Venue // Guemes Island Resort
Florals // Enchanted Florist
Dessert // A La Mode Pies
Catering // Shooby Doo Catering
Gown // Dolce Bleu
DJ // Capture Entertainment
Hair and Makeup // OffWhite Makeup and Beauty
Last month, I had to the pleasure of working with my girl Lauren of Flying Anchor Event Design on her super fun Intergalactic Planetary themed event at Weddings in Woodinville. This show was such a blast! The team that she assembled was out of this world, and put together a super offbeat vibe for couples coming through the tour. If you’re looking for a planner to help actualize the quirky wedding of your dreams, Lauren and her crew will hook it up.
Concept and Coordination – Flying Anchor Event Design
Florals – Amarie Flora
Hair and Make Up – Arianna Scott
Stationary & Paper Goods – Emily Rose Ink
Music & Lighting – Magnolia Rhapsody
Rentals – Pedersen’s Event Rentals
Desserts – Seatown Sweets
Photo Booth – Fun Frames
Booze – Breakside Brewing
Two years ago, I photographed Dana and Byron’s wedding in Central Park. When I was back in the city last month we met in the exact place they had their ceremony – this time with their little ones in tow! Sitting on the same bench with their girls in their laps as they did on the day they got married was such a special sight, and I’m so honored to have documented their sweet and sassy spirits.
Sessions like this one are some of my absolute favorites. Seeing the relationships between my couples unfold and grow is the coolest experience in the world. I’m in this for the long haul, too!
I met Zach and Phiona earlier this year and have photographed them three times now. (Check out their engagement session and their wedding!) When Phiona asked if I’d be up for taking holiday photos with their cats, I was stoked. One of my favorite couples and their kitties?! Totally in. While Tigger and Chomper didn’t warm up to the idea ’cause cats, the three of us had a blast getting tangled up in Christmas Lights and exploring Point Defiance. These two exemplify what it is to spend the holidays warm and cozy with the people you love most.
I’ve known Sami’s family for nearly a million years now. (Ok, maybe only like 15. But still.) Her aunt is one of my dearest friends, and was the first bride I ever photographed. That wedding was six years ago, and it’s amazing how these things come full circle. If you’d asked me then if I’d be doing this crazy thing that I love so much now full-time?! I guarantee that my answer would have been something along the lines of “Well, it would be cool, but I don’t think I’ll ever be good enough to put it into motion.” Here we are, six years and over 100 weddings later, and it’s happening. And it is good. Really good.
Sami and JJ got married in May this year in the exact same church where I shot that first wedding, but I was traveling when they tied the knot. While I wasn’t there to celebrate on the day with them, I think we all knew from the start that I would have to get them in front of my camera for a session that paid homage to both their pacific northwest adventuresome spirits and their beautiful formal ceremony. (Sami started out in a dress from Free People, then changed into the princess gown she wore at their wedding!) We had plans in place at least three times over the summer that fell through because of things like weather and health scares, but man. When plans A, B, and C don’t happen?! Plan D blows them clear out of the water. We chased the sunset on the last weekend in August out to Deception Pass and had a beautiful time. I think I can speak for all of us when I say it was perfect. Absolutely perfect.
There’s something really special about high school sweethearts tying the knot, don’t you think? I grew up just blocks away from Hayden, and he and Meera have been together for ages. When Meera contacted me about shooting their wedding last year, I knew I had to be a part of it. Sometimes I can’t help but smile at how small the world is!
Together, Meera and Hayden planned a beautiful event that involved elements of both the cultures they were raised in. From their Hindu ceremony to dancing the night away in their sharpest tuxedos and gowns (James Bond would be proud!) their wedding was full of love, color, and adventure. It was the most beautiful representation of the way our worlds can come together and make something even more spectacular, and I am so grateful to have been there to witness all of it unfold. So grab a cup of coffee and get cozy. This one’s a long one.