Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kim + Patrick : Pugalicious!

I first met Kim (and Ella) at the Art Institute of Seattle back in 2007. She was getting her BFA in graphic design and I was in photography shooting a doggy fashion shoot for her and some fellow designers. Ella was one of our models. We've both since graduated, but when she and Patrick got engaged I was thrilled to be the one she chose to photograph their wedding!

Their pugs, Ella and Bentley, are very special to them and since their wedding venue doesn't allow dogs, we made sure to include them in their engagement photos. We met up at the Sodo Starbucks, then quickly made a bee-line for the Marginal Way Skate Park. They have a fantabulous Seahawks logo mural, which was perfect since Pat is a big 'Hawks fan. Surprisingly enough, there were no skaters that morning. I'm going to go ahead and assume it was because it was Father's Day and not because SnoCon happened to be having a big sale that day. :) At any rate, while Kim and Patrick were great models, the pugs quickly stole the show!

After the skate park we jetted out to the Washington Park Arboretum for a little greenery and some walkies. Ella and Bentley had quite a time romping through the grass and sniffing everything within leash-distance. Bentley even got to wear a little bling for a few photos.

While I'm sad Ella and Bentley won't be joining us on October 10th, I'm so happy we were able to get some great photos of them for the reception. They will most definitely be there in spirit.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Brandi + Steven : Water, Woods, & Football!

Oh how time sneaks up on us.

I can't believe it's almost August! It should really come as no surprise to me since as I write this Accuweather is notifying me that it's a balmy 93 degrees outside. Still I find myself stunned by the speed at which time flies.

But I digress.

Adding to the shock of my End-of-July realization is the fact that I am shooting Brandi and Steve's wedding this coming Saturday and have yet to post their engagement photos! Shame on me!

We met at Alki Beach on the 3rd of July, a morning much cooler than today's. After traipsing through the sand and under piers, we made our way back to the car and off to the Washington Park Arboretum for a few more photos and a little shade.

Brandi and Steve are fantasic football fans, like myself, and just had to show a little Seahawk Pride before our shoot came to an end.

These two were so much fun to run around Seattle with and I'm looking forward to a similarly fun-filled wedding on Saturday.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Alice + Marc : Kubota Gardens e-shoot

I met with up with Alice and Marc on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in June at Kubota Gardens for their engagement shoot. When I began writing this issue of the blog, I quickly realized that not much more can be said about this couple that isn't immediately obvious in their photos.

These two are witty, down to earth, silly, and most definitely madly in love. Nichole and I cannot wait to shoot their wedding this September on Orcas. A beautiful, scenic, sunny location for a beautiful, scenic, sunny couple. Kudos especially to Alice for channelling her inner Tyra Banks for our shoot.

Oh, and an extra special thanks for showing me your fabulous (albeit not yet broken in) shoes. I now am the proud owner of my very own pair.

Thanks again you two for a wonderful shoot! We'll see you in September!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jay + Kat : Ahoy, Matey!

Jay and Kat are awesome. Already married on paper, they wanted more than anything just to exchange vows and share an amazing party with their friends and family. Since both Jay and Kat are actors, and have lots of actor friends, they also wanted something a little funky and different. The answer? The Skansonia Ferry. Permanently docked on Lake Union, the Skansonia is a fabulously unique venue. Old pipes, antique signage, rustic wood flooring, steering wheels from other boats... it was a detail photographer's dream.

The ceremony was brief, the food was delicious, and once the dancing started I'm not sure how they ever managed to stop.

I also had a difficult time finally giving their rings back after several fun detail shots around the super cool cabin. I think Nichole even had to remind me that I had probably shot enough. :)

Their families were fun and welcoming, their friends silly and delightful, but my favorite guest of the evening, hands down, was Opus. Opus was their ring bearer. He is also a Boston Terrier and nearly blind. I am sad as I write this knowing that most of you who read this blog will never get to meet Opus and therefore will never know the true hilarity of this dog. However, I have been told I do a fairly accurate impression, and if you ask I may just share it with you.

Opus, this blog is for you my friend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crystal + James: Tacoma Museum of Glass

Crystal and James were married at the Tacoma Museum of Glass at the end of June. Clearly, I've been getting a bit behind in my blogging. Nevertheless, theirs was a wedding to remember.

This group was so much fun! They were all full of ideas for silly photos and willing to run all over the place for great shots. From rushing to catch shots by a passing train to a drive in the groom's BMW- not to mention the Star Trek weapon and baseball bat given as groomsmen gifts (thanks to Adam for that great image!)- this wedding was full of fabulous moments.

If I learned anything from James and Crystal's wedding, it's that as a photographer, you cannot go wrong with a couple madly in love.

Of course, a gorgeous venue with sunny skies, rockin' band, choreographed bridal party dancing, sparkler send-off, and leaving on a beautiful yacht (!!!) definitely add to the awesomeness.

Oh, and a cherry 1976 Corvette never hurts either.

Congrats again, Crystal and James! You two throw one hell of a party!