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.


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!


Venue: DeLille Cellars,  Flowers: Bloom by Tara, Cake: Whole foods, Brides Gowns: I Do Bridal and BHLDN, Ceremony Music: Pluck Music, DJ: Injoy Entertainment, HUMA: KLS Makeup Artistry, Rentals: Herban Feast with Cort Rentals, Vintage Ambiance, Sweet Buffet Lady.

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.  

Lindsay - Maternity Session

I absolutely adore this maternity session.  Their style is so classic and I love that they chose this look for their shoot.  The images are so romantic and their connection is so effortless.  The images of Lindsay on her own are definitely favorites of mine. Her white dress was stunning!  Shortly after this session they welcomed their baby boy and I am so happy for them.  

Velvet Crush Styled Shoot

When Megan reached out to me with an idea for a velvet inspired shoot, I couldn't resist.  I love the simplicity of the set up and how the texture and colors of the velvet take center stage.  There is something dark and dreamy about it, even against the white wall.  It was a true collaboration and I am thankful I was part of this fabulous team.  

Models: Nicole Spurgetis, Devon Fox, Michaela Montez

Vendors: Megan Holman - Styling and Florals, Vintage Ambiance - Rentals, Malia - Hair & Makeup Artist, Blue Box Bakery - Cake


Blue Bridal

I've always wanted to shoot at the Gorge, so when Ted and Laurel were interested, I took the opportunity to do a full styled shoot with them.  Chesney from All the Flutter really outdid herself with the sweetheart table, perfect for two!  Their blue hues perfectly matched the river cutting through the desert.  I couldn't have been more happy with how this shoot turned out and am so thankful for the entire team that made it happen!

Couple: Laurel Witt, Ted Capell

Vendors:  All the Flutter - Planner/Designer, The Dress Theory - Dresses, Sarah Seven - Dress, Meghann Oliberos - Hair & Makeup Artist, Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler - Jewelry

Shauna - Maternity Session

When we shot Shauna and Dane's wedding a few years ago, I would have never imagined we'd become such close friends.  Shauna is such a kind person, it was hard to not stay in touch.  Now two kids later, we have seen each other's families grow and continue to support each other.  Shauna, who is also a gifted photographer, has been a source of inspiration to me.  There's nothing like the support you get from another mother, and I feel lucky she stopped by the studio for these portraits.