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Edith + Cody | Vow Renewal at Alta Lake, British Columbia

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When I look into your eyes / It’s like watching the night sky / Or a beautiful sunrise / Well, there’s so much they hold / And just like them old stars / I see that you’ve come so far / To be right where you are / How old is your soul?

Well, I won’t give up on us / Even if the skies get rough / I’m giving you all my love / I’m still looking up

And when you’re needing your space / To do some navigating / I’ll be here patiently waiting / To see what you find

‘Cause even the stars they burn / Some even fall to the earth / We’ve got a lot to learn / God knows we’re worth it / No, I won’t give up

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily / I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make / Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use / The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake / And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend / For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn / We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in / I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am

I won’t give up on us / Even if the skies get rough / I’m giving you all my love / I’m still looking up, I’m still looking up.

Well, I won’t give up on us / God knows I’m tough enough / We’ve got a lot to learn / God knows we’re worth it / I won’t give up on us / Even if the skies get rough / I’m giving you all my love / I’m still looking up     – Jason Mraz

 

Edith & Cody planned a secret vow renewal while they would be on a family vacation at Whistler.

The original plan was to do everything at the Top Of The World, but when we went to buy our tickets for the lift to the top the entire mountain was clouded in with zero visibility. That was basically the theme of all the planning… plans go horribly wrong and we find an equally beautiful solution. For months I was the only other person who knew about the vow renewal so Edith and I would regularly text and talk about plans, new plans, and new new plans. When the Top Of The World vision was off the table I saw Edith’s heart sink. The ticket gal suggested we check out Alta Lake just down the road and even showed us some photos of the area. As we walked back to the car I saw Cody take Edith’s hand to comfort her; it was a subtle reminder of the trials that they’ve overcome during their marriage and that it was their love and commitment that saw them through.

It was such an honor to be there with the two of them as they spoke about the adventures they’d already had and made promises for the future. I couldn’t be more proud of Edith and Cody, the family they’ve built, the grace that leads their lives, and the inspiration they’ve been to me.

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Whitney + Garrett | Pacific Northwest Nautical Rustic Seattle Space Needle BFW

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A few weeks ago I blogged about working in Phoenix for The Big Fake Wedding (BFW), now it’s time to show off the Seattle show. Unfortunately this was the event where I broke my ankle last fall… sigh. Before we get into all the pretty photos let’s recap so that ya’ll remember what BFW is and why it’s so awesome.

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the team the organizes BFW series all over the US. I applied to photograph the Phoenix and Seattle shows and couldn’t be happier with my experience working at both events. The vendor teams totally brought their A-game and I’m crazy in love with the concept behind the BFW…

Complete with a cocktail-style dinner, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” (brides-to-be!) get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises.

I was worried that it would be strange or competitive working with other photographers that weren’t working for me, but the other photo teams were just as excited as I was to participate in an event that fosters community over competition. We helped each other when needed, made sure that each other got time with all the bridal details, and even took a couple photos of each other working. Overall I’m going with “Magical” for my description.

When Whitney went to visit her brother in San Diego, who knew that she would fall in love with his roommate?! The only problem was that she lived across the country in Orlando. Garrett asked if he could come out to visit her, and she said no, but he booked a flight anyway. He came out, spent a week with Whitney and her family, and then what happened next is a direct quote from Garrett (because it’s just too sweet not to share verbatim). “After the best week of my life, I was all in and knew I would marry her someday.” Aw, shucks. By the end of the trip, Garrett asked Whitney’s dad if he could move to Orlando to date her, and a year later he proposed on the dock where they sat that first week and fell in love.

What is the best date you have ever had? From her: My favorite date we’ve ever had was our first one. I was in San Diego for the weekend and he told me he was picking me up to watch the sunrise. He got me at 4:30 am, we got some coffee, and went to Torrey Pines and climbed a lifeguard stand while we waited for it. The conversation was great so the sun was pretty much up by the time we realized – the sun doesn’t “rise” on the west coast. It was definitely behind us. He still gets made fun of for that.

What is the most awesome thing about your marriage? From him: The most awesome thing about our marriage has been the constant growing of “in loveness” that we have felt for one another. It feels like through each season of life we have come to we become better friends and more united.

