Reed & Daniel’s Wedding

Reed and Daniel walked into the iconic Fox Theater in downtown Spokane and knew they had found the spot to celebrate their union after more than eight years together.

The classic art deco was striking. The all-in-one wedding venue provided a central location for the ceremony and reception so guests wouldn’t have to travel between two sites. And they could stay downtown for their hotels, preparations, portraits and the wedding itself.

“We stopped looking at other venues as soon as we visited the Fox,” Reed explained about their venue. “We wanted to keep the decorations really simple, since the Fox Theater basically comes “pre-decorated” with the amazing interior design. We ordered bulk flowers from Costco, which was a great idea and turned out really well.”

Reed’s sister made simple bouquets of the flowers (white calla lilies), and stuck the remaining loose stems in vases on the tables, submerged them in water, and floated a candle on top.

We started the morning with a last-minute engagement session since they never had any professional photos done before. We toured around downtown Spokane enjoy some of the great backdrops the city has to offer. Reed and Daniel kept the morning light after the session and visited Urbana Salon where the girls in the wedding party were getting ready to chat and share some wine.

The one thing that threw them a bit of a curve ball was all of the road construction taking place downtown.

“Well, we weren’t expecting so much road construction around the venue, leading to most of us having to climb over and around dirt trenches and steamrollers in formalwear,” Reed commented. “Other than that, it wasn’t too much of a disruption though.”

Once everyone was at The Fox, the celebration was on. The amazing lines and decor of the theater itself offered an awesome backdrop for their ceremony. And as far as celebrations go, this one ran the gamut with great stories that brought about a lot of laughs and emotions. But once the party started, that’s when everyone let loose. The dance floor was packed and when everyone was helping pack up for the night, there was still a pretty big crowd.

Weddings can be pretty overwhelming. There is so much to pack into one day. With Reed and Daniel’s wedding day, the packed in an engagement session, scheduled time to share some wine and stories with their wedding party, and had time to visit with their guests during the reception. And they managed to do all of that without a lot of stress or rushing throughout the day.

Good job gents.

 

The best part of working with me for Reed and Daniel’s:

“Having Jerome around all day was great! We got in a mini “engagement photo session” in the morning, which gave us some photos in different clothes and locations that look really nice. He stuck around all the way until we left late that night. Jerome was really easy to work with, and easily rolled with the minor chaos that was the immediate pre-ceremony time when everyone was arriving for family photos.”

Reed and Daniel’s wedding planning tip:

  • We used AirTable.com – a free online database app – to plan and organize everything that had to do with guests: the invitation list, the guest addresses, the seating chart, the wedding gifts, thank you notes, etc. For example, when we opened a wedding gift, I snapped a picture of the gift and the card, created a new entry in the AirTable app on my phone, and then just tapped one of the already-entered guest or family names. Then when I went to write thank you notes, there was already a list there with names, addresses, and gifts, with a checkbox I could tap when finishing each one. It made everything so much easier. Its super easy to use and so much better than using google docs or paper.
  • Make sure your receive a confirmation, in writing, from each vendor themselves, at least a week before the wedding.
  • Have a list of your vendors and their cell phone numbers so you can get a hold of them if there are any issues.

 

VENDORS

Cake — Marsell’s Cakes

Suits — Macy’s

Flowers —Costco

DJ and lighting — Complete Music Northwest

Catering — Beacon Hill

Hair for the girls — Urbana Salon and Makeup Studio

 

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Lakeside Coeur d’Alene Winter Wedding

Hailey and Colin wanted snow, and they got snow for their winter wedding overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Two weeks before Christmas, with the Hagadone Events Center decorated with trees, lights and ornaments, this Seattle couple hosted their their chic holiday wedding.

And while the wedding was held inside, the wrap-around views gave their family and friends the opportunity to enjoy the wintery view without all of the chill.

