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Linda and Vir are the sweetest couple.  The found each other in college when they shared a table facing one another and on this day, Aug. 6, 2016 they said “I Do” at the Wilderness Lodge.Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0001.jpg
It was a beautiful sunny day on the lake and everything was ready for THAT moment!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0002.jpg
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t waiting for Pokemon Go players to pass through this area.  This just happened to be a Pokestop, haha.Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0003.jpg
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The bridesmaids had the cutest short flowered dresses!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0006.jpg
And Linda’s dress was perfect for her!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0007.jpg
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Vir was pretty calm and in great spirits as he got ready to see his bride.Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0010.jpg
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I love when personalities come out at just the perfect moment!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0014.jpg
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This is always one of my favorite shots to get… lots of laughter!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0025.jpg
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It’s easy to show all the same kinds of moments in wedding posts, but I really wanted to highlight some of the moments that were different for Linda and Vir’s wedding.  They passed the rings to all the groomsman, family and bridesmaids, warming them and blessing them before putting them on each other’s fingers.  A very special act while the vocal quartet say a song.Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0030.jpg
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Then, when it was time to put the ring on, it was a little snug :).Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0032.jpg
Such an emotional time and even though they were running past me and I barely got this moment captured, I still thought it was perfect!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0033.jpg
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Hey, they included us :)!  I love when our clients treat us like guests.  Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0039.jpg
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This is the first wedding I have been too that was entirely vegetarian.  They also had vegan and gluten free dishes.  It was all yummy!  Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0043.jpg
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Toasts are always so fun to listen to and laugh and cry with :).Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0045.jpg
Weddings are a great time to get little family shoots in.  All you need is a couple of minutes and an adorable family!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0046.jpg
Sharing a Gluten Free cupcake :).Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0047.jpg
Linda and Vir had lots of special groups they wanted pictures with, their high school friends, their undergrad friends, their grad school friends and this group, Vir’s Hip Hop Team – yes, I thought they were actually a dance team, turns out they are a frisbie team!  hahaWedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0048.jpg
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What a great day celebrating with these two with their family and closest friends.  Congrats Linda and Vir!!Wedding Wilderness Lodge Tacoma Seattle Photographer_0050.jpg

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  • September 2, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    Pam Mummy - What a beautiful day!! SO fun.ReplyCancel

Emily and Tyler came all the way from Nashville to get married in Emily’s hometown. They picked a beautiful venue that I always enjoy being at, the Environment Building near Chambers Bay Golf Course. The views are spectacular and the July weather was perfect!

Emily had the most unique ring and I loved the filagree on the side.
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The girls were so excited for Emily. 2 of the girls even came all the way from Nashville to be in her wedding.
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These 2 were more than excited to see each other for the first time that day and I love prolonging the moment to give that extra excitement :).
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We took a nice walk away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding set up and let Emily and Tyler relax and enjoy every minute together.
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You can tell a lot about a person by the people they surround themselves with and this group was awesome! I was in a constant state of laughter!
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When I got married in the 80’s, everyone got married in churches. Now there are so many beautiful venues that provide an outside ceremony spot and I LOVE outside weddings! This was one of the first that had not only the ceremony, but also the reception outside, without a tent. It was beautiful!
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So pretty!
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Such a cute little cake:)
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The sweetheart table.
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Details… details…
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These two couldn’t stop kissing!
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Sunset brought stunning views and the first dance.
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And more fun…
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Congrats Emily and Tyler! Thanks for having us! We loved the day with you both and your friends and family!
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Larry and Starlene finally got to say “I do” at Roy’s Old General Store and Steakhouse on July 16. It was a rustic country themed wedding and the venue was perfect for them!  Guests came with cowboy boots on and ready to kick up the floor dancing and celebrating this sweet couple!

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Multi-tasking at it’s best :).Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0005.jpg
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Next door Larry was getting ready to see his bride.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0007.jpg
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Starlene had one of the most beautiful bouquets.  I just love flowers and I always look forward to seeing the bridal bouquet.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0010.jpg
We had fun walking around the area and finding just the right spots to compliment their rustic theme.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0012.jpg
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I love how they look at each other!Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0011.jpg
Just behind Star and Larry was a whole family of feral cats, watching us from under the abandoned house.  I wanted them all, but they didn’t respond to my high pitched “kitty, kitty, kitty.”:(Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0015.jpg
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Inspired by old time photos.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0017.jpg
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Starlene’s sons walked her down the aisle.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0019.jpg
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The whole family and a new little one coming in FebruaryWedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0025.jpg
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A very unique place and lots to look at and explore.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0028.jpg
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Cake anyone?Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0032.jpg
A little bubble dancing atmosphere.Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0031.jpg
Sisters having fun :).Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0033.jpg
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A great day with loving, compassionate people.  I couldn’t ask for more!  Congrats to you both!Wedding Roy Steakhouse Salloon Tacoma Photographer Starlene Larry_0036.jpg