One of the things that completely sold me on working with the teams at The Big Fake Wedding is their commitment to promoting healthy, happy, and lasting marriages; not just inspiring people to live out their wedding day fantasies. It would be so easy for them to say “Great, thanks for coming, good luck with that whole being together forever thing.” I believe that as a professional who witnesses dozens of weddings each year and who works to build a relationship with each of my wedding couples, that it is so important for me (and my fellow creative vendors) to encourage those couples in their marriages. One of the ways that I believe I can do this professionally is to give their wedding photography my full attention, deepest care, as well as being a calm and confident fixture on what can be a very stressful day. My wedding day goal: Bride-chilla. …not Bride-zilla.

Now you might be asking, “Why would you want to photograph an event in Seattle? You’re an Oregon photographer!”

Well let’s just say that while I LOOOOOOVE OREGON and would never dream of living anywhere else; I also love working in new places, I love to travel, and I love Seattle – The Emerald City. While Seattle has the same general “wedding season” as the rest of the PNW it has some pretty fantastic urban scenery. I also serve Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Montana, and Colorado.

Enjoy!
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Kelly + Robert | Urban Fiesta Dia de los Muertos Theme BFW

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I know that this event has been published and blogged already by The Big Fake Wedding & Ruffled Blog, but now it’s MY turn!

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the team the organizes The Big Fake Wedding (BFW) series all over the US. I applied to photograph the Phoenix and Seattle shows and couldn’t be happier with my experience working at both events. The vendor teams totally brought their A-game and I’m crazy in love with the concept behind the BFW…

Complete with a cocktail-style dinner, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” (brides-to-be!) get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises.

Like Lovesick (partners with Offbeat Bride) this was more than a bridal show, this was an opportunity to work with other professionals and showcase our services in action to each other as well as perspective couples. Yay! The Phoenix BFW had a fiesta/dia de los muertos theme. It was colorful, bright, full of textures, sugar skulls, cacti, and unique details. Honestly it was stunning and I couldn’t have asked for better material to photograph. So. Much. To. Photograph. Oh and did I mention that our bride got to wear not one, not two, but THREE dresses!?!? ::swoon::

I was worried that it would be strange or competitive working with other photographers that weren’t working  for me, but the other photo teams were just as excited as I was to participate in an event that fosters community over competition. We helped each other when needed, made sure that each other got time with all the bridal details, and even took a couple photos of each other working. Overall I’m going with “Magical” for my description.

What was even better was the deep love and chemistry that you could feel between Kelly + Robert. I love love.

From first date to wedding date, it was a quick and exciting nine months for Kelly and Robert. When they signed up for a co-ed softball league, who knew it would lead to all this?! Ten years, two college degrees, twelve jobs, five houses, two adoptions, one miracle baby – yet there’s so much more life ahead for these two.

What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
Our willingness to fight for each other and overcome the struggles life has thrown our way. To see the good in each other and lift each other up in love. Oh, and our secret handshake!!

What advice would you give an engaged couple?
– Commit wholeheartedly to each other, speak kindly, forgive easily, and laugh often. Always prioritize each other and date each other often. Be selfless, be present, be willing to adapt. Always remember who you fell in love with and enjoy growing old together!!

One of the things that completely sold me on working with the teams at The Big Fake Wedding is their commitment to promoting healthy, happy, and lasting marriages; not just inspiring people to live out their wedding day fantasies. It would be so easy for them to say “Great, thanks for coming, good luck with that whole being together forever thing.” I believe that as a professional who witnesses dozens of weddings each year and who works to build a relationship with each of my wedding couples, that it is so important for me (and my fellow creative vendors) to encourage those couples in their marriages. One of the ways that I believe I can do this professionally is to give their wedding photography my full attention, deepest care, as well as being a calm and confident fixture on what can be a very stressful day. My wedding day goal: Bride-chilla. …not Bride-zilla.

Now you might be asking, “Why would you want to photograph an event in Phoenix? You’re an Oregon photographer!”

Well let’s just say that while I LOOOOOOVE OREGON and would never dream of living anywhere else; I also love working in new places, I love to travel, and I love love love the American Southwest desert. Phoenix in particular has an exactly opposite wedding season to Oregon and the PNW. The majority of weddings in the Pacific Northwest happen from mid-May through September; in Phoenix their weddings happen from October through April. Nobody there wants to get married when it’s 110 degrees! …just like nobody here wants to get married when it’s cold and rainy. Although on a side note I’ve been really impressed with the number of off-season weddings that have been happening over the last year or two. So then, back on topic, it only makes sense for me, in an attempt to work comfortable year-round, to open up my services to Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.

Enjoy!

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