Fun North Beach Family Photos | Seattle Photographer

My job has introduced me to some fun small business owners and families in my local community of Seattle, and the Carlisle family was no exception! They own a residential remodeling company called Carlisle Classic Homes, and I had the pleasure of photographing them for a feature for Northwest Seattle Living, a neighborhood magazine that connects neighbors in the Blue Ridge and North Beach neighborhoods.

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Great Hall at Green Lake Wedding Photos

Lindsey and Greg: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

1.) For the ceremony, Lindsey wore the same wedding dress that her grandmother, mom, and aunt wore on their wedding days. It was so sweet to witness this sort of legacy.

2.) Greg’s amazing blue and orange wedding day fashion!

3.) Lindsey’s dad’s surprise serenade at the reception that made me think that everyone there was cutting onions…

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A Gothic-Chic Maroni Meadows Wedding

Three cheers for the couples out there who put their own spin on wedding traditions and knock it out of the park simply by staying true to themselves!

The bride’s black wedding dress and the skull-and-bone reception details were so much fun to shoot. Everything looked so gorgeous in the verdant setting at Maroni Meadows. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this day. 

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Adoption Day | Bellingham Family Photography

The family's official adoption date was bright and early on Monday morning, and the soon-to-be official parents made the day's festivities so special for their boys. They surprised them with a limo ride to the courthouse (minds were blown!) where they were joined by family and friends. After the adoption hearing? They celebrated in the best way possible: by heading to the donut shop and letting the boys eat whichever donut they wanted. 

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Private Event Space at Capitol Cider

The wedding vendor networking event was held at Capitol Cider's new private event space in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The downstairs space can be rented to small or larger groups, and has a very cool, cozy vibe complete with communal tables and wooden booths. I suspect this place will be fully booked come holiday party season, and I can definitely see engaged couples considering this spot for their intimate celebrations. Also, their cider is just the best. YUM!

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Intimate Canlis Restaurant Wedding Ceremony

Lauren and Tristan chose to host an intimate wedding ceremony with only their closest family and friends at the award-winning Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. Their larger reception --celebrated with many more guests-- was planned for a couple of nights later, so the couple and I took care of most of their portraits on the day of their ceremony. We started the day off by stopping at the Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill, where the couple first met. After, we snuck over to Volunteer Park to grab some photos with their pup, Ruby, with whom I am obsessed. 

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JOIN Shop Brick & Mortar Store in Seattle | Seattle Small Business Photography

Shop JOIN started as a brick and mortar extension of a 10-year-old collective of local product designers, and has since grown to feature over 60 independent makers, designers, and artists from across the US. The Seattle shop is managed by my friends SallyAnn and Joe from Fruitsuper Design, whose product design skills are only outshone by their fantastic sense of humor and strong desire to support the local and national design community.

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Laid-Back Seattle Newborn Photography At Home

Jessica and Ed welcomed their third baby, a boy, around the same time they moved into their new home in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. I've photographed their older children and absolutely adore their precocious girls; their clever personalities are already shining through, and boy do they make me laugh! Jess and Ed invited me over to document their newborn, and their new family of 5.

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Celine and Alex | Rad Seattle Courthouse Wedding (with Ice Cream!)

From the moment Celine and Alex got in touch with me about photographing their small courthouse wedding I knew they were going to be a blast to work with. They rocked their courthouse wedding in downtown Seattle and suggested we stop for a celebratory ice cream at Pick-Quick Drive Inn afterward. My sweet tooth and I were all-in! 

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Rainy Seattle Maternity Family Photos at Olympic Sculpture Park

As much as I do love warm weather and getting my fair share of vitamin D from that big old ball in the sky, the truth is you can still have beautiful portraits if you choose to brave a little stormy weather, within reason, of course! Jessica's family opted to keep our date to hang out at the Olympic Sculpture Park on a slightly chilly day in April. The rain cleared up just in time for our family photo session and we were left with a breeze and weather that was a tad bit chilly. But on the plus side, it was great weather for getting those snuggly family photos I love so much!

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Leilani and Ian | Seattle Courthouse Wedding

Leilani and Ian borrowed an accidental tradition from her parents' wedding anniversary: her mom and dad were married 7.8.78, and these two married at the courthouse on 1.8.18. A little extra numerology luck for an incredibly sweet couple. 

A highlight of the night for me was the first dance at the Inn at the Market. While their guests headed to dinner, Leilani and Ian chose to share a quick first dance on the rooftop, with their son playing DJ. They had the rooftop terrace to themselves. It was magic.

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Skyomish River Elopement

Amber and Lucas decided to tie the knot in one of their favorite places: near the Skyomish River in the small town of Baring, Washington, with only their siblings by their side. They rented a cabin overlooking the river. Played some frisbee before their ceremony, which was officiated by the groom's sister; ordered barbecue from one of their favorite spots, and had an impromptu dance party together in the living room to celebrate. It was a small gathering with lots of fun and big heart. A fave for sure. Congrats, loves!

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Scholls Valley Lodge Wedding Photos

The countryside in Hillsboro, Oregon, where Natalie and Shayfer were married last month, surprised me in the best way. Much to my delight, this particular PNW setting makes for a drive-with-the-windows-down and watch-the-rolling-hills-pass-by kind of commute. Farm land. Hills of gold and green. Nice and hot in the summer. As if the setting of Scholls Valley Lodge didn't already make me feel as if I'd won the awesome wedding jackpot; this couple was also top-notch. They were THE NICEST. Their guests, gracious. Oh, and they're former choir nerds like me, so I couldn't help but feel an extra-nerdy connection to them. These are my people!

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