An Intimate Elopement in Morocco's Sahara Desert

 
 
 

 

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Dress: Elizabeth Dye
Jewelry: Tree Myriah
Photography: Heather Woolery Photography
Design & Style: Mae and Co
Paper Suite: Seek Paper Co
Florals: Brier and Ivy
Led By: Anni Graham

 

 

Heather Woolery is an Idaho based Pacific Northwest Destination small wedding and elopement photographer. She travels nationally and internationally to capture the honesty and beauty of her clients stories. Heather owns more hats than shoes, has a weakness for coffee and donuts and is an avid impulsive book buyer. If you’d like to meet with her over coffee to talk about your upcoming small wedding or elopement you can reach here HERE. Or if you’d like to see where she’s traveling to next, you can see a full list HERE.

Morocco Sahara Desert Engagement

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photography: Heather Woolery Photography
dress: Free People
venue: Kam Kam Dunes
design/planning: Mae and Co.


Heather Woolery is an Idaho based Pacific Northwest Destination small wedding and elopement photographer. She travels nationally and internationally to capture the honesty and beauty of her clients stories. Heather owns more hats than shoes, has a weakness for coffee and donuts and is an avid impulsive book buyer. If you’d like to meet with her over coffee to talk about your upcoming small wedding or elopement you can reach here HERE. Or if you’d like to see where she’s traveling to next, you can see a full list HERE.


Kat + John + Kona Engagement: Colfax, WA

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When couples book me to capture their wedding, I always recommend also doing an engagement session. The engagement session is, yes, getting you photos of you and your boo that you can use for invitations, save the dates, decor at the wedding, etc but it also allows us (couple + photographer) to really get to know each other. It gives us a couple hours to learn about each other, what each of us are comfortable with, what we want/don't want so that when the big day comes you as the couple have one less thing on your plate...trusting your photographer.

I am so STOKED to capture Kay and Johns wedding this October, but a couple weekends ago got a chance to FINALLY meet them on a typical over-casty spring day in the inland northwest. They took me to a state park I'd never heard of and I had them pile up with pillows, some beer and their fur baby, Kona in the back of their car, hike around, run into each other, and bolder some rocks all for the sake of capturing them and who they are as a couple.

Their love for one another, mother nature, and their fur babies was evident and I seriously couldn't stop laughing. Their goofiness was in prime spotlight, and with that being who they are, I wouldn't have had it any other way.

So here's some sneak peeks and Kat and Johns (and well Kona's) engagement session in Colfax, Wa.

 
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Big Four Mountain Elopement

 

Heather Woolery Photography + Creative | Big Four Mountain, WA | 2018

You know the phrase; "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? Well let me tell you all about the lemons.

I've been dying to do something out at the Big Four Ice Caves in North Washington for about two-years. I have daydreamed and envisioned exactly how I would do it and this January we all decided we were going to spend my kids Spring Break in Seattle....a mere 1.5 hr drive from the ice caves.

There was so many up's and down's all the way up to the day of the elopement but where the big lemons came is was 2-miles away from the Big Four Ice Caves trailhead. 2-miles away from the trailhead the road was closed due to heavy packed snow. So my couple and I packed up all of our stuff and hiked the 2-miles in the snow to the trail head to hike another 1.5 miles to the ice caves. with less then .5 mile to go a group of hikers coming back let us know a recent avalanche had covered the ice caves, meaning we were not going to be able to see them, take photos in or around them...nothing. Both my couple and I had driven hundreds of miles and hiked in the snow to find out the whole sole purpose was covered in about 10ft of snow.

We still hiked forward and got to where the ice caves lived...though now just a whopping heap of white. But here comes the lemonade...though we were surrounded by snow we were having summer like warm breezes flow all around us. I got all my camera gear ready and we made the best of what we could and in all honesty I'm so over the moon.

My couples newly wed love was adorable and endearing to watch. When all was said and done and we were hiking back they gave each other a fist pump and later that night got milkshakes (that's my kinda couple!)

Here are just a few of the 100+ amazing captures that happened at the base of Big Four Mountain on a sunny warm snowy day in the Snoqualmie National Forest.

 

365/ week 37: total eclipse of the heart

 
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I'm sorry, I couldn't help the title, it was just called for!!!
And from the title I guess you can tell what the majority of this weeks post is going to be about!  But I think I'm allowed to seeing how I'm not sure if I'll ever get to see an eclipse at 100% totality again, let alone in my home state, Idaho <3

To make the day that much sweeter, it was my hub's birthday (I won't enter his age as he might murder me, but he is getting really close to that 3-0 and he's not happy about it, thats all I can say here lol)

Though he's been living & working in Oregon, we chose to meet in Idaho for the eclipse simply because we could also visit with family, as well as the unforeseen bonus by being in Idaho versus Oregon...we managed to surpass a lot of the cray cray crowds that we were seeing on the news.  We never found a gas station out of gas, and my cell phone worked just fine the whole day...so WAY TO GO USA for being prepared!

It was absolutely an out of this world experience.  The quick drop in temperature, the whoops and cheers from our fellow eclipse watchers, people getting hitched around us, and stars at 11:00 am with crickets chirping brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps on every inch of my skin.

To keep the birthday/eclipse day goodness going, I attempted making an eclipse espresso cheese cake for the hubs.  All I can say is it tasted better than it looked, lol.  I'm really not talented in the baking department, which is the main reason I've been putting off attempting to make chocolate souffle which is on the 365 list.  A little terrified I'm going to burn my house down.

And though the traffic was INTENSE trying to get back home between construction and eclipser's it was an honest good ending to a perfect day that I wouldn't trade for nothing.

