She Said Yes

Ingrid + Dan's Manchester State Park Engagement | Olympia Wedding Photographer

Ingrid + Dan hired me to be their wedding photographer and I tell you what, I'm pretty darn excited about it! Just look how stinkin' cute they are! They are so in love, fun-loving and sweet - It was cute to see them laugh and joke and interact with each other!! Can't wait to capture these two's Seattle wedding! Countdown 30 days!

There's is another thing I'm really excited about and it's Manchester State park in Port Orchard, WA. A gorgeous rocky beach, evergreen trees, paths to explore and.... some awesome abandoned buildings! Perk alert: all this is near a parking lot so this is a great location for those with mobility issues!

Ingrid + Dan had a free hotel stay and they decided to use it near Port Orchard, when we started looking for location ideas Ingrid sent me a few and instantly Manchester State Park stood out to me.  After a few minutes of research I was even more convinced, so glad we decided on it! Manchester State Park is an hour away from where I live in Olympia which means I had to leave my house by 7:00 am to make our 8:00 am session. (For those of you who know me well) that is EARLY for me and I've always been partial to evenings since 'golden hour' has some amazing light but I ended up loving the beautiful, cool morning light - morning photos session maybe totally be my new thing..... maybe.

Awesome couple, an adventurous new location, abandoned buildings, a beach, fun and smiles and pretty morning light - what a perfect combination!


“I could make you happy, make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn’t do.

Go to the ends of the earth for you to make you feel my love.” ~Bob Dylan


You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you
-John Legend



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Armin + Tailor's ROMANTIC Seattle Surprise Proposal | Seattle Wedding Photographer

Swooooooooooooooooooooooon! In December, Armin went full out to surprise his then girlfriend, Tailor, with this fairy tale worthy proposal.

Tailor had been out with her best friend for a fun girls day but when they arrived back at her friends house, Tailor had a romantic surprise waiting for her. A tantalizing trail of red rose petals, lined with the warm glow of candles lead Tailor up a set of stairs to a glowing arbor where her boyfriend, Armin, anxiously waited. The next moments were a medley of tears and heart felt words that were passionately followed by kisses - SHE SAID YES!

As a wedding photographer it was so neat to see the moments that lead to couples contacting me to photograph their weddings! All the preparation, planning, organizing, setting up - the waiting, the anxious laughter and thoughtful gazes. Friends and family coming together to pull off an epic surprise. Proposals, being where a new chapter begins, are such an intimate and special part of a couples story. Each engagement is unique, personalized to the couples love story and worth documenting no matter the circumstances! I love story telling and if I could follow each couple from proposal to wedding, and beyond... my heart, and my camera, would be pretty darn happy.

So back to my story, Tailor + Armin are engaged!! Surrounded by their closest friends and family they celebrated their big news. Lots of wedding and life planning are in their future but together they will build a life and become a family. This is how their story begins...

If you are planning to propose to your Cuddly Wumpkins, you may have a ring and a general plan in mind but don't forget one HUGE factor. Me! Having a photographer present to capture your proposal is a great way to document the start of "the rest of your life" together. The expression on her face, the tears that fall -smeared makeup and all- the love you have for each other in that moment will all become solidified in time. A true candid and heartfelt moment that is worthy to remember over and over and pass on to generations to come.

Tailor + Armin's story starts here, but where does yours start?



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