November 6, 2013
This post doesn’t need many words. The McMannis sisters have enough cuteness to last you for days, so I’ll let the photos do the talking. I will say that their mom and dad were some of my very first clients (thanks for having faith in me!). I shot their wedding at Priest Lake back in 2009 and it’s been amazing to watch their family grow.
Presenting the adorable Lylah, Josey and Quinn, fashionably dressed by One Good Thread…
November 5, 2013
Karen & Pat are just a few weeks away from meeting their baby boy! It has been wonderful to watch Karen & Pat get engaged and married…and now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby. That little guy is already so loved! Here are a few of my favorite images from their Green Bluff maternity session…
November 4, 2013
Erika & Joe had the most beautiful September wedding near Erika’s hometown of Bow, Washington in the gorgeous Skagit Valley. As I mentioned here, I’ve known Erika for a long time, so being the one to document her and Joe’s wedding day was such an honor. While editing these images, I loved looking back on many of the sweet and subtle moments that happened during the day. Those moments that can quickly be forgotten in all the excitement and hustle, but that are so wonderful to have as memories for years to come (yay photography!). Plus, we got some crazy good golden hour light at the end of the evening, resulting in some of my favorite wedding photos ever!
Erika & Joe, your zest for life and each other is palpable and I could not be more thrilled for you to start this awesome new chapter! xo
Dress: I Do Bridal
DJ: I DJ 4 U
Invites: Groomsman, Tom Eykemans
Food: The Farmhouse Restaurant (salmon flown from Alaska by bride’s dad)’
Dessert: From the Farm
Tent/chairs: Pacific Party Canopies
Napkins: Abby Party Rents
Cake: Bride’s friend
Venue: Private residence
Thank you also to Kamriell Welty Photography for being a rockstar second shooter…some of the images below are from her!
Here are some of my favorite from the day…
September 23, 2013
Easily one of the best parts of my job is getting to watch clients go through the various stages of life and I always feel incredibly honored to be asked to capture these new chapters. Three years ago I had the opportunity to shoot Stephanie and Joe’s maternity session, when they were expecting their first baby. Now, they have two adorable little girls, Audrey and June. They recently moved back to Washington and I was so excited to catch up with this wonderful family of four. It’s not hard to see why Audrey and June made my job easy…quite possibly the cutest sister duo I’ve ever seen!
August 22, 2013
Almost exactly six years ago, I met Erika. We were both working for a public relations agency in Seattle and ended up being officemates. For close to four years, we worked side-by-side and–naturally–reveled and toiled in the ups and downs of life. Erika was ever the optimist and had no doubt that one day she would meet her Mr. Right. I will never forget the morning she came into the office after her first date with Joe. She sat down at her desk with the biggest smile on her face and gave me the recap of the previous evening. Since then, it has been so fun to watch Erika and Joe grow as a couple and I feel incredibly honored to be documenting their next adventure as they become husband and wife.
For their engagement session, we started at their beautiful new house in Greenlake with their two adorable kitties. From there we ventured to where it all began: Cupcake Royal in Ballard, the spot of their first date. We ended their session at one of my favorite shooting spots in Seattle, Discovery Park.
I am counting down the days until their Skagit Valley wedding in just a few short weeks!
December 28, 2012
Oh, Priest Lake. I truly believe there are few places in the world that possess the magic and wonder of this little spot in Idaho. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what “it” is, but the troubles of the world seem to melt away the closer you get to this sparkling, blue gem of lake. A few people, myself unfortunately not included, are lucky enough to have made many childhood memories from summers (and winters) at Priest Lake. Whitney is one of these lucky people. She’s been coming to “the lake” (as we call in the great Inland Northwest) ever since she was a little girl. So, it only made sense that Whit would tie the knot with the love of her life, J, on the shores of her Dad’s cabin in Indian Creek Bay. A beautiful reflection of who they are as a couple, their wedding was a fun, laid back affair with their close family and friends, complete with some good ‘ol country music and huckleberry margaritas.
Whit and J, I wish you both nothing but the best! It was an honor to have been there to share in your special day and I look forward to capturing many more memories in the years to come!
