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Janell and Joe were married at the High Cedars Golf Club in Orting on Saturday amoung all the beautiful fall colors. This is my favorite time of year, so I loved all the colors of the day! This was a special wedding to me, since it was my friend, Carolyn’s son’s wedding. We worked together at REI and the only time I get to see my old friends these days is if they hire me:).

Janell got ready had home with her mom and girlfriends.

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She bought comfy robes for her bridesmaids.

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We used the beautiful fall colors in Janell’s front yard to capture some of the special details.  It was just about to rain in this image, but I’m so glad it soon completely turned around and it ended up being a great weather day!

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Janell’s mom had the honor of lacing her daughter up:).

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Ready to go meet her man!

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Joe was about 20 minutes away at Janell’s dad’s house getting ready with his buds.

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Then they made their way to the venue, waitin’ on a woman.

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And having a good laugh.

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The first look.

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Such a great couple!

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Janell really wanted this shot! Joe is a big fisherman and this was a perfect representation of that:). I think if there was actually fish in that pond, this would’ve been the real thing!

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I love this real moment.

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Such pretty colors!

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This was a great group of girls to hang out with.

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The guys.

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The whole gang.

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A special moment for dad and daughter.

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The moment we have all been waiting for…

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Mr. and Mrs!

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Family! Ava, their little girl is a complete doll!!

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The first dance.

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What a great night full of love and laughter.

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And dancing!

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Thanks for includng us in your special day. Congratulations to you!!

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Renita and Dion traveled from the East Coast to get married at the beautiful Newcastle Golf Club and be close to Renita’s family. I imagine it was pretty hard planning a wedding from afar and we never met until the day of the wedding. Sometimes that can be a little intimidating, walking into an unknown situation, never meeting whom you will be spending the day with and in sometimes intimate situations. Well, this family was incredibly inviting. They treated us like we were one of their very own from the minute we walked in. I can’t tell you what a great feeling that was and how wonderful it made the time we spent with them.

Renita prepared for the day next to her friends, sister, grandma, mom and aunties. That room was crowded, but full of fun too.

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Time to say “I Do!”

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How beautiful is this view and this couple! I’ve never had a bride with such a long veil. Just stunning!

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We had very limited time to do formal pictures, but we managed to squeeze it all in and I loved what we were able to capture:). Like this image of Renita’s family. What a great family picture to treasure!

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And Renita with all her girlfriends!

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Dion with his buds!

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Now time to party!

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A little dinner…

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Some dancing…

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What a beautiful night and I loved how it was a great background for the cake.

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Yep, this happened!

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What a lovely day with these wonderful people! Renita’s grandma came from New Orlean’s and had all her children there. What a beautiful group of people!

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Thanks for a great memory!

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Olivia is my first Vashon High School senior. I’ve done shoots on Vashon before, but never a Vashon senior. I loved my expereince – took the ferry over on a beautiful day then drove to her house with lots of great property to use. I just love the country! The smell, the ruggedness, the winding roads, the little towns, just everything!

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She does theater, teaches swimming and enjoys being a cheerleader for her school.
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She hasn’t picked her college yet, but wants to study theater and either speech or occupational therapy.
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We found lots of interesting places around her house to use as backdrops.
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My first perspective for this pose.
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Then I just moved a little and got this perspective… totally different.
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Liv, as her friends call her, looked beautiful.
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Quite often when I do a senior shoot we also squeeze in a family picture. My favorite place to capture a family is on their front porch. It represents them well and I love the look of a porch:). What makes a family image even better – the family pets!
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Since Liv loves the water, we headed to one of the two public beaches Vashon has.
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I tried to get a good variety for Olivia. We didn’t just use different locations and outfits, we also played with light and did some in the complete sunshine, some in shade and some with backlight. I love all the looks you can get by just playing with light.
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Thanks for having my capture this fun time in your life. I hope you have a great senior year Olivia!
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Amber is a St. Paul’s School senior. St. Paul’s is in Concord, NH, but Amber lives locally.

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I first met Amber’s family years ago when she took ballet with my daughter at TCB. I have sense done senior pictures for her sister and family pictures for them all.
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I know the weather will eventually change, but for now I refuse to talk about it. I am going to enjoy every last minute of this sunshine!
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Amber has grown up into such a beautiful young girl!
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The classic pose.
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This is one of my favorite downtown streets. I just love all the textures and looks I can get in this one stretch.
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Thanks for trusting me as your family’s photographer. I am honored!
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Stephanie and Bret were married at the Rock Creek Gardens on Aug. 29. Another goregous August wedding.

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Stephanie was feeling a little under the weather and her voice was suffering, but that didn’t stop her from having LOTS of fun on her special day!
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Bret was getting ready just right downstairs.
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I love pink and these girls wore it well!
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The guys, ready to do this thing!
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Stephanie and her little bride! Isn’t Berkeley just adorable on her mamma’s wedding day, but if you noticed the ring shot, there’s a ring for her too from her Daddy. Very sweet.
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Stephanie walked with her Dad and Grandpa. Two very special men in her life.
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The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt and I may have choked up.
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Such a great group!
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Stephanie is just so gorgeous and full of life and laughter. Bret handsome and loving and caring to his girls.
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You two are gorgeous together!
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Time for the bustling of the dress and getting ready to make the grand entrance into the reception as Mr. and Mrs!
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Such beautiful details.
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And here they are!
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The first dance.
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Now these guys know how to dance!  Choreographed dance routine!  What else would you expect since Stephanie is an ice skating teacher!  She changed into an adorable dress to dance the night away in!
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I had to get a shot of Stephanie and all her ice skating students!
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Then I found them all at the s’mores table later on! Oh yeah!
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Such a great wedding. We are so fortunate to have really wonderful wedding clients.  Congrats Stephanie, Bret and Berkeley!
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Venue: Rock Creek Gardens
Wedding Coordinator/Decor: Kerra Lynch at Umbrella Events LLC

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Stephanie and Bret are engaged and they’re getting married this Friday at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup.

We did their engagement session a couple of weeks ago at Pt. Defiance Park. It’s been a popular place lately since the flowers are all in bloom:).

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Like many couples, Stephanie and Bret didn’t think they would be good in front of the camera, but they did great! Their love came through strong and clear!

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I can’t wait to capture the next chapter of their story. It’s going to be beautiful!

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Be sure to check back next Friday for their wedding post:).
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