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2016 has been a challenging year for me. I really dove into why I create the images I photograph. I have a connection to the Northwest, and I love connecting with people/couples and learning their story. This lead me to offering adventure sessions for couples wanting more than the average anniversary session. I spent more time with my clients in these sessions so my photography was able to celebrate their relationship and tell an authentic story. My work has become more meaningful, and I cherish every wedding day, engagement, and anniversary session that I photograph.

This year I was also expecting my first baby. He entered the world 7 weeks earlier than anticipated and had to stay in the NICU for quite some time. We are now at home and I am enjoying my maternity leave this winter. I am in love with this newborn phase of life, while also sleep deprived and constantly trying to get another cup of coffee! Being a Mama is an absolute joy, and I thank God for my healthy baby son. The end of 2016 brought a lot of chaos, but peace was not lost in the midst of it all. I’m looking forward to many firsts with my son in 2017, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Photography by Betty Elaine. I am eager to meet the clients who will give me the privileged of capturing their  joyous wedding day celebrations!

Cheers to 2016! Even with your challenges, there was so much joy.

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Photography by Betty Elaine is a Seattle wedding photographer in the Pacific Northwest. Servicing weddings throughout the local area of Seattle including, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, Snohomish, and San Juan Island. Betty’s professional work features beautiful editorial wedding photography, elopements, and anniversary sessions. Travel is available to other cities outside of the Washington area for local, national, and international wedding photography. 

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  • January 1, 2017 - 4:52 pm

    Andrea - Beautiful summary of your year! Can’t wait to meet baby boy! xoxoReplyCancel

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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.

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INGREDIENTS:

•1 ounce gin

•1 ounce st. germain

•1/2 ounce simple syrup

•1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

•4 sage leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

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 contact@bettyelainephotography.com. 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.

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Wedding Planner: Jessica Campbell – EVENTful Moments http://www.eventfulmomentsllc.com
Venue and Catering: Pacific Tower – Panoramic Room by FareStart Catering http://www.farestart.org/panoramic-room
Florist: Flowers by Tiffany http://www.flowersbytiffany.co
Makeup Artist: Kayla Beltran KaylaKollection http://www.kaylakollection.com
Hair Stylist: Rashel Gonzalez
Rentals and Decor: Sweet Buffet Lady http://www.sweetbuffetlady.com
DJ: DJRT http://seattle.djrt.com
Wedding Dress: Hermosa Bridal
Officiant: Brian Boone
Photography: Photography by Betty Elaine http://bettyelainephotography.com

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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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