Mackenzie and Cameron were married last week on the waterfront in Anacortes at a private community cabana. Can I just say – I’ve been excited about this waterfront Anacortes wedding ALL summer for a couple reasons… (1) Mackenzie and Cameron’s Carkeek Park engagement session was what dreams are made of, rain and all! (2) Mackenzie and Cameron planned on sharing vows with each other privately before their ceremony, immediately after their first look. This has become a trend in weddings this year and words cannot express how much I love these intimate moments on busy wedding days!
There are so many beautiful aspects of Mackenzie and Cameron’s wedding day:
Mackenzie’s excitement! When my second shooter and I arrived, Mackenzie and her girls were already fully dressed and ready for the day. Mackenzie simply couldn’t wait any longer! I was a little sad that I couldn’t take detail photos of their gowns or the girls getting ready, however this was absolutely overshadowed (in the best of ways) by Mackenzie’s pure excitement about marrying Cameron!
Their enormous bridal party!!! Mackenzie and Cameron surrounded themselves with their closest friends (and siblings!). I love big bridal parties and the energy that they bring to a wedding day.
Their wedding favors! Mackenzie and Cameron had a local candle maker (linked below!) set up shop at their wedding and guests were able to take pre-made candles or customize their own candles for their favors. So creative!!! And they smelled incredible. That particular scent will forever remind me of Mackenzie and Cameron’s wedding day.
The first look and private sharing of vows. I still tear up when I think about this moment. The first look happened SO FAST. Mackenzie walked up and Cameron immediately turned around – they were both so excited and anxious to see one another. After their first look, Mackenzie and Cameron shared vows in private on the bluffs overlooking the water in Anacortes. It was beautiful and intimate.
The toasts and speeches!!! SO GOOD!!! If anything is guaranteed to make a girl cry (::cough:: ME ::cough::) on a wedding day, it’s the toasts. Funny stories, beautiful memories, and big wishes of congratulations for the couple.
Total side note: this wedding challenged me in new ways as a photographer and I left feeling inspired! The waterfront area at the private community cabana was drenched in full sun. There were some trees behind the cabana, but the shade was extremely spotty and not exactly what I seek out for portraits on a wedding day. The full sun, combined with portraits between 2pm-5pm meant that I would be working in conditions that don’t typically lend themselves to my normal shooting style. I was nervous about the challenge but faced it head on and I am absolutely THRILLED with the results. (And now I am itching for a full sun, no shade wedding day once again!)