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Happy first anniversary to these two annnddd a hearty congratulations as Jordan and Alan just became parents to a beautiful baby boy. Their wedding day started out dreary and rainy, but the skies cleared just in time for their ceremony. Including me, there were a total of ten people in attendence at their small and intimate wedding celebration out in Easton, Washington. Before their ceremony, they shared personal letters to one another and it was like a first look elevated.
Alan is a chef and catered the entire evening (excluding the cake made by Saltadena) and I thought that was incredibly special. Jordan's beautiful dress was from Spell & The Gypsy Collective and the invitations were designed by the bride herself. Everything about this day was unique and had the fingerprints of the couple all over it. Thank you for having me, you guys!
A year ago today, Meghan and Clint gathered with their closest friends and family and made it official. They said goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 as husband and wife! It was such a fun and intimate afternoon and I'm honored to have been a part of it. The two got ready at the Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle and tied the knot at a nearby studio. Thanks to my bestie, Shalom Murphy for her wonderful work on the florals. Everything was perfect. Happy anniversary, Meghan and Clint! <3
I met Kirsten and Eric back in 2014 when I second shot their wedding for my dear friend, Karen Obrist. These two have since moved to Chicago, but were back in town for Thanksgiving and Karen referred them to me, as she's now in New York! It was so fun to see them again and to meet their 7-month old baby girl as well as the rest of the family. Kennedy was the happiest baby and it was great to get some baby advice from Kirsten as we are expecting a baby girl soon too! A joy to have spent some time with this family.
In 64 days, these two will be pronounced husband and wife. Excited for you guys! Thanks for an enjoyable evening.
Second shot by my love, Aaron McCarty.
I didn't remember until I was putting together this blog post, how crazy the weather was the week leading up to John and Shalom's wedding. The evening before, the power was out and there were branches and trees on the streets. I could feel my car moving as I drove. The weather was insane... but if you took a look at Shalom, there was not a stressed-out bone in her body. Or at least, you couldn't tell. She was just happy to be finally marrying the man of her dreams.
If you missed their epic proposal post last year, you have to check it out here. To say this wedding was a labor of love would be an understatement. There were so many hands involved in this day; these two are very loved. The morning before, we woke up at dawn to hand-pick flowers from a local dahlia farm. From the hand-stitched ribbons on her bouquet to the bouquet itself (which John put together the morning of), to their monogram (a big thanks to Kayla Cervenka), their invites, the table settings (carved by Shalom's parents)... the list could go on.
I can't believe it's been almost a year since their wedding day. I am so happy for my friends. John and Shalom are two of the most caring people. I don't know what it is, but I swear I'm getting more emotional as I get older. As the two exchanged vows, I couldn't help but tear up knowing everything Shalom has been through and knowing deep down, how well John would take care of her. I love you both!
I couldn't have done this without Shelby Payne and my Aaron. Thank you so much for teaming up with me to make this possible! Love you guys.
// The Day Of //
Ceremony Venue + Reception Venue: Woodstock Farm, Wedding Dress: Francine by Watters- BHLDN, Florals: Vista Dahlia Farm, Make-up: Sofia Martinell , Hair: Aleta Goodson, Bride's Bouquet: John Murphy (groom), Bakery: Kristen Barron, Caterer: WWU Catering, Second Shooter: Shelby Payne, Third Shooter: Aaron McCarty
In honor of my Khiet's (my youngest brother) 18th birthday today, I thought I'd blog some of my favorite frames from a shoot I did with him last fall. This kid's style is way out of my league, but I gotta love him for it. Love you so much, bro.
PS: Some of these were taken by Khiet's almost brother-in-law, Aaron ;)
How do I begin to write about this wedding? It was apparent throughout the whole day how much Rachel and Moses wanted this day to not be about them, but instead a gathering of the people they care and love for the most. They were gracious, patient, and so welcoming to everyone throughout the day, and I have to mention that they also knew how to enjoy this precious time with everyone there all together. Their wedding day was truly a reflection of their love for Christ, their love for one another, and their love for people. This day was joy-filled and full of tradition and I loved all the color and character. After they were announced husband and wife, one of my favorite memories was when each of them read thank you letters to their parents. The emotion was high in that sanctuary and I am grateful to have been there.
A huge thanks to Phu Nguyen for second shooting!! Many of his shots are above.
I've known Isaiah since elementary school and Lexy since high school. To say that they are perfect for one another is an understatement. No stress, all love and silliness, that's the attitude they carried all day and it made the day relaxed and memorable. The first for me was a getaway on a jet-ski! I would not expect anything less, knowing these two. Lexy's home growing up was the perfect spot for their I-do's and I am incredibly happy that they are now officially Mr. and Mrs.! Happy almost-two months of marriage! Time sure does go by fast.
My best friend is getting married!! Huyen and Duc live in Vegas but flew back to the Northwest so we could do a session in Huyen's hometown, Olympia, and also in downtown Seattle for a city look. We spent the whole day working on wedding stuff and I can't wait to be IN the wedding this coming March in Hawaii ;) Our girl, Shelby Payne, will do an incredible job documenting their nuptials and I'm pumped!
I met David four years ago, studying abroad in Italy. I love reconnecting with old friends, years later, in new seasons and life changes. He and Lindsey came to Seattle to celebrate one year of marriage together. We laughed, ate sushi, and had some heart to heart conversations. Lucky to know these two.
Erin and Jack. These two were up for an adventure as we headed out to Snohomish the first weekend of 2015 in search of some beautiful PNW scenery. At one point, I really thought we'd be up on the switchbacks stuck in the icy snow. So dang lucky to know them and their love.
We got on ferry when it was still dark out. When we got off the ferry, hours later... it was dark out. It was almost as if time froze and life had continued. In reality, we had just spent the whole day swept up by the wind, watching our friend try to catch some waves, collecting beach trinkets, drinking some real good coffee and consuming soup... browsing in a bookstores and general stores in the utopias of towns... I had brought my camera along, but we stopped at a store at the beginning of the day and I decided I'd rather just carry a plastic lightweight camera instead... and then I would capture these beauties.