Christina + Jared | Lakeside Tacoma Elopement | Jackie and Michael Photography

We first met Christina and Jared a while back when they reached out to us about doing an engagement session in Seattle. They were down for an epic snowy adventure, and we became fast friends.

detail shot of elopement bouquet resting on a chair

They were well on their way to planning their gorgeous Hawaii wedding when COVID hit. I know it must have been super hard on them, having to cancel such an amazing destination wedding. They still wanted to get married for their 5 year anniversary, so they opted to stay in Seattle, but still managed to pull off a gorgeous lakeside elopement at the cutest little Airbnb in Tacoma.

Of course, the weekend of their elopement happened to be the peak of the worst wildfires to hit the PNW, with the air quality index literally being off the charts dangerous. J had also recently had throat surgery, so the smoke was probably not the best for healing that up. But nothing could stand in the way of getting these two married! C got ready in the living room of the Airbnb, with a gorgeous window view of the lake. Alxandra Victoria (@seattlebridal_hair), and Shalonda Peguero (@seattle_mua) were there to help C with her hair and makeup, and did a great job enhancing C’s natural beauty. J was getting ready in one of the other rooms of the house, and we were able to sneak him out to the dock to get ready for their first look and their ceremony. When C was ready and in her dress, we made sure to capture her in front of the picture perfect windows of the house before we started the ceremony. Then, armed with our face masks pulling smoke and Covid duty, we started off with a first look between C+J.

After they had their moment together, we started off the ceremony. Although I admit I tear up for almost every couple’s vows, this one was quite beautiful to watch. We had all become such good friends, they had shared with us the ups and downs of a terrible year, and we had been supporting each other and cheering each other on from afar for over a year. They read such beautiful vows, and I am so glad Michael and I were able to be witness to such a magical declaration of love to each other.

After the ceremony, C+J cut their delicious cake from Celebrity Cake Studios, and popped some champagne to celebrate as the sun went down. Before we finished up the festivities, C brought out her cute little surprise gift to J: two custom made funko pops of them in their wedding attire!

I am so glad that we were able to be a part of C+J’s special day. Although it was quite different from what they originally had planned, it turned out to be a gorgeous elopement, and a day I hope they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

xx Jackie


Officiant: Frank Harlan Florals: Crane’s Creations Bride’s Dress: Natasha’s Elegant Bridal Suit: Nordstrom Makeup: Shalonda Peguero Hair: Alxandra Victoria Jewelry: Federal Way Custom Jewelers



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