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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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Garden Shoot with Betsey Johnson

Jeff & Maggie got married at the courthouse in Seattle but met with their photographer Dana Pleasant a couple of weeks later to do this rad photo shoot. Maggie wore this beautiful Betsey Johnson dress that she also wore the day they got married. She really wanted some great photos in it – what an excuse! The trio headed to the international district to Kobe Terrace, which is a community garden.

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Monochrome Magic

Karl & Stacia’s monochrome and magic wedding took place in Seattle. The black & white palate with the vintage touches had me at hello. So much love and such great photography from Benj & Maddie (remember them?)

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Anglophile

One word…Eeeeeeek!

I am so excited about this wedding. Not only because it’s photographed by one of my favourite photographers, Ben Blood; not only because the couple, Diane & Adam are super cool, lovely and stylish; but because even though the couple are both American and the wedding took place at Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, WA, they expressed their love of all things British with a fabulous English themed wedding.

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Anglophile

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One word...Eeeeeeek! I am so excited about this wedding. Not only because it's photographed by one of my favourite photographers, Ben Blood; not only because the couple, Diane & Adam are super cool, lovely and stylish; but because even though the couple are both American and the wedding took place at Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, WA, they expressed their love of all things British with a fabulous English themed wedding. Diana told me all about their retro, funky, British punk rock day: My dress was from Les Habitudes on Robertson Boulevard in L.A.They specialize in getting a lot of their dresses from European designers that they bring in under their label, so most of their dresses are one of a kind. My shoes were Alexander McQueen and the hair comb I wore was a Victorian antique. The necklaces are by Pyrrha, in Vancouver B.C. Their bronze pendants are made from 19th century wax seal molds. The ones I chose say "My life is a prayer," "While I breathe I hope", and" Love conquers all." The blue seal ring on my finger was one I had from Anthropologie. The jacket I wore to leave the wedding is from All Saints in the UK. My bridesmaids are wearing runway dresses from BCBG. Our hair was all done by Shawn Wright, the owner of Ryan Chanel Hair in Anacortes WA. She researched runway shows of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen for days before and we also channeled a bit of Helena Bonham-Carter's impeccable style. My husband Adam wore a custom grey suit we had made at Nordstrom and grey patent leather Italian loafers. His groomsmen were all wearing tweed vests and hats from J. Crew with "The Who" edition converse all stars because Adam had always wanted Chucks in his wedding. All our music was all British. I walked down to the theme song from "Love Actually," we danced out to Queen's "Don't Stop me Now," and Adam sang Coldplay's "Fix You" in the ceremony. Our band for the reception was Garage Voice from Seattle. We went with our overt Anglophile theme because I'm in love with London and theatre, so Adam flew me there for a weekend in March and proposed in front of Big Ben. We went back in June and collected tube station signs in Notting Hill for the tables, as well as teacups and pots from all over the world. Most of the hanging flags were from WWII. We're planning on moving to London someday soon.

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Over the Moon

Photographer Ben Blood’s weddings are always kick ass and loved by seemingly the whole of blog land! So when I asked him if I could be the one to share Erin & Erik’s wedding and he said YES! I was over. the. moon!

Just soak up the calm, the beauty and the love…

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Roller Derby Bride

This roller derby bride (who met her friend and photographer Lilly whilst playing roller derby for the Rat City Rollers in Seattle) married her long term boyfriend at a 1920’s/1930’s Bonnie & Clyde inspired wedding in Kubota Gardens, a Japanese garden in Seattle.  The entire wedding party was in vintage 1930’s garb, as were many of the guests. A getaway car in the form of a 1930’s hot rod was provided by a good friend of Randi and Todd’s: Jerry Chinn, who is a local prop house owner and collector of vintage vehicles.  He was kind enough to pull over a couple of times so the photographer could get some really great shots of them with the car. The reception was at a neighborhood watering hole called Calamity Jane’s where jambalaya and collard greens were served and square dancing ensued.

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Eerie.

Remember when I told you green dresses were in?! Well that exact thing is what drew me to this amazing photo shoot at Clise Mansion in Seattle. The models brought their own clothes and the girl in the green gown actually found it in a vintage store in Portland. I love the misty, foggy and eerie setting of these.

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With Flair.

Melinda & Chris had a beeeautiful wedding at Hastings House, Salt Spring Island, BC. Mindy looked beyond stunning in her grey Badgley Mischka dress and her enviable red Miu Miu shoes. Is she the ultimate rock n roll bride or what? The whole wedding certainly had rock n roll flair, with close family and friends along for the ride. The Seattle based couple choose the venue for it’s stunning ocean view and and spectacular surroundings. Photographer Angela described the event as lots of fun, champagne, good food, laughs, music, tattoos, singing + love, yet with elegance, beauty and color.

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