Jessie’s sister began her toast with a powerpoint presentation. Her first slide stated the statistics for success on various dating sites: Match.com, eHarmony, and finally, what she humbly called “KwanMatchMaking”, which topped the charts with a 100% success rate. This was her sister’s second successful match-up, and everyone agreed that Jessie & Albert were the perfect pair.

The couple began their wedding celebration at Laurel Creek Manor with a traditional tea ceremony where Jessie and Albert offered tea to their elders and special family members. Jessie wore a stunning red dress which she later swapped for a flowing Vatana Watters gown. The day was expertly coordinated by Stephanie of Lilac and Lace, complete with lovely decor & whimsical florals designed by one of Jessie’s friends. I loved the fun heart sunnies the bridesmaids rocked & Jessie’s sweet nieces and nephews. My favorite detail of the day was the ceremony decor which featured calligraphy quotes from Corinthians, “Love is Patient”, “Love Always Protects” hanging in the isles & simple mason jar vases of baby’s breath above the alter area. Jessie and Albert also chose to to wash each other’s feet during the ceremony which was intimate and humbling.

The party rocked on into the evening & everyone danced the night away under the bistro lights. They even had Molly Moon’s ice cream which I was devastated to have been too busy to eat! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Ng! Your day was perfect & I’m wishing you many many happy years together! Cheers!

Venue: Laurel Creek Manor, Sumner, WA // Coordinator: Lilac and Lace // Florals & Decor: Dolores Trif // DJ: DJ Dylan // Hair & Makeup: The Outer Edge // Dress: The Dress Theory // Catering: Act 3 Catering // Photography: Meredith McKee Photography // Second Photographer: Alecia Lindsay

When Marcy took a work rotation in the UK, she knew should would be getting an incredible experience, but what she didn’t know, was that thanks to a friendly little dating app (cough-Tinder-cough) she would also be meeting her future husband across the pond! Marcy & Chris’s chemistry was instant, and they knew almost immediately that this wasn’t going to be a casual get together. Despite their budding relationship, Marcy was transferred back to the states, and then decided to take a job in Seattle – putting quite some distance between the two. Even though they had only been together for four months, Marcy & Chris knew this was the real deal and that they wanted to start their life in Seattle, together.

Chris made the journey, some 4,600 miles, to settle in the second rainiest region (at least he was already acclimated!) & the two began their wedding plans. Marcy & Chris quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and wanted to have their wedding in a natural setting. Volunteer Park is near their home in Capitol Hill, so for their casual, simple ceremony, it was an easy choice. Marcy’s immediate family and a couple of friends joined for the intimate celebration among blooming hydrangeas on a warm day in July. The ceremony was short & sweet and Marcy’s gorgeous, ear-to-ear smile was contagious. After the ceremony, the family enjoyed electric boating around South Lake Union & feasting on a delicious dinner out downtown. I am so happy to call these two wonderful people friends and I am so glad I was able to photograph this happy day. Congratulations, Marcy & Chris!

Venue: Volunteer Park // Florals: Flowers on 15th // Dress: French Connection // Officiant: Ceremony by Nancy

Kaity & Ben met in high school 10 years ago. Their romance started during a school play (Kaity made the first move!) & continued through the first two years of college long distance, before they were reunited at the University of Virginia. After graduation, Ben was hired onto the team at Microsoft so they made the drive cross country to start their life in Seattle. Kaity & I had lots of mutual friends at UVA but our paths didn’t cross until we both found ourselves on the west coast, eager to make friends so far from where we’d grown up. Kaity’s energy is contagious and we easily became good friends.

Kaity & Ben love food, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary for them to hit some local hot spots, like the Dahlia Lounge. To Kaity’s complete & utter surprise, Ben got down on one knee and proposed. The only thing that could top this moment 8 years in the making was the celebrity appearance of Tom Douglas himself, presenting the couple with an autographed copy of his latest cookbook. Needless to say, Kaity was beside herself!

