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Taylor and Andy’s wedding was the first wedding in 2016. It kicks off a busy year with 22 weddings. I’ve always limited my weddings to 12 a year, but I decided to go for it this year to see what would happen and well, it’s going to be a busy year and I’m thankful for it! I’ve been looking forward to this wedding since 1 Taylor and Andy are two very awesome and fun people and 2 it was at the Georgetown Ballroom and I’ve never been there. As I’ve said before, my favorite place to take pictures is a place I’ve never been before:)and it didn’t disappoint. The day couldn’t have been any better!

I love Taylor and Andy’s story and wanted to share it with you… these are the words of Taylor…

“Andy and I met in 2011 at a chance meeting down in Austin, TX. We had both graduated the year previously from separate university’s in Portland, Oregon. He had spent that next year traveling around South America while I had moved back to Seattle and was working my first job as a nurse in Tacoma. We both ended up planning trips to Austin for Halloween weekend to visit our old college roommates who just so happened to now be living together in Texas. We discovered a ton of mutual friends and realized we had just lived a few blocks away from each other in Portland! Such a small world!
We hit it off but hadn’t made any plans to see each other again. I realized after landing in Seattle that I had left my favorite shoes in Austin and when I turned my phone on, Andy had already messaged me promising that he would make sure to return them! About a month later he had managed to hitchhike his way back to Oregon to get his car and drive up for his first visit to Seattle with my beloved shoes in hand. He moved to Seattle 6 months later and purposed 3 years after that in Gasworks Park overlooking the city we fell in love in.”

Their story didn’t end there… they have traveled the world together, having one adventure after another and they plan on continuing that throughout their married life. Each table represented a different place they had visited together, along with a picture of them enjoying their time there – Vienna, Vail, Cinq Terre, Rome, Whitefish, Salzburg, Prague, Albany, Florence, and places around the United States. It was inspiring to witness their adventurous spirit!

I met up with Taylor and her girls at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle. They were all in great spirits and the atmosphere was happy and loving!

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I always try to document every detail of a wedding, including the smell, haha.

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How cute are these matching jammies!!
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You just don’t know what’s behind these doors…
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What a cool venue! The Georgetown Ballroom is full of color and interesting objects throughout with a great courtyard out back.

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Taylor decided to get her dress on at the venue instead of the hotel.  Isn’t her dress beautiful?!

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Taylor and Andy wrote their own vows and Taylor reread her’s before seeing Andy.

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Just a few tears…
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Andy came grinning from ear to ear and I don’t think he ever stopped the entire night!

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The first look is one of my favorite parts of the day. Documenting this moment is so special. You don’t get this reaction any other time. It’s priceless!

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Taylor had the most beautiful bouquet and dress! Just stunning!

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Andy has the best smile!

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I loved the ANDY on Taylor’s shoes! It was a total surprise for Andy :).

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Joe’s view….

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My view…

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After walking around enjoying our time together it was time to pick the bugs out of the veil… oh the reality of wedding day is revealed :).

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Ready to meet her man down the aisle!

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In full Andy fashion, he danced down the aisle.

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Followed by TOP security with the treasured rings!

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Family is very important to Taylor and her dad adores his girl. He waited at the bottom of the staircase to walk her to her love.

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And there’s the opening of the top security briefcase. I love their excitement in the background!

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And BAMM, married!

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Blue Thunder welcomed Taylor and Andy into their reception! So much energy!

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Remember, I told you about the table decorations… the map was on one side and the name of the location on the other, along with a picture.  What a cool idea!

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With each wedding there’s always fun and unique ideas and with this one they had a caricature artist instead of a photo booth! I LOVED it and look who was there! Helen and Pat.c :). Another one of our couples with an upcoming wedding:)and just by chance they are going to have the same caricature artist at their wedding! Maybe Joe and I can make time to get one at theirs :)!

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Let the dancing begin!

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And this is how we left them! Still going strong. They were planning to party until they dropped!  Thanks for having us document your day.  You two are awesome and it was seriously such a fun day!

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Amanda is my beautiful daughter and she’s one hard working girl, so for spring break we decided to take a girl’s trip to Las Vegas. I’m allergic to alcohol and she’s too young to drink or gamble. I know not the typical place to go, since it seems that’s what Vegas is all about. Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to do there than those things. Every hotel is special and there is endless shopping and walking. There are also beautiful parks within driving distance. Since I decided to rent a car for the week we hit a couple of the parks, one of them being Red Rock Canyon. We just couldn’t go to Nevada without planning a shoot too. We decided that the 70’s style would compliment the surroundings, so Amanda took much care in finding just the right outfits.

