Where to start with these two... I've been lucky to photograph some of their friends and family over the last few years, and Jordan and Veronica were such a joy to be around. Veronica's first look with her dad was so, so sweet - seriously try photographing that without crying. Jordan seeing her for the first time was amazing too - so much love. And if that wasn't enough, they got married at a stunning lavender farm, had incredible light at sunset, and fed us all fried chicken, a mac & cheese bar, and cannolis and the best cake ever. What a day.
I've been fortunate to get to photograph these two and their family a few times now, and it's always such a good time. Basically, they're awesome and are up for just wandering around finding awesome light and cool pockets of the location that grab our eye. Pioneer Square is such a good photo location to do exactly that - just wander up and down the streets, you're almost guaranteed to find a new little nook you've never seen.
photographed on the Fujifilm GFX 50S
If you ask me, summer is hands-down the best time of year in the Seattle. The days are long, golden hour seems to last forever, and mostly, it's finally just warm and not raining. What better time to trek around Discovery Park for these guys' engagement session? Add in their ridiculously cute goldendoodle (are you sensing a theme here? bring alllll the dogs to your wedding / engagement shoot with me) and it was a heck of a summer's eve.
photographed on Kodak Portra 160 film
I knew from the first time I talked to Claire and Travis on the phone that I was going to love working with them. Their engagement session in Joshua Tree confirmed that. It was so cool seeing their friends and family surround them at their wedding, you immediately knew that C&T are the kind of people who enrich the lives of those around them so much. Their wedding was beautifully planned and designed by Sinclair & Moore, and the whole day managed to be stylish and super detailed, but still laid back and truly fun - which, come to think of it, is just how I'd describe the two of them.
The San Juan Islands, often called the jewel of the PNW (ok, I made that up, but they should be called that) are a varied bunch. One of the most charming island is Lopez, often called Slowpez (that nickname is real, honest.) J & E invited their guests to join them on the water, near a marina that's been in their family for decades. I love when couples incorporate spaces that have that depth of meaning in their lives.
The day started out pouring rain, but ended with an incredible show at sunset. Honestly kind of my ideal day - soft overcast light, and then a killer golden hour. That colorful show carried throughout the day, including the vibrant florals and the mismatched print on the bridesmaid's dresses.
If I picked one word to describe this wedding, it'd be "moments." So. Many. Moments. Hence the looong journal post, but there were so many beautiful moments and interactions at this wedding. I was like a kid in a candy story. Happy people, beautiful light, raucous awesome dancing (par for the course for Jewish weddings!), golden sunset portraits... ahhh.
One of my absolute favorite things about having been photographing weddings for 10+ years now is getting to photograph a bunch of couples in the same group of friends/family. Seeing past clients (who feel like old friends) at weddings each summer is so, so fun. I think there were four or five couples I've gotten to photograph at Gaby and Joe's wedding ... put a smile on my face a mile wide. :)
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If you're looking for an amazing dinner in Seattle, you have a ton of great options. The Corson Building is easily one of the best of those options. If you want that amazing dinner for all your favorite people, in a charming courtyard garden, eating outside in a brick alley strung with cafe lights ... then the Corson Building is THE option. I can't say enough good things about this venue, or this couple, actually.
The photo of J & W right after their first kiss, arms raised and being cheered by their friends and family is one of my all-time favorites. Add in some amazing light and flowers by the one and only Floret, and you have a recipe for a fantastic wedding.
photographed on Kodak film.
Can't believe we're already coming up on the end of 2017. 2016 was such a full year with so many amazing clients and moments, and 2017 has proven to be no different. As I start to sift through the thousands of images and *attempt* to put together a recap post from this last season, and since there are no rules in photography or blogging, I thought it's never too late to share my Part Two post from my 2016 season in the meantime (because ok maybe I sort of got too busy to post this Part Two ages ago). It's still so crazy to me I'm approaching my 11th year now in this industry, and every time I get to tell couple's wedding stories I feel refreshed and inspired.
As 2017 season wraps up, my highlight this year was my wife and I finding out, in May, that we were pregnant with our first son, due this next month (January). We are breathlessly waiting and preparing for his arrival, which makes this holiday season that much more exciting. We're in full baby prepping mode over here, and can't wait to start off 2018 being parents. We *think* Bodie will be the best big puppy brother too. He'll just have to learn to share a little of our attention. ;)
All our love and appreciation,
- Ryan & Emily