Botanical Inspired Shoot

Sometimes you find inspiration in the strangest of places and in the most unique objects, which I find myself on a continual search for.  Sometimes you find this in distant travels, across oceans and long stretches of road, but sometimes you find it in your own backyard...literally! My parents have this amazing 100 year old home in Kirkland. Washington. Before they owned it, it was a 7 acre dairy farm with a central farm house and a series of buildings on the property where everything from milk processing to fruit was stored during harvest season. One particular out building was where the farmer and his wife stored their tools and personal belongings, almost like a garage, without any vehicles in it. The amount of dust and debris always kept us from really exploring deeper into this building, until my parents decided to turn it into a guest house years later. I still remember a bright and warm Saturday morning, one Summer, my dad got me and my brother to help go through the "shed" and pull out anything worth grabbing before it was demoed the next day. We found a series of old tools and farming equipment amongst a bunch of stuff that just appeared to be trash..but beyond the main room was a small door that lead to a closet. I believe this is where the farmer's wife had her stash, as we found a series of old hats, books, perfume bottles and apothecary related items. I was in heaven! After dusting everything off, the real fun began! I found everything from medicine bottles for different animals on the property, to a collection of vintage toothbrushes, to a beautiful vintage bottle of Chanel No.5. These findings, amongst the trailing ivy that had grown in through the dusty windows set the stage as the inspiration for this shoot. Many of the items used in the shoot were from this shed and are items that hold great nostalgia to myself, as they give a glimpse of a simpler life that was lived on this property before we had the privilege of moving in. Enjoy these stunning photos from Ali Mae Photo, as you take a trip down memory lane with us. 

Photography: Ali Mae Photo | Hair & makeup: Melissa Korn | Paper Goods: Libby Tipton | Model: Lauren Alexander | Table: Seattle Farm Tables 

Anastaysia and Anton

Anastaysia and Anton's wedding was about two beautiful things- celebrating their love for each other and their love for their community. Throughout the entire process, the guest count seemed to climb, as they couldn't imagine celebrating without their people- we even had to have a special tent extension created so we could have everyone together! I loved that!

This wedding was full of so much heart and working with them was truly a pleasure! Also can we talk about how stunning Anastaysia is? Look at her and that dress...amazing! Also, I think we need row boats and swans..always! Happy one year anniversary (ok, a little over a year) my friends! So glad I got to be a part of your big day. Enjoy these beautiful images from the lovely, Lora Grady Photography

Erin & Chris

I remember getting an inquiry into my inbox from a couple from Philadelphia that wanted to plan a destination wedding. My mind instantly started jumping all over the map, thinking of all the cool places we could do a destination wedding at. I was thinking Tuscany or Bali or something amazing and exotic. As I kept reading, I soon discovered their incredibly destination was...Seattle. Literally, the least possible "destination" destination wedding I could physically do. They wanted someone local, who was familiar with the venue and Seattle area vendors, so while I was only driving 15 min, I was happy to take on this destination affair!

 After I kissed my dreams of an exotic waterfalls and rolling vineyard hills goodbye, I continued reading about this couple and quickly realized they have to be two of the coolest people alive. Erin is a nurse, & Chris worked in medical sales and they fell in love at work and then started a rock band together. They shared a mutual love of Parks & Rec.  and seriously have the most beautiful dog- a Samoyed named Taco- I mean, what's not to love? Erin, described her ideal aesthetic as fresh & botanical, with lots of wild greenery, neutral floral and natural accents like wood and linen. Erin mentioned that they'd be in town in  a few weeks and would love to do a walk through, but after that, the decision making would be left to me, because of the distance and lack of time to travel back and forth. All these factors made me instantly love them and a few weeks later, we met up, hit it off, and planned one of my favorite weddings yet!

This was probably my 10th or so Sodo Park wedding, but something about this wedding made me see this industrial warehouse with a whole new set of eyes, as we created a ceremony & reception that felt bright & fresh, with billowing chiffon drapes, cascading floral full of blueberries on the vine, garden roses & clematis and vintage silver compotes  full of black berries. Libby Tipton created the most stunning, hand drawn & hand cut menu cards, that we're accented by a stunning ombre'd escort card wall, that left all the guests talking. Thankfully, we had the incredibly Maria Lamb behind the camera, capturing everything beautifully! 

Erin & Chris we're truly dream clients and I wish Philly we're closer, because I'd make them be friends with me...mostly so I could hang out with Taco. Enjoy a look inside their Seattle, destination wedding!