Marc + Anna

Marc + Anna

Last month, Marc and Anna got married. It's true. It's a fact. 

Yet, for them—for everyone, really—getting married is far more than a simple fact. While weddings are about declaring your future commitment to each other, they are also a time to celebrate the commitments that have already been made—all of the late night talks, tearful fights, and shared dreams that bring you to this day, the "first day of the rest of your life," as some might say.

A wedding isn't just a beginning. It's a deeper promise made to continue life together. It's a promise to keep building, growing, loving, and exploring together. Frankly, it's a pretty awesome celebration, especially one to witness—and one to capture, for that matter.

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Jonathan + Libby

Jonathan + Libby

Nine times out of ten, our couples love food. 

I don't know how it happens, but when we sit down with our couples and learn about the things the love, a passion for food is almost always at the top of that list. 

Jonathan and Libby were no exception. They're both veterans in the Seattle restaurant industry and chose San Sebastian, Spain (argued to be one of the greatest food cities in the world) for their elopement earlier this year. Shortly after returning to Seattle, they threw a beautiful reception full of their favorite bites. 

On top of that, everything about their celebration was hyper-local. They got ready in their Pioneer Square apartment and then crossed the street to The Little London Plane for appetizers. We snapped portraits in front of Jon's Pioneer Square restaurant (his staff even popped out for a group photo!) and then migrated a mile south to the newly opened Westland Distillery in SoDo. 

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Clayton Family | Adoption Day

Clayton Family | Adoption Day

This year, we've watched nearly a dozen couples make promises to each other and start a new family. 

But this story is a little different. 

This is the story of a family of six making promises to each other and becoming - legally - the family they've been for years. 

After a long journey through foster care, the Clayton family was finally celebrating the adoption of their two youngest boys.

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Anand + Blair

Anand + Blair

When we meet with our couples, there are some things we never think to ask about. (Wedding shoe designers, for one.) We're far more interested in how you met, hearing stories about your families, and why you're planning the kind of wedding you are. Although we do talk about many of the what's of your wedding day, we're far more interested in the why's.

And as our fourth wedding season begins to wind down, we're recognizing more and more this truth: The story is in the why's. If we ever lose sight of our couple's and their why's, our blog will look like a stylized shoot from a magazine. It will focus on the props of the day instead of the people in it. We may still have beautiful images, but they'll be flat. 

Don't get us wrong. Shoes are lovely. You'll find a shot of Blair's beautiful shoes below. But the real story can't be found in those details.

Anand and Blair's story is found in brown paper packages and the way Blair's mom cried when she put on her dress. Their story led them to choose a venue that shares their love of food and value for relationships. It is found in the moment Anand received a gift that his mom has been saving since she was pregnant with him. It is found in dancing to Red Red Wine at the end of the night with the people who have watched your relationship grow for 14 years. 

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Harry + Kaylah

Thank goodness for Skype. 

In the months leading up to Harry and Kaylah's wedding, we bridged the 3,700 mile gap between us with Skype. We heard their laughs and the way they interacted with each other. We heard how they first met 10 years ago, but lost touch until meeting again last year. We heard about their hearts and service for their community in Puerto Rico, where they work as missionaries. We talked through plans for their wedding at Kaylah's Seattle home church. 

And when we finally met them in person, we loved them even more. 

Each moment of Harry and Kaylah's day wove together their love for Jesus, their commitment to each other, and the deep connections they share with their community. We'll never forget the laughter and energy they shared with their bridal party. How Kaylah's grandmother glowed when she was surprised by a junior bridesmaid wearing her decades-old yellow prom dress. The moment when Kaylah's mom read her a Bible verse as she was putting on her wedding dress or when her dad saw her for the first time. Harry and Kaylah's no-look prayer before the ceremony and the look on Harry's face when he later saw his bride for the first time. A full church singing hymns of praise. Their families gathering to pray over them. The hilarious dance party that completed their day of celebration. 

Their wedding was honest and real. It had a pulse. And it was a lovely reminder that the best weddings aren't a result of the best Pinterest boards. 

Church: Berean Bible Church
Venue: Nile Shriners 
Photography: ARBR Pictures
 

The Frazier Family

It was so bittersweet to photograph the Frazier Family this time around. This is my 6th? 7th? family session with them and their last as Seattle residents. (But you better believe that won't stop us from photographing them for years to come!) We honored their Seattle chapter coming to a close by venturing out to the Seattle Center - the spot where Garrett proposed to Rachel over a decade ago. 

Here's a little peak at our afternoon of adventures together!