Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wee Babe | Sir Charles


Two blogs in one day?!

Unheard of!

Don't get used to it. I'm just so far behind, I'm piggybackin'.

So let's see, where was I...? Oh yes.

What was now at least a month ago, Greg and I stopped by our friends Chuck and Molly's place to meet the newest addition to their family: Charlie.

We've known the Muellers since they first got together and I was blessed to photograph their wedding in 2008 (Greg even helped!), so I was super excited to get a chance to photograph their new little pumpkin. Apparently Charlie wasn't as excited as I was.
There was a bit of fuss ( I especially like the hand to the face) but after some slick moves by mom and dad he drifted off to sleep and we were able to get a few sweet sleepy baby shots. I'll be trying my luck again next month with an older and surely more mature Charlie, and will hopefully be more successful. :)

Round One: Charlie 1, Auntie Amy 0

Stay tuned for Round Two...

Well played Sir Charles, well played.

auntie ames

Juliana + Justin | An Organic Affair

Oh, how I love couples who love their dogs! I especially love couples like Juliana and Justin who include them in their wedding party! These two wonderful people were married last month at the beautiful Dragonfly Retreat. Tucked into a little nook of Bothell and surrounded by tall Evergreens, it is by far the quietest and most most peaceful venue I've been to.

Juliana's friend Courtney, of Designs by Courtney, did an amazing job with the floral arrangements. She even created two beautifully crafted floral collars for their pups, Alli and Jake, to wear in the ceremony. She is seriously talented, and I'm going to be sure to pass her info along to my future couples.

My favorite design element of their very quaint and down-to-earth wedding were their table settings. Juliana and Justin grow their own herbs and wanted to incorporate their love of cooking and organic food into their big day, so each of their tables were named after and decorated with a different herb from their garden. It was such a simple and beautiful idea. I also adored their orange themed candy table with everything from jelly bellies to homemade mints courtesy of
mom. The kids were especially fond of the rock candy.

Their sweet and heart warming vows were followed by a delicious dinner catered by The Organic Table, an amazing cake (I really need to ask who was responsible for that little slice of heaven), and mad-crazy dancing.

And at the end of the evening, when their car had been decorated, the keg was dry, and you thought everything was just about over with, a spontaneous game of soccer broke out! It was an awesome way to end an awesome day.

Congrats again to Juliana and Justin (and to Alli and Jake)! I hope you had a fantastic time in France!!!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

my cup runneth over | a letter from john

Let me once again start today's blog off by saying that I don't normally post things like this. However, I was so deeply moved by this email -and I mean seriously, heart-flutteringly moved- that I decided I needed to share.

Yesterday I woke up at 3:30am per the norm, stumbled into the bathroom, started the shower and while I waited for the hot water to come, grabbed my iphone to see what crappy overnight spam emails I could delete from my Gmail. To my surprise, nestled amidst Banana Republic sale notifications and One Day Only photo lab deals, I found an email from John. You may remember John and Heather, they were married a couple months back at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish. We took photos on train tracks and danced the night away to John's amazing music mix. :)

Anyway, this is what he wrote:

Hey -- I wrote this review for you on Wedding Wire. Feel free to use as you wish anywhere else.. if you want me to leave this review anywhere else, just let me know. I'd be happy to do it. Thanks again for being our photographer. You really did an incredible, incredible job.


I never write reviews on anything. But having had almost two months to reflect on our wonderful wedding, I felt compelled to write a review about Amy, with the hopes that other couples would get a chance to experience her exceedingly rare combination of charm, friendliness, artistic talent, work ethic, and stunning photographs.

We met Amy a couple of times. The first time, over drinks in Belltown,was enough to convince me that she was the photographer for us (we'd probably met with 5-10 other photographers by that point). I'm really picky about photography - Amy's portfolio immediately conveyed a talent simultaneously comfortable with documenting an event and capturing those moments and details in thoughtful, artistic, and beautiful ways. We immediately decided on her.

First she came out and did our engagement photos. Being the groom-to-be, I wasn't necessarily comfortable getting photographed. Let me tell you -- Amy tromped around with us in Discovery park and the photos she captured are hands down my favorite photographs of us as a couple. I was impressed then by her professional attitude and willingness to go the extra mile (we literally tromped around in the woods).
At the wedding, Amy was amazing. Her and her assistant captured everything about the event. They were professional, detail orientated, hard working, and incredibly proficient. I can honestly say that they made our wedding better. It was a joy to have them at our wedding, sharing our happiness, and the resulting photos have, by far, exceeded my wildest expectations. They are an heirloom. They are a reflection of the joy, details, love, friends, quirkiness, beauty and soul of our wedding.

I hope she's around for my children's weddings, and I am heartily recommending her to all of my friends.


Thank you John for completely making my day. Your email was an uplifting start to what was sure to be a drizzly Monday. I love being a wedding photographer for this very reason, the connection. To not only capture the emotion of the day, but to know that I helped to make their day the best that it could possibly be. To be silly and laugh with them and know that these people are not just another couple, but new friends that I'll know for life. I am not just a vendor. I care about these two, I am invested in them and their families. John and Heather are two wonderful people, and I am so deeply moved to know the impact I had on their most special of days. I cannot truly express how completely touched I am by this gesture of love. I can only say thank you a million times over.

thank you x 1,000,000,000,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Megan + Chris | Married!

This is the fun fun fun wedding of Megan and Chris Borodenko. The couple got ready at the fantastic Sorento Hotel in downtown Seattle before their ceremony and reception at The Polish Hall. The Sorento is such a gorgeous place for photos, with warm interiors and an instantly historic feel. I love how the wood and leather soaked lobby gives the bridal portraits such a sexy and timeless quality.

Megan is such a beautiful person and made an even more beautiful bride. Of course, being a hair stylist herself, every one's hair was perfection. Chris and the guys cleaned up pretty nice as well. :) Their ceremony was lovely and the toasts that followed were both hilarious and heart-felt. And, I'm sorry, but how awesome is Chris's golfer cake topper? I love it!! We enjoyed fabulous Polish food, dancing, and their amazing hospitality late into the night, if all Polish weddings are like this one, sign me up!

Congratulations Megan and Chris, you two were so much fun to hang out with and I look forward to barbecuing with you guys soon! :)