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Haley and Tim met for the first time in a UWT math class and from there a love grew that couldn’t be broken. On Saturday, July 9, 2016 they shared their wedding vows in front of friends and family and started a new life together! First stop, Mexico!
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Tim and Haley chose Historic 1625 Tacoma Place for their wedding. They loved the natural brick and wood throughout the building. It’s the old Cadillac dealership that’s been fully restored. They also have a great staff there and we always enjoy ourselves. Shout out to Kellie!!

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My brides tell me how fun it is to see each wedding posted. It makes them excited for their own wedding. They also notice all the details, like perfume bottles. Haley noticed that most of them are full, but her’s and Tim’s cologne was almost empty. Should they buy new ones just for pictures? No, I love that they are used. It shows that they are loved and part of who they are at this moment in life. It’s a good memory. I still have a perfume bottle from high school when I met my husband and the smell takes me back to that time. It’s a special memory for sure.
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Haley had some special things with her on this day. Her hanky made from her christening dress, her grandma’s pearl necklace, a garter that she fell in love with on Etsy and earrings to bring the bling out. Her flowers were such a pretty color of pink that complimented her shoes perfectly and was a nice contrast to the girl’s navy blue dresses.
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She got ready with the help of her mom and made of honor and gave that sigh of relief that every bride does when their dress fits perfectly :).
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I love veils in all their shapes and sizes. Some brides wait until down the aisle to put their’s on, but Haley decided she wanted her first look with here’s.
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Grooms have special details too! These are a few of Tim’s. You’ll notice his used cologne bottle too <3.
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He was getting ready to see his bride just around the corner.
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It was finally time to see her groom. We had the privilege of taking her to their meeting spot. A favorite place of theirs to come after work and just relax together.
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They exchanged special messages to each other. These two are crazy in love!
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It was a windy day with a few rays of sunshine and a few light sprinkles. It was perfect!
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Since UWT was special to them, that’s where they decided they wanted their portraits done.
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Time to walk THE aisle! Haley and Tim wanted a short ceremony and were eager to start celebrating with their guests!
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Announcing Mr. and Mrs. Jewett!
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Dancing, toast, sundaes, photo booth, bouquet and garter toss and more dancing!
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What a great night!
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Carly and Tyler’s wedding was more than gorgeous and the people, can I just tell you they were ALL amazing to work with. Really, there isn’t anything I would change from the day. For every wedding I get nervous. I don’t think that will ever go away. I just want the best for my couples. I pray for them the night before and I do my very best on the day of to make sure everything is captured just the way they would want it. I didn’t used to feel this way about weddings. They used to scare me to death! Now, I look forward to every one. It helps that I have the best second shooter ever, my Joe. He takes orders from me without hesitation and gets those shots I can’t, plus I love him! What can be better than that :).

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I met up with Carly at the Silver Cloud Inn in Mukilteo where she was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mom.

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I think the back necklaces are so beautiful!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0010.jpg
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Tyler was waiting for her just down the street at the Mukilteo Lighthouse.
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She walked down to see him for their first look and we found this cool wall and had to stop!
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Such a beautiful couple and so down to earth and comfortable with each other.
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What a gorgeous day we had too.  It was the perfect day for Carly and Tyler to say “I do” in front of all their friends and family.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0023.jpg
And these guys were ready to take whatever came their way :)!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0024.jpg
Don’t they look like they belong on top of a cake?!:)Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0025.jpg
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If you have never been to Lord Hill Farms, you’re missing out!  It is absolutely stunning!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0028.jpg
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I love all the clouds and Carly’s mom, Diane, so wanted a sky like this and she got it.  I called in a favor :).Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0030.jpg
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Carly was getting a little hot in her bridal suite waiting to walk down the aisle, so the girls helped her cool down.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0032.jpg
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First communion and a prayer as husband and wife.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0038.jpg
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I love this moment!  So much happiness!  And you know another thing I love about this moment?  Everyone is clapping and enjoying the moment LIVE instead of through their phones and cameras… as it should be :)! Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0040.jpg
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Carly and her niece and flower girl, Regan.  They both had buttons down their back.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0047.jpg
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Their first dance as husband and wife.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0050.jpg
This was the first time I’ve seen such a spread of cakes.  Different sizes and decorations.  So cute!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0051.jpg
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What a wonderful day and evening with great people.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0054.jpg
Ending with lots of sparklers, cheering and kissing!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Lord Hill Farms Photographer Carly Tyler_0055.jpg

