Summertime Rustic America Inspired Shoot

Yet it is only love which sets us free.
— Maya Angelou

Happy Fourth of July!! In honor of the beautiful holiday and celebrating our country and its roots I wanted to share this adorable rustic american styled shoot I put together! Kari and Monte are two friends of mine and are a REAL couple who have been married for 18 years and have a BEAUTIFUL family, adorable little house out in the farmlands of Washington and the cutest little barn. I love how important family is to them and being around their family it becomes so clear how much they just enjoy being together and enjoying one another- it's honestly refreshing. These two have held onto such a rich American tradition with their rustic lifestyle and I felt so inspired to capture it as beautifully as possible while also keeping it fairly simple holding true to their style. It was heavily influenced by American traditions so naturally we stuck with a red, white and blue theme. We incorporated small details like a local hand baked Cherry pie, airmail design elements, local blueberries as a floral element, blue antique dinnerware, and vintage flags. One of my favorite memories from the shoot happened as we were shooting and as I was peering through my camera I saw these large horses slowly start creeping into the frame. This is not a normal occurrence for me, I am not around horses very often and when I am they are normally on the other side of a fence. But Kari and Monte just turned around and started petting them, so simple and natural and beautiful. I hope you enjoy the simple and raw details from this shoot as much as I did and have a safe and happy Fourth of July! 

PAPER GOODS and STYLING: Eleven and West | Bouquet and Centerpiece: Wild Carrot Studio  


Katie + Kyle | ENGAGED

Because of you, I can slowly but surely find myself becoming the me I have always dreamed of being.
— Tyler Knott Gregson

Beautiful humans who have genuine hearts and are crazy about each other. If I had to describe these two in one sentence, that would be it. I'm sure the format of the sentence itself may have some grammatical errors but overall it's a great capture of the essence of these two and their relationship. Meet Kyle and Katie. I met these guys back in college down in Oregon and when Katie reached out to me about photography for their love story, I couldn't wait to help them capture it! We ventured out to the peninsula and found some big trees and pretty water and got to watch their adorable little pup have the time of his life. Yup, that little furhuman is named Theodore Roosevelt and I've decided that I NEED something like that in my everyday life- the cutest little guy! We shot a little bit earlier in the day than the normal and the sun was bright and warm! I can't wait to venture down to PDX this summer to capture even more of these babes but for now we can enjoy a few of a my favorites from our session! 

Big Fake Wedding Seattle | Part 2

Hopefully you had a chance to check out my post about The Big Fake Wedding Seattle! In addition to that post I wanted to throw a few more shout outs to some of the awesome people I met and got to work with.

We've just finished one round of proposal season. It's a great time of year- Christmas & New Years and I don't know if its the egg nog or the merry feelings but something makes December scream "MARRY ME"- I freakin' LOVE IT. With all of these new brides-to-be in the market, I wanted to share a few vendors in the industry who I recently got a change to work with. So go ahead- CHECK EM OUT! 


PAPER + STATIONARY

INVITATION SUITE: Letter & Line Studio

THANK YOU: Robinson Paperie


APPAREL

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BOWTIES: Xoelle

DRESS: Lainee Meg

ACCESSORIES: Melinda Rose

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Nadia S Evening


FLORALS

Bouquets: Country Bouquets Floral


Hair & Make Up

Seattle Bride Hair


DECOR

VINTAGE RENTALS: Unique & Chic


Jewelry

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings: Chloe and Isabel


Event Design 

Head Table + Table 1 + Table 4: Bixby + Pine

Ceremony Backdrop + Table 2 + Table 5: Le Fleur Kitchen

Person Flowers + Table 3 + Table 6: Country Bouquets Floral

 

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FOOD

Dessert Bar: Dianne's Delights

Cake: Nuflours

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A few others I wish I had personally known about when wedding planning:

Day of Coordination: Hillary Hall

Solo Harpest (FRIGGEN GOOD and plays all kinds of music!): Susan Haas

Music/DJ: Sounds Unlimited (these guys did a great job getting people to dance!)

Wine: One Hope (Give back a little!)

Clean Up Service: Pacheco's (they're rad, just trust me)