Tropical Costa Rican Destination Wedding

Dear Costa Rica, we need to meet again soon. 🌿 I’m still dreaming of one of the best adventures I’ve had. Not only did I get to photograph a fabulous wedding, I spent a week with some seriously talented women. Our team from Seattle was nothing short of extraordinary & was lead by the best of the best, Erika from The Greatest Adventure. Erika had the idea to put together a team of Seattle’s top wedding vendors for a destination wedding giveaway.  Of course I said yes for this opportunity of a lifetime!

With our talented team of vendors in place, our next step was to put out a call on social media searching for one lucky couple. We received numerous responses, but Matt’s stood out to us all.

We received a heartfelt letter from Matt about his love, Jani. He wrote about how they were finally living in the same city after being in a long distance relationship for many years. He talked about how he loved her heart and soul. He spelled out for us how special she was and we knew we’d found our winner. 

A few short weeks later, Matt put a ring on it, they purchased our tickets to Costa Rica, and we were on our way!

The trip was incredible from beginning to end. From our dirt road engagement session, to the wild wonders of the Costa Rican landscape, it was an epic wedding to remember.

Our Amazing Vendor Team!

Planning + Design: The Greatest Adventure Weddings 
Florist: Gather Design
Photographer: Angela & Evan Photography
Videographer: Green Attic Films
Venue: Marea Brava Hotel in Jaco, Costa Rica
Hair/Makeup: Angela Evans
Catering: Paladar Costa Rica
Dress: Lulus
Shoes: Lulus

3 Reasons to do an Engagement Session with your Wedding Photographer

It turns out exploring dirt roads in Costa Rica is a wonderful way to spend the day, especially when accompanied by these two gorgeous creatures.

Jani & Matt were the winners of our destination wedding package and part of their prize included an engagement session. We spend the day before their wedding exploring the gorgeous vistas Costa Rica has to offer, getting to know each other, and laughing…a lot!

Back home in Seattle, I always recommend engagement sessions for all for all of my couples and here are three reasons why:

Get comfortable together

Of course you are comfortable together, you are getting married after all, but aside from selfies on date night, how often do you have a camera trained on you? Engagement sessions are sort of like practice for your wedding portraits. By the time the big day arrives, you’ll already by used to kissing on camera.

Get to know your photographer

We’ve likely met before your wedding day but this will give you an idea of how I work, and better yet, how we work together. You will start to know my style of directing and I can learn all your best angles.

It’s fun

Without the pressure of the timeline of your wedding day, we have an opportunity to hang out and make gorgeous portraits. I get to see the real you and you get to learn how to be confident in front of the camera. Plus, can you ever have enough photos?!

Our Amazing Vendor Team!

Planning + Design: The Greatest Adventure Weddings 
Florist: Gather Design
Photographer: Angela & Evan Photography
Videographer: Green Attic Films
Venue: Marea Brava Hotel in Jaco, Costa Rica
Hair/Makeup: Angela Evans
Catering: Paladar Costa Rica
Dress: Lulus
Shoes: Lulus

Stacy, Arun, and Henry, Family Studio Session, Seattle

Staying in touch with my wedding couples has been one of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer. I had the privilege of shooting Stacey and Arun’s engagement and wedding photos a few years ago and have enjoyed watching their family grow. Photographing families has allowed me to keep connecting with my couple’s as they experience another life changing event. In many cases, I was a new parent myself when their kids were born, so we’ve been on the same wonderful journey into parenthood. I adore this family and Henry always brings a smile to my face. I am so grateful for all my couple’s who continue to invite me into their lives to capture these sweet moments.

New Client Gifts

Sneak peek at our new client gifts

I’m always on the lookout for new products to wow my clients. Recently, I discovered these gorgeous thumb drives from USB Memory Direct. Not only do they complement my branding style perfectly, they are a wonderful way for my clients to archive their images for generations to come. I can’t wait to send these packages to my clients this year!

Meredith & Yih Pin - Center for Urban Horticulture Wedding

This gorgeous multi-cultural wedding took place at a haven in Seattle near the University of Washington.  The Center for Urban Horticulture is host to a botanical garden with landscaped grounds, a public library & a nature area for bird-watching.  Manette Gracie Events brought in just the right amount of elegance and rustic charm to this urban oasis.  Meredith expressed a deep appreciation for her parent's wedding photos and wanted her images to have the same classic feel.  Her timeless look was perfect against the garden setting and their images at golden hour were magical.  They literally danced the night away and the love within the room was palpable.  Enjoy!

Vendors: Venue - Center for Urban Horticulture, Coordinator - Manette Gracie Events, Catering & cake - Cameron Catering, Florist - Floressence, Officiant - Judge Kimi Kondo, DJ - H206 Events, Ceremony Music - Arcobaleno Strings, Tables & Benches - Seattle Farm Table, Late Night Food - Dicks’s Drive In,  Lodging - Talaris Conference Center, Dress - Dolce Bleau

Claire & Brian - Fremont Foundry wedding

Being part of Claire & Brian's wedding was the highlight of our year.   Their wedding was a true celebration of love and something we will never forget.  Here's a bit more about this amazing couple!

