Category Wedding Wednesday

Lydia & Aaron – A Seattle Wedding Day

The day started quiet and rainy, fairly typical for November in Seattle. There was fog hugging the Seattle skyline as I drove into the city from Tacoma. When I arrived Lydia and Aaron’s condo, there was soft even light streaming in through the windows. While scouting a spot to take detail photos upstairs, I woke their old cat who gave me a grouchy meow. As the knocks on the door began, the house started to fill with the excitement and love of dear friends and family. Girlfriends gathered in the kitchen, Lydia’s mom popped champagne, and they all toasted the day as the bride emerged from getting her hair and makeup done. As Lydia slipped into her dress and shoes, and finally her grandmother’s mink stole, there were oohs and ahhhs, giggles and tears. I love this part of the wedding day. The intimate bonding and the support as the couple readies for the walk down the isle.
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From there things got to be a bit of a blur… Guests arrived, drinks were poured, the room filled with laughter and hugs and music. The vows were short and sweet (and included a reading from the book, I Like You.)

I like you because
I don’t know why but
Everything that happens
Is nicer with you

I can’t remember when I didn’t like you

They signed their paper work to make it official in a little upstairs room, and took a few minutes alone together  before heading downstairs for the party. Meanwhile, their guests were fed amazing appetizers and drinks downstairs. 
The toasts were full of funny stories and teasing, as many are. But there was also a thread of admiration for the couple and all their hard work and determination to fulfill goals and make a difference. The first dance was sweet and then, silly and filled the room as the party got underway!FocusInPhotography (2 of 3)FocusInPhotography (3 of 3)

Lydia and Aaron, I loved that we have ties to Reno, but have found a home in the Pacific Northwest. I love how you two laugh and make each other smile. Thank you for including me in your day. Thank you for trusting me to document this new beginning.  It was truly an honor to be a witness.

Wishing you both a long and happy life together,



Huge shout out to all the amazing vendors that I got to work with:

Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison

Florals: Thatch Floral

DJ: Magnolia Rhapsody

Location & Catering: Zoe Restaurant

Betsy and Shye – A Snohomish Wedding

When I talk with new wedding clients, I instantly want to know their story. I am genuinely intrigued in the how-why-when-what that brought them together. There are over 7 billion people in this world, and to find one that fits you like a puzzle piece? I want to dig into that story. Scratch that, I want to help TELL that story. Because why? Because it gives me hope, it gives me peace, it melts my heart, and makes my mind go “boom” in the most beautiful way.

After almost 9 months of phone calls and emailing, I finally met Shye and Betsy in Seattle’s Capitol Hill District over a cup of coffee. The minute I saw the pair, I was so excited to get them in front of my lens. These two are gorgeous and the chemistry between them is amazing.

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I told them I will probably cry at their wedding- they asked me, “Really? don’t you get sick of the same thing over and over? “

No, no I don’t. Because it is NEVER the same “thing”. Sure, the dress is usually white and the flowers are beautiful. There is a first dance and a first kiss. But the love, the love is never the same… and that’s what keeps me coming back for more when it comes to photographing a wedding day.


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“I like geography best, (s)he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”

-Brian Andreas


Betsy and Shye, I absolutely loved being a part of your day. Thank you again a for trusting me to capture your beautiful faces and your stunning love. I wish you all the best as you walk forward in this adventure of wife and wife!

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Heather & Devin- An Orcas Island Wedding

The 2016 wedding season is in FULL swing here in the Pacific Northwest. And while I work on getting the latest wedding gallery edited and ready for my clients, I thought it might be a good time to blog a few of the weddings I shot last season, (finally).  Exactly a year ago today, I was lucky enough to shoot a weddings on the San Juan Islands. I would like to give a huge thank you to Sara Postma for having me along for the ride. I love second shooting for her. It’s an honor to have such a talented lady trust me as her assistant and second shooter for the day.HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0001Heather and Devon’s wedding took place on Orca’s Island last September. The private venue was stunning. It truly felt like a back yard party (now, if only I could get my backyard to include a garden, an orchard, guest house, a few chickens, and Deer Harbor to swim and paddle around in…).
HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0004HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0003If you ever throw a party on Orcas Island, make sure to call Asher and Olive to have them cater for you. These guys mix a great cocktail and grill a mean oyster.HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0009HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0002I mean, really… can you handle this backdrop?! HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0011HeatherDevinOrcasWedding_0012Ceremonies always get me a little choked up- each one so special.
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Now, who wants to get married on Orcas Island?!? Call me, and let’s do this!

