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Fall Seattle Wedding + Romantic Newlywed Session at Cascade Mountains

It’s beautifully obvious when a couple just got married; they’re glowing, smiles wide, eyes bright. So what better time to take more snapshots than right then and there. The day after these cutie’s festive fall “I do’s,” they headed outdoors with Christine Clark in tow to capture that special glow. See all these pics in our VAULT but don’t miss their wedding ones either (and ARIA Studios cute clip); with Jenny Yoo’s dresses and sweet treats courtesy of Fran’s Chocolates, the whole celebration is one to remember.

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From Christine Clark… Everyone who knows Holly and Kalani will immediately describe them as the sweetest and cutest couple out there. Both of their reputations for being easy-going, happy and kind people combine into one of those matches that seem to radiate adorableness and sunshine. This can be seen by their beaming, nonstop giddy smiles in all of the photos during their wedding day.

One of my favorite moments from their day (of which there are many) was their first look. While leading Kalani to the first look location, he was bursting with excitement, exclaiming, “she’s going to be sooo pretty!” They stood side by side down in Pioneer Square, with their hands covering their face, and then looked over at the same time. Kalani’s reaction was priceless, and Holly laughed in delight.

A couple days after the wedding, being the adventurers and artists that they are (Holly herself is a wonderful photographer), I headed with these two up into the Cascade Mountains where we did a newlywed photo session. The long hike up with gear and garment bags was thrillingly worth it as we wandered high up, amidst the bright autumn mountain foliage. Reds, oranges, and greens provided a rich and romantic backdrop to Holly’s delicate blush gown and the blue of Kalani’s navy suit. The sweet intimacy of newlywed life was soaked into their chemistry, creating wonderful moments and a photo session to remember always.

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Photography: Christine Clark | Floral Design: The London Plane | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Dahlia Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Cole Haan | Engagement Ring: Joseph Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair + Makeup: KLS Makeup Artistry | Favors: Fran's Chocolates | Venue: Court In The Square | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Cinemetography: Aria Studios | Raw Gemstone Ring: Alexis Russell | Ribbon: Adorn | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Rustic Chic Outdoor Orcas Island Wedding

Ladies, when you enlist the ever-so-talented Capture The Moment Media to film your special day, you better get ready for some seriously happy tears. For their cinematic style is sure to delight, and with Ryan Flynn Photography behind the lens capturing every additional piece of pretty, this gallery in THE VAULT is one you won’t want to miss.

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Summer

From Ryan Flynn PhotographyJonathan and Marissa exchanged vows and celebrated the 4th of July holiday weekend with their closest friends and family at the beautiful Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. Hiking, BBQing, bonfires, dancing, fireworks. What the 4th of July weekend is all about.

From The Bride & Groom…We got engaged at the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum shortly before Memorial Day 2014, and while we had talked of getting engaged the timing itself was a complete surprise to Marissa which made it that much more special. We knew from the get-go that we wanted to get married somewhere in the San Juan Islands and that with our large extended families and group of friends, we needed a venue with a large capacity to handle all our guests (around 200). Luckily, we found the beautiful Rosario Resort & Spa and instantly fell in love. It had everything we wanted and more; stunning views, enough rooms to house all our guests, just enough seclusion to feel a million miles away from everything, and amazing food!

We wanted our wedding to have a sophisticated yet casual feel and for everyone to have a great time. We also really wanted the scenery and venue to speak for themselves so we went with a lot of natural design elements that you would find on the island – local plants and flowers you might find hiking up beautiful Mt. Constitution which was just steps away from the resort. The ceremony wasn’t very traditional itself with the two of us coming from different religious backgrounds. But we incorporated both with a scripture reading from the Bible and the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass. We were married under a traditional Jewish Chuppah, which the groom and his step-father built using trees they had felled themselves. Many other handmade items made it into the wedding as well, including the guest thank you gifts, wedding day signs, etc.

