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Golden Hour on the Washington Coast Wedding Inspiration

Golden Hour photography is my absolute favorite and this inspiration shoot on the gorgeous Washington coast from Christine Clark Photography is precisely why. Everything—from the Bride’s Champagne-colored gown and romantic makeup to the loose, organic bouquet—looks prettier in the warm glow of Golden Hour. Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at all the beauty here.

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From Christine Clark PhotographyWe made the long drive out to the far, wild and rugged Washington coast in the middle of summer when golden hour lasts for ages. Mist from the ocean hung in the air, mixing with the soft, rich glow, and created a gentle blanket of light around Tahlia. Willowy olive branches and fluffy pampas grass mixed together in her bouquet for a contrasting texture that matched the spirit of the organic coastline. Driftwood of all shapes and sizes scattered across the beach, and gave us lovely frames and platforms to mingle with. The endless wash of water on the shore wiped the sand clean and smooth, ready for fresh footprints. This remote stretch of coast was an inspiring backdrop for our shoot as the sun set over the ocean.

Photography: Christine Clark Photography | Floral Design: Rachel Burke Porter | Wedding Dress: Free People | Makeup: Ana Braxton | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Model: Tahlia Carchedi | Ribbon: Silk and Willow

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Whimsical Washington Garden Wedding Inspiration

Want to know a little secret? Just adding the word whimsical in front of wedding instantly grabs my attention. Because not only does it promise delicate details married with gorgeous scenes, it also just so happens to be bursting with beauty. Pairing The Sweet Side treats with the captures from Maria Lamb Photography, we’ve got it all waiting for you in the gallery!

From Kaleb Norman James DesignBack in January I was walking the beautiful ground of Camp Korey with a client for an upcoming August wedding. I was struck with the lushness of the property, even in the dead of winter and knew I wanted to come back in the Spring when the trees were blooming and the sun was out once again. I kept finding myself distracted on the walk through dreaming up ideas for a potential shoot. The specific area we shot in reminded me of the Summers I spent in Italy, with the beautiful gardens, wisteria covered trellis & ornate fountain. This is where the inspiration came from for the color palette and over all design. I wanted something that felt reflective of the foggy mornings and the rolling green hills of the countryside, so I went with dusty blues & grays, and greens as the base for the color palette and then used natural elements like the vineyard chairs & wooden chargers to act as accent tones. We wanted the details to feel intentional such as the single tiered cake and many of the arrangements made up of the same flower.

Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Styling: Kaleb Norman James Design | Event Planning: Kaleb Norman James Design | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Wedding Dress: Alice Temperley | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Wedding Venue: Camp Korey | Dessert: The Sweet Side | Film Lab: Photovision Film Lab | MUAH: Ashli Danielle | Models: SMG Models | Paper Goods: Marabou Design | Vintage Rentals: Great Findz

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Romantic Seattle Waterfront Wedding

I was lucky enough to attend a wedding in Seattle last fall, and so I would agree 110% with this Bride’s wish to showcase the city’s beauty for her guests. The Puget Sound absolutely sparkles, the perfect accompaniment to this adorable couple, these blushing bridesmaids (thanks to Jenny Yoo) and one decadent cake courtesy of The Sweet Side. Blue Rose Photography captured every bit – see it all here!

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Spring
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From the Bride… Joe and I met on May 1, 2013 and were engaged exactly a year later on May 1, 2014, and married June 13, 2015. Joe grew up in Chicago and went to college in Kansas, I grew up in Texas and went to college in NYC. We chose to have our wedding in Seattle where we fell in love and live, where most of our guests would be visiting for the first time. We wanted all our guests to see what a magical place it is and why we love it so much, the water, the mountains and especially important to Joe, the music scene. We wanted to be married in June as close to the summer solstice as possible because it was the first day Joe said “I love you,” it is the longest day of the year, and in Seattle the long days and beautiful sunsets are especially magical – it also meant I could have peonies!

The most stressful part of planning was finding the perfect venue. We knew that we wanted to have a downtown wedding, but we also wanted to show Seattle’s outdoorsy side. The Edgewater was our perfect fit; it is literally on a pier and was made famous by The Beatles (Joe’s favorite band). The ceremony site faces the Puget Sound and mountains, and the cocktail hour was on a terrace with city views including the Space Needle. Also the food is amazing. After the venue was booked the next two big decisions were the dress and the photographers.