Keep chasing that light,


Wedding Wednesday – Dharma and Scott

Awhile back, when I still lived in Reno (hello, I am playing some SERIOUS blogging catch up here!), I had the pleasure of second shooting a wedding with Sam Pierson of Pierson Photo Company . Sam is a fellow former-Reno photographer who has also relocated out of state.  If you are in the Salt Lake City area and are looking for a super fun lady and amazing photographer, look her up. Sam is a hoot and has mad skills behind that camera of hers.
FocusInPhotography (10 of 588)But back to the wedding… To be honest, it wasn’t a “wedding”, wedding. It was, however, an amazing, quirky, delightful celebration of love between two people.  Scott and Dharma, your laughter, uniqueness, and power point presentation of love (yes, you read that right this is what happens when academics tie the knot) made my entire afternoon.
Also, they made their grand entrance in a canoe, to Edward Sharpe and the Magnatic Zeros, Home
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Beautifully Traditional | Seattle, Washington Wedding

Kathy and David had a beautiful wedding day in Seattle, Washington.  I loved how they followed tradition and truly went out of their way to not see one another before the ceremony. I am sure she took his breath away as her father led her down the long aisle towards him that day.

2015-09-15_00052015-09-15_00032015-09-15_0001I loved the drama the old catholic church where the ceremony was held. It added to the excited energy and pre-wedding moments of the morning. This wedding had me thinking about how beautiful traditions are and how a wedding day can be simple and sophisticated with the traditions in place. It had me pondering how some of those things give so much more meaning to the day than any amount of flowers and cake could do. The spaces between the laughter, and the love filled that large church to the brim on this late summer morning.2015-09-15_0002Congrats again, Kathy and David!


Keep chasing that light,


Troy and Jessica | Seattle Engagement Session

Oh wow, I have had the pleasure of photographing in some pretty amazing places. Last weekend I was able to add a new and pretty fantastic spot to my list. Originally, Jessica contacted me and mentioned cherry blossoms. Now, don’t get me wrong- those blossoms are incredible and they are everywhere this time of year. But then, she sent me a text saying, “What about Safeco Field?”. I probably squealed and did a happy dance of some sort or another, probably. Um, YES!JandT_Engage_Web (3 of 130)Saturday was warm and beautiful in Seattle, hardly a cloud could be found. It was 10:30am and the streets around the baseball stadium already buzzing with fans. I met Helen, our lovely tour guide and then in walked Jessica and Troy. The two of them a tad frazzled from the Seattle traffic (guys, what is UP with the traffic in this city?). We took a few deep breathes and the elevator up to the stadium.
JandT_Engage_Web (18 of 130)One thing I absolutely love about my job is I get to see couples in love. These two are SO in love. we toured around and then were let onto the field. We were allowed to get down in the dugout and play in the stands. What a beautiful day for an engagement session.
JandT_Engage_Web (90 of 130)Fun fact: Did you know they have radiant heated soil in the stadium? I don’t know if they really call it that or not but there are pipes running warm water to keep the green at an even and warm temperature all year long.
Yes_JandT_Engage_Web (39 of 130) Yes_JandT_Engage_Web (85 of 130)Jessica and Troy, thank you again for business, for your trust, and for being so darn adorable in your love for each other! Congratulations on your engagement, I can’t wait to see where your adventure leads you together.
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Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Wedding Wednesday | Behind The Scenes

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetTwo weekends ago I found myself shooting at the most amazing place. I was asked to second shoot a wedding outside of Denver, Colorado.  As we drove into the venue, I looked at the other photographer with my mouth wide open, this is where I get to work today? Rolling hills, big red barns, a camel or two, not to mention a most beautiful and fun bride and groom.FIP (1 of 3)-3Have you ever wondered what your wedding photographer(s) do to get ready for your big day? I mean, other than feed a camel named Chewie and ooh-ahh at the big fluffy clouds in the sky. They set each other up in spots where they want to pose you and your amazing bridal party and take tests shots.

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FIP (1 of 2)-2Holly is pretty much beautiful. Strike that, she is hands down gorgeous. She should be in-front of the camera, not hiding behind it… but then again, she has a mean eye and mad camera skills, so her clients might not like reading that. FIP (2 of 2)-2Holly, it was SUCH an honor to join you at this absolutely stunning wedding. I can’t wait to get through all the images we took and see them together in one place. I couldn’t have asked for a better co-worker or a more perfect location (unless of course, we would have moved the party to the Ren-fest, per our sandwich artist’s suggestions). Let’s do it all again real soon, because darn it, it was awesome.

Wedding Wednesday |Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Some of my favorite moments at weddings are during the reception. The vows have been shared, the kiss has sealed the deal, and now it’s time for the celebration! This particular wedding had such a great mix of young and old enjoying the day. As I watched these little dudes during the party, I couldn’t help but giggle. I could see their grownup versions hanging out and conspiring the next move on the dance floor.

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Keep chasing that light, Vanessa


*A huge thanks to Chris Werner for having me along for this amazing day at Lake Tahoe.