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  • Welcome to Rachel Bayne Photography…

    I have loved photography since I was at least in the 3rd grade and got my first camera for my birthday that year. I took that little 210 film camera everywhere I went and have been capturing the world around me ever since. I love being a photographer. From weddings to families to senior portraits... it's all so much fun! If you have a question, click on the Contact button above. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I do. -Rachel Bayne

Kate and Craig: July 24, 2010

This post is in memory of Kate’s dad Stanley Bruner.

Kate and Craig live in Denver, CO, and hired me over the phone. I met her for the first time at her mom’s home in Whatcom County just north of Bellingham. As soon as I turned in the drive way I realized that I had done an assignment at her home years ago when I worked for the Bellingham Herald. Kate’s mom lives on acreage and runs a no-spray berry farm. Her home could not be in a more beautiful location over looking Mount Baker. Most wedding days I hope for a warm overcast day… but for Kate and Craig’s wedding I was hoping for beautiful sun so we could have a great view of Mount Baker.

They did a wonderful job planning and decorating for their wedding… there were so many cute details to photograph and they even had a whole pig roasted for dinner.

I hope you both had a great time visiting with your families. Thanks for a fun day!

You can see how excited Kate is!Check it out… personalized Converse. Craig gave each of his groomsmen a pair with their name on them!You never know what you’re going to get when photographing kids… ๐Ÿ™‚The ringer barer carried this block of wood down the aisle…A few cows checked out the ceremony…Kate’s brother walked her down the aisle…Whatcom County!They gave their guests a $1 scratch ticket as a thank you…


kate and craig - Thank you Rachel for taking such awesome photos! You were amazing.
-Kate and Craig Stephens

Carrie Stephens - Rachel you did such an amazing job! Lots of great memories were captured with your camera. Awesome!

Alicia Stephens, Mother of the groom - You truly captured the essence of the beauty of the day . . .the beauty of the surroundings, of family, of friends and of a young couple beginning their life together. Can hardly wait to see the rest!

Michelle and Jordan: July 16, 2010

Michelle and Jordan were wed at Bellingham’s Bellwether Hotel on another beautiful Washington summer evening! Their adorable daughter Gabby joined the ceremony as a flower girl. I loved their black and white theme which was replicated in Jordan’s outfit, their cake, gift boxes, table and other decorations. And check out Michelle’s sexy shoes! Local Bellingham cover band, Spaceband performed during the reception. I highly recommend them for any event you are having. They cover the best songs as good or better then the original.

Thanks to Tshombe Brown of Your Signature, an event company, for not only planning this awesome event *and* officiating it!

Congratulations to Michelle, Jordan and Gabby!

After this photo was taken, Gabby decided to wander around a bit instead of walking toward the aisle… I was the closest person so I grabbed her hand and put her at the end of the aisle where her dad was waving her to come down. So cute!The bridesmaids wore sashes that matched the color of their bouquets…Jordan and Michelle gave their daughter, Gabby, a ring after they gave each other their rings…Gabby checks out her new ring…Spaceband!Michelle’s little brother jumped in and played bass on a few songs…


Peter and Leanne: July 11, 2010

This post is in memory of Peter’s father, Keith Marshall.

Peter and Leanne met while working at Red Robin in Bellingham, WA. As some of you may know, I treat Red Robin as some people treat a coffee shop… I set up shop and edit photos there. In the many years I’ve been going to “The Bird” I have met several amazing people… Peter and Leanne are two of them. Leanne is now an English teacher in eastern Washington and Peter has sadly left the Bellingham Bird to be with her. Hopefully the two of them can find their way back to the west side so I can see them more often!

Their wedding was held at Peter’s grandparent’s amazing property in Bellingham. Peter and his siblings spent much of their childhood playing in the expansive backyard, which holds a lot of memories. It was an incredibly beautiful (and hot!) day… followed by a crazy windstorm that knocked over one of the tents!

Thanks to Peter and Leanne… I’ll miss you guys! Now that Peter is gone I’m going to have to find someone else to commiserate about Seattle sports teams with… ๐Ÿ™‚

Peter carried this photo of his dad with him…

Peter has a hard time keeping a straight face… which makes Leanne laugh…Peter’s brother, Nathan, sang during the ceremony…

Leanne dances with her former co-worker, Stevie…It was a hot day…Peter has less and less clothes on as the day went by…Peter and Leanne avoid the sparklers on their way to their honeymoon on St. Lucia!


Ellie and Ryan: July 3, 2010

Ellie and Ryan hosted such a beautiful wedding at the equally beautiful, Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington. My favorite quote of the day was when Ryan said “I couldn’t even think about Ellie (before the ceremony) because it would have made me cry.” I just love couples like them!

Ryan has an identical twin brother… which was a first for me. Thankfully their hair was a little different and they wore different ties!

They had an ice luge for drinks, a scotch bar, and a cigar bar. All of which were very popular and everyone loved the cocktail hour that was held on the dock. The cake was one of the best I’ve ever had (I heard it was made by a family member!) and Ellie’s flowers were gorgeous. Everything was pretty much perfect!

Congrats to Ryan and Ellie!

Ellie’s Jack Russell Terrier watches her get ready…They had their guests sign beautiful card stock, instead of a traditional guest book, which they will put in their photo album style guest book…If you look close you can see a tear going down Ryan’s cheek!Ryan explains how he tried to not cry as Ellie walked down the aisle…Ryan goofs around with his brothers…Ryan does his best James Bond…Ellie’s first margarita as a married woman…The cocktail hour…Scotch bar…


Bryan and Katie’s Bellingham engagement session » Bayne Photography - […] and Bryan found me through their friends Ellie and Ryan whose wedding I photographed last summer at the Semiahmoo Resort. I hadn’t met them before […]

Mike and Nicole: Married August 19, 2011 @ The Golf Club at Newcastle » Bayne Photography - […] first met Mike and Nicole at Ryan and Ellie’s wedding that I photographed last summer. Nicole was a bridesmaid. The two of them practically […]

Bryan and Katie @ Hidden Meadows » Rachel Bayne Photography - […] at the equally beautiful, Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Washington. I was referred to them by Ellie and Ryan, who had a very memorable wedding last July! They hired me through email and when we met at their […]

Jenni and Divven: June 26, 2010

Jenni and Divven’s morning wedding at Ray’s Boathouse was just perfect. The weather was great, location was beautiful, the bridal party was fun and the couple was adorable! It was an awesome way to start my stretch of 14 weddings in 11 weeks!

Jenni was a bridesmaid in her cousin Megan’s wedding who was one of my brides from 2008. It was so much fun to see Megan and her husband John (and their newly acquired “shaggin wagon” pictured below!).

We started their portraits at Golden Gardens Park near Ray’s and the light was perfect and the beach wasn’t crowded at all. Their puppy was running around with Divven’s dad and snuck into several photos!

Thanks for such a fun day!

Divven gave his groomsmen hatchets… and they were more then happy to do some goofy photos!Divven shows off Maya’s impressive tricks…I was able to talk the guys into playing a couple points of volleyball at Golden Gardens…Jenni and Divven check out the back of their get-away car… the “shaggin’ wagon!”


Jenni - Rachel, what you don’t know is that the "shaggin’ wagon" BROKE DOWN in front of the Four Seasons as we got dropped off. The end of the night was the van being towed away.

Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures, thanks!

Brian Rudin - Wow great pictures. Rachel you are very talented. Divven and Jenni’s wedding was the best. Beautiful pictures