Jonathan’s favorite memory: The Ceremony. We had one of our best friends officiate the ceremony – an intimately personal touch – and there wasn’t a dry eye as we shared those moments on a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound with all our loved ones. I blame it on the fact that, as I said at one point during the ceremony, “the Sun is just really really bright”.

Marissa’s favorite moment: Trekking through the forest with our amazing photographer Ryan Flynn – not easy in heels and a wedding dress, but definitely worth it :)

There are so many pieces of advice you get when planning a wedding, and even more you could give to other couples planning theirs. If we had to pick our best advice, we would say to plan for what you want the day to look like and what you want to happen, but ultimately know that no matter what you both will still end up married at the end of the day. Don’t sweat every detail, because not everything goes perfectly and you’re there with family and friends and each other – and that is all that matters.

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Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography | Cinematography: Capture The Moment Media | Event Planning: Jen Leslie Events | Floral Design: Nest | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Band: Side One | Groom's Attire: Custom By Jeff Collins Of My Haberdasher | Venue: Rosario Resort & Spa

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Jewel Tone Engagement Party Inspiration

When we add galleries like this one to THE VAULT, I want to jump inside, cozy up with a cocktail and join the party. The engagement party to be exact, complete with cozy throws, a vintage-decked table topped with En Fleur Event Design florals and a blooming cake from The Sweet Side. Sounds like fall fun right? Join us in the gallery with imagery from Katie Parra!

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From Katie Parra PhotographyThis styled photoshoot was the culmination of several ideas I’ve had and have wanted to photograph for a long time. First, the chance to photograph my dear friends and real life couple Brandon and Tyler was a total dream come true! Besides both being totally and utterly gorgeous, they are the sweetest most giving couple! I’ve wanted to photograph an event at The Admiral’s House for the last two years and with this shoot I finally got the opportunity! With it’s classic architecture, stunning views and undeniable charm it was the perfect backdrop for our “engagement party.” The floral elements that Molly of En Fleur made were absolutely unreal! I’m so in awe of that girl’s talent…the flowers really just blew my mind! I wanted the engagement party to feel like a classic throw back cocktail party with rich jewel tone colors contrasting against the stark white back drop of The Admiral’s House. I wanted it to feel lush and a little over the top. In the end I feel we really captured that. Megan of Clutch Events helped me pull everything together…she is my go to gal whose taste is impeccable, work ethic is undeniable, and all while keeping me and the entire crew laughing and smiling throughout the whole process! Plus that Porsche that made an appearance…100% Megan working her charm to score the ultimate addition to our over the top fabulous cocktail party!

Wedding Paper Divas was the perfect place to go when searching for the right engagement party invite, save the date and custom coasters. Their amazing variety made choosing so hard, but in the end I feel like we captured the exact feel we wanted to achieve. I love the laser cut save the date that we chose. It was modern in design but had a whimsical take to it with the laser cut letters. I was able to choose a custom color that matched perfectly with the aesthetic of the shoot. The engagement party invite is classic in design, very much like the Admiral’s House, but with a hint of party with the gold foil detailing. I also loved that I could choose matching coasters and place cards to tie everything together.

I wanted the engagement shoot to be softer in it’s color palette and full of warm happy light. I wanted it to feel very masculine while also feeling very romantic. Charlie my German Shepherd added a little bit of whimsy for some of the more formal portraits at the beginning….any excuse to photograph my beautiful pup! I can’t thank Tyler and Brandon enough however. They are such a wonderful couple and made my job easy by being incredibly generous, honest and open with me throughout the whole shoot. The most amazing part of my job is that I get to see couples in love express that love in their own unique way. Whether it’s through a look or a smile, I’m allowed a peek at the beautiful connection the two of them share. It’s perfection!

Photography: Katie Parra Photography | Coordination: Clutch Events | Floral Design: En Fleur Event Design | Cake: The Sweet Side | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy: Krisanna Reiff | Venue: The Admiral's House | Coasters: Wedding Paper Divas | Macarons: The Sweet Side | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance

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