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I have quite a few weddings that I’m preparing to blog, but I thought I’d post Laura and Matt’s gorgeous city wedding first so as not to forget this fall’s gorgeous colors and this couple’s incredibly fun day. They had their first look downtown, followed by lots of outdoor wedding photos among some gorgeous red and gold leaves. Their ceremony was in one of the most beautiful chapels I’ve been to, and it was such a joy to shoot there. Finally, their modern reception space featured purple uplighting and a travel theme. These two have traveled the world, and it was clear in the tables named after all of their favorite destinations. (And I’m a bit jealous of their Maldives honeymoon!) Congratulations, Laura and Matt!

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Ceremony Venue: St James Chapel / Reception Venue: Hotel Chicago / Second photographer: Alaina Bos / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkof / Hair and Makeup: We Only Do Pretty / Florist: KLA Designs / Cake: Cake Chicago / Music: Rendezvous Music


As I finish up this year’s Chicago weddings, I can’t hide how bittersweet it is that I’ll only be shooting a few more back in the Windy City next year. But, I am so looking forward to all of the Seattle and Bellingham wedding photos I’ll be creating in 2015. Next year’s calendar is looking fantastic with incredible clients that I love already, and I just adore the engagement sessions we’ve done so far this fall. I’ll be sharing more of those here on the blog in the coming weeks. January is going to be blog catch-up month, for sure!

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I often have a hard time narrowing down my favorite wedding photos for a blog post, and it’s especially so when the photos convey real, emotional moments. That was most definitely the case with Patricia and Kirsten’s Fort Worden wedding. How could I not begin this post with a good series of photos showing the blissful joy of their first look? How could I not include multiple real moments from their emotional ceremony at Battery Tolles Bluff? And how could I not include a bundle of images from their exuberant New Orleans style Second Line procession from ceremony to reception? I simply had to share them all. These two LOVE to dance. Their reception even included an organized line dance that packed the dance floor. Patricia and Kirsten – congratulations to you!!

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Ceremony Venue: Battery Tolles Bluff, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA / Reception Venue: USO Hall, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA / Second photographer: Vanessa Simpson / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Florist: Friend of the couple / Cake: Friend of the couple

  • Vanessa Simpson - This was such a fun, fun, fun day. Thank you for trusting me and having me along for the emotional roller coaster (the BEST kind). Honored and humbled.

    Best wishes to the lovely brides!

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Kristine and Michael’s wedding reflected a perfectly timeless and romantic style with classic black tuxes, blush pink and champagne florals, and one show-stopping wedding dress. With the details so elegantly designed, I felt lucky to be able to focus on so many real moments of love between these two and their families. Some of my favorite moments included the joy in Kristine’s mom’s eyes as she helped Kristine into her dress, a little giggle Kristine let out while reading a card from Michael, the glances they made to each other during their ceremony (which was officiated by the same priest that presided over Michael’s parents’ wedding!), and how the night was just so full of energy as their reception dancing went on and on. I also loved their traveling love story – how they began dating while studying abroad in Rome, and got engaged in the Bahamas. So romantic! Congratulations, Kristine and Mike!

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Ceremony: St. William the Abbot / Reception Venue: Westbury Manor / Second photographer: Erika Koop / Videographer: JL Productions / Hair/Makeup: Tiffany Hayden / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Shoes: J Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Florist: Flowers by Brian / DJ: Body Rock / Anniversary Wine Guest Book: Handmade by the Couple

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