John’s senior session was so, so, so Seattle (can you count the number of neighborhoods we hit?) and so, so, so much fun!
Weeeeeeeeee! Ellen and Scott’s super awesome Four Seasons wedding is featured in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Seattle Bride Magazine. Run to your newsstand (do we still have those?) and grab your copy.
Spoiler: Oh you think that’s just an average everyday ice sculpture? Nope, it’s actually an ice luge. Yeah, we know.
Abe and Lindsay’s engagement story is quite possibly the most adorable tale ever told. Visiting a friend in Paris, Lindsay was on her way to check the famed love lock-covered Pont Des Arts off her her sights-to-see list. As she approached the bridge she noticed a familiar figure standing amongst the couples locking symbols of their undying love to the bridge and pitching the keys into the water below. Abe had secretly flown across countries and an ocean to propose to her amidst thousands of strangers’ symbols of love. They left their own promise locked to the wrought iron and then had the fringe benefit of being in the most romantic city in the world.
Their big day was equal in adorableness overload. They started by picking the perfectly Pacific Northwest Roche Harbor Hotel venue. All of the natural bay-side surroundings–towering trees, blue water and skies covered in puffy white clouds, docks, and sailboats–were emphasized and reflected in their nautical decor. The iconic navy and white sailor stripes (fittingly originated by 19th century French sailors) peeped into the day repeatedly: in the invitation liner, around floral arrangements, topping signature mojitos as flags, worn by the bridesmaids as shawls, across the tables, and as part of the escort card display. A “Message in a Bottle” take on the guest book was flanked by a model ship and a shadowbox filled with boating knots. The guests ate oyster shooters and Abe and his groomsmen even wore boat shoes!
Beautiful anchor and oar elements acted as a classic part of the nautical vision and served, among other things, as a graphic design element for the programs and the escort card display. The incredibly impressive floral arrangements perfectly show cased the colors of the day and partnered with and emphasized the ribbon-covered chair backs and entry to the ceremony site. And we haven’t even mentioned the crazy-rad chalkboard-esque menu cards, the gorgeous letterpress maps, and the ice cream (Lindsay’s favorite!) dessert truck complete with toppings buffet. But the sweetest gem of the day were the keys. As a nod to their super sweet first promise of forever, Lindsay and Abe hid keys throughout their day. Whether tied to Lindsay’s bouquet, tucked amongst ceremony ribbons, strewn like Easter-eggs in the grass, each key their guests spotted was an exciting little, heart-warming treasure.
Event Planner: All The Flutter
Ceremony Venue: Roche Harbor -Sunken Garden
Reception Venue: Roche Harbor -Seaside LawnPhotographer: Laurel McConnell Photography with Catherine on second camera
Officiant: Pastor Brian Turnbull (get this, he used to be their landscaper! gotta love a personal connection, right?!)
Invitation Designer: Ephemera Custom Letterpress
Catering: Roche Harbor
Mobile Food Truck: Parfait Ice Cream
Rehearsal Dinner: Cask & Schooner
Floral Designer: Fleurish
Cake Designer: Cake’s By Felicitations
Lighting: Green Light Event Design
Linens and Coverings: All The Flutter, Pedersen’s
Mobile Restroom: Royal RestroomsDress Store: Marcella’s La BoutiqueDress Designer: Vera WangBridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Dress and Scarf – J. Crew, Shoes – Banana Republic, Jewelry – NordstromTransportation: Kenmore AirFavors: Welcome Totes from Kaye Rachelle Designs
Today I’m writing about a very very special celebration. It was a a sweet June afternoon that I was honored to capture these people and their love. While it’s a celebration of love, adoration, family, and friends, I’m also extremely excited to share it with you because:
- today is the very first day in the history of Washington state where love between same sex couples is legally honored
- this is the wedding of my image editor/production gal and one of my very best friends, Lily
Don’t you love Michelle’s detailed blazer? They found it on one of their trips to Vancouver where they love to shop the unique boutiques together. And Lily’s dress was designed by one of (both of our) favorite designers, Eva Franco.
Lily’s bouquet was AMAZING. Peppered with succulents, peonies, and tied with some fun chevron ribbon, one of our favorite florists, Anne Bradfield, was given a few choice ideas and creative control and couldn’t have been more spot-on. Lily loved it! Don’t you?
These cameras are not just trendy wedding props, these are tools of their trades.After portraits, we all migrated from the farm house to the ceremony field. This property wasn’t just any ol farm house in a field, it’s where Sarah, Anna, and Julia spent some of their childhood. As some of Lily’s best friends, they sang and played the cello and guitar. Their melodic voices accompanied by the tones of the guitar and deep notes from the cello were so beautiful, I wish you could have been there. Through tears of love and joy, another great friend and fellow photographer, Sandy Coan, sang between chords on her ukelele. Their snazzy friend Justin led the ceremony, and boy was that a treat (this guy is HILARIOUS!!!! Probably the best ceremony ever, but I may be a little partial).
