Pacific Northwest Destination Wedding Photography by Gerald and Airika Pope » Wedding Photography by The Popes

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When we first met “the Kims” (whose first names are both Kim) at the Seattle Wedding Show last January, we knew that working with them was going to be a blast. They were already legally married and simply wanted to get some amazing wedding portraits all over Seattle, then throw a 1st anniversary reception for all of their closest friends at Hotel 1000. What made things even more exciting, was that they wanted to do all of their portraits several weeks before their actual reception date so that we could shoot on a non-crowded weekday, at the best time of day, and shoot in all of the places (UW, Gasworks Park, Pike Place and the Seattle waterfront) that had special meaning to them without feeling rushed.

Let me tell you – this is a brilliant idea and one that we hope more of our couples will consider! These days, wedding portraits are typically done prior to the ceremony so that couples can fully partipate in their cocktail hour and reception, which meansĀ  that we are normally shooting portraits at high noon when the sun is high and bright in the sky. And, if you want to shoot in any sort of public place, especially in a city like Seattle, you are fighting tourists, game day crowds, local sun bathers, and more. By eliminating all of these obstacles, Kim and Kim ensured that their wedding portraits would be nothing less than spectacular. Take a look, and then let us know if you’d like to do the same. LOL.

Anyway, back to these two – they are avid Husky fans, have a great sense of humor, are insanely smart, and complement each other amazingly well. Not only that, they are loyal friends and furiously loved by every single person who joined them at their small wedding reception. It was a true honor to capture their portraits and wedding celebration, and we hope you enjoy this sneak peek into our time together!



From the moment we first met Neal & Alaina, we knew that working with them as going to be a dream. They are smart, kind, loving, and really really cute together! Since we wanted to do their session on the ferry and Bainbridge Island, we planned it on an early weekday afternoon to avoid the ferry rush and we lucked out with a super empty ferry. Not only that, but the light reflecting off the water and the ferry boat was incredible – just check out some of these portraits!


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Alaina & Neal, we are so happy for you and CANNOT wait to photograph your wedding at the Woodmark this Saturday. It’s going to be absolutely perfect!

Morgan and Chris are the type of people that you just love to be around. They are genuine, caring and always positive, no matter the situation. Their family and friends are everything to them, and they were a truly important part of their day.

We knew from the start that they would be a fun and adventurous couple to work with, so we were especially excited when we found a new place to shoot at their venue, Suncadia Resort. The Nelson Dairy Farm is rustic, beautiful and inspiring, and was the perfect spot to getaway with these two lovebirds to get some great photos and allow them to enjoy some quiet moments in their day.

There is so much to love about this wedding – the wedding party braving the wind behind the Lodge, the pops of coral in Morgan’s bouquet and shoes, the grey storm clouds and sunbreaks of their ceremony, and the amazing energy of their reception events. We hope you enjoy their photos!


  • Barbara Greenwood Snyder - That last image belongs in a movie….all so well done!July 6, 2015 – 11:45 pm