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Andrew + Ryan's New Year's Eve Soiree Wedding

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Andrew + Ryan's New Year's Eve Soiree Wedding

In an attempt to stave off the crushing dread of The News and The State of Our Country, I've been going back and looking at photos taken over the past year that never made it on the blog. Because when you feel hopeless and defeated, one good option is to spread love, loudly and proudly. Special shout-out to all y'all who are planning a wedding but this political climate is seriously putting a damper on your vibe. Stay strong. 

Andrew + Ryan married each other at a FREEZING private ceremony at one of the most beautiful monuments on the National Mall. They continued the celebration with a community ceremony and swanky soirée at a local restaurant, complete with rainbow-and-confetti dance party and traditional Latin American New Year's traditions (see if you can spot the photo of them, and Andrew's mom, with grapes stuffed in their mouths). It was sparkly and beautiful and perfect.

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lauren + tadeu's new year's eve wedding in seattle

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lauren + tadeu's new year's eve wedding in seattle

As 2017 comes to a close, we've been reflecting on how many couples we've been lucky enough to work with who we would consider our "ideal" clients. Lauren & Tadeu are one of those couples.

I (Carly) met Lauren & Tadeu in 2015 when I was visiting my brother- and sister-in-law in Seattle. I had a spare afternoon so I put out feelers to see if anyone who followed me on instagram would be interested in a free couple's session. Almost immediately I received an email from Tadeu that said he was about to propose to his partner, and he thought it would be fun to surprise her with a photo shoot as well. I was super stoked on the idea of the shoot being a surprise treat, and I asked him to share more about them. He replied: "I'm a second year law student. I'm active in racial justice and prison abolition work. I am Latino (Brazilian) and that is really important to me. Lauren is a fourth grade teacher. We actually met the first day of college because we were both in the same orientation group (I was originally going to be a teacher too, but found that I'm not nearly as patient as I need to be). We are both very family-oriented. We have a cat. We like art. We run." I'm sure you're not shocked to learn that I was immediately struck by knowing that we NEED to be friends and we set the shoot up. Prison abolitionist lawyer and rad molder of young minds? YES PLEASE. When I met them in person, their energy was extremely positive and they had a super strong vibe of support and mutual respect. We had a lot of fun tromping through the rose gardens, fountains, and beautiful plazas of UW, and overall it was a beautifully low-key afternoon. I sent them their photos a few weeks later and crossed my fingers that they would hire me for their wedding.

I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to document their New Year's Eve bash last December. I didn't realize it at the time, but their planner, Kaleb, is a big fucking deal (and super nice too). I asked around to my Seattle wedding biz friends and I learned that the venue, Sodo Park, would be gorgeous but otherwise I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I knew it would be glitzy (because NYE weddings, duh) but when I got there and saw Lauren's outfit I nearly died. Then Tadeu's outfit (from Tuxedo Club Seattle) nearly did me in. Then the ceremony decor made me have to stop. and. breathe. Y'all, this wedding was GLAMOROUS (but not stuffy at all) and freaking magical. I will be honest: I was really intimidated and worried that I wouldn't be able to fully capture the joyous, lush, sparkling mood of the day. But looking back at these images I'm not too shy to say that we (myself and my fad second shooter Victoria!) totally nailed it. Thank you, Lauren and Tadeu, for being our kind of people and for choosing us to document your celebration. <3

FAVE DETAILS

  • Lauren's hair adornment (not sure the right term for it but it was some Greek goddess shit)

  • The NYE Party Accessory Table they set up which included noisemakers, hats, and confetti

  • The photos they set up in the front row of the ceremony of family members who had passed away

  • The family bolo ties worn by Lauren's brothers and Tadeu

FAVE MOMENTS

  • Tadeu's mom giving a toast in Portuguese (with the help of a friend who translated), expressing so much pride in her son and reflecting on the journey she has taken as an immigrant and in raising him solo. Not a dry eye in the place.

  • The first look we did just outside the Seattle Public Library - the architecture there is so fabulously geometric.

  • Stroke of midnight confetti explosion - made for excellent photos as well as lots of fun re-dos as people were goofily picking it back up off the floor and tossing it around.

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K &amp; L's posh reception dance party

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K & L's posh reception dance party

K & L's wedding had so many of the elements that make shooting weddings fun: unique format (private, super-small ceremony on Friday night and a big reception party on Saturday), relaxed vibe (they were firmly in the we-just-wanna-marry-each-other-so-bad camp), style out the wazoo (BRIDAL JUMPSUIT Y'ALL), delicious chocolate desserts (even the photographer's gotta eat, y'all) and plenty of enthusiastic dancing. I almost died of excitement when I first chatted with these two, who are badass law-types. You know how sometimes you meet someone and you just know that you want to hang out with them more? It was that feeling. I arrived at the wedding and felt immediately like I belonged, and there were endless genuine moments of joy and delight to capture. Here are some of those moments from their Saturday celebration. 



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laura + dean // norfolk, va

Every wedding is beautiful, but some weddings have elements that stick with you for months and months afterward. Laura and Dean's wedding was one of those gets-in-your-heart-and-stays-there types of weddings. Favorite details included: they intentionally only hired women- and/or LGBTQ-owned business as their vendors; Laura specifically requested that guests not stand when she walked down the aisle (badass feminist bride much??); a wedding ceremony that included a reading of Brandi Carlile lyrics; and a bright blue vintage VW "getaway van." Thank you for inviting us to document such a beautiful, sweaty-dance-party celebration, you two! 

Check the vendor list at the bottom for details, including where she got that killer dress.
Second/support shooting provided by Shawnee Custalow



VENDORS

Venue: Hermitage Museum & Gardens
Planner: Tanya Keller @ Jane of All Trades

Caterer:  East Beach Catering 
Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals
Florist: Laurel & Sarah @ New Leaf 
Baker:  Incredible Edibles 
Dress: Reem Acra
Suit: Suit Supply

Quartet: Harbor String Quartet 
DJ:  Roger @ Astro Entertainment DJ 
Makeup: Blushtones
Hair:  Flawless 
Videographer: The Girl Tyler 
Paper Products/Graphic Design: Pat @ Pat Squared Design (Laura's Mom!!)

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