Westward Seattle was the perfect venue for this adventure loving couple. I love how elegant their day was, while staying true to their love for the outdoors. Jill, the talented artist behind the nautical themed invites and menu cards, did a fantastic job. The couple could be felt in every aspect of the day and it was clear how much they valued the presence of their family and friends. Each place setting had a personalized hand written thank you note to their guests. Talk about making you feel loved! It showed how deeply the bride and groom appreciated being surrounded by each person in attendance. Apart from gorgeous decor, this couple kept things surprising by arriving separately by water. The groom kayaked to the ceremony (so cool!) and changed into his wedding shoes once on shore. In ten years of shooting weddings, it was a first (and I hope not last) time I’ve had a groom that brave. The bride arrived in style, chartering a beautiful wooden boat with her father and sister, who was also the maid-of-honor. But my favorite part of the day was how Jill and Nate decided who went first to recite their vows…by playing rock, paper, scissor! Seriously, what a fun idea! All around, Jill and Nate’s wedding was a celebration like no other. I am so happy for this beautiful couple and cannot wait to see what is next for them!
I adore this beautiful family. Coco and Noah and such sweet siblings and continuously capture my heart. Coco is a ball of energy and Noah quietly follows after her. I love seeing them together and am so glad their mom suggested this lovely little beach on Vashon Island. It is my new favorite place for photos. Feeling all the love for this session and hope you enjoy it too.
When I found out this beautiful soul was expecting I knew photographing her would be a dream. She is a talented woman who radiates strength and creativity. I was literally jumping for joy when we got these lightning bolts of light to dance across her nearly full term belly. Lana & her husband recently welcomed their baby boy Zen (don’t you love his name) and I cannot wait to meet their sweet babe. I know the world is at his tiny fingertips with this fiery mom by his side.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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' 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