To start the day though, Hailey and Colin exchanged their gifts. Custom cuff links with Colin’s family tartan added a touch of style and heritage to the grooms suit. And Hailey, as well as every girl in the room, had their breath taken away by the Tiffany diamond ear rings she received.

Once the initial preparations were complete, the wedding party made their way to the event center on the grounds of The Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course for a first look by the fire place and portraits inside to keep warm. This proved to be a challenge due to lighting conditions and reflections, but we were able to keep those challenges at bay and capture some great moments and portraits.

In a tribute to Colin’s mother, Hailey’s mother presented him a commemorative glass rose for him to place on her empty seat. It was a very emotional moment that showed how well these families have bonded already.

Hailey’s proud father walked her down the aisle to a very anxious groom. The ceremony was officiated by a close friend and there were plenty of laughs and other great moments before the kiss sealed the deal.

Then it was time to celebrate with friends and family. Hailey had a few laughs as Colin endured a bit of a loving roast from his recently acquired father-in-law. And everyone had a great time once the music started mixing it up with some “interesting” dance moves, sharing stories and moments on the dance floor, and simply enjoying the celebration.

As Hailey and Colin exited their reception and began their honeymoon in a much warmer climate, family and friends showered them with lavender. Their winter wedding was a success.

 

VENDORS

Make-up & Hair — J Miller Salon

Florist — Fleurtations Floral

Cake — Pastry & More

DJ — Traks DJ Service

Ice Sculpture — Fitzgerald Ice Sculpting

Venue, Catering & Wedding Coordination — The Coeur d’Alene Resort

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Orcas Island Wedding

Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I truly got my fix, and my addiction, when I was in the Navy. Venturing to new places, meeting new people, experience new scenery — it’s all so … new.

And for photographers, new does some pretty interesting things to brain chemistry and optic nerves. Textures, colors, light take on all that “newness” and enable us to work our frames with a fresh perspective.

Now don’t get me wrong, a good photographer can make great images anywhere, even locations that have been documented a few dozen times. But for Joy and Bryan’s wedding, their Orcas Island destination wedding offered some of that fresh perspective and travel that I love.

Beyond the freshness of it all, there was a comfortability. I had documented Joy and Bryan’s good friend’s wedding the year prior. I had met Joy briefly during the reception and Bryan wasn’t able to make it. But this couple shared the same energy as their good friends Kaarin and Andrew. So when we arrived on the island, it was as if we had been friends for a while. I met their families, got a lay of the land around the historic Orcas Hotel, we discussed our game plan that we had drafted a few weeks prior and once we were confident we had everything in order, it was relaxation time.

At a wedding, the last thing most people think about is relaxation. But this truly was the vibe. Joy hung out with her mother and friends while she got prepped for the ceremony. Bryan and I spent a bit of time on YouTube trying to figure out a bow tie debacle. And everyone else enjoyed lunch in the inn, took walks along the dock and shoreline, or simply sat on the porch and took in the amazing landscape.

Once it was “go” time, everyone took their places, the ferry sounded its horn before departure, Bryan gave me a thumbs up, and the ceremony was on.

It was simple, thoughtful, funny, and not to mention it had an amazing backdrop with the water and distant view of some of the other islands.

Following the ceremony, we headed out for a few portraits and then rolled into the reception where a delicious dinner was prepared by the Orcas Hotel. Then it was time for a party and laser tag. Yup. You read that correctly.

I now believe laser tag should be a main attraction to every wedding reception. Everyone had a great time chasing each other around the inn, teaming up with new friends, and overall being kids again.

The ending of the evening was just as comfortable and relaxed as the start. A dozen close friends and family stayed late to enjoy some dancing and singing until the newlyweds retreated to their suite.

 

VENDORS

Venue & Catering — Orcas Hotel

Hair, Make-Up – Cynthia Obertubbessing

Jeweler — LeRoy Jewelers

Florist – Garden Sphere

Cake – Corina Bakery

Dress – I Do Bridal

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