Blue in Ballard: A Super Cute Seattle Engagement Shoot!

While gallivanting around Ballard, Ashley, Nick, their cute little pooch, and I stumbled across this super adorable chalk drawing. How could we not resist??!

fun hip engagement shoot in ballard blue and red

For more from this shoot, pop on over to our Facebook page to see what we’ve been shooting this summer!!!!

  • Matt Haines - Wouldnt that be funny if some other photographer was just posing their couple there, and had drawn that on the wall? That’s vey cute and I might pack some chalk next time I’ve got an urban e-shoot.

Our Seattle Photography Studio is Moving!

I know…. we can hardly believe it ourselves! We loved our old space probably just as much as you did, but it’s time for something new, and this something even has a sweet lil’ studio space separate from our show room!

Never fear- we’re not going far…. just 10 blocks to be precise. Update your Rolodex’s (anyone still have one of those?) and stop on by in a coupla weeks!

We’ll be open with internet on and phones a-ringing on August 21st. Til then, enjoy the sunshine!

  • Barbie Hull via Facebook - Happy Moving Week!!!!!

  • Carol Harrold via Facebook - Best of luck with everything!

  • The Dress Theory via Facebook - OH MY GOODNESS!!! WE ARE GOING TO BE NEIGHBORS! Sorry for the obnoxious caps, but we are pumped to hear you are moving in downstairs! We are upstairs on the other end of the building at 7222 suite A. You must pop by for a visit next week and check out all our dresses! Let us know when we can come by your new studio too :)

Get Hitched Give Hope goes Vintage Circus Cra-zay-zey.

Close your eyes for a second. Imagine the salty smell of popcorn and sweet aroma of cotton candy, the sparkle of glitter and whimsy of balloons, and the trumpeting of elephants and rumbling roar of lions.

You hear the call of the ringmaster, booming out over the roaring crowd in his melodic cantor, “Laaaaaadies and gentlemen, brides and grooms, welcome to the grrrrrreatest show on earth! A spectacular spectacle! The most giving of galas! The show of all shows! Step right up, and see the one, the only, the most fantastic gathering of clever coordinators, beguiling beat-makers, fantastic florists, delectable deserts, skillful shutterbugs, and dashing dressmakers all under one roof!”

When you open your eyes, this is what you see. A vintage circus! Welcome to the 5th annual bridal gala and charity auction of Get Hitched Give Hope!

Happy bride blowing gold glitter confetti.

To celebrate our 5th year, our bridal show will be set inside a big top tent filled with feats from nostalgic years past on November 8th, at none other than the gorgeous venue of the Four Seasons Seattle! We produced and photographed one of the most spectacular fashion shoots Seattle brides have ever seen, and we are excited to present you with some inspiration a la “Backstage At The Circus!”

What’s in it for you?? Well, let’s see here….. my donation to the 2012 auction is WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY! That’s right- you will have the opportunity to bid on my services for a FRACTION of what they normally are, all to grant wishes for those whom the cure can’t come soon enough. Read about how Get Hitched Give Hope grants wishes here.

Get Hitched Give Hope vintage carnival style Save the Date.
Vintage circus invitation in red and white striped envelope.
Bride and groom circus portrait inspiration.
Hilarious wedding editorial style red and white tent portrait.
Amazing circusy bridal inspiration.
Red, white, cream, and pink circus wedding inspiration.
Bride in pink ruffled wedding dress and top hat.
Sassy bridal portrait inspiration with full length strapless floral wedding gown.
Unique groom as circus ring master portraits.
Fun red, pink, cream, and white portrait with popcorn raining down.
Vintage circus wedding detail inspiration.
Smiling circus bride and stoic carnival groom.
Classic brides in cream with unique red, white, and pink bouquet.
Traveling circus with an orange-juggling master of ceremonies.
Red, white, cream, and gold vintage circus wedding details.
You can buy your tickets right now, right here! The first 100 tickets sold are entered into a drawing to win a movie party from Cinefresco. Woowee!

