Seattleites are blessed with some incredibly beautiful parks. Despite living on the West side of the state for years now, it still astounds me that beaches are so assessable. Grassy dunes and beachside fires will never get old and I love that both were incorporated into this session!
There is a new wedding venue in town — In Chehalis, WA to be exact. Gathering Grace Farm is on a picturesque farm, complete with a barn, forest, and large front yard that is perfect for ceremonies and parties into the night. The house itself is full of character. It boasts a large kitchen and five bedrooms — which is perfect if you’re looking for a place to stay before your big day.
Driving to Yellowstone with my husband and in laws last August was my first ever road trip! The trip was incredible and now I understand why Yellowstone is the most visited national park in the U.S! It shocks you with geysers and hot springs, then awes you with rolling hills, valleys of bison and beautiful lakes.
Last week you heard my perspective of Jordan's proposal to Shae. This week you get the treat of hearing it from the bride to be, herself, followed by their riverside engagement photos in Spokane.
Growing up on the East side of Washington meant that trips to the beach were a special, once a year occasion, complete with a six hour drive each way. Now that I live in Tacoma, I'm taking full advantage of the proximity to the Pacific and I'm lucky to have married a West coast native who knows all of Western Washington's best kept secrets!
Megan and Garrett's wedding was so much fun! They added many personal touches to their day, from their hand written vow books to the book arch Garrett made! I loved their nerdy theme (Megan's own words!) of books that took over McCormick Woods Golf Club. Every table displayed one of their favorite authors, with the bride and groom table displaying Tolkien. Coincidence that Garrett's wedding band has Elvish on it? I think not.
Diana and Preston held their wedding at the Carnation Tree Farm, and it’s my new favorite venue! I loved the rows of Christmas trees and large grassy area for the ceremony and reception. The getting ready space was in the loft of a historic barn, and it provided gorgeous lighting!
I’ve been dying to shoot at Diablo Lake, ever since my first visit there, over a year ago! Diablo Lake is known for its turquoise water and I love that it has the look of an adventure session without the effort of hiking to get there. It’s got the most amazing viewpoint, and it’s only a few steps past the parking lot.
As you’re getting closer to your wedding day, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed with planning an awesome reception (at least I was). Since my own wedding day, I’ve experienced many receptions as a wedding photographer. Here are 10 tried and true tips I’ve learned to make your wedding reception the best it can be!