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!
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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.
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
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 recently delivered Lila & Steven's albums and it was so fun remembering the day with them. They're such a sweet, beautiful, and kind couple. Their wedding was spectacular and was a true reflection of their bond. The ambiance of the Arctic Club was perfect for their wedding. I couldn't be happier for Lila and Steven and cannot wait to see what their future holds!
A few months ago we ventured out of the city to explore the Gorge and shoot Lila & Steven's engagement session. Not only was it a great way to get to know them (who doesn't bond over avoiding rattlesnakes) but the photos turned out amazing! This was truly one of my favorite shoots last year and I cannot wait to share their wedding with you in a few weeks!