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| Sherri + Ben | The Big House | Lummi Island Wedding Photography

Sherri and Ben have a passion for traveling the world. They met in Lagos, Portugal. Sherri was traveling alone looking for some brave travelers to join her on a journey to Morocco. Ben and his friend Max also had plans to head to Morocco and they became instant friends.  

Ben proposed to Sherri while they were living in Guatemala. It was a Saturday morning and Ben made a nice breakfast and they sat and did their normal Saturday routine. When Sherri started to clean up, Ben took her hand and brought her outside on the balcony. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him after gushing about how awesome their lives were. Sherri describes that it was simple. And perfect. 

I asked Sherri what she considered as the most important part of the wedding day: "Having both our families come together. I grew up in a military/republican family in California and Ben grew up with a very liberal/out doorsy family. We both love our families and having them come together was special for both of us."

Their wedding venue and travel themed decor was absolutely beautiful but also had special meaning to the bride and groom. They decided to use beach wood for the centerpieces and drill out holes for succulents because Ben grew up at the beach and Sherri grew up in Joshua Tree. They tried to have their small details mean something from both their worlds. Sherri was also stoked that her dad walked her down the aisle in his dress blues. Sherri said that her dad may be a completely different person when it comes to beliefs, but he’s her hero, and she is so proud to have him as her dad. 

I had a blast getting to be apart of Sherri and Ben's wedding day. Seriously. Their wedding was just plain fun. Thank you again for choosing me to capture the memories from your very, very special day. xo -C.

Venue: The Big House, Lummi Island

Officiant: Janette Force

Florals: Pam Gould & Susie Wirth  

DJ/Band: The Motown Cruisers

Caterer: Memorable Events

Bakery: Buffy Lapof

Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini

Shoe Designer: B.A.I.T 

Her Ring Designer: G.B. Heron 

His Ring Desginer: Zales