My sister is ENGAGED! When my sister’s boyfriend called me to help plan ideas for his proposal to her, I threw out the idea of me flying in to photograph it. I live in Seattle, Washington, she lives in St Louis, MO. Before I knew it, I was on a plane and in less than 24hrs I had landed, hiked to the spot for the proposal, setup a tray of hot tea, candles, and a vase of her favorite flowers, hid to document the event (she said yes!), spent the day celebrating their engagement with family, and then I boarded a plane back to Seattle! It was crazy! But it was perfect, and beautiful.
They walked along a trail that was in the park they took their first hike together at, until they reached this overlook of the river. The sun had just risen, and there was a streak of orange glowing through the clouds. When Yuriy went down on one knee to propose, Blythe couldn’t stop crying, and collapsed into his arms. It was so romantic. When she noticed someone was taking pictures, and that it was me, she started sobbing (I will keep those pictures offline, you’re welcome Blythe, haha). After giving them some time alone, we took a few newly engaged photos, and then I left them to enjoy the rest of their tea and treats. What a perfect way to start off an engagement!
A year into their relationship, Peter bet Karly that if he could catch a rabbit they saw on the campus, that they would get married. Doubting his ability to catch the rabbit, Karly took the bet. Peter ran so fast at it, it scared her, but he didn’t catch it. After that, anytime he saw a rabbit during their relationship he would chase it. Years later, when Peter did propose, instead of a ring he gave her a hand carved amber rabbit, a symbol of their relationship. Having a rabbit at Black Diamond Gardens on their wedding day, was a full circle moment, and the symbol of a rabbit was lovingly sealed onto their wedding invitations.
After spending a decade together, they wanted their wedding to be a celebration with family and friends. Specifically they wanted it to feel like a hobbit river party for everyone to gather, big appetites, and bigger hearts. And it did! Their wedding was the most perfect fall day, filled with music from their friends during their ceremony, the Groom’s band (Neon Brass Party) during cocktail hour with drinks served by Happy Camper Cocktail Co, pouring wine made by from Peter’s family and beer brewed by their friends. Handmade lace and crochet decorations from the Bride decorated their ceremony and reception. With a librarian for the Bride, and a teacher for the Groom, their vows were witty, made you laugh, cry, you learned something, and your heart was full after hearing them.
I’ve never witnessed so many toasts in the form of tribute songs to a Bride & Groom, they were romantic, hysterical, and nostalgic. Karly & Peter, your wedding day was magical. I will forever remember it as one of my favorite days. And from the words of one to the many tribute songs sung to you “May your love endure, and may you go and rule the world”.
Venue: Black Diamond Gardens
Coordination: Nelliena Events
Photographer: Photography by Betty Elaine
2nd Shooter: Meredith Ruth
Bar Service: Happy Camper Cocktail Co
Brewery: Tumwater Brewing Company
Wine: Shaw Wines
Catering: Paseo Caribbean
Wedding Dress: Custom made by Heather Sheppard Uhl
Ceremony Entertainment: John & Leah Platter, Nick Suda
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Neon Brass Party
Reception Entertainment: Second Wind Band
Jill & Adam, wanted their wedding to be another one of the many adventures they have together. They both love backpacking, and travel, so when after they got engaged on a safari in Africa, they both knew their wedding plans wouldn’t be traditional. They wanted to say their vows doing something off their bucket list. While most weddings happen rain or shine, hot air balloons require very particular weather conditions to take flight. On Jill & Adam’s planned wedding date, it was too rainy for a safe flight, and so they rescheduled their ceremony to another day. Since they were already prepared for their elopement wedding day, I photographed their first look at their home in North Bend, and their wedding portraits at Rattlesnake Lake.
A few days later, on a sunny day with safe winds, they had their elopement wedding ceremony in Snohomish aboard a hot air balloon ride. It was an incredible unique and beautiful way to say their vows to each other. I love that Jill & Adam created a wedding day that was perfect for them.
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