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Volunteer Park Conservatory Engagement | Adina & Mike | Seattle, WA

We had so much fun on this engagement session with Mike & Adina at Volunteer Park last fall! I know I’m just a TAD late in posting these photos, but I didn’t realize my negligence until I was sitting down to start working on their Winthrop wedding blog post and realized their e-session was nowhere to be found. And, I love these two creative, soulful, passionate entrepreneurs so much that I couldn’t miss the opportunity to post their engagement pics BEFORE posting their wedding photos. So…I hope you all enjoy these pics – I’m pretty partial to them myself! :)


A Southern Farm Wedding | Carroll & Daniel | Fuquay-Varina, NC

Carroll and Daniel’s wedding was a pretty special one for me to photograph because Carroll is a childhood friend from my junior high days in North Carolina. We did theatre together, and she was one of many people who made my family’s move from NC to Colorado a difficult one. We had such great times spending our weekends and summers singing and acting our hearts out, and I couldn’t be happier that she’s found her perfect match in Daniel.

Their story starts like all good modern-day love stories start – with an online match. After a few months of casual dates and conversation, it became clear that there was something more going on…the story is best told by Carroll’s dear friend, and wedding coordinator, Karen Dillard:

“Last September Carroll went to NYC to see a bunch of shows with my sister, Jamie. They were at Cafe Carlyle to see Sutton Foster… and a waiter brought a bottle of champagne to the table. It was from Daniel! He knew she was excited to see that show and he wanted to make it a special experience, so he called ahead and set up a surprise for her. Of course, that made Jamie curious and she started asking a bunch of questions… it went something like: Jamie: So is he special? Do you have feelings for him?  Carroll: Well… I think so.  Jamie: Do you have… LOVE feelings??  Carroll: …I think I do! …And that is how the infamous #lovefeelings was born.”

Daniel is outgoing and social, he makes Carroll laugh, and goes above and beyond to make her feel special. Carroll is thoughtful, creative, and loves spending evenings at home with those she holds closest