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I do not remember how I came upon this drink recipe, but I’ve had it written down for a few years, and it is one of my absolute favorites! Gin is always a staple on my bar cart. I love the variety of flavors you can get from the botanicals used. Personally, I avoid overly floral gins. One of my favorites, especially for this cocktail is Bellewood Gin, which is distilled from apples, and I think goes perfectly with the sage in this drink. I love experimenting with other local options for my bar cart. So for this cocktail I went with 3 Howls Old Fashioned Gin, which I think did a great job of mixing with the citrus and herb flavors of this drink. Remember, I’m a hobby mixologist, I just do this for fun guys.

The sage flavor makes this cocktail a winter/holiday season favorite for me personally. In the summer time, I’ll substituted the sage for mint, and it creates the same wonderful drink, with a more appropriate flavor for sunny days. This cocktail is not too sweet either! So don’t let the elderflower and simple syrup scare you off. It is perfectly delightful.



•1 ounce gin

•1 ounce st. germain

•1/2 ounce simple syrup

•1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

•4 sage leaves


1 Muddle together 3 sage leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker

2 Add ice, gin, st. germain, and lemon juice

3 Shake for 30 seconds or until thoroughly chilled

4 Strain into a coupe glass.

5 Garnish with a sage leaf and enjoy!


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This winter I will be taking maternity leave. My baby boy, Wilder, surprised us by arrived 7 weeks early. After spending some time in the NICU, we are now happily at home. As always, I think it’s best to over communicate and keep you in the loop! For those of you interested in my maternity leave plans here are some of the details.

Office hours starting end of November will be a bit unusual, so I will have an email auto-responder up but will still be responding to emails when I’m in the office. I am taking a complete break from photographing sessions and weddings from December to March.

If you would like me to photograph your wedding:

I am still booking and responding to 2017 inquires! So let’s chat! Email me at I will be checking my email inbox a few days a week, and I’d love to chat with you. I will not be taking leave from bookings. I will find a time to email and talk with you so we can get your wedding date on the books. I will be scheduling 2017 engagement and anniversary sessions as early as April, and 2017 elopements and weddings as early as May.

While I am joyfully spending time with my first baby, and taking off time to adjust to parenthood this winter, I am also so very excited for the 2017 wedding season.

Photo credits: Laura DeMers and Meredith Ruth

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Shanae & Chet got married during the rainiest October in Seattle history. I think that sounds so romantic, don’t you? The weather could have been quite problematic, we had wanted to take photos in pioneer square. But we found shelter at the beautiful King Street Station before heading over to their wedding venue at Pacific Tower. Their ceremony and reception had panoramic views of downtown Seattle. Shanae was an absolutely stunning bride, and her bridesmaids were so fun to hang out with. Chet’s speech at the reception moved everyone to tears. Before their ceremony started, a rainbow appeared. And yes, I do have photographic evidence to back up this wedding day story.


Wedding Planner: Jessica Campbell – EVENTful Moments
Venue and Catering: Pacific Tower – Panoramic Room by FareStart Catering
Florist: Flowers by Tiffany
Makeup Artist: Kayla Beltran KaylaKollection
Hair Stylist: Rashel Gonzalez
Rentals and Decor: Sweet Buffet Lady
Wedding Dress: Hermosa Bridal
Officiant: Brian Boone
Photography: Photography by Betty Elaine

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Happy Halloween! Last week I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Lauren & Joe’s engagement session at Craven Farm in Snohomish. I thought it would be absolutely perfect to share with you today this gorgeous autumn setting. Shout out to the amazing Jen Lagers of  The Outer Edge for working her magic on the hair and makeup front. Now get ready to scroll through a whole lot of beautiful northwest cornfields, plaid, and rain boots.


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I’m adding a new section to my blog! Mixology is a hobby of mine. I love hosting an evening with friends, or throwing parties. Whatever the occasion, it’s fun to make a good classic cocktail to sip on, or experiment and try something new. Today I’m sharing a classic cocktail, with a twist. Here is my recipe for a Blackberry Old Fashioned.

INGREDIENTS:•2 ounces bourbon or rye

•1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur

•4 dashes orange bitters

•2 dashes aromatic bitters

•4 blackberries

•1 sugared orange slice

INSTRUCTIONS:1 In an cocktail shaker, muddle 4 blackberries

2 Combine bourbon, maraschino liqueur, and bitters in the shaker

3 Add 1 large ice cube to an Old Fashioned glass

4 Strain drink into glass

5 Stir 15 seconds

6 Garnish with a sugared orange slice and blackberries.

7 Sip and enjoy!


For this cocktail I did select a bourbon, but I would highly recommend using a rye if you’d prefer. I used 3 Howls Backbeat Bourbon because I thought the flavor would go well with the blackberries and orange (and it did). I also heard this bourbon had rye characteristics, and I love small batch/local options for my bar cart. In a classic Old Fashioned recipe, it calls for a sugar cube. But I really wanted to experiment with maraschino liqueur, after having it in a drink at Canon. And since maraschino liqueur is sweet, I decided that would replace adding sugar to this drink. My final addition was inspired by a trip to Trader Joe’s, haha! They had this pack of sugared dried orange slices that looked beautiful and yummy, and so I really wanted to try that to garnish this drink.


Try it out and enjoy it for Happy (Halloween) Hour, and by the fire pit if you can!

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