To achieve this look, our shoot was produced and sponsored by the generous talents of numerous local Seattle designers and artisans:

Styling: Laura Cassidy, Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom
Production, styling, and photography: Laurel McConnell Photography
Makeup: Tiffany Colors
Floral: Christopher Flowers
Gowns: designed by Madina Vadache and Watters, provided by La Belle Reve and the private collection of Danielle Fayette
Parasols: Bella Umbrella
Paperie: Kerri Efendi Designs
Furniture: Scout Vintage Rentals
Props: Curtsy Bella and Tayler Doffner
Balloons and glitter and behind-the-scenes footage: Barbie Hull Photography
Tent: Prop Gallery
Talent: Chris Fitzner, Mariah Pennington, and Kate Coble
Location: Plug Out Fitness
Extra special on-set help provided by: Mary Hayes, Tayler Doffner, Becca Ellison, Heather Driscoll, and Holly-Kate Foss

Don’t forget to buy your tickets now for the November 8th gala before they’re all snatched up!!

Tech Specs: these images were captured in Seattle, Washington, using a Nikon D3, Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm 2.8, Nikon 35mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.4, and a Nikon Tilt Shift 45mm PCE.

  • Kristine Kohl via Facebook - The most beautiful shoot ever!!!

  • Nicole Cundy Todd via Facebook - WOW…this looks simply fantastic!

  • Nash - Good luck ladies … you know how much I wish I could’ve been there given the theme :)

    PS: great photos yo

  • Jill Reit via Facebook - I have never seen a “wedding” shoot like this. so creative! kudO’s!!!!

  • Hilary mercer - These are stunning.

  • Kristin - These are the most gorgeous and unique wedding pictures I have seen in a loooong time! Absolutely stunning – the color is to die for. You totally nailed it.

Two Lovely Ladies: Camano Island Beachy Bliss

Kate and Rachel’s sunshine-filled Camano Island beach nuptials were in-cred-ible. Almost everything was handmade, starting with the venue…the couple was married in front of a cabin that Kate’s grandpa built. Inspiration came from a Caribbean trip in the form of orange and turquoise and the wedding style took off from there.

Lets take a minute and run down the list of DIY elements (and how specific each one was): hand stamped and painted ceramic calendar magnet Save-the-Dates, crocheted ring bearer boxes with driftwood clasps, turquoise, orange, and white beaded strands holding ceremony Mason jar vases filled with orange dahlias, clay starfish ornaments for favors, sand-filled, starfish topped vial escort card holders, driftwood center pieces, hand-stamped eyelet rimmed placemats, orange and blue carnival-esque reception bingo cards, a white paper flower and lantern chandelier, an initialed pennant cake topper, and accordion pinwheel table numbers to name a few.

Um, yeah. That’s rad. And if they couldn’t hand make it you better believe they designed it (see delicious invitations), had it custom silk-screened (you think you can just pick up dahlia print ties anywhere?), or made sure it exuded their individual style (orange argyle socks, initial letterpress blocks, unique vintage parasols, checked bow ties, a wood grain textured wedding band, whew!). Their style, flair, and attention to detail (no shock we’re talking about an art teacher and a wedding photographer) were impressive, gorgeous, and set the stage for a super sweet day filled with friends, family, and overwhelming affection for this lovely pair.

Rachel’s brother officiated the sweet and hilarious ceremony overlooking the Puget Sound. R & K’s guests were tickled by a game of reception bingo. The groomsmen-slash-nephews delivered with VERY funny speeches. And two people in love promising forever. All around about as good as a day gets.

