elegant holiday wedding | the rainier club


Adjectives: Festive, Fun, Open, Loving, Dramatic, Classic, Colorful, and Classy.

As 2011 draws to a close, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of my wonderful clients who have made this year so wonderful!  As I post my last wedding of the year, I reflect on what it is to be a witness to one of the most important days of my client’s lives.  To be there from the nerves, to the tears, to the loving embrace of their partner.  I wish you all a very joyous Holiday Season and a Happy 2012!

Stephanie and Aric had originally planned to get married in Hawaii, but as life does, plans changed and they adapted.  They had two months to plan their wedding, and created an amazing event.  With a little help from Erica Hoffman of Two Birds Events the venue was booked, The Rainier Club, the church was chosen, Blessed Sacrament, the photographer was booked (oh yeah that’s me) and they were off!

The day started with everyone getting ready at the Rainier Club.  It was filled with so many beautiful holiday details, giving us tons of inspiration. On our way to the church we stopped by Pike’s Place Market to capture a few images and then we were off to Blessed Sacrament.  Before the ceremony we had a few minutes to shoot some long exposures with sparklers and I “Love” how they turned out!  The reception followed at the Rainier Club.  Take a look Stephanie and Aric’s wonderful Holiday Wedding below!

P.S. Special thanks to Kate Ford for 2nd shooting and my good friend, the Canon 35 mm 1.4, who was on one of my two camera bodies for the entire wedding!

the decisive moment | wedding at the four seasons hotel seattle

Classic, elegant, warm, dramatic, open, loving, simple, and amazing.

The Decisive Moment: Any art photography student can describe for you Cartier Bresson’s “decisive moment”.  During one of the first conversations Francesca and I had, we discussed Bresson and how the concepts constantly play into wedding photography, such as capturing emotion, drama, and life one frame at a time.  Fast forward six months to 11/11/11,  Francesca’s Wedding Day.  During our scheduled portrait time on a stormy Seattle day,  the clouds abruptly parted and our “decisive moment” occurred.   Suddenly, the dark stormy weather paused, the rain stopped , the wind slowed, and golden light poured in from the West.  Our clients were ready,  the cameras were filled with memory cards, and in front of us was a perfect location with amazing light.  Many other moments and emotions filled the gorgeous ceremony and reception.  But those twenty minutes of perfect light, loving clients, and spectacular location were my “decisive moments” for  this wedding.  Take a look at my favorite shots and let me know your thoughts!  Congratulations Francesca and John!