Claire and Brian met during the first semester of college, but it wasn't love at first sight: both viewed the other as a competitor within their shared major. But during their senior year, they connected and became a couple. Claire was training for the Boston Marathon that year and had a lot of time to think on long, snowy training runs, and it was then that she realized that she was in love with him. Perhaps fittingly enough, it was while he was cheering her on during the marathon that Brian realized he loved her, too. Both of them ended up in New York after graduation, and when Claire moved to Washington, D.C. to go to law school, Brian followed only a year later. While they were on vacation with Claire's family in Rome in December 2015, Brian got down on one knee on the balcony of their apartment. They celebrated with pasta, wine, and gelato, and the wedding planning began.

Claire, born and raised in Seattle, had always dreamed of getting married at home. When she and Brian visited Fremont Foundry, they immediately loved the flexibility of the venue and its unique ability to provide both indoor and outdoor spaces. It felt like a perfect marriage of their urban life back in New York and Claire's Seattle roots. The best decision they made in nearly two years of wedding planning was working with Emily Murphy at Manette Gracie, who connected them with an incredible team of vendors that brought their wedding to life. The couple loves to travel together and used maps as a way to tie their decor together - from the antique globe centerpieces, to the atlas table runners, to the vintage postcard guestbook. Claire and Brian are also big foodies and wanted to surprise their guests with a special Seattle late-night snack - so they had late-night cheeseburgers from Dick's Drive In delivered to the rooftop dance party. Guests drank his-and-hers signature cocktails - Brian's Old Fashioned and Claire's Aperol Spritz - while posing in the photo booth, munching on cookies from Hello Robin, and enjoying the perfect late summer weather. 

Claire and Brian are so thankful that their friends and families traveled from around the country (and the world!) to celebrate their marriage in a weekend that they'll remember forever - cliches are thrown around all the time in wedding planning, but it truly was the best weekend of their lives.

Venue - Fremont Foundry, Planning/Coordination - Manette Gracie Events, Videographer - Native Wedding Films, Catering - City Catering, Photo Booth - The Foto-Robot, Florist - Melanie Benson floral Design, DJ - H206 Events, Beauty - Makeup Love, Cookies - Hello Robin Cookies, Cakes - Dahlia Bakery, Rentals - Cort, Transportation - First Student, Groom's Attire - Enzo Custom, Bride's Dress - Garnish Boutique, Alterations - Eltsa Custom Sewing, Food Truck - Dick's Drive-In, Lighting - Seattle Event Lighting

Kiran & Tanveer - Ballard & Discovery Park Engagement Session

I had the best time exploring Ballard & Discovery Park with these two for their engagement session.  I love that it was a peek into how they spend their weekends together.  There is so much love bursting from each photo and I couldn't be happier for this gorgeous couple.  Their wedding is a few months away and I know will be just as beautiful! 

Voice Competition Winning Image

I am incredibly overwhelmed to find my name listed as Best In the "Human Face" Voice competition for Clickin Moms. This image is from my personal project about women and the relationships that shape them. These two sisters were my very first subjects (along with their beautiful mama) and I feel more compelled than ever to keep going. Thank you Melissa for bringing in your girls, for sharing your heart, and for allowing me the opportunity to take this photo. I am beyond grateful.

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Kelly and Michael - Chihuly Garden and Glass Wedding - Seattle, WA

When I first met Kelly & Michael I knew their wedding would be special. They’re an adventurous couple and she’s a morning Anchor for Komo 4. She described her dream wedding as a “mullet wedding” beautiful in the front but a party in the back…and that’s exactly what it was. Every detail was elegant, but they knew that didn’t mean it needed to be dull…no stuffy celebrations here! It was a joyful day filled with lots of laughter, incredible speeches, kick ass music, happy tears, and some impressive dance moves. Wedding mullets forever!

Venue:  Chihuly Garden & Glass

Photography:  Angela & Evan Photography

Design & Coordination:  Rebecca of New Creations Weddings

Florals:  Bash and Bloom

Band:  Michael Benson Band

Cakes:  Honey Crumb Cake Studio

Paper Goods:  Paper Passionista

Lighting:  Green Light Events

Rentals:  Pedersens Event Rentals & Kevin Bradford Designs

Hair & Makeup:  Salon Maison

Ceremony Music:  Quinn Fitzpatrick

A/V Rentals:  Live Oak AV

Officiant:  Brides Brother

Getaway Car:  Friend of the Family

Getting Ready Location:  Hyatt at Olive 8

Amanda & Phillip - Suncadia Resort wedding

Suncadia seems like our home away from home.  Anytime we have a free weekend, that's where you'll find the Carlyle fam.  When I met with Amanda & Philip I was thrilled to find out they'd be getting married at the Inn at Suncadia.  I'd always dreamed of photographing a couple there, and it did not disappoint...just look at that view!  Their wedding was filled with so many sweet details and a whole lot of dancing.  We had the best weekend away with these two and am so excited to share their photos!  

