RF Wedding of the Week: Into the Woods with Lucas Mobley

April 16, 2014

By RF Staff

A nature-filled, wooded wedding almost always provides interesting, beautiful shots, but there are also plenty of challenges to shooting such an event: dark, shaded areas hidden by over-arching trees; inclement weather; uneven terrain. Photographer Lucas Mobley overcame such challenges while shooting a gorgeous ceremony in a family property near Bremerton, Washington overlooking the Hood Canal.

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lucas_mobley_photography-003And of the couple, Rachel and Jimmy, Mobley says, "Their first look was one of the most emotional I have ever witnessed. Think cable car to the beach and tears of joy. The ceremony was in the woods behind Rachel's childhood home under a chandler hung from a tall tree. The view was beautiful, dancing was epic, food was great and the camping was necessary after so much fun."

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To see more of Lucas Mobley's "candid Seattle wedding photography," visit his blog. To submit a Wedding of the Week,  email Jessica Gordon.