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Poulsbo Farm Kitchen Wedding in the Garden | Gaby + Joe

This beautiful Poulsbo Farm Kitchen wedding was a special one for me. The beautiful bride is my very dear cousin, who’s much like a sister, Gaby.

Let’s go back in time some 19 years ago. I was a pre-teen growing up with two older brothers in Southern Arizona. Always dreaming of having a sister, but instead “dealing with” my older brothers, until my cousin Gaby came to live with us. She was two years older than me, a bit of a rebel from Utah and she became the closest thing to a sister I had (outside of my best friend). We’ve stayed close over the years, both transplanting up to Washington, where she met Joe at a friends party and their mutual love of all things living and growing was fostered.  They have since transplanted together to Iowa as Gaby gets her doctorate and came back to their Poulsbo Farm Kitchen wedding last July. You can see their outdoor engagement session at their Seattle home just days before their cross country move here.

They brought family together to a beautiful outdoor wedding venue Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo where they could enjoy the beauty of the PNW. Both of them being foodies, made choosing Kaspar’s catering an important choice for their amazing food. Images of their adventures across the world were highlighted across their reception, along with Joe ranging from clean shaved to full mountain man beard! These two laugh so much, and are connected at such a deep level, that their connection just glowed all day long.
Their ceremony in the open field on a hot summer day, shaded partially with an apple tree. The sound of earth and chatter of the people they love surrounded them as they said goodbye to a life alone, and hello to a life full of crazy adventures, love and family. I’ve known Gabs my entire life, and never seen her happier than when she is with Joe.

bride and groom stand in front of red barn at farm kitchen poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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bride puts dress on  at farm kitchen poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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 groom ties orange tie with blue circles on a grey suit at farm kitchen poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
bride walks up to groom during first site under apple orchard trees at farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
bride and groom kiss at first site under apple orchard trees at farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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bride and groom portraits in front of red barn at farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
groom tie and boutineer detail photos in front of red barn at farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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outdoor summer wedding ceremony on lawn at  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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late afternoon outdoor summer wedding ceremony on lawn at  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo
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reception outdoor tent at  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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kaspars catering wedding food at  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
bride and groom are announced at outdoor receptions at  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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wedding ring detail of greenlake jewelry  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
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nighttime outdoor wedding venue of  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
dancing at  farm kitchen wedding in poulsbo photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison

Did you enjoy this Poulsbo Farm Kitchen Wedding feature? You can see their highlight video here.

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My Growing Family | Lincoln Turns 3

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This weekend we chimed in three whole years of Lincoln being on this planet. It was full of fun, presents and lots of chocolate. Yes… he got chocolate cake for breakfast on his birthday. Because, when else can you do that without judgement?

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 Lincoln at 3 years, and Scarlett at 3 months

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Linc, Scarlett and their cousins Audrey and Annie. There is a photo of my brothers and I sitting cross legged up against the wall when we were this age that this image reminds me of. When I think of that image, it makes me remember my happy childhood, and creating this images makes me so happy to create a memory for them that they will look back on when they are adults and remember  their happy childhood.

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Here is a snapshot  of who Linc is at three:

- He wants to know your middle name as well as your favorite animal. Please tell us in the comments, as he is truly very curious

- He loves playing “Momma kitty (insert any animal here) and baby kitty”.  A phrase I here dozens of times a day “you be momma kitty (the k sounds like a t which makes things humorous too) , and I’ll be baby kitty”. “You be momma dino, and I’ll be baby dino”,  “You be momma saratops (triceratops), and I’ll be baby saratops”.  Always playing momma/baby animal games

- He knows exactly how he wants to play, and how you should play too. Not a child who doesn’t know his mind.

-He truely loves Scarlett ( or “tarlett” as he pronounces it), and if she is crying, he will go check on her and see what she needs. He thinks it’s hilarious when she holds his finger

- He must have both the main light and the bedside light on when he goes to bed. If we turn it off in the middle of the night, he will yell for us to turn it back on… no matter what hour of the night it is…. we’ve learned to leave that light on.