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Shelbie was one of my past seniors and now she’s marrying Josh! We’ve never been to the Dragonfly retreat in Bothell, so it was exciting going someplace new :).  I love being surprised and discovering little gems I didn’t even know about.
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When you go to a place called the Dragonfly Retreat, you expect to see dragonflies, right? Well, it didn’t disappoint! In the afternoon sun they came out, but I have to tell you, they were hard to get pictures of! They never wanted to land in a place I could get to, until a smaller one finally did! Joe was able to get this little guy :).
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The venue has the coolest awning with custom metal work, so striking and I had to incorporate it anyway I could.  What better way than with Shelbie’s beautiful dress!
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Shelbie was a calm bride and just took in the day as it came, one step at a time.
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Dancing in the room, is always a must with your bridesmaids!  They all stayed together the night before since many traveled from Texas to be here (Shelbie went to college there).
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Every wedding has it’s unique parts. Shelbie and Josh love to read, so for their vows they are exchanging books. Shelbie wrote her vows within the pages for Josh to read again in the future. Shelbie was to give Josh “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster and Josh would be giving Shelbie Jules Verne’s “Seven Novels.”
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There was an array of colors in this wedding.  Her bouquet, the girl’s bouquets and the table decorations were all different colors.
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Shelbie wore a small heart around her neck, her sister another and her mom the pendant the 2 hearts were taken from. An Etsy find :).  Shelbie also gave each of the girls a bracelet to wear during the wedding that was symbolic of the sorority that some of them shared, KKG – Kappa Kappa Gamma.
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It’s always fun to have cute matching jammies!
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The guys got ready in record time, since they were busy helping unload decorations.
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Josh got each of the guys different fun cufflinks.
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It was finally time for Shelbie to get her dress on.  This is such an exciting time for a bride.  Finally to have her dress on for more than a fitting.  It was THE time!  It’s good to just soak that in for a minute.
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Her mom and sister helped her zip up!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0018.jpg
The love between these girls is very special.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0019.jpg

The first look, always one of the most special moments of the day!  Some couples want a very private moment and others are fine with letting their family and close friends watch.  Shelbie decided that she would share this moment and the girls helped her to her spot.  The anticipation in Josh’s face is perfect!
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These two are so happy together!
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Doesn’t Shelbie make a beautiful bride?  Such a natural beauty about her!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0024.jpg
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Real smiles are so obvious.  You can see it in their eyes!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0026.jpg
Shelbie had her sister as the maid of honor and all her closest girlfriends as the bridemaids.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0027.jpg
I thought it was awesome that Josh had his Dad as one of his groomsman.  It shows their relationship.  His little brother was there too!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0028.jpg
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It was so great how Josh’s little brother looks up to him.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0031.jpg
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Sometimes the little ones just don’t want to be in pictures, so I grab any opportunity to get them interacting with the bride and groom.  This is one of those perfect moments.  Shelbie was getting a little tired on her feet and as soon as she got down low her little ring bearer was right there by her side.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0033.jpg
Shelbie’s KKG sorority girls did a special pinning ceremony for her before the ceremony.  A song, some hugs, a few tears and Shelbie’s bouquet was ready with the love and keys of her “sisters.”Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0034.jpg
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A moment every dad is proud to be part of.  Walking his little girl down the aisle.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0036.jpg
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Shelbie has an infectious happiness and is so expressive with it!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0040.jpg
The exchanging of their books after explaining the meaning behind them.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0041.jpg
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Introducing for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Nyman.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0043.jpg
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Another incorporation of the book theme – guest were instructed to write in the pages of several special books.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0050.jpg
On each table was a memory represented and an explanation of what each of them liked about that particular event they shared together.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0051.jpg
Each of the guests were encouraged to take a book from the shelves to take home with them.  All of these were read by both the groom and the bride and hand selected for their guests.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0052.jpg
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The s’more bar was tucked away in the woods and a perfect little getaway for a few minutes.Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0055.jpg
What can I say – these girls!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0056.jpg
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The first dance :).Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0058.jpg
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Thank you for letting us be a part of such a special day for the two of you.  Your family and friends are awesome and we could see how much they all loved you!  Happy people, happy life!Wedding Seattle Tacoma Photographer Shelbie Josh_0062.jpg

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