then in October 2020, they celebrated their love by saying “I do” in front of some of their closest family and friends on their own little cliff. Following their ceremony, the three of us set off to climb above the fog and capture some wedding portraits at Mount Constitution with phenomenal views.
Their wedding weekend stands out in my mind as one of the most magical weekends of my entire career for a number of reasons. Rather than staying in a hotel, their guests (friends of mine as well) and I all camped out over the weekend in Moran State Park. I rose early and photographed the sunrise and fog over Lake Moran, then left for the wedding a bit early just to drive around and take my time. I had been going through a very difficult life transition during this time, so the entire experience was a reminder of how beautiful my life can truly be.
Wedding Ceremony in Doe Bay, Orcas Island
Brittany and Jonny’s little plot of plant in Doe Bay rests upon a cliffside in the forest that overlooks the water. Coincidentally on my way through their neighborhood, I was met by deer after deer! They exchanged some of the most heartfelt, whimsical and heartfelt vows I have ever heard. I swear there was hardly a dry eye on the plot.
Wedding photos at Mount Constitution
After their cocktail hour, we took off to do some sunset wedding photos at Mount Constitution. The summit is a drive up location in Moran State Park, so minimal hiking was needed. It had been a bucket list destination for me for quite some time, so needless to say I was absolutely thrilled Brittany and Jonny were both game to devote so much time to their portrait adventure. Having so much time to create so much magic is one of the greatest aspects of intimate weddings and elopements. Especially on Orcas Island!
Toward the top of the mountain, we rose above the fog and witnessed some of the most stunning views I have ever had the pleasure of documenting a couple in. I’m simply overwhelmed by the amount of stunning images we created that afternoon. I can’t think of another time where I’ve ever been so excited about what’s on my camera as I was that day. So without further ado, here are those magical moments.