But being back home, I've been working late nights in my studio for some upcoming shows, art competitions and a challenge.  As well as some personal stuff..though I'd much rather still be on the road.  But, that's the dream, and I'll just keep working towards it.

I hope you all had an amazing eclipse day this week!
Hallelujah it's Friday ya'll.

With Grace+Guts,
-H

 

impromptu happiness.

Explorer | Photo taken by Hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by Hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Child of the Mountain | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Child of the Mountain | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

This past week was my kids spring break, and as you saw, we soaked up all we could from the beautiful + quirky city, Portland OR.  (We have been missing it since we left!)

But we drove down to Southern Idaho to soak up some familia time before returning back to the still cold North (so ready for warmer weather!)

After a weekend of cacti shopping, lots of coffee, a geek bar downtown Boise and some laughs it was time for us to drive home yesterday.  

While driving out of Riggins Idaho, my little photographer eye found this beautiful spot + I had to take pictures. So for 30-minutes my hubbs and I swapped my Nikon back and forth taking pictures.  It was an impromptu photo shoot that was filled with child spirits going wild as they climbed the rocks + lots of happiness.

That's The Hubb's | Riggins Idaho| All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

That's The Hubb's | Riggins Idaho| All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

"I have a rock ma'ma" | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

"I have a rock ma'ma" | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Familia | Photo Taken By the hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Familia | Photo Taken By the hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

any given sunday.

A March Saturday | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

A March Saturday | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Saturday's spent at home are a rare breed around my dwelling anymore.  Between my husbands military + job obligations, my art shows + schooling, my daughter's visitations down south and the random obligations that come with being a living human...getting to just be home is a beautiful, cherished thing around here.

So this weekend has been early wake-up call's by my little Kraken's (because they still have yet to realize what the term's "Saturday" and "sleep in" mean.  It's been a down pour of rain and us just re-potting indoor plants that have been sadly neglected over this winter of busy and rush. 

I was pleased though to see, in the small amount of time I spent outside this weekend, that my lavender plants are starting to bud...so down pour of rain be damned...spring is truly coming!  (chaco tan lines I'm coming for you!)

However, though there has been small little promises of warmer weather, I couldn't help while at the grocery store to grab milk, also grabbing a couple bunches of these daffodils that I polka-dotted all over the house.  The smell has brought a yellow cheery sense to this little dwelling.  

Recently, a lot of struggles + frustrations have seemed to pile up, this house being one of them, and yet in the midst of "doom + gloom" it's always surprising how some comfy overall's, fresh cut flowers, a hot London fog and some studio time or curled up reading a book can make the world seem so much more beautiful...alive.

The Nuart | All Right's Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

The Nuart | All Right's Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

On Friday, I went downtown for a meeting about an upcoming show for my "I Am The Man" project (you can see HERE) and as I locked my car, I looked across the street at our Nuart Theater, and I couldn't help but pull my camera out and snap this picture.  I walk by this building every week, I actually go to that building frequently, and yet, for some reason, the rain gave it a new feel.  I have this love for store fronts and old buildings.  I've always felt like bricks were sponges.  Soaking up time and memories and yet holding up for all that is to come.

Something that has recently become more important is music.  Now my iPod is a jumble of bipolar scrambled eggs and I have a deeper love for vinyl then most know about me, but my musical, piano playing past has started to creep back up on me.  As I'm rearing to the end of my college career (for now, I doubt I'll ever truly be done) plus orders on my etsy shop, upcoming art shows, and being an editor for a couple publications...my love for reading, writing + art have defiantly been consumed as my "lively-hood", my job.  So its of no surprise to me that my need for an outlet that hasn't been consumed in some work fashion took over my husband's little ukulele.  He had received it as a gift from his parents when they went to Hawaii while we were still dating...and he's maybe pulled it out twice.  Over last summer he tried to teach me guitar but my tiny body compared to his full guitar made me feel more like I was hugging Sasquatch versus playing something beautiful.  I then tried the ukulele and found that it's 'c' cord to be by far one of the happiest sounds in this world...and since then I keep teaching myself this happy little instrument. (photo credit to my 6-year old who has an obsession of taking pictures...I wonder who she learned that from lol).

Recently I've begun delving into Sally Mann's new book "Hold Still", first and foremost for my thesis research, but secondly it had been recommended to me it felt like a million time.  About two pages in, I was swooning over this woman's words and adoring that she had added pictures and scanned in artifacts of letters, report cards etc. into her memoir.  It's been such a beautiful read on photography + memories + childhood + becoming and most of all, living a life.

And I won't lie, I've spent a couple too late of nights and a handful of really early mornings to read this book...but as a mom...you take reading time when you can get it.

In a way, this blog post feels mundane, unnecessary, but then again, if felt necessary.  Over the week, I share so many beautiful moments and images on Instagram, and there is only so much of "me, myself + I" that I can put in the portfolio and I so badly want to share these small moments.  The story behind each image.  

But as much as I love these lazy weekends, I won't lie, I'm so grateful it's spring break, and I'm about to leave town to snag some beautiful shots, drink too much coffee, keep reading Sally Mann and get extra snuggles from my little Krakens.

If you don't already: you can follow all my adventures, coffee raves, motherly moments and making strives on Instagram @heather_woolery + now on Twitter @heatherwoolery.

Video Time | Banff National Forest Style | 2015

Since I got home from Banff a couple months ago I've been wanting to put a compilation of photos from the trip (some no one besides my wonderful mama has seen) and share them with you - since I mean - I've already shared all my traveling tips with you all.

SO...

         here it is...