Monday, February 7, 2011

Love is in the Air {Seattle-Tacoma Wedding Photography}

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner and there may be some readers who are hoping to get a ring...and others who already have one, I thought I would do a look back at the 2010 weddings.  You've already seen each one of them, but I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite memories and ideas from each wedding!!

(above)....When I first met with Chad and Jill, I have to admit that I wasn't totally sure about a New Year's Eve wedding.  HOWEVER, because of the night, their guests showed up totally dressed up and didn't leave until the wee hours of the morning...since they were already at a party!!  It was a GREAT idea!!  I also loved the venue of Columbia Winery...the wine theme just added to the party!

(above)....Alisa and Matt had LOTS of little details in their wedding.  I loved how they decorated the cake with an "H" at the top (for their new family unit), but then set little pictures of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents cascading down the cake.  What a great way to celebrate and remember the families you come from!!  Alisa also had quite a few sweet, vintage details...from cut out paper hearts to the "Just Married" sign, they added a sweetness to the already amazing venue of Herban Feast!  I also LOVED the fact that she took her mom's dress, had it remade for her, but also displayed a picture of her mom in the dress next to a photo of her!  Plus, I think the feather she wore in her hair was just amazing!!

(above)....Emily and Jon also had their wedding and reception at Columbia Winery (love that venue!!).  Emily chose flowers that packed a punch of color, as did some socks and shoes for the bride and groom!  I really liked that Jon and Emily wanted to do something that was meaningful for them and so they created their own little wine ceremony during the service!  May I also say that Emily is my ONLY bride from 2010 to wear a veil over her face as she walked down the isle.  (I know it is not for everybody, but I still do like the tradition of it!)

(above)...Tori and Darrin chose the most "outdoorsy" wedding of 2010.  They got hitched at a friend's ranch - with an awesome barn and all!!  They were married in the friend's backyard overlooking a river (sorry, not sure which one!).  My favorite part of the ceremony was when a group of kids tubing down the river floated by and shouted their congratulations!!  What I think Tori did really well was she knew where she wanted to spend money on the wedding and where she wanted to save.  She and Darrin love rubber ducks and they knew they didn't want a traditional wedding they had those two cute little duckies as their wedding cake!!

(above)....Aimee and Stavros' wedding gets my vote for most "traditional" but don't think that means boring!  I LOVED photographing their Greek Orthodox wedding and learning about the rich symbolism during the ceremony.  Aimee was a pretty practical, down to earth bride that doesn't love a lot of "fluff", but let me tell these two people know how to throw a party!!  At the reception, there were bagpipes, amazing Greek food, and extended family of great dancers.  (I was even compelled to dance by one of Stavros' aunts!!)  I asked Aimee a few questions the other day about her wedding and she said she would share this with 2011 brides:  
What are you REALLY glad you did?
I'm so happy I had our wedding ceremony & reception at the same location.  It kept everything organized and guests were able to stay in one place and it saved a ton of money on having to rent to separate locations....
Did you do a "First Look", how did you like it?
 I did do a "first look" and I'm so glad I did.  I had mixed feelings about doing it but in the end I think it helped calm my emotions before the ceremony.... 
Best sources of information when planning wedding?
Friends were the best sources!  I had quite a few friends get married before me and they were the biggest help and were full of great information on do's and dont's....
Advice for next year's brides?
Just try and relax, with the help of all your friends and family, it will come together at the end.

(above)...Danielle and James get two notable awards from me...first for being the most flexible wedding and secondly, for being the biggest party that was just disguised as a wedding!!  I really have to hand it to Danielle...she had planned to have almost the entire wedding outside and what do you know?  The day turned out to be quite rainy!!  By the time we got to the venue, we were scrambling to make decisions about the ceremony and moving lots of stuff!  However, it did not take away from the fun, the friends, and the celebration of marriage!!  I LOVED that the guys brought their long boards with them AND that they didn't run me over as I lay on the ground photographing them.  Danielle had beautiful flowers adorning the tables (a family friend did them!)...and my favorite??  That After Party dress she had!!

(above)....Alyssa and Jake were my fourth wedding at Columbia Winery in 2011.  It was one HOT day in the Seattle area, but I love how they both kept their cool!!  Alyssa looked like she was straight out of a fashion magazine!  I liked how she wore her veil for the ceremony, but switched to a beautiful feather comb for the rest of the night!  Love, love, loved their party favors too!!  Those wine corks with their names on them were a great gift to their guests!!

(above)...Linda and Jeff get my vote for the best love story that lead up to a wedding (you can read it at the link above)!  Linda, who is a fabulous decorator, chose the details well, with charm and class!  Loved the center pieces (which she made herself!!), and the match boxes that said "I Do" on them with a sparkler slipped inside!  However, my FAVORITE detail was what she did with her bouquet.  Instead of tossing it and letting all the single ladies wrestle over it, she had it made to break down in to three different smaller bouquets.  Then, during the reception, she honored 3 different women with one of those small bouquets and some kind words.  Perhaps it just shows my age, but I thought that was so classy and perfect (plus it is much easier to capture as a photographer!!)

(above)...Jen and Chris closed out the summer wedding series with their Labor Day weekend wedding.  It was full of details...too full to mention everything here, but I will mention my favorites!  First, there are those SHOES!!  Ladies, since this is your big day, I say if you are a shoe lover, then go all out on your wedding shoes...and why not make a splash with color while you're at it?  They hung pictures of themselves and their families all around the venue (Tazer Valley Farm) for their guests to see.  I really liked how they used Scrabble letters to spell out different messages to their guests and how their party favor was "Spread the Love" huckleberry jam!!  One piece of advice Jen would give to 2011 brides would be to hire a wedding coordinator for at least the month of the wedding.  She realized during the day that, as the bride, you should not be the point person or having to make decisions...let someone else do that for you!

(above)....Crystal and Duane round out the 2010 Red Thread weddings!  Theirs was a mix of timeless elegance with lots of fun!!  LOVED their crown theme...and even if your last name isn't King, you could still use the crowns because, as a bride, you are absolutely queen for the day!!  One huge challenge for every bride, I think, is bridesmaids dresses.  You want to find ones that you like, but also look great on all the bridesmaids.  Crystal found these FABULOUS dresses that allowed each of her ladies to customize them as they wanted to (different ways to wrap the straps) so that each looked her best!  The Arctic Club is a wonderful venue...can't say enough about it....and was a perfect match for this classic, elegant wedding.  

Whew!!  It was fun to smile a lot as I re-lived each of these weddings!!  Hope you got some ideas...hope you get a ring for Valentine's Day (if that is what you are waiting for!)...and can't wait to see my new 2011 wedding couples!!!

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