Seattle and Back

Way back in September 2013, Samantha came into my office for her wedding consultation with her fiancé Tim and her parents.

There was some talk about the typical stuff (how I work, what I offer, their expectations, etc.) and some conversations about food and football. We pretty much covered a lot of the stuff I like in one consultation.

One of the topics was also their engagement session, which is a great warmup for me and a couple to get to know how I work and I can figure out how they work in front of a camera. But, they wanted a Seattle engagement session. Our timing worked out and we made it happen seven months later at some of their favorite spots. Let’s just say it was a great way to start our photographic relationship. By the end of the day, we were having a great time, had a lot of awesome images, and figured out that the wedding day interactions between us would make it a fun day. Here’s the link to their engagement session: Seattle — Fully Engaged

Now, I’m lucky enough to attract the right people that want to hire me. They’re fun, laid back, appreciate photography and good moments. And most of these people have a good crew of friends too that share a lot of the same values and ideas. Samantha and Tim’s crew were no different. From the moment I arrived at The Make-Up Studio in Spokane, and Tim’s room at The Davenport Hotel, everyone was welcoming, laid back and ready for me to stalk them for the day with my camera. It didn’t hurt that the guys were watching college football either while I was documenting their getting ready routine.

The day went off without a hitch from the preparation, to the ceremony. But the reception is where the craziness started. With Thomas with Traks DJ Service starting the party off right, Samantha and Tim celebrated into the evening with friends and family dancing the night away. Tim was even hoisted up for a quick crowdsurfing session as the night came to close.

And as smoothly as the day started, the night ended much of the same way. Samantha, Tim and I ventured downtown back to the Davenport where we did a quick portrait walk. Then it was some hugs and goodbyes and I was headed back home as the newlyweds ended their night with a few friends and family.

As I look back on our Seattle session, it’s great to see that the same energy and comfort level carried over to the wedding day. It not only helped this couple relax and enjoy their day, but it also helped me have access to quality moments.

VENDORS

Make-up — The Make-Up Studio
Hair — Molly Bergan
Dress — Princess Bride Couture in Bothell
Flowers — Shanda Shepherd of the Rocket Market
Catering — Beacon Hill
Cake — Just American Desserts
DJ — Traks DJ Service
Suits — Nordstrom
Photo Booth — Entertainment Warehouse
Arbor Rental — The Attic

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Backyard Bliss

To put on a backyard wedding you have to have the correct ratio of room, comfort, familiarity, decorations, and a solid guest list that helps the occasion feel like a formal BBQ with a wedding thrown in.

For Katelyn’s father, this is the second time he’s done this in the past few years. His oldest daughter Maggie was married in 2012 at their church in Post Falls, then had her blowout reception in the backyard of her parent’s home in Hayden. I helped Brady Campbell document that wedding and Maggie and Brent had the correct ratio for the backyard wedding then. So there was no doubt that Katelyn took a few notes from big sis’s wedding when it came to her moment to exchange vows with Levi.

Kathleen and Levi are an awesomely unique couple which I found out during our engagement shoot in April.

These two love to laugh, love each other, and are generally appreciative of every day and experience they have. And there were a lot of great experiences on their wedding day.

From the moment the gift exchange in the front yard, to the wedding attire air hockey tourney at Triple Play, these two made the most of their wedding day and savored every minute of it.

 

VENDORS

Venue — Mom & Pop’s Backyard
Flowers — Affordable Flowers
Dress — Marcella’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup — Divine Design
Suits — Touchdown Tuxedo

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Reminding Me of Me

When I was 18, I left California with, let’s just say, a sense of urgency. It came to a surprise for most people that I would join the military. Heck, it was a surprise for me too. But once I hopped on that plane, I was ready for a fresh start.

Except one thing I forgot, I had an awesome girl who I left behind to. At the time I didn’t think it was a big deal. But bootcamp is a lonely place and you realize that once you’re out in the real world, it’s nice to have someone to share your little spot in the world with.

When Delana contacted me, she was stationed at Port Hueneme, California serving in the Navy as a SeaBee (aka construction engineer). She too had surprised everyone when she left Spokane for the military. And like me, once she graduated school and headed to her first duty station, she had to bring the love of her life to share in her new experiences. So Colton, the heavy metal, guitar slaying, long-haired kid from Spokane left to be with his special lady friend in Southern California.

One thing leads to another, and your getting dressed in your first suit about to exchange your vows with all your family and friends in attendance. And because of Delana and Colton’s backgrounds, there were so many great, talented people in attendance — musicians, artists, storytellers, and just solid friends who grew up with these two and slowly saw the evolution of their relationship.

Aside from the company, the venue and light that we were treated with at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane was amazing. So much texture, light, space and areas for solid photography. I liked it … a lot.

After nearly 20 years of marriage, I look back on who and where I was at Delana and Colton’s age and can’t imagine my journey any other way. It’s a crazy, fun, tough, exciting life and if you don’t have someone to share it with, I’d say your living half a life.

 

VENDORS

Venue — Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
Hair & Makeup — Lindsey D Hair Design
Music — Paul Grove, guitarist
Cake — Marcell’s Cakes
Dress — Celestial Selections
Bridesmaid Dresses — David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit — Men’s Warehouse
Catering — Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute

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