So here’s the deal. You know me. You know I got together with some friends about SEVEN YEARS AGO and created a volunteer-based charity for our industry to do something GREAT. You probably already know all about this, so let’s do it. Put on your party shoes, bring your giving wallet, and wear your best 20′s/30′s/40′s outfit (or just come in your cocktail party attire!). C’mon down and let’s party for a GREAT cause. 


Put on some Edith Piaf, don your cloche and light your cigar. Chill some Lillet and mix a sidecar for your beau. Feel enveloped by the warmth of the strings and allure of the sexy clarinet coming from your gramophone. We’re excited to present this year’s Get Hitched Give Hope bridal gala in the alluring style of Art Deco, as if we were in the romantic city of Paris.

Donner avec amour. To give with love.


Who: Les mariés (you, the brides and grooms!)

What: Donner Avec Amour, our 6th annual bridal auction, charity event, and party, where you can get gorgeous goods for your wedding by giving back! Just look at a few of the AWESOME things up for auction:

When: November 14th, 2013 at 6pm

Where:The Four Seasons Seattle

Why: So that you can get gorgeous goods and services for your wedding, party it down, and come together for the sake of love. Your donations, bids, and tickets will be raising money for the Dream Foundation, which delivers final dreams to those who have been given a terminal diagnosis, and The Young Survival Coalition Seattle, which provides education and support to young women living with breast cancer.

How:GET TICKETS HERE. Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door, so get em now!

And if you’d like to see a teeeeeeny sneak peek of what I’ll be wearing, head on over to the Get Hitched Give Hope blog for an inspiration board, as well as all sorts of previews of auction goods and other wedding advice and stories from our guest blogger Sarah!

  • Hillary McConnell via Facebook - Super excited this year! I am actually a bride bidding on bride-y things!!

Star Wars Seattle Wedding Darth Vader

So the story goes like this. We were on the Seattle waterfront, on the way from shenanigans at the carousel and arcade with Lauren + Eric and their wedding party, headed toward their real wedding at the Seattle Aquarium, when this happened….Pop on over to our Facebook page for a few more fun shots from this wedding. It. Was. Fun. A few keywords to describe what we encountered that day: Comicon, Star Wars, jellyfish, starfish, otters, cake, trolls, race cars, skeeball, and LOVE.

  • Alexa Johnson - This might just be my favorite wedding photo EVAH. Ok, it is.

One of the best parts of our gig comes after the wedding day; getting to watch our clients’ families grow is so superrad. We photographed Adam and Carrie’s wedding in 2007 and took one of our still fave shots, affectionately known as The Silent Scream (an awesome canvas of it hangs in our office). When we caught up with them in 2010 (with then baby Matthies) recreating The Silent Scream was a no-brainer. This year we got to photograph the fab-four (now featuring little Emmett) and once again The Silent Scream lives on. Six years goes by crazy fast, can’t wait to see what the next six years (and beyond) hold for all our awesome clients.

Trio of images of couple from their wedding through having children photographed in Seattle, Washington by Laurel McConnell Photography.

Seattle family playing in front of an ivy wall photographed by Laurel McConnell Photography.

Guys, come on, this family is way too cute for words. Sierra and Vince are two of the most adorable little munchkins that we’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph…and their parents aren’t too bad either!:) Spending a Fremont afternoon with this super sweet fam is as good as our job gets.

Beautiful family, including an unimpressed little girl, with yellow garage door photographed by Laurel McConnell Photography.

Sierra is not impressed.

Playful black and white portrait of family near the water in Fremont, Washington photographed by Laurel McConnell Photography.

Super sweet mother-daughter and father-son portraits from Seattle family photographer Laurel McConnell.
Adorable brother-sister portrait from Seattle, Washington portrait photographer Laurel McConnell.

Love ya bro.

Super fun kid sibling portraits on wrought iron loveseat in Fremont, Washington by Laurel McConnell photography.
Fun father-son portrait with Mallard ducks in Seattle
Lifestyle family portraits at High Five Pie in Seattle, Washington by Laurel McConnell Photography.

Which tastes better, little brothers arm or delicious High Five Pie? High Five Pie wins by a landslide.