Ever since it started gaining a lot of attention on Tumblr a few years back, a lot of folks have been curious about how I made my starry bedroom canopy. So I thought I'd write a quick little 3 step tutorial (because it really is that simple!)

All you’ll need:

  • Two sets of light nets from save-on-crafts or icicle lights, which is what I used here.
  • Two sheets of sheer fabric from a fabric store (measure the length of your bed and add 2-3 feet for the ceiling so you can drape it
  • A box of clear push pins

Using other colors?:
I chose white fabric and lights for a nice, neutral but warm lighting, but you can choose whichever colors you'd like! Just be sure to measure the length of your bed and floor to ceiling beforehand so you know how much you will need. 

Which lights?:

Although I used icicle lights in the picture above, I found the light nets were ultimately a much better option. Icicle lights require significantly more pinning to your ceiling in order for the lights not to dangle (which I suppose could be cool too!), whereas the nets are quick and easy!

How to fasten:

Most light nets or icicle lights will be on a twisted wire, as you can see above. In order to hang, push the clear pin between the twists (NOT the wire! I feel like that's how you get zapped). The twists will hug the pins and keep your lights attached to your ceiling!

Et voila! You're done! And now you have a dreamy canopy 


Julianna and Kris's exchanged vows at the base of the mountain side in Leavenworth, WA in before one of the most breathtaking views ever! It was such a pleasure getting to follow these two around in such a gorgeous environment for a day. The Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is probably one of the most relaxing venues out there.

I don't get a chance to make it over to the other side of the cascades as often as I did when I was a kiddo, but the second I stepped out of the car I instantly got a wave of nostalgia just from the way the air is filled with the smell of pine. Seriously, what an insanely perfect place to get married!


These two are one of the most remarkable teams I know. It was such an honor to not only document the most important day of their lives, but stand by my friend's side of 8 years as her bridesmaid as she exchanged vows and tied the knot with her soulmate. This entire weekend getaway to Eastsound, WA on Orcas Island was nothing short of magic!

So many thanks goes to my partner in both business and in life, Jed Sarmiento, who took over photographing the ceremony and bridesmaid pictures so that I could also be a part of Audrey and Ryan's breathtaking ceremony.


One of the greatest things about Audrey and Ryan's wedding is they, their friends and family created and collected everything themselves. The vast majority of the decor from antlers and skulls to candle sticks and vintage metals were found and thrifted objects, and placed neatly on the tables by friends and family.
Cakes, snacks, photography, calligraphy and cocktails were all contributed to by bridal party members. Together we turned the Eastsound Odd Fellows Hall into a summer wedding wonderland!

Photographer: Jacquelyn Portolese | Second Photographer: Jed Asher Photography | Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Eastound | Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake Desserts: Leta Troka of Deja Vintage Boutique | Cocktails: Blind Tiger Co.


Melanie and Alan eloped this winter and wanted to adventure out to Snoqualmie Pass for some spring time wedding photos. I was so thrilled when Melanie told me they were hoping to have their pictures taken someplace a little more remote!

We had "Stump Lake" in mind as a destination, but with all the rain and snowfall we had this year, the water levels were a bit too high and the stumps were all hiding below the surface. We took a few wrong turns and did quite a bit of wandering, but fortunately the scenery is just so beautiful anywhere you go in the cascades that we had no problem finding a ton of gorgeous backdrops.