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We started with just a little sun and quickly it all changed to clouds and wind.  
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I really love this image.
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Right when I was taking the middle image a hummingbird came and sat right on the top.  Perfect!
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Gladiators are hot this year we just had to have them for our shoot.  These are from Free People and they were perfect.
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I love the Nevada terrain.  It’s so different than Washington, that’s for sure.  
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As a special tribute to her Nani, Amanda decided to get a tattoo of her Nani’s signature.  She turned 90 this year and she is just one special lady to us all.  
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I’ve always been fond of red rock.  We’ve been able to travel to many wonderful places including Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, and Arches, but it’s been a while. The other park we visited on this trip was the Valley of Fire and it had crazy red rock.  You have to go next time you visit Las Vegas.  It’s only an hour away.
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So beautiful!  
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By this time in the shoot it was a little cold, but Amanda sucked it up and had fun with it anyways.  I can’t believe she will be off to college this Fall!  She’ll be studying Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle and will most likely go on to be a a Physician’s Assistant.  That plan may change, but that’s what she’s thinking right now.  She will already have her Associates Degree, so will be entering with a Junior status.  Remember, I told you she was hard working!
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These is so authentic 70’s!  I actually had those same pants in the 70’s, as did many of my friends.  We called them Rainbow pants.  I can’t believe she found them!
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Amanda is confident and definitely her own person.  She’s not easily influenced by others and when she makes her mind up, she’s full steam ahead.  When this was her decision I have to admit I was not crazy about the idea of a tattoo, but soon that changed and I enjoyed watching her get it and yes, I got an ornament to commemorate it on the tree :).  I posted it on my December tree post of course!
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I hope you enjoyed our little 70’s inspired shoot.  You can see the 50’s shoot here and the 60’s here.  We have one more planned later this spring.
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  • April 10, 2016 - 6:46 am

    Auntie Carmela - Wow!! She is one incredibly beautiful girl!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2016 - 12:35 am

    Angie J - Beautiful pics and beautiful young lady! Retro 70s vibe was awesome!! Has anyone ever told you that you look like Rose McGowan? Best of luck on your future endeavors.ReplyCancel

Jodi, Michael and 2 yr old Max met me downtown. The plan was to do the shoot rain or shine, well we got rain and that was totally ok with all of us :). We picked our location specifically with the rain in mind. It’s a popular place in Tacoma for photographers since it’s one of the rare places you can do sessions in the rain, especially for a family session.

This is the sweetest family! Really, so easy to be with and Max, can he be any cuter! With all sessions with a 2 year old… they are in charge of what we decide to do. Max did great and even though he was a little unsure of me at times, we still laughed and lot and had so much fun. The hour went by in what seemed minutes. That’s a good sign!

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Katie is a Stadium High School senior who loves to dance and choreograph local musical productions.

She would like to attend a university and study forensics or nurse practitioner.  Her dream school is UW.  She not only loves dancing, but also music, reading, spending time by the water, being with friends and spending lots of time with family.

Someday Katie would love to go to Europe, maybe live in another state for a little bit (just for the experience) and also learn aerial silks.

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Day 6 of LOVE week!

Emma and Lyle made the LONG treck to Tacoma for their engagement session and they will do the same for their wedding in June. They are both teachers on a tiny island in Alaska called Kivalina. Emma’s been there for 5 years now and Lyle 3… yep, that’s where they met :). We were so fortunate to have a beautiful winter day. A little different than the snow and ice they came from.

Emma just wrote me the other day saying that she has her pictures on her desk and her students are alway admiring them. They love them almost as much as she does! How sweet is that! They must love her a lot!

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I always love getting the sun shot!
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A little explanation is needed for this next outfit!  The atikluk is a tradition Eskimo shirt almost with a hood and big pocket in the front. Traditionally women used them to go berry picking because of the pocket. Mostly they are used as dress clothes now and when people get married they wear decorated white ones.  A close friend made them just for their engagement shoot!
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Just when we were ready to wrap up the session Lyle was finally getting into the shoot, haha :).
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And we were able to get some great smiles from him!  Priceless!
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Stay warm in Alaska you two and I’ll see you soon :)!
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