Give me a fire-y red head & her loving man in a pumpkin patch any day & you’ve got one happy gal! We had some crazy weather this summer in Seattle and one of those terrifying horizontal rain, thunder & lightening (we don’t get a lot of thunder storms here in the pacnw) days happened to fall on Ashley & Matt’s engagement session. We did our best to combat the elements, and got some great shots, but also decided we wanted to try something a little different in the fall. Surprise, surprise, the weather ended up being a little dreary for their second shoot as well (thank you Washington) but the clouds brought out the rich, jewel tone hues of autumn & made me just giddy. We frolicked through pumpkin patches, flower fields & tree groves and just had a ball. I cannot wait for their wedding on Whidbey Island next year – I know it’s gonna be a blast!! Congratulations again on your engagement you two, thanks for being crazy fun & wanting to hang with me! xx
The power was out in the home where Nicole was getting ready, but that didn’t phase her as she expertly applied her own makeup and assisted her bridesmaids with theirs. By the time I had arrived, driving carefully through the pouring rain and dodging fallen trees and debris from the wind, the power had just come back on & the girls were calmly going through the motions of hair dos, packing up the car and getting things organized. Their poise amazed me – there was no back-up plan for their outdoor ceremony, just the hope that the skies would clear and the blustery weather would hold out. Against all odds… it did just that.
The bridesmaids quickly affixed yards and yards of ribbon to the driftwood arch at The Edgewater House. Handmade paper flowers accented the edges and added just the right amount of whimsey to the stunning natural backdrop of the Puget Sound. Tara of Bloom placed individual buds on the barely iced cake & gold painted pine cones brought nature inside to the reception tables. We all held our breath hoping that the dicey weather would work in our favor.
Finally it was time for the first look – both Nicole and Shawn were speechless. This moment had been a long time coming – they had spent a lot of their relationship long distance, endured deployments in the Army, and planned the wedding from out-of-state. Their joy over finally being in that moment was overwhelming. The rest of the day passed in a quick blur of smiles, hugs, periods of torrential rain, and toasts filled with laughter. The little guy that stole the show was Shawn’s son, Dominic. Although he was shy & overwhelmed by the festivities, Shawn and Nicole got him out on the dance floor and coaxed a great air guitar solo. Shawn had all the moves – showing off his whip, nay nay & shout. Waving glow sticks sent the happy couple off into the night. I am so glad I got to be a part of this new chapter for this sweet family & can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them. Congratulations, Nicole & Shawn!
Love seeing the images from our Farm Wedding Inspiration on Desiree Hartsock’s blog alongside some great tips on how to save money on your wedding reception! I was thrilled to meet Des at the Get Hitched Give Hope gala last week were she was raffling off a personal shopping experience – so glad to have this amazing lady in our city!
Venue: Craven Farm, Snohomish, WA // Coordination: Weddings by Dani // Photography: Meredith McKee Photography // Rentals: Unique & Chic Event Rentals and Design // Calligraphy: NG Calligraphy // Hair & Makeup: Yessie Libby // Model: Miyoung Margolis // Dress: Cicada Bridal // Cake & Dessert: Tallant House // Table: Seattle Farm Tables
I am so excited to share the next chapter of Rachel & Josh’s parenting journey with you! I have loved getting to document this sweet family over the last few years & their little girl has finally arrived! More and more of my first wedding clients in Washington are welcoming babies into their lives and I feel honored to get to document these milestones. Baby Blaire was a perfect angel during their home session in Gig Harbor. There were so many fun textures and little headbands to play with! I am also having fun using my macro lens (that I usually use for ring shots at weddings) to capture the tiny little details, like baby feet & hands. My schedule is chock full of family sessions leading up to the holidays & I am excited to get to capture more and more growing families! Can’t wait to see what’s to come!
Here’s a look back on their journey:
Pregnancy Announcement: meredithmckee.com/pregnancy-announcement-photo-shoot
Maternity Session: meredithmckee.com/urban-seattle-maternity-session-rachel-josh
From Meredith McKee Photography – “Jen Lagers of The Outer Edge joined forces with myself and a team of amazing vendors to put together a bohemian styled shoot with a rich Marsala color palette.
Jen reached out to the talented Lisa at Serephine who actually created a custom headpiece for the team to use in addition to several others from their collection.
Rebecca of Avec La Vie Creations went above and beyond creating a gorgeous invitation & paper materials for the shoot inspired by her spirit animals collection. Her designs flowed seamlessly with the luscious forest setting of Discovery Park in Seattle.
One of the biggest showstoppers was the stunning model, Elisabeth, wearing the most beautiful gown from The Dress Theory. This Rue de Seine dress provided the perfect gap stylistically between flower child & art deco. Jen & I assembled the bride’s bouquet from florals we picked up at Pike Place Market in the morning, adding an extra special local touch to the shoot. Finally, not only was the bare cake created by Kristina Capulong oh so pretty, but also delicious!”
Photography: Meredith McKee Photography // Hair & Makeup: Jen Lagers of The Outer Edge // Head Pieces: Serephine // Paper: Rebecca Lefebvre of Avec La Vie Creations // Dress: Sadie by Rue de Seine via The Dress Theory // Cake: Kristina Capulong // Florals: Pike Place Market // Model: Elisabeth Eastman // Location: Seattle.