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Crystal & Aaron both have a love of hiking and snowboarding, so I knew this couple would be up for something adventurous for their engagement portraits. After getting her hair and makeup done by Jen of The Outer Edge, we left Seattle and headed towards the snow. We spent the afternoon near Snoqualmie Pass surrounded by snowy mountains. It is so fun getting to spend time, outside of a wedding day, photographing a couple. On our drive over we talked about our dogs, their wedding plans at DeLille Cellars Chateau, honeymoon destinations, etc. Crystal & Aaron are best friends, they make each other laugh easily, and are such fun wonderful people! Thank you for spending the afternoon hiking and falling through waist deep snow with me.

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In July I vacationed in Italy to celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary (and England, and France). Here you can find Part I (Positano)  Part II (Rome) Part III (Florence) and Part IV (Chianti). Venice was our last city in Italy to visit before heading to England.

Venice was magic. It is a city on water, and it just defies logic. We loved getting lost and trying to find our way back, enjoying a spritz in the afternoon, and eating gelato every day. There are no cars or roads, just canals, boats, water, and small streets for walking that lead out to courtyards in main areas of the city.

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One of my favorite museums of the entire trip was the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. A modern art museum along the grand canal, mostly displaying the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim in her home. I loved walking through the beautiful property along the grand canal, and experiencing the art work. They have photographs in each room of what the room looked like before it was transformed into a museum, that just captivated my imagination. It is incredible. I do not have pictures to share from that visit, I chose to just experience it. But of course I am happy to share my travel tips here.

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Our favorite meal in Venice (and top 3 of our entire trip), was at La Zucca. You need to make a reservation in advance or you won’t be able to eat here. The lasagne was the best I’ve ever had in my life. If you are in Venice, this is a must eat at place!

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The apartment we stayed at had a private rooftop terrace, we drank espresso every morning out there.

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Oh yes, we totally rode in a gondola! And the gondolier insisted on taking our picture.  I didn’t think he’d be able to because very rarely can the average person just pick up my camera and snap an in focus picture. He got really into it and told us to kiss, it was so cheesy and funny! When I got my camera back and looked at them he saw how excited I was that the picture was good (in focus!), and he said to me that he does this for everyone and everyone has a different camera, so he’s familiar with it. Perspective my friends!

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  • January 21, 2016 - 9:54 pm

    Emily - Cutest gondola story ever! What sweet pictures to have forever and probably rare to have the two of you together in pics on this trip so even more special! You two look so full of joy. These pictures make me want to go to Venice!!!!!ReplyCancel

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In July I vacationed in Italy to celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary (and England, and France). Here you can find Part I (Positano)  Part II (Rome) and Part III (Florence). Chianti was our forth stop in Italy.

We wanted to visit Chianti to experience the beauty of tuscany, lounge by the pool for a few days to give us a break from the hot summer, and tour wineries. One of the wineries we visited used to be a castle, we browsed a few shops and a market in a medieval town. The villa we stayed in was also a winery and it was surrounded by olive tree groves and vineyards. It was so wonderful and tranquil.

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Amanda & Jacob’s winter wedding day was so enchanting. Amanda has been planning the barn wedding of her dreams for over a year. When this couple set the date for a December winter wedding, they carefully thought out a wonderful ceremony and reception for their guests to enjoy. This including a lot of their favorite things! Holiday food, and Christmas decor. There was a hint to Harry Potter for those in the know, the Bride’s shoes have the Marauder’s Map illustrated on them, the music she walked down the aisle to was orchestral music from the movies, and their rings were carried in one of the novels. This alone is one of the many reasons I love Amanda & Jacob (Amanda’s love for Harry Potter came up in the first email she sent to me to request wedding photography, and I knew it was meant to be). The Barn was so gorgeous decked out with twinkling lights, stacks of logs decorated with holly, and candlelight. It was a magical ceremony backdrop, perfect for their wedding.

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Venue: Pickering Barn http://issaquahwa.gov/pickeringbarn
Coordination and Florals: Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design http://www.lovebloomseventdesign.com
Catering: The Ram
Hair & Makeup Artist: Off White Makeup http://www.anoffwhiteseattle.com
Invitations & Paper: Wedding Diva
Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom & Groomsmen formal wear: Men’s Warehouse
DJ: Leu Jams
Cake: Borrachinis bakery
Rings: EE brothers
Photography: Photography by Betty Elaine http://bettyelainephotography.com (shout out to my splendid 2nd Shooter, Meredith Mckee Photography!)

Songs:
Processional: Love Love Love – Of Monsters And Men
Bride Enters: Leaving Hogwarts – John Williams
Recessional: I Want You Back – Jackson 5
First Dance: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oats

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I thought 2015 would be less travel than 2014, and boy was I wrong! While the majority of my weddings have been throughout the beautiful Northwest and Seattle area, I’ve also traveled to Arizona, California, Florida, and Internationally to Italy, England, and France. And it has been incredible, I have discovered new favorite places in Europe, and in Washington.

2015 has been so special to me. The couples I’ve witnessed proclaim their marriage vows have all been people I am so grateful to know. I say this often, but it truly is a honor to photograph a wedding day. Thank you 2015, for all the moments I’ve been privileged to capture, and the Bride & Groom’s I’ve gotten to know. The adventure is endless.

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