Orange and turquoise carnival themed invitations and handmade calendar save the dates.
Bride in wedding gown overlooking Puget Sound.
Romantic detail of bride
Groomsmen trying to tie orange ties with detail of argyle socks.
Orange argyle and dahlia print ties. The final word in style.
Best first look reaction ever, total joy and excitement.
Rachel’s favorite part of the day, seeing Kate in the dress she wanted her to try for the first time. Also known as Best First Look Reaction ever.
DIY floral and driftwood boutonniere with beautiful orange and white bouquet.
Sunlit brides kissing with letterpress decorations.
Lesbian wedding portraits in a field near the beach.
Driftwood framed wedding portrait of brides on the beach.
Smiling bride sits in a field of grass while her wife runs and jumps over her.
Groomsmen in grey with orange argyle socks and bridesmaids in teal with orange flowers and parasols.
Silhouette of brides kissing behind an orange parasol.
Ringbearers in orange checked bow ties with crocheted ring nests and groomsman with handmade boutonniere.
Orange and turquoise wedding party with parasols.
Orange and turquoise beach wedding details among seashells.
Spectacular wedding portrait of lesbian couple with parasol on driftwood log.
Laughing brides in a sandy Pacific Northwest beach wedding.
Camano Island, Washington beach wedding gets emotional.
Kate’s fav moment, neither could hold it together when Rachel talked about the someday that they are mommies.
Brides kiss as new wives amongst driftwood.
Creative orange and turquoise handmade, diy favors and details.
Amazing handmade, diy, orange, and turquoise table details and decorations.
Clay stamped name cards and sand-filled wedding favors.
Black and white portrait of lesbian couple smiling on their wedding day.
Brides laughing and highfiving groomsmen during wedding toasts.
Orange dahlia and ranunculus bridesmaid bouquets paired a white paper lantern diy chandelier.
Wedding guests playing reception bingo with candy.
Wood textured wedding band and diamond eternity ring on driftwood.
Excuse me, is that an incredible wood grain textured wedding band? Why yes, yes it is.
Beach house dessert table with pennant cake topper.
Lesbian brides feeding each other wedding cake.
Lesbian couple
So lovely.
Super awesome beach wedding dance party.

Oh, btw, we’re not the only ones obsessing over these two, check out the love:

Every Last Detail




A Bicycle Built for Two







Congratulations you guys. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and SUCH an honor to be chosen to photograph your superrad celebration and party. I will never forget the rad lens mug and super sweet crocheted Nikon you gifted to me on your wedding day…. only photographers would do that for other photographers ;).

Thanks to Tana on second camera!

Tech Specs: these images were captured on Camano Island, Washington, using a Nikon D3Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon 34mm 1.4, Nikon 70-200mm, and a Nikon Tilt Shift 24mm PCE.

  • Kate - Oh my Lord, cutest ladies ever!! I am so diggin’ their style. And your pics. Perfect.

  • Stephanie - LOVE them. I’m a firm believer that a marriage is destined for greatness and a never-ending amount of laughter when couples smash cake in each other’s faces.

    BOTH wedding bands are gorgeous – where are they from?

  • Leah - Beautiful!

  • Alexa Johnson - So awesome!!! You’re right…BEST first look reaction ever.

  • Nina Harwick - Laurel! I teared up. Such a great job at this wedding! :)

Lindsay + Abe + Ice Cream + Boats = a Super Sweet Engagement Session in Seattle

Lindsay, Abe, and I started our engagement session adventure at Greenwood’s new Bluebird Ice Cream shop. YUM!

fun engagement photography at Blue Bird ice cream in Seattle
vintage engagement photography at Blue Bird ice cream truck in Seattle


Check out these cool vintage spoons Lindsay found on Etsy- she had their wedding date engraved onto them. Neat Save The Date idea, right?

cute save the date engagement photography with vintage silver spoons
modern seattle engagement photography by a vintage ice cream truck
groom picking up his bride during an urban engagement portrait session in seattle

These two are just adorable, aren’t they?

playful engagement photos in front of an urban green wall in seattle
a couple laughing and holding hands during engagement photography session in seattle

Then we were off for an adventure to the Center for Wooden Boats in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. We learned a few things…. including the fact that it’s harder to row a boat efficiently while not losing oars or tipping the boat than one might think! It didn’t stop us from rowing about though and having a fun ride!

couple in a wooden row boat for engagement photos

These next two are some of my favorites- I love the symmetry!

couple kissing with paddles at the vintage boat house
engagement photos at the center for wooden boats in seattle
And finally, a moment in the grass for a few last snuggles.
lying in the grass in seattle for engagement portrait photography
portrait photography in seattle

Lindsay and Abe are planning a most excellent destination wedding out in Roche Harbor this summer…. will I see you there???

And for you gearheads: This engagement portrait session was documented with my trusty Nikon D3Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon 34mm 1.4, and Nikon 70-200mm.