Colin and Jess marry at Madsen Beach //7.23.16

The blog is back! I've taken this last year...or two off to balance life. In 2015 we bought our first house and had our third baby. So I've been trying to not be in some sort of constant crazy or sleepy state. And while I'm still not feeling one of those things most days, I've at least figured out how to manage it. It's called coffee until 5 and whiskey after 6. I kid, I kid. Slightly.

I also updated to a new website, hooray! I'll be making more additions as I go so make sure you're keeping up to date by following me on all of the social medias because I know you're not on it enough.  Facebook: Melissa Shaw Photography Instagram: melissashaw

I decided to start the blog up again with one of my favorite couples ever, Colin and Jessica. They are simply put, the best. It's an amazing feeling to meet a couple for the first time and feel like you totally connect and that's what happened when they booked me. I walked out of that meeting trying to play it cool but inside I was so giddy about getting the chance to shoot their wedding. These two people are are so kind, so much fun and all together just a joy to be around. The support they share for each other along with the deep connection and laughter make them amongst the best. 

I was not excited at all (hint: this is sarcasm) that they chose to get married at Colin's family's beach property in Lakebay last summer. The location, weather, even down to Jessica's bouquet made it a perfect pacific north west beach wedding. And they ended the night with a bonfire. Yes please and thank you. 

From the start to the end of the day, Kendon and I felt more like friends amongst friends. Every one was so kind and supportive. I will never forget this special day and I couldn't have asked for a better couple. 

Thank you two for allowing us to be a part of capturing this chapter of your life. 


Decor + Props: Just Darling by Kashia

Makeup: Erica Jane Studio

Bridal and Bridesmaid hair: Elycia Leierness: Salon 10 + Spa

Bridesmaid Hair: Courtney Brown 8th day spa

Photo Booth: Shutterbus Co.

Caterer: Jasper’s BBQ

Florist: Flora Blume Design

Dress: Lanai by Katie May

Veil: London Couture Vintage Consignment

Bridal shoes: Modcloth