So many smiles as they sealed their ceremony with a kiss. What a beautiful moment.
Now for a little celebration! Lily and Michelle hunted and gathered the cutest details for their wedding from antique stores ranging from Snohomish to Seattle. Flowers were arranged by Lily’s stepmother, and friend and fellow wedding photographer Sharlane planted the succulents.
Wood fired pizza. ZOMG. If only I could transport back to this day in June for lunch today.
Besalu in Ballard. French pastries for the win. Go there, and you’ll thank me afterward.Real men wear bowties. And pacifiers.Barbie brought her Bluebird and Polariod. If you can’t tell, we pretty much geeked out all day while guests mingled and played croquet. It was awesome.
Congratulations you guys. I’m super honored to have been picked to photograph your weddding… I mean, you know SO many awesome photographers! I feel so lucky and full of happiness for you both. Your wedding was so beautiful, personal, and came together so well. Now, what are we going to wear for the big legal ceremony this Sunday?!?!?! Can’t wait!!!!!!
Lily and Michelle’s wedding was brought to you by:
Venue: The Landa Farm
Music: The Landa girls and Sandra Coan
Officiant: Justin Funnyman
Food: Veraci Pizza
Photobooth: 321 Foto
Personal Bouquet: Anne at Floressence
Table decor: Sharlane, Marty, and Lily
Tables: Seattle Farm Tables
Yep, that’s right. Blink your eyes again and the title of this post STILL says it: You can book me for your wedding at 80% off while granting final wishes at Get Hitched Give Hope on November 8th!!!
Here’s how it works: Get your ticket to Get Hitched Give Hope right now, and study up on the incredible wedding services and items that are up for bid. Arrive early to scout out WHERE the stuff is that you want to bid on, whether it is in the raffles, silent auction, or live auction. Silent Auction opening bids (which is where I am) begin at 20% of the retail value so you’re bound to get some amazing deals on top-notch wedding goods and services! Since GHGH is a charitable event and put on by volunteers, you can rest assured that what you pledge will be used well to grant wishes.
And what am I donating? Boy am I glad you asked!!!
Phenomenally Fantastic Wedding Photography :: Looking for a fun, fashionable, and magazine-worthy style? Laurel has got a passion for creating rockin’ portraits while capturing moments as they happen. Her style is fabulously photojournalistic plus a dash of fashion, and her outgoing and fun personality will set you at ease. Here’s what’s included: a pre-wedding Getting To Know You Consultation, 6 hours of wedding day photography by Laurel herself, a sneak-peek Facebook album of highlights, a private Big Screen Reveal in Laurel’s studio, and a proofing website for sharing and ordering. Want something more? You can also use the value of this package toward any other package or service the studio offers. Retail value: $3000 big ones, although bids will start at $600. Unavailable (already booked) 2013 dates will be listed at the silent auction.
Want to see more from our sparkly, popcorn-y, elephant-y Vintage Circus-inspired ad shoot?? >> Click here<<
WHAT: Step right up to the 5th Annual Bridal Auction & Gala, where you can get gorgeous goods for your wedding while giving back! Brides, grooms, & guests will indulge in sips and sweets while they shop for fabulous wedding goods and services, mingle with some of Seattle’s hottest wedding vendors, and give to a great cause. We’ll have amazing appetizers, raffles, auctions, a dance party and surprises, so put on your party shoes!
WHEN: The evening of Thursday November 8th, 2012 at 6 o’clock
WHERE: The fabulous Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
WHO: Seattle’s hottest and most giving weddings pros and YOU, the brides & grooms and fun folk of Seattle
WHY: To get gorgeous goods for your wedding while giving back. Help us raise $100,000 on our 5th anniversary; YOU can grant wishes simply by attending and bidding!
HOW: Buy tickets here and you will be entered into a special drawing at the door! Note: Ticket prices increase at the door, so get yours now while they’re still piping hot and you’re entered into a very special “advanced ticket buyer” drawing.
Please join us to toast to this wonderful cause that celebrates life and love and the fabulous spirit of giving! It’s an evening not to be missed, where the most stylish way to give . . . is to get!
If you have any questions about the event, our organization, or my auction item, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below and I’ll try my best to answer them for you!
I’ll see you there!!! >>>>GET MY TICKETS NOW<<<<
Jessica and Nick took an afternoon off from planning and prepping their Vail wedding for a sweet and cuddly Woodinville winery engagement session. Wine grape vines, wrought iron fences, and a bad ass black and white striped Bella Umbrella pagoda-style umbrella gave the whole affair a touch of Parisian flair. Congratulations to the charming couple, on what is sure to be a ridiculously cute life together!Oooh-la-la!Bonjour purple shoelaces. You make feet (and photographers) happy.Adorable overload.All this romantic French-y loveryly-ness and we didn’t even have to trek the 5,000 miles.