Category Archives: Weddings
On a lovely fall day in Omaha Nebraska, during an “off” day for the huskers of course, Suzanne and David married. They’ve been dating on and off for the past 10 years I’m told. Why the wait? I don’t know. They seem like a perfect match too me. I’ve known Suzanne for many many years as she is technically my cousin’s sister but not my cousin. But for the record that doesn’t stop me from claiming her. It was the first time I meet David, but he’s so easy to be around I felt like I had known him for years by the time I left.
The wedding it’s self was traditional and too the point. For them it was about their relationship with God and each other. I don’t mean this in a bad way at all. It was so very refreshing to have a couple commit to each other and not to the wedding. They never lost sight of that.
Audrey & Nick July 30th, 2011
Audrey and I first meet about 3 years ago when she responded to a bogus job posting (long story, don’t get me started). In spite of the fact that the posting was totally made up we got together for coffee one afternoon and went on to work together for a good year and a half or so. So when, over coffee, she told me that they were moving and getting married …. on MAUI I pretty much jumped at the mere thought of it. Now I’d like to point out that she’s shot for a number of other photographers, so she had other options but she picked ME! And I felt so honored on many levels.
The ceremony was held at St Therease Church in Kihei, from there we headed to Olowalu Plantation about half way between Kihei and Lahina for some photos and boy was I in heaven….I think Audrey might have picked this place just for me.
In the ruins of the old warehouse.
By the time we arrived at the reception held at the Pioneer In in Lahaina the evening light was gorgeous!
One of the things Audrey and I always talked a lot about is how wedding DJ’s seem to only have 1 play list: At last, We are family, Brick house….just to name a few. So with that in mind they spent a lot of time looking for and interviewing DJ’s. Their guy kicked ass! At one point I put my camera down and started dancing.
Holly & Will’s wedding-July 16th.
I arrived a few minutes early so I was able to dive right in with the detail shots. Will, the groom created the boutonniers our of pounded/shaped copper. The rings were custom done by local jewelers
Will’s just a fun guy in general. He was in prime form the morning of and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Holly found her gown on Craigslist if you can believe it. It was fantastic! The color, the detail-loved it.
Forest details around the venue; Kitsap Memorial State Park.
Will is an artist by trade and a part time teacher-he sandblasted each of these bottles with the letter B for their last name. They were filled with water and corked, ready to be opened and used or taken home as a keepsake. Holly created the “flowers” out of sticks tissue paper glued on in simple jars with pebbles.
Thankfully instead of the usual salmon they opted for wood fired Pizza from Rolling Fire. Delicious! And how cute is a heart shaped pizza, I mean come on!
I recently had a fantastic engagement session and I just got to share it! OMG did we have fun. and no booze were involved. Imagine that.
In less than 2 weeks Will and Holly will be tying the knot. No more kissing carnies for these two…that is unless they have a career change. This concept had been bouncing around in my little pea-brain for a while. They were the PERFECT couple, no wait, they are the PERFECT couple.
How they meet and courted such long distances (Kevin is Irish):
Ok, well that can be a very long story. I will give you the short version!
We met in Chicago in January 2005, when we both worked for the same Consulting company (Accenture). Accenture hosts worldwide training in Chicago; Kevin came from London, I came from Seattle. We didn’t know each other that well during the training, but we met a mutual group of friends. I planned my first trip to Europe with that group of friends in May of 2005, and Kevin was “hosting” the trip in London and Ireland. I spent 10 days in London and Ireland with this group of friends and Kevin; our first kiss was on Kevin’s Dad’s boat near the Shannon river in Ireland, on May 22nd, 2005. We got married on May 22nd, 2010, exactly five years later. During those five years we mostly dated long-distance. We’d see each other every 3-8 weeks, and we’d take turns travelling to Seattle or London, or meeting somewhere fun like New York or Mallorca. We were lucky to have jobs that supported our travelling. We didn’t talk on the phone more than a few minutes per day, because of the 8 hour time difference, but relied on Instant Messenger and email for most of our communication. I moved to London with my company and lived with Kevin for almost a year. In the end, I knew I needed and wanted to live in Seattle. Kevin proposed in December of 2008, and finally moved to Seattle in 2009.
Photography: Sheila Addleman Photography
Venue, Food, and Cake: Mountain Home Lodge, Leavenworth Washington
Dress: Winnie Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm (JLM Couture)
DJ: Brandon Ghorley
Hair and Makeup: Sequoia Leopold, My Flawless Tan and Makeup
Rings: Seattle Diamonds
Flowers: American Floral Distributors, arranged by Sarah Salter
Suit – Hugo Boss! (Kevin-I was also wearing Hugo Boss undercrackers and socks in case you want to include that!)
Decor: Bride and Groom
Ceremony Music: Grooms brother
On an amazingly lovely day my hubby and I embarked on a weekend of wedding filled fun. We left Seattle and headed north to catch the ferry to the lovely San Juan Islands.
Our point of destination was the lovely Roch Harbor Resort. Carley and Brett assembled the amazing welcome bags for each family. Our had a bottle of wine from local vintner Darby, a book by Michael Pollan, candles, matches, cards and local island info.
The next morning after a kick-ass brunch we all went on a private whale watching tour. It took us a while but eventually we, or they, found us. Whale watching is amazing but defiantly something that should be done with respect to the animals.
Next morning the getting ready commenced-not to early thankfully. Carley’s hair and makeup were done by the girls at the resorts Spa, and the foot rubs given by her dad-ahhhhh.
Meanwhile in a condo not to far away Brett was donning his custom suit by Hugo Boss.
And then there was the mausoleum which initially may sound kind of creepy but it was far from it. And made for an amazing photo backdrop.
Moments before the ceremony starts they both suddenly get a massive case of jitters. It wasn’t the concept of getting married it was that walk down the isle in front of all those people.The ceremony was held in the Sunken Garden with Brett’s stepfather doing the honors. Did I mention Carly tripped going down the isle in the shoes I talked her into wearing….not to self-zip it.
The reception followed the cocktail hour and it was held in the Pavilion Courtyard. Their wedding coordinator hung the paper lanterns while the matron of honor did the stones. Clean, simple and modern was the goal.
Shortly after dinner the 3 of us headed down to the marina to watch the colors ceremony. I’ll confess I’m not a sailor so for me it was quite the spectacle and a great photo op. The end of the day lighting was beautiful, just beautiful. I just loved how the kids were totally oblivious to whats going on around them.
Please do not try this. The Puget sound is around 52 degrees on a good day, hypothermia can kick in with in minutes.
Shawn & Mark
March 6, 2011 Lake Union Cafe, Seattle Washington
I must confess-Shawn and Mark are my neighbors and we don’t know each other all that well-YET. I like to think of this as a fantastic ice breaker.
Now that I’m up an blogging again I’d like to go back in time and revisit some fantastic events that were left out.
Meet Bekka and Matt-2 of the most creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. In a nut shell I was their only outside vendor. They either made it themselves, or their family or friends did. It resulted in a beautiful day-visually and of the heart. They are so in love.
What a way to end the day. Slow dancing under fairy lights and pompoms at dusk.