Since our wedding was a destination wedding for most of our guests, we had events Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday leading up to the wedding. This made the big day so much fun because so many of our guests had already gotten to know each other; it also took the pressure off Joe and I because we got to spend quality time with most of our guests throughout the week instead of cramming it all into one evening. For me the best event was a private yoga class for friends and family the morning of the wedding (47 people ended up taking the class). This set us up to enjoy the day and be as present as possible.

The details of the day were so fun for me. I took a calligraphy class and was able to use my calligraphy on all the invite addresses, table numbers, place cards, welcome sign, and seating chart. My Mom hand punched the heart shaped confetti for the processional from the RSVP cards and envelopes. Our String Quartet, who also plays with Macklemore, were able to play Joe’s favorite Beatles songs for the ceremony and they even threw in Nirvana (Joe’s other favorite) during cocktail hour.

We spent a lot of time planning the wedding and getting wrapped up in details but two of my favorite parts of the day ended up being the time I spent getting ready with my Mom and Bridesmaids in the penthouse and the ceremony itself. We did not see each other before the ceremony so I had a little more time for my Mom and Bridesmaids. We also wrote our own vows which I would highly recommend for personalizing your wedding. I was very nervous about it but with the help of my two married Bridesmaids I was inspired to stick with this choice. We didn’t share with each other before the wedding(although I almost caved the weekend before) and it made it so special. I truly felt the support of everyone listening and loving us.

Another piece of advice I loved and will share is to step back when the reception is happening and just take a moment to observe your beautiful day!

Photography: Blue Rose Photography | Floral Design: Stacy Anderson Design | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: The Sweet Side | Invitations: Color Me Carla | Rings: Whitney Stern | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo BHLDN | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Edgewater | Bridal Boutique: Calla Bridal | Linens: Choice Linens | Makeup & Hair: Off White Makeup & Hair | Music: Passenger String Quartet

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Black and White Spokane Wedding Inspiration With Pops of Color

What do you get when you combine the classic elegance of a black-and-white color scheme with bright spring florals and gold and geometric accents? Wedding magic. And with her magic wand (a.k.a. camera),  Park Road Photography captured every last bit of pretty from the graphic tablescapes and the lush peony, ranunculus and anemone bouquets to the bold menus and soft lace dress. More magic here.

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From Park Road PhotographyThe special moment between spring and summer, when the barrenness of winter suddenly disappears and nature explodes into color. It’s my favorite time of year, bursting with light and promise, delicacy and strength.

“Soft yet strong” was the inspiration behind this wedding editorial at Riverside Event Center in Spokane, Washington. We loved combining the delicacy of hand-lettered invitations and menus (not to mention a gorgeous lace gown by Claire La Faye) with the strength and sophistication of black and white—the softness of pastel florals with the boldness of bright peonies and lilacs. Gold and geometric accents enhanced the overall feel of the session and paired perfectly with the soft yet strong beauty of the historic venue. Shot in both digital and film, I wanted to capture the essence of nature’s finest hues.

Photography: Park Road Photography | Event Styling: Soiree Event Design | Floral Design: Garden Of Eden Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Cake: Batch Bakeshop | Invitations: Bridget Smith Calligraphy | Makeup: Makeup By Evelyn Mauro | Hair: Designs By Janet Suzanne | Venue: Riverside Event Center | Artisan Chocolates : Pixie Dust Chocolates | Flatware: Glam Vintage Events + Rentals | Handlettering: Bridget Smith Calligraphy | Rentals: Event Rents

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Simple & Chic Outdoor Engagement Session

This sweet couple held their engagement session with O’Malley Photographers just outside of Seattle, near the local island where the beautiful Bride-to-be grew up. Looking forward to their upcoming summer wedding, they wanted to first bask in that unbeatable engagement bliss in a place they hold dear. Take a peek at the full gallery here, and feel the love!


From O’Malley PhotographersWe’d love to share a recent engagement session with you! Lizzie & Andy’s upcoming wedding is being planned by Sinclair & Moore this summer on the Bride’s family’s estate and they are the sweetest couple. After spending time with them, you easily see why they fell in love and are perfect for each other.

Lizzie grew up on a nearby island outside Seattle and wanted their engagement session to reflect a strong sense of place including water, wide open space and a slightly dramatic back-drop. Their simple and chic sense of style, love for one another, and natural surroundings made this engagement one of our favorites.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Dress: Aritzia | Shoes: Madewell | Venue: Discovery Park

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