jena + kyler's treehouse wedding | outdoor reception under the stars | washington adventure wedding photographer

I honestly think the best thing about being a wedding photographer is the fact that you get to be present for people's most sacred moments.  Even after 3 years and nearly 30 weddings, I still find myself fully emotionally invested in each couple on their wedding day. When I think back to Jena + Kyler's wedding, I am reminded of the sweetest bond between father and daughter as Jena and her dad walked around the treehouse deck he spent months building for her, the beautiful emotions Kyler's mother showed when she danced with her son, and the incredible love between bride and groom, worn openly on their faces the entire day. I have to start with the beginning - when Jena first e-mailed me she described their wedding on the land she'd grown up on, and told me her dad was building the ceremony space in the trees and clearing a grassy overlook for the reception. I was amazed, and the progress photos were beautiful, but nothing could have prepared me for how gorgeous this homemade venue would truly be! Jena got dressed surrounded by her closest friends in the cottage she was raised in. She and Kyler had their first look on the deck, followed by an emotional first look with her father in the woods. Their ceremony was perfect - it truly reflected their love for each other, their families, and most importantly, their love for God, all of this up in the tall trees with a mountain view behind them! 

We had so much fun with their reception, which included a fly-over 4-plane formation as a surprise to Kyler, delicious cheesecake, and dancing under the twinkly lights as the sunset over the valley. Jena's dad, never one to miss an oppertunity to love on his daughter, recorded a song he had written for her when she was three for their first dance. He even added a few verses about Kyler as a surprise to her! There was not a dry eye in the forest. We managed to steal Jena and Kyler away for a few sunset portraits down on the overlook and then capped the night with a fun group photo and a send-off in their subaru! It was such a beautiful day, Callen and I left feeling thankful for this incredible job. The next day, we met them at Mount Rainier National Park for a day-after session, so be sure to keep an eye out next week for that blog post!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.