August 20th, 2014 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
let’s just kick this off by showing you a picture of the twins:because we know that’s why you’re here. but check this out, these adorable little balls of wonder belong to an amazing family. one that is so full of love and fun and all the best things life has to offer. their mom has the kind of laugh that is explosive and contagious (which come to think of it, sounds like a terrible disease…but I promise you it’s the best disease you’ve ever had) and the way their dad loves his kids is so tender and engaging. and then there’s wick…not sure one little human has ever embodied so much personality (check out his baby pictures taken a year and a half ago).
August 19th, 2014 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
these two are so darn good looking, it would be really easy not to like them…if only they weren’t so darn nice too.
this match wasn’t love at first sight, though…brittany had to battle her way past the “little sister” label to try and gain dave’s attention and it took more than an valentines kiss to seal the deal. but the beauty here is that once they committed, they committed for life.
and commit, they did in this beautiful afternoon ceremony; honoring their parents’ role in guiding them through childhood, recounting their dating journey and looking forward to the days ahead. together. it wasn’t all serious, though, between armpit checks, butt grabs, a very melodramatic “i do” and a slightly unorthodox recessional song (ask me later) there was so much fun to be had. it was such a brilliant celebration!
August 13th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
a blind date gone terribly, terribly…right. 20 minutes in and sean was sold on this red headed sommelier, vowing that this would be the last first date he ever went on.
and what a way to celebrate, on sean’s parents’ beautiful estate, friends and family coming in from far and wide on a beautifully warm (ahem, hot) afternoon. freckles, cowboy boots, great wine, comfort food, a champagne sabre, cute kids and a rocking party into the night all under a big white tent.
thanks to all the wonderful vendors: venue: private estate | tent: classic party rentals | bouquets: thrifty foods morgan crossing | cupcakes: thrifty foods and tracycakes | dj: beyond sound | caterer: drew cooks | second shooter: lexa bergen
August 10th, 2014 by sharaleep | 6 Comments »
you may recognize these folks from the many milestones i’ve been able to document in their lives. amber and bonner are servants – they are constantly caring for and loving others. it was such an honor to be able to serve them for once!
August 6th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
i met these two years ago through mutual friends, in fact, i think it was before they were even married. certainly before either of us had children. now here they are, 2 kids later celebrating 10 years – TEN YEARS. so awesome to be a witness to faithfulness.
August 5th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
when we first met, i asked each of them what had initially attracted them to the other and their answers made me smile. she said his looks (which is so fun because often that’s the guy’s response) as he was super tanned and had a big beard while he talked about what a good heart she has and how she empathizes with people, especially the kids she works with. they are such a good match – both incredibly kind and generous and annoyingly good looking.
August 1st, 2014 by sharaleep | 11 Comments »
with wedding season being in full swing, i rarely get to take a proper vacation in summer, but this year we decided to stay more local and head down to the seattle area to a house by the sea.this was the best decision we’ve made in awhile…it was so relaxed and beautiful and while we thought we would do more of exploring of the city, we were happy to just stay home and enjoy the view. my kids read books, collected crabs and played card games – so dreamy.
my sister lives down in portland with her husband and four children and we were so excited to host them for a few days. last fall, their family took a trip down to florida to meet the family of her two adopted boys. shortly after they came home, melissa asked if they would be open to coming to oregon to visit, so three of their siblings made the trek on their first plane ride across the country to live with them for 6 weeks. we are so grateful to their florida family for being willing to share them with us. please be sure to check out the other amazing women who are a part of the childhood unplugged project!
July 30th, 2014 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
okay, i feel like i’m going to have a hard time finding words for this one. so it’s a good thing i took a lot of pictures.
chris and mariah are honestly one of the dearest couples. they have been together since mariah was in high school and you can tell…their way with each other is one of ease and delight and they are so fun to be around.
their day was so personal…the wedding in a dear friends’ yard and the reception held on her family’s farm, their pictures taken in the orchard where she used to play, her flowers prepared by her sisters and so many dear family and friends in attendance.
i think mariah broke the record for number of hugs i’ve received from a bride on their wedding day. her gratitude was humbling and something i will never forget. and now i’m crying. OK! look at some pictures while i go find a kleenex
July 22nd, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
while july 12th, 2014 was their wedding day, their story spans more than a decade. it all started when they were teenagers, both attending the same boarding school. they were friends and spent a fair bit of time together, but it didn’t progress much further than that. years passed, relationships came and went, maturity occurred and their paths crossed again at their ten year reunion. it was only then that sam realized all these years she had been comparing other guys to matt – none of them had all of the things she was looking for but him. i loved hearing their perspective, knowing that if they had tried to commit earlier on, it might not have worked. it took those years of growing up for them both to recognize what they needed and wanted and who it was that would fill that void. here’s to another few decades…together this time around. venue & caterer: fraser river lodge | wedding planner: erica mckeddie of filosophi events | decor: valley weddings | hair: jamie fox & dana parsloe | make-up: denise elliott | flowers: holly tree florist | band: side one
July 18th, 2014 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
i took their picture before i knew their names. for the average person, that’s a weird thought, maybe even creepy. for a wedding photographer, it’s pretty standard practice. I spend much of the day, when not fully trained on the bride and groom, scanning the room, searching for moments, connections, beauty to document. just so happened, ryan & brittin were that beauty on a hot summer wedding day last year. little did i (or they) know that a year later after that candid shot i took of them snuggling on a couch, i would be shooting their wedding on a less hot summer day.
so beware…maybe having me take your picture as a guest at a wedding will be the new “bouquet toss” omen…you’re next! venue: tanglebank garden | caterer: brambles bistro (the food was INCREDIBLE) | dress: everything but the groom | make-up artist: becky austin | bride’s hair: kevin hughes