Kids Schoolhouse

Working with kids is one of my favorite things to do.  This fun editorial school themed shoot was styled by The Glover Girl and shot in our studio.  These kids are near and dear to my heart, and it was such a treat to have our son Eli as one of the models.  I cannot wait to work on more passion projects like this over the next few months!

Alexis & Danielle - Delille Winery Wedding

You may remember the engagement session I did for this wonderful couple a few months ago.  It was so great to get to know these lovely women better before their big day at DeLille Cellars this summer.  They both had their own signature style with their beautiful wedding gowns.    There were so many stunning details to capture at this elegant Woodinville event.   I cried along with them as they exchanged their vows by the Pond on the venue's charming grounds. I really do have the best job and LOVE always WINS!

Jess - Maternity Session

I absolutely adore this woman.  We shot Jess & Joe's wedding a few years ago and have had the pleasure of staying in touch with them.  When I found out they were expecting their first child, I couldn't wait to see her and catch up.  Working with Jess is always a treat, but there was something about how she held herself at this shoot that was particularly strong and confident.  Through various projects I've also met and photographed Jess' mother & grandmother, and it's very easy to see where she gets her beauty, determination, and passion for life.  Recently Jess & Joe welcomed their baby boy and I am bursting with joy for them!

Ashley Bridal Portraits

I was beyond excited with Ashley reached out to have me do her bridal portraits.  I have shot Ashley many times over the years as she was one of the very first models I photographed during my time at the Art Institute.  This shoot really felt full circle to me.  Now ten years in, I have my dream business and get to work with incredible clients capturing once in a  lifetime moments.  We had such a great time catching up and I couldn't be happier for Ashley as she enters this next stage in her life!

Hurn Family - Discovery Park

I am fortunate to remain close with many of our couples years after their wedding.  It's an interesting job to pop in and out of people's lives during huge moments, but to not know them on a day to day basis.  Social media kept Shauna and I in touch, and slowly as their family grew, we began to see each other more.  Our boys now know each other and we've become close friends.  Shauna is also an extremely talented photographer and we can talk shop while our kids play.  Photography has brought so much joy to my life and I'm extremely thankful it sent this this lovely woman and her family my way. 

Audrey and Chris - Olympic Sculpture Park Wedding - Seattle

Audrey and Chris' wedding was such an elegant affair.  Held at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, the combination of Audrey's vintage chic mixed with the Park's Modern, avant guard style in a way that made my photographer's heart sing!

Planner/Designer: Manette Gracie Events, Location: Olympic Sculpture Park, Catering: Taste, Florist: Contemporary FloralPhoto Booth: 321 Foto, DJ: Integral DJ's,  HMUA: Salon Maison, Dessert: Mighty O Donuts, Lighting: Seattle Event Lighting, Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue,  Groom's Suit: Bonobos, Signage: Songbird Paperie, Ice Sculpture: Creative Ice

Claire & Brian - Fremont Foundry Wedding Preview

Claire & Brian's wedding was the most beautiful and emotional wedding Evan and I have photographed.  They were tender and joyful in a way that I will never forget.  It was a true celebration of love and I feel honored we could be there to witness and capture their day.  

Design & coordination by Manette Gracie Events, Florals by Melanie Benson, Catering by City Catering, Venue Fremont Foundry, Cakes by Hello Robin Cookies & Dahlia Bakery

 

Danielle - Maternity Session

I am so happy for this gorgeous woman.  I've had the pleasure of shooting for Danielle and Carl since the early years of our business, and absolutely love them.  We wanted this session to feel modern and romantic, and the images are truly favorites of mine.  Danielle is a nurse and Carl recently graduated and is now Dr. Anderson (a huge congrats!), so we recreated a photo from their engagement session with their stethoscopes.  These two are going to be incredible parents!

Alexis & Danielle - Delille Cellars Wedding, Woodinville, WA

Capturing Alexis and Danielle's wedding was one for the books!  No part of the day felt like work, instead I felt like I was photographing two friends I'd known my entire life.  They let me into their circle and trusted my process.  It is easy to be around these two and I am so grateful I could be there to capture their celebration.  This is a sneak peek at their wedding images, enjoy!

Gracie, Florin, and Emilia - Family Session

The world's cutest family award goes to these three!  I have captured this couple in many different ways over the years, but as a family with Emilia is hands down my favorite.   They're one of the most genuine couples I have ever met and are extraordinary parents.  They're truly a family we admire and are grateful they're part of our lives.