Port Gamble Wedding – Tara and Waylon Say I Do! – Seattle Wedding Photographer

It was another beautiful day and another beautiful wedding, but don’t take that wrong, it was unique in every way! I know in the world of Pinterest, it’s easy to get caught up in the competition of the best details and that Pinterest worthy photograph, but this bride and groom concentrated on the experience. There were still those great details and we still captured all the special moments, but what stood out to me was the concentration on others. They wanted everyone to have fun and experience something different and unique to THEIR wedding.

Tara and Waylon decided to have their wedding in Port Gamble. I’ve never been there before, so it was a fun adventure. Usually Joe shoots with me, but for this wedding, I had my friend, Misty Winesberry by my side.
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Tara and Waylon rented out two little guest houses across from each other – to stay in the previous night with their wedding party.  There was still evidence of a good time from the night before when we arrived:).
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The first look was just outside Tara’s guest house. They were so excited and overwhelmed!
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We captured a few more images at the houses before heading to the pavilion.

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If you’ve never been to Port Gamble it’s a cute little destination with cute little shops and streets lined with white picket fences. Most things are within walking distance, so the guest houses are right down the street from the pavilion and that is close to the church. We headed to the pavilion for a few more pictures before the start of the ceremony.
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It’s a good idea to take a few minutes to just be with the couple without any distractions.  It’s such a busy day and to have this time is so important to remember to breathe and take it all in.
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The wedding party soon joined us and these people know how to have fun!
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The guys!
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The girls!
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It was time to head to the church and get this done!
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What an adorable little church!! Fairytale in every way, from the tall steeple and the tiffany blue walls to the wedding bell the couple got to ring after the ceremony!
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Yay! Married!
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Remember when I told you it was about the experience, well we were lead by a sax player and tamborine player announcing us as we walked down a side path from the church to the pavilion. How cool is that!
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Time to celebrate with friends and family – laughter, food and drinks.
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Notice the tulip detail on the side of the cake?  Tara’s new last name is Tulip.  Cute detail to add I thought!
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Such a fun day! Congrats Tara and Waylon! You are obviously surrounded by people who love and care about you and you equally love and care about them! Such a great time was had by all!
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Just a note: One thing that helps make a wedding run smoothly is an awesome wedding planner. I’ve had the privilege of working with some great ones. Check out Lori Losee from Elegant Affairs. She did an awesome job on this wedding!

Tara and Waylon – Enagement – Seattle Wedding Photographer

Tara and Waylon will be getting married tomorrow in Port Gamble, WA. I’ve never been to Port Gamble and LOVE when I get to go to new places!
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We met up with Tara and Waylon at their home in Federal Way for their engagement session. That way we could capture a little bit of their lives in a more personal way, in a place they spend much of their time.
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We couldn’t leave out there little guy – such a cutie!
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We walked to a nearby park and it was one of those crowded days, but we didn’t let that stop us.
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I love spending time getting to know my couples before their BIG day.
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I love having fun at engagement sessions and just relaxing. It’s a time to concentrate on each other and not this hectic world around us. We let all that go… have fun, laugh and love!
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I really love these next 2 images. Beautiful lake, cute boat and wonderful couple.
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We switched it up with a canoe and explored the lake a little.
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We had to use the umbrella, since they will soon be Mr. and Mrs. Tulip!
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Great end to an awesome day!
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Nicki and Alex say “I do” at Tacoma’s Seaport – Tacoma Wedding Photographer

It’s fun when we get to be part of our old school friend’s lives again. We graduate and all part ways and it might be years until we hear or see one another, but my profession has allowed me to be part of so many events that hook me back up with old friends. Nicki, the bride, is the daughter of Dan and Andrea Bohnett (I also photographed another of their daughter’s senior pictures). We went to school with both of them and Dan’s brother, Dave. Then I find out that the groom’s father, is an old school friend of Joe’s (my husband) sisters. Small world. Then, when I come to the hotel room to see Nicki put her dress on, I see another old school friend, Julie Long. Her daughter is a bride’s made. Yes, small world indeed. I am honored to be part of it all.

I know this image looks like it’s black and white, but it’s not. Since they were getting married at The Seaport I wanted to embrace the nautical style of the venue and use rope as a background for their beautiful rings.
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Nicki’s dress was one of the most gorgeous dresses I have seen. Her mom did an awesome job of lacing up the back. More time consuming than it looks! Believe me, it takes a good 30 minutes to do that job.
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Nicki was calm headed and her room was peaceful with everyone helping her to prepare for the first look with Alex at The Silver Cloud Inn.
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Alex had given Nicki a special gift, a book full of all their memories together so far.
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Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready over at the Seaport.
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As their family and friends watched, Nicki and Alex finally got to see each other.

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What a beautiful couple!
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We headed down to the Glass Museum area to capture some images of just the two of them and then their wedding party. It was windy, but we were just so happy it was a beautiful day instead of the rain that was predicted.

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Nicki needed a little touch up before the ceremony.
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Then the moment she’s been waiting for all her life…
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Such an awesome couple… Mr. and Mrs. Langlow

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I loved her flowers. Those extra large roses were just beautiful!
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I love the new trend of cupcakes at weddings. So easy and makes everyone happy! Cute too!
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Some toasts…

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Then the first dance.

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Then special dances with their parents.

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A good group of girls for the toss. There was no coaxing them, they all ran for the chance… look out guys, these girls mean business:).

