Allen & Megumi’s backyard wedding!

On a beautiful sunny August day we gathered to celebrate the marriage of Allen and Megumi!

Surrounded by close family and friends, they had an intimate ceremony in Megumi’s family’s backyard. It was so sweet, beautiful and I’m so glad I had the privilege of being a part of their special day! Enjoy!

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Allen and Megumi, being Taiwanese and Japanese respectively, decided to have Japanese cuisine for lunch with family and friends and Taiwanese food for their larger reception gathering later that afternoon. I loved this idea! Both were SO yummy!!
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Allen’s sister drew this picture for them!! Amazing!

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After the ceremony and lunch, Allen and Megumi had a time of fellowship, singing, and sharing their love story with a larger group of friends and family. It was so sweet and encouraging; seeing their mutual love for the Lord and laying their marriage foundation on Him was such a beautiful testimony.

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Boba – a beverage that should be served at every wedding. I won’t tell you how many I had…:)
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After all was said and done, we snuck away to take their bride and groom photos during the beautiful golden hour. I’m always so thankful when couples are willing to plan their day around the best portrait hour – it makes my heart sing!
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They incorporated the help of many of their friends and family to have this beautiful DYI wedding!

Venues: Megumi’s parents’ backyard (Ceremony); Meeting Place of the Church in Bellevue (Reception) | Dress: Custom ordered from Etsy | Shoes: TOMS  | Groom’s suit and tie: Banana Republic (suit); J. Crew (tie) | Flowers: DIY – we got the majority of the flowers from Pikes Place Market. The rosemary sprigs were picked from their backyard and the lavender flowers were picked from a friend’s garden. The rest of the greens and flowers from the local Whole Foods Market and QFC stores. I made the bouquet and boutonnieres with a family friend. Center pieces and table flowers were done by friends and family. | Hair: Beauty Salon TokyodoMake-up: Yumi Miyake (bride’s sister-in-law) | Chairs and Tent: Bellevue Rentals | FoodI Love Sushi (Lunch); Toy’s Cafe Restaurant (Dinner reception); It’s Bao Time (Food truck); Tapioca Express (Boba tea); Fumie’s Gold (Desserts)

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Sam & Barbie Married!

So how about I start blogging this past summer’s weddings??!! I think so!

Let’s start with Sam and Barbie beautiful July wedding!

First off, you know how it was super hot here this summer? Like even the coast had record breaking heat? Well, this particular Friday happened to be the coldest day in weeks. It was refreshing and being able to snuggle a little extra with out the sweat starting to drip was nice for a change!

Sam and Barbie, both lovers of the outdoors created a perfect simplistic wedding celebrating their two loves – ocean and forest. Held at Kitsap State Park, they reserved all the cabins and a few tent sites at the park and many of the guests made a weekend of it. Their decor and style was simple and relaxed and you just know that everyone had a good time.  Congrats you two!!

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At the park, right were the ocean meets the evergreens, they held their ceremony and reception. It was beautiful! Their decor theme was surrounded around greenery – ferns in particular. And with a pop of color in the gorgeous center pieces, everything came together nicely.
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As wedding favors, Sam and Barbie took the time to paint and bake handled mason jars for each of their guests. (I still have mine!) I thought it was a great idea!

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They mingled with their guests before the wedding started, had some snacks and drinks and then walked hand in hand down the isle to their friend who had the privilege of marrying them. So sweet!

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The joy I saw on their faces when they walked out of the ceremony when no one was looking (I snuck in!) was so precious and I think these two photos are some of my favorite. Oh the love!

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The groom’s brother and mother made all the desserts! (sooo talented) And the catered food was delish!!

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We snuck away during the reception to take their intimate photos… the favorite part of my job!

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IMG_4798IMG_4806IMG_4807IMG_4816IMG_4831IMG_4800Their desserts were SO pretty (insert all the heart eye emojis) and many sweet toasts were shared!

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Venue: Kitsap Memorial State Park | Hair: Jonathan Flint | Food: Bubba’s Country Cue | Rings: Erica Weiner | Dress: Nadia gown by J. Crew | Flowers: Annie King (friend) | Desserts: Klara Hoover & Andrew Hoover | Make-up: Mimi Daniels (friend) | Favors: Sam & Barbie

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Baby Tara!

This lovely mama and her baby bump stepped in front of my camera just in time! I actually delivered their session to them at the hospital when I went to see them and meet their brand new daughter. They are so in love their little girl!

I’m already enjoying all our playdates/mom dates and I know the girls will love them even more as they get older and can do more and move more:)

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Only a few short days later… there was three!IMG_5713IMG_5720IMG_5738IMG_5750

There’s just something about a new daddy holding his girl. *sigh*

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Joy - 01/06/2016 - 2:03 pm

Yay! So beautiful! Great job with the photos!!

Rachel - 01/17/2016 - 10:08 pm

Mark and I just looked through these again and we are so beyond thankful that you were able to capture these precious moments for us! And I absolutely A D O R E the close up photo of her on my chest after she was born … and the one of Mark holding her! … no words … ! 😀

2015 – A blessed Year

Happy New Years friends!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude. This past year was above and beyond what I expected, both for my business and family. I’m so thankful for all of you who believed in me and let me capture you and your families through my lens. Please know I’m not just saying this. God’s love and care for us (even practically) has been shown through you. I won’t go into details, but you are all answered prayers and simply put, a blessing to us.

Here are some of my favorites from this past year’s sessions (not all sessions have been blogged yet, sorry!)

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{Katie and Aaron’s sunrise session with her beautiful baby bump!}
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{Sam and Barbie’s blustery e-session!}

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{The Clark family}

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{Samantha & Trever’s e-session!}IMG_3672

{My beautiful cousin and her family!}IMG_1050

{Wanda & Randal’s anniversary session}
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{My beautiful sister}IMG_1626b

{My baby brother graduates from high school}IMG_1969

{Samantha and Trever tied the knot! and part two!}
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{Megan’s gorgeous blossom senior session}IMG_5220

{Katie and Ryan are getting married!!}IMG_4712

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{Sam and Barbie get married!}IMG_5401IMG_5468

{Sweet baby Cora and her family}IMG_5890

{The Ma family}

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{The Allen Family}
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{High school friends session!}
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{My create love family, the Bonnets!}
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{Inland Northwest Food Network Gathering}
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{Baby Cho is coming}
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{Katie and Ryan live happily ever after!}IMG_4886

{Baby Tara is on her way}IMG_5817IMG_5828

{A gathering of local creative’s after a busy season}

IMG_2941{The Bostock Family}
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{The Barragan Family}
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{The Skarr Family}
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{The Oswald Family}
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{Maddie’s senior session}IMG_8234

{Allen and Megumi got married!}IMG_8589

{Christina’s senior session}IMG_9729IMG_9766

{Cousins, Caitie and Brooklyn}IMG_8080

{A lifestyle at home session with the Lewis family}
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{Madeline & Tylan got married!}IMG_6356

{The Clifford family cold winter session!}

And thats a wrap!

Many blessings to you and yours,

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