November 16, 2012
Of all “first-encounter-turned-love-stories” I’ve heard over the years, Lauren and Marcello’s could quite possibly take the cake. An East Coast gal working at a little gelateria in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Lauren was greeted by a handsome Italian man on a sleepy Saturday morning back in 2007. Marcello sipping espresso and Lauren concentrating on her annunciation, they managed their way through a long, uninterrupted conversation. Later that day, having returned home from work, Lauren received a phone call from her coworker. That Italian guy had returned and dropped off a gift. The gift (with a fresh flower attached, no less) turned out to be a cook book from Marcello’s region of Italy. Well, with no number or address, Lauren waited for Marcello to return to the gelato shop. Which he did. The following Saturday.
Fast forward five years, Lauren and Marcello are surrounded by their families and friends in the small Connecticut town of Stratford celebrating their long-awaited wedding. The bride and groom are smiling ear to ear, conversations in English and Italian are interrupted with bursts of laughter, brick oven pizza is being washed down with red wine and their lively toddler Matteo is running showing off his spiderman moves. A close to perfect beginning for the next chapter of their story.
Lauren and Marcello, congratulazioni! My deepest gratitude for allowing me to capture your special day. I wish you nothing but the best as you start this new journey together, full of gelato, espresso and many more babies!
October 9, 2012
I met with Jessica and Dan and booked their wedding before I moved to New York City, which now seems like decades ago. Needless to say, I had been looking forward to their summer wedding at the Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island for a long time. And my goodness, it did not disappoint! You know when your cheeks hurt from editing, that it was a fantastic wedding. Apart from being genuine, kind hearted people, Jessica and Dan have an incredible balance that you do not come by everyday. Jessica is full of energy, ready for adventure and has the most contagious laugh and smile (plus, she brings some pretty killer moves to the dance floor!). Dan is easy going and laid back, but keenly aware of the needs of those around him. Between these two personalities they make a wonderful, rare match and I was so honored to see them become husband and wife. Congratulations, Jess and Dan!
Also, a big thank you to my dear friend and awesome photographer Michelle for second shooting alongside me for the day and capturing some great shots (some of which are below)!
June 16, 2012
After moving to New York City last year, Central Park quickly became one of our most frequented and favorite spots. Not only is it a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan sidewalks, but it is easily one of the most romantic places in the city. So when Adam contacted me to photograph his upcoming proposal to his girlfriend Amanda, you can imagine my excitement. While a proposal is a very intimate moment, I have always thought it would be incredibly special to have photos of such a happy memory. Lucky for me (and for Amanda!), Adam felt similarly. He had carefully orchestrated the sweetest proposal plan that completely surprised Amanda and resulted in a resounding yes! I must admit that I felt more than a little stalker-ish hiding out in the bushes with a massive zoom lens attached to my camera (I got several strange looks from people walking by), but by the moment Adam was down on one knee you can bet I was choking back the tears as I snapped away.
Amanda and Adam, I am truly honored that you let me be a part of such a special moment. I hope you can look back on these photos many years down the road and remember all the emotions and excitement from this day. Congratulations!!!
…and she said yes!
Amanda’s reaction when Adam pointed to me and told her that I had been capturing the whole thing…
The New York Times newspaper insert that Adam had created that told the story of how they met and asked the big question. And, of course, Amanda’s new, sparkly bling!
December 5, 2011
Remember Karen & Pat’s sweet summer engagement session? Well, these two love birds tied the knot in October with a beautiful fall wedding in Spokane, Washington. This wedding was extra special to me since Karen’s older sister is one of my best friends. During high school, Karen’s house was like my second home and her family holds a very special place in my heart. Needless to say, it was like seeing a little sister get married and I was honored to be a part of their big day. They had a whole team of talented, local vendors to make their celebration perfect. I’m also delighted that their wedding is featured on the Apple Brides blog today, so head on over a take a peek!
Photography: Kathryn Bradley Photography
Ceremony: Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center
Reception: Gibliano Brothers Dueling Pianos & Music House
Catering: Hay J’s
Dress: Bridal Collections
Make-up: The Make-up Studio
Flowers: Fleuratations Floral