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Origami Wedding at a Waterfall

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Crystal and Evan’s October wedding took place in Seattle. They had an origami theme and they made it all themselves! “When we lived in our first apartment together in Napa, we hung paper boxes onto Christmas lights that we wanted to leave up for the rest of the year”, the bride began. “We had been making these origami boxes since we were kids, and wanted to represent the meaning of them in our wedding with many things made of paper.”

“We focused all of our attention three weeks prior to work on making paper flower bouquets and boutonnières. We also created origami box lanterns with string lights, altar decorations of paper fans and flowers, and treats as favours.”

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“Our ceremony space was intimate and packed with about 100 guests, all focused toward our paper altar”, she continued. “We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time seeing each other that day. My favourite moment of the whole day was walking down the stairs and seeing my husband-to-be for the first time. It was very surreal for both of us because no amount of imaging that moment compares to the real life energy, love, and happiness that was filled in the air that day. The ceremony itself was very emotional, yet very entertaining because my cousin officiated and she’s really goofy!”

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A Dr. Seuss & Anthropologie Inspired Ballroom Wedding: Jen & Ilan

Jen & Ilan’s spring wedding was held in a Seattle ballroom but it certainly wasn’t your traditional ballroom wedding! “A DIY wonderland that could have been dreamed up by a love child of Dr. Seuss and Anthropologie,” was how wedding photographer Laurel McConnell described it to me and I totally agree!

“The couple met while working for Adidas and so they paid homage to their employer/matchmaker with shoes and track suits for the wedding party,” Laurel continued. “Every detail radiated Jen & Ilan and their history of coupledom. Ilan had his sneakers customized with their red wedding logo “J + I” and Jen’s something blue was their initials and wedding date stitched inside her dress. On a trip to Jamaica (the groom’s first trip out of the United States!) the couple discovered the “#9,” which acted as the signature drink of the day.”

“Bottles of wine from their 1st date and engagement and for their 1st and 5th wedding anniversaries acted as the guest book. A deck of cards to play Jen’s family’s favorite card game of Shanghai Rummy were distributed as the wedding favors. Jasper’s BBQ catered their super fun affair while feeding the groom’s love of BBQ.”

“Personal DIY creations were also the name of the game: the bride made necklaces for her bridesmaids to coordinate with their shoe & flower colors, she created the menus and programs in their whimsical wedding style, and the paper flower and birch bark centerpieces, the pedestals, and the cake stands were all designed by her parents.”

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Karen & Will’s Edgy & Organic Day

How awesome are Karen & Will?! As soon as I saw Karen’s dress, by Seattle designer Chrissy Wai-Ching, I was utterly smitten. The edgy and organic style of the dress really reflects the laid back vibe of the whole day. A simple wedding in terms if details and ‘fluff’ but one that shows the couple at their coolest. I love!

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Take My Breath Away

Rhys & Alana’s engagement shoot reminds me of Top Gun… you gotta love those aviators. Alana’s H&M dress is super cute (I know this because I have the exact same one!) too.

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Music, Poetry, Green Balloons & Love

I always wonder, when a photographer gets married, how the hell do they decide who to shoot their own wedding? Well Laura & Dave of Blissed Photo had just this conundrum when they got married recently, but chose the amazing One Love Photo as they knew Heather & Jon would capture it perfectly. Being surrounded by all things wedding in their day to day lives, the couple had seen loads of brilliant ideas (and knew some to avoid!) in their own planning.

However they still knew what was important to them, music and poetry, and wanted to make sure this was brought into their day. “Dave plays sax in a few bands, so a trio of his best friends played during cocktail hour, and we hired an amazing funk band, Emerald City Throwdown, that had everybody dancing” Laura told me. ” We also wanted everyone to mingle, so we skipped the seating assignment and also had couches (from Bella Rugosa) to make the vibe more casual and open. I’m not really a poet, but I LOVE spoken word poetry, so I asked my 3 favorite poets if they would read at our reception.  Everyone went nuts because these poets are some of the best in the world (truly- they constantly travel and compete internationally).  I surprised Dave with a poem I wrote, and then he surprised me by having a good friend of his perform a new Pearl Jam song, Just Breathe, for our first dance. ”

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