The beautiful and fun couple of Didi & Harlan got married on a beautiful day in Seattle at the gorgeous St. James Cathedral. We started out the day by spending it with them getting ready at the Pan Pacific Hotel (and also the location of their reception) and then headed to St. James to do the first look between Didi & Harlan and some portraits. Didi had wanted to wait to see Harlan until the ceremony, but she also wanted to take advantage of the beautiful interior of St. James, and aren't the photos inside their just beautiful? I love the one of Didi solo . .the group portrait and the one of them kissing in front of the gold wall with candles lit.
They got married in a smaller side chapel at St. James which I thought was very quaint and pretty. I love the new tradition of both the mom and dad walking their daughter down the aisle and I thought Harlan stepped it up a notch when he threw Didi back for their first kiss! It was then off to Pan Pacific, but not before we snapped some gorgeous photos of them in their classic car. We had some fun with some group portraits and I also love the photo of Didi & Harlan kissing in the chairs with the dogs behind them - how quirky and fun. For their reception, they named their tables after places that had meant something to them and they have a lot of family from Guam and Hawaii. In fact the band that played later in the evening played great Hawaiian music and sounded as good as any song I've ever heard played on the Islands! Before we left, we captured a few more photos of them and I love the vantage point the Pan Pacific has from the space needle - just gorgeous!
Well I am sure some of you have wondered . .where or where have we been? Well of course it is prime wedding season and that's one of the reasons we've fallen behind on the blog . .but we also had a little life emergency to deal with. A few weeks ago we went away on a lovely short trip with my family to Portland and Long Beach for a little break in the middle of the hectic wedding season and while we were away . Bryan was throwing Zoe up in the pool and discovered a few days later after we returned that he tore his rotator cuff. Ok. not the best thing when you shoot weddings, but he iced it, got some medicine and went on his way for our two weddings weekend before last. Then last week it all began with Bryan having a horrible stomach ache . . on Tuesday he told me he had to go to the ER, not sure if most of you know most guys, but most would avoid the ER with the plague so I knew he was in pain From Tuesday-Thursday we spent a total of 20+ hours at the hospital where on Wednesday evening they finally diagnosed Bryan with a gall bladder attack and from a gall stone blocking a duct that led to pancretitis (a serious and can be deadly condition). He was advised to have his gall bladder out immediately to avoid another blockage and did so on Thursday. Below is a photo of him the first night he was in the ER. What a roller coaster the last week has been, if I only knew last Monday what the week would be like . . . we are so thankful that he is ok, the surgery went well and he is on the mend. I shot a lovely wedding on Saturday for a couple with another shooter - Mike Ryan - thank you so much for being available on short notice (and yes we still rocked it even though the rain got in our way - what a fun couple and great venue - the Sculpture Park which we will blog later) without Bryan. He actually wanted to go having never missed a wedding in his life, but the day after the surgery realized there was just no way.
Now onto the lovely wedding of Andy & Maggie at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle. We were able to work with Angie Casper, the great wedding coordinator at the Alexis. She was so on top of things and great to work with. Between Angie and the Alexis being so fun to shoot, it's of of my new favorite venues. We lucked out with gorgeous sunny weather which seems a rarity this year for some reason. We started out the day by capturing shots of them getting ready and isn't the first shot of Maggie's red shoes (she had two looks and two sets of shoes - isn't that cool) with the taxi cab gorgeous? The lovely Erin Hunt did Maggie's hair and makeup and can I just say that she was so fun and easy to work with and does great work - check her out! It was then onto shooting the very suave looking Andy with his guys and I think they all looked uber cool while we shot them on the steps. We then came back and got Maggie to head to the Pike Place Market for shots. I am in love with the shot with the sun flair and them in post alley and of course the shot of Maggie's shoes with the gum wall. We took a lot of very nice but relaxed portraits in the Alexis and then had some fun by having their wedding party jump for a shot - I love the result!
For the ceremony, Maggie had both her parents walk down the aisle who might I say flew all the way from Taiwan to join them - wow! I love that new tradition that we are seeing more and more. I love how Andy's friend David wanted to pretend that Maggie should not seal the deal by signing the marriage certificate . .their friends both love and adore them, but have a great sense of humor. Onto their lovely ceremony, where they had such beautiful details. They customized their dinner menu to include all of their favorite dishes including a yummy ginger beef soup. Towards the end of the night, Maggie changed into a traditional gorgeous red dress she had gotten from China and we had a chance to do some more portraits. While we were in the very cool bar at the Alexis we happened to run into a past couple we photographed from 2006 - the lovely Jaime & Mike! It was so fun and so ironic to run into them while shooting a wedding. Until next time . .enjoy! Below is a list of the fabulous vendors we worked with at their wedding:
Well with our unpredictable summer, we only had to reschedule Brianne & Steve's Engagement Session once and they did then get lucky with a beautiful summer day. They didn't have any particular place they wanted to shoot .. just capture, cool, fun, funky and beautiful shots and well didn't they get that? I love both the outfits they chose from the cool pencil skirt and leopard heels that Brianne had and Steve looked so styling with his suspenders to their more fun relaxed look. And well how could we not start with the post but with the most awesome shot of them with the mannequin heads and sunglasses - I LOVE that photo! They have so many different and cool photos. I think the one of Brianne kissing Steve's head is sweet . . where Steve is about to pull the Fire Alarm is just funny . . .the one of the light hitting just Brianne's eyes is different and moody . . .and well they have no shortage of sexy photos. Can't wait for your wedding in October!
we head off to shoot two weddings this weekend, I thought it would be
fun to share with you our NW Album feature in the new issue of Seattle
Bride that hit newsstands last week.When we shot Emily & Steve’s gorgeous wedding at EMP, I had a feeling that Seattle Bride might love it.And indeed I was correct, they loved how unique, different and beautiful their wedding was.Below are a few of my favorites from Emily & Steve’s wedding that we captured, plus here is a link to the full post we did.And below that is the cover of the new Seattle Bride and the 4 page feature.We got to work with
some amazing vendors that helped pull off the day including the lovely Jesse & Travis of True Color Events and Mitch with Cabfare Productions.If you are looking for a wedding coordinator OR unique and different videographer, check either of them out... Trust me you won’t be disappointed.Lastly, on the last page of their feature, check out our cool ad, how can you not love our neon sign?