- He is very boy and very mischievous. I blame Pete’s karma for the mischieviousness

- He is very polite 90% of the time. The other 10% he is likely to say “no, you get out of my way”

-He will run circles around the kitchen for hours if we let him.

- At night, after books, I hear ” you lay with me for a couple whiles, momma. Pretty please?”

- He loves loves loves his daddy.

- When he comes downstairs to visit while I am working in the office, he will regularly kick me out of my seat, then take my seat and tell me “I’m working honey, you can go upstairs”

- He loves finding my mints that I have for clients when he visits my office/studio. He comes downstairs, asks “One mint momma?” while he holds up his chubby little index finger. He always grabs one for me, one for him and has my help him open his. He eats his, waits for me to eat mine, then grabs both wrappers and puts them in the trash.

and so much more I can’t even begin to list. This time is going by so fast, it’s all I can do to hold on tight and try to remember all the moments (which is partially why I write these posts each year… to help me remember as well as entertain you readers:))

Chess Inspired Wedding with a DIY Twist| Lacey & Octavian

I love unique style and Lacey and Octavian have just that. Their chess inspired wedding on the outskirts of Portland was laid back, unique, filled with personal touches, and full of love, laughter and dancing.

L + O are one of the funnest couples I know, and I knew right away that their wedding was going to be amazing. I’ve known them for a couple years, and they always are laid back, all about the people they have in their lives, and  love good food and beer. And boy did their wedding deliver on being spot on to who they are as a couple.

They had a clever and still subtle theme inspired by chess. Chess pieces in her bouquet, in the boutonnieres, on the invitation and in the flowers on their center pieces. L + O met way back in high school down in Portland, became friends, then something more. When Lacey moved up to Seattle to become a nurse, Octavian knew that his heart was in Seattle as well. They moved up to Seattle, but followed their roots back home to share their day with family and become husband and wife.

Their vows were filled with funny anecdotes of Lacey’s medical knowledge and Octavian’s lack there of. And, to acknowledge the beginning of their lives as husband and wife, they planted a tree together during their ceremony which would be replanted in the backyard of the home they own in Seattle.

Their toasts went down memory lane with Octavian’s twin brother talking about losing his best friend to a girl, and being okay with it because Lacey was just so good for him. And Lacey’s sister took the mic to essentially say the same.

This is a couple who betters themselves, and the people they are around, and you could see by the love of everyone around them. And who doesn’t love the unique aspect of a chess inspired wedding?

Enjoy.

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Spring Engagement Portraits at UW – Jessica and Issac

Spring engagement portraits at UW are always my favorite. The sun is out, cherry trees are in bloom and love is in the air. Issac and Jessica drove down from Bellingham to meet up for their Seattle engagement photography session, and it couldn’t have been a prettier day for it.

One downfall of a beautiful sunny warm Sunday evening when the cherry blossoms are out at UW, is that the entire city decides to go to see the beauty as well. So, we decided not to spend much time in the Quad which was practically shoulder to shoulder people, but we roamed around the rest of UW’s beautiful campus and found nooks and crannies that were a bit more private to photograph in.

Jessica and Issac are some of the most laid back couples. Truly comfortable with each other, and while they said they were not comfortable in front of the camera, you would never be able to tell. Her face lit up when he snuggled close, and he loved to laugh and enjoy the embrace of the women he loves. You really can’t get more perfect than that!

Enjoy their spring engagement portraits at UW and I can’t wait for their wedding in October!

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View a slideshow of their entire spring engagement portraits at UW below.

Rainy Day Seattle Portrait Solution

It rains in Seattle. It’s just part of the charm of Seattle, but it can make for an interesting predicament when your are a location photographer and you don’t want to or can’t reschedule your shoot.
Luckily the architect of the downtown Seattle library were brilliant and, luckily for us, makes for an amazing rainy day portrait solution. The H family and I met on one rainy Seattle afternoon and roamed the grounds with their adorable 12 month old. Inside and outside options,with beautiful light. you just can’t go wrong!

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