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My dear friend Ali got married this summer to Ryan at Willie Green’s Organic Farm in Monroe, WA.  I first met Ali five years ago when I first moved to Seattle.  She was one of my first friends here, and we both shared the love of photography and the outdoors.  This lady has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known.  She is always so warm and is an incredible listener.  Every time we hang out, no matter how much time has passed, it always feels so genuine.  I was honored to be part of her big day, and the wedding was exactly what I had imagined it to be.  :)  On a farm, warm sun, her closest family and friends and sunflowers everywhere.  The small ceremony was intimate and very special.  The reception was underneath a lovely white covering with yellow and white paper lanterns–it felt so bright and airy.  There was a food truck from Crisp Creperie–they served savory crepes!  It was the most delicious.  I loved seeing so many old faces and kids that have grown up so fast!  Thank you, Ali & Ryan, for sharing your day with me.  Congratulations!!

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This was my first backpacking trip of the season.  Pretty much as soon as I finished weddings, I just had to get out and put some trips up on my calendar.  I was so grateful to have Heather (her first backpacking trip and Kelsey to join me on this trip!  First of all, Blanca Lake isn’t your typical overnight trail, but I’ve been wanting to stay the night since I was last here.  I just felt like there were lots of great night time opportunities.  The trail climbs pretty well mostly the whole way until the last part down to the lake.  Kels and I booked it most of the way, and I don’t think I have ever sweated so much before on a hike!  So intense.  Our legs would literally hurt more if we stopped for too long, so we decided to just take short breaks.  When we got to the top near the meadows, it starts thundering and raining a little bit.  It was so crazy because I watched the weather so well for this weekend and it said 0% rain; that being said, never trust the weather!!  And be prepared for ANY type of rain.  I totally regretted leaving my rain jacket and rainfly to save some weight…I was afraid it was going to downpour on us at night and we’d have to figure out a new sleeping situation haha.  Anyways, when we got down to the lake, it was pretty overcast with storm clouds coming in.  Drizzled a little, and it was a little chilly but we still got to chill and relax down at the bottom.  We decided to set up our tents and just lay around until bedtime haha.  Eating and people watching were probably the most eventful thing to do.  Night time rolled around, and thankfully it didn’t end up raining at all.  Since I left my rainfly at home, my tent was all mesh over the top so you could see all the stars so bright!  It was the most beautiful.  Since this was pretty much my first night photo trial since last summer….my photos were a little rusty.  I couldn’t really figure out how to focus on infinity, so they weren’t as sharp as I had hoped.  It’s always trial and error, every trip.  All in all, great trip with great girls and we learned a lot for future trips!

  • dorothy - so good wang!! wish I went on this trip with you guys!

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Alrighty, so Caitlin and Philip got married on a Friday evening.  I always forget how much I actually love weekday weddings–something so special about celebrating a couple right after work.  :)  Early in the morning, I met up with the two and their friends who were helping them pick up flowers from the market and grab some coffee and breakfast.  Philip stopped by Mee Sum Pastry to get a pork bun…I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this place!  Best Asian pastries at the market.  Then we walked down to Le Panier for some coffee and treats.  We took a few photos in Post Alley as we walked around–it was such a chill morning for these two, and I am so glad to have been part of it!  After we picked up the flowers, we headed to our respected areas, and I then met up with everyone back at Philip’s apartment on Capitol Hill.  They both got ready in the same room, and it was so precious.  After that, we were headed back downtown for some photos.  It was a little tricky finding places since it was super sunny everywhere, but we went on top of the Russell Investments roof and the SAM for some shade.  The wedding and reception was then held at Urban Light Studios.  This place was so great, different rooms around the building where people could wander around.  So Caitlin and Philip wanted not your traditional wedding ceremony.  Instead of having an aisle and seats, they just had a standing room with a few chairs where family and friends gave toasts.  It was such a great idea!  One of my most favorite things about weddings are hearing the toasts and funny stories from the people who know the couple best, so it was perfect for these two.  After that it was just food, mingling and dancing!  They also had a photo booth going on downstairs with a backdrop they had made that I LOVED.  It was such a great, fun night just hanging out.  Even though it was not your typical wedding, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate the marriage of C&P!!  Congratulations you two!!  So happy for you both, and thank you for your encouragement, support and generosity–it was such an honor to have witnessed the whole day with you two!  Ya’ll have some of the biggest hearts I have seen.  Enjoy the weekend in California!!! :)

Venue:  Urban Light Studios – Seattle, WA

  • dorothy - these are so fun. just killin’ it wang!

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