The high school sweethearts decided to tie the knot back in their beloved Virginia. After having photographed their engagement session in Seattle, it was such a treat to get to fly cross country to document their celebration at Sunset Crest Manor in northern Virginia. The day started off ominously, with hurricane-like down-pouring rain, but these Seattleites knew their day would be wonderful regardless. Then, just as Kaity was preparing to see Ben for the first time in her gown, the skies cleared. Even though these two had been together for a decade, it was like they were seeing their future together for the first time, knowing that today they would finally become husband & wife.

Their first look was followed by bridal party portraits with their closest friends and family, a gorgeous tented ceremony (it did rain a bit off and on throughout the day, but just sprinkles thank goodness!) and a fabulous party complete with custom cocktails, delicious food, lively dancing & a sparkler send off. We all actually caught the same flight back to Seattle on Monday, but while I got busy culling & editing, they jetted off to Tokyo & Bali! I know these adventurers are having an amazing time on their honeymoon & I can’t wait to celebrate with them when they get back. Congratulations Kaity & Ben! You’re married!!

Venue: Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly, VA // Video: Simon Cook Films // Florals: Petal’s Edge Floral // DJ: Scratch DJs // Photo Booth: Gold Rush Events // Hair: Haircolor N Style by Natalya // Makeup: Tica Beauty // Dresses: Pattrapon Bridal // Tent: L&A Tent Rentals // Catering: Culinary Delights by Feist // Photography: Meredith McKee Photography

I am thrilled to share the first wedding of the season with you all – Eliza & Zev’s stunning black tie celebration at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia!  It was a whirlwind of a trip for me to travel cross-country to be there to document it all, but boy was it worth it. Eliza & Zev both graduated from the University of Virginia and are currently living in New York, but, like Kevin & I did as well, they decided to tie the knot back in beautiful Charlottesville. Traveling back to Virginia for their wedding is just the tip of the iceberg for these two adventurous souls. Zev actually proposed on the top of a mountain in Nepal during their year long sabbatical traveling throughout Southeast Asia. Talk about a grand start to their journey! Eliza & Zev took this precious memory to heart and asked that their guests consider donating to the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal instead of a typical wedding registry gift. This spirit of giving and love was evident throughout their wedding day as well, especially highlighted by their nods to tradition, both to their Jewish faith & family history. One of my favorite twists on a Jewish tradition was during the breaking of the glass at the end of the ceremony, both Eliza and Zev broke glass rather than just the groom. I love how they modified & modernized these beautiful traditions to strengthen their beliefs. Another sweet nod to tradition was the 1940s cake topper – it had originally belonged to Zev’s grandfather, and has since been used in over 10 weddings in their family! Not only was nearly every detail tended to with thought & care sentimentally, but also visually. Every piece of their day was so beautiful, from Zev’s navy blue tux and Eliza’s stunning gold Sarah Seven dress, to lush overflowing florals by Whimsical Floral Design. Eliza’s bridesmaids had me cracking up from the second I walked in the door until the final moments of gatoring during Shout at the reception. The hora was one of the most epic reception moments of my career to date – I got dizzy myself watching them run around and circles throwing each member of the family in the air! I am so thankful I was able to document this special special day, and I know that Eliza & Zev have a rich marriage ahead of them, full of love, laughter and adventure. Eliza works for a travel company so obviously they were bound for a fabulous honeymoon – they jetted off to South Africa the morning after the wedding! Congratulations & Mazel tov!

Venue & Catering: The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, VA // Bridal Dress: Sarah Seven // Florals: Whimsical Floral Design // Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN // Paper: Wedding Paper Divas

I wanted to share these portraits from our Bohemian Inspiration Session in a different post because they didn’t quite fit with the woodland/marsala feel, but gosh are they beautiful. This gold dress is actually a favorite in my personal closet & I wear it any chance I can – it suited Elisabeth perfectly. This whimsical headpiece from Serephine tied the whole look together. Huge shout out again to the fabulous Jen of The Outer Edge for stunning hair & makeup!

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