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We ended the night with lots of dancing.
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A nice glow as we left the celebration. Thanks for having us as part of your special day! We loved it and everything was just so beautiful. What great friends and family you have! May God Bless you as you start this journey together.
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Joe and Sabrina got married on a very HOT day and it was perfect! – Seattle Tacoma Wedding Photograher

As soon as we got to Snohomish and saw the open farm land, sky divers in the sky and the beautiful venue, Dairyland we knew this was going to be a great day.

Sabrina and Joe are a fun and down to earth couple and the love they share with their friends and family is very evident!
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It was hard for them to keep their bridesmaid’s and groomsman count to 8 each. That says a lot about the people they care about.
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As people entered into the bride’s suite Sabrina would tear up, saying again and again, “I can’t see you, you’ll make me cry.”  They are all just so important to her and her to them.
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Joe and Sabrina wrote their own vows. I love that!  It always makes a ceremony so personal.

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Just next to the girl’s room, the guys were getting ready and opening their gifts.

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This group was always laughing!
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The time had come for Sabrina and Joe to have their first look. This is one of my favorite times of he day (I’m sure I tell you that every time!).
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Excitement builds!!
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We had fun walking around the property and capturing Joe and Sabrina’s love!

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We saw this beautiful field of flowers just behind the venue, so we had to go check it out. Along the pathway, we were met with 2 roosters, they actually looked like fighting cocks. Now, you would think that with a camera in hand and a story to tell, that I would’ve captured a picture for you. Well, you would think! But since they kind of freaked me out, my thought was more about how to get past them. Sabrina was brave and she went first, then we all did. It was a fun little adventure for us all!:)
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This is a new venue and as you can see, there is a lot to use!
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Love their connection.
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We found a great spot to use for a wedding party – one that kept them out of the direct sun!  That was important on THIS day!
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I love the current trend of different dresses and shoes, but within the same color scheme.

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What a great group of guys! So fun!

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Time to start the ceremony. Their daughters were adorable coming down the aisle together.

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Sabrina had her dad, step dad and mom all walk her down the aisle. I’ve never seen that before and it was a special time when they all met in the middle for a hug.
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Another unique part to the ceremony was the knot tying ceremony (along with the wiping of sweat off Joe’s forehead, haha)

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After reading vows to each to other…
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Joe had vows for his step daughter too and surprised her with a special bracelet. Very sweet.
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Soon, their little one wanted to be part of the cermony and joined them for a selfie up front:). Another first!

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Married!

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Mr and Mrs!!
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When Joe met Sabrina he was a graffiti artist and they incorporated that into their cake topper (each of them is holding a can of paint).
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It’s hard to pick just a few images to show you from an event filled day, but I hope you liked the ones I decided on and you got a small peak inside a wonderful day!

The garter journey is always good for a laugh!

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Even though it was hot, there was still dancing! You gotta dance at a wedding, right!
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There was even s’mores for those that could face the heat!

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And as we were leaving, 2 hot air balloons in the sky. How awesome is that!
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Eric – Emerald Ridge 2014 Senior – Tacoma Seattle Senior Photographer

Eric is a 2014 Emerald Ridge Graduate and we did his senior session at Pt. Defiance. I’ve found a new love recently for Pt. Defiance. I mean, it’s a great park, but I have never been crazy about the location for a photo shoot for some reason. When that happens to me and clients ask for it, I am forced to chance my perspecitve and explore new areas that re-inspire me. It’s a good thing! It forces growth and only good can come from that!Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0001.jpg Eric is a great guy, very accomodating and loved to explore ideas! He’s a reader and wanted something to do with trees, so here you have it!Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0002.jpg Then, we decided to try another tree and I loved that one too!Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0003.jpg Eric has a sophisication to him and with his great looks, and cool pocket watch and vest, I thought the white stucko worked well for a few images.Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0004.jpgGuy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0005.jpg The “beach” was on Eric’s list to visit… it always is when we go to the Pt.  We were fortunate to have a pretty quiet evening there.Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0006.jpgGuy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0007.jpgGuy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0008.jpg Eric and some friends have a band, so we dragged his drum set out and the family quickly all pitched in to get it set up before the sun disappeared behind the trees.Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0009.jpgGuy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0010.jpgGuy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0011.jpg Eric and his sister, Emily (a past senior of mine) have a special relationship, so we took the last couple of minutes to get a few pics of them together:). It was great seeing you all again!! Thanks for choosing me and I hope I see you again!!  You guys are all awesome!Guy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0012.jpgGuy Senior Tacoma Photographer Emerald Ridge 2014_0013.jpg

 

Jenna and Jeff are Engaged! Tacoma Wedding Photographer

Jenna and Jeff are getting married this month! They are two of the sweestest people and have an adorable little guy, Jordan!
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Jordan is very excited for the wedding:)!
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Since Jenna and Jeff are just two sweet and layed back people, that is what we went for in their engagement shoot.
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It’s so important to me to really capture the essance of a couple. Who they are, what they like and how they want to spend their time together.

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We had a beautiful day and I loved every image we captured.
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Love, it’s beautiful!
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My couples always say they didn’t realize how fun and relaxing all this would be. There was nothing to worry about, only fun to be had!
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And always lots of kissing!

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I’m looking forward to their wedding at the end of the month. It’s always such a honor to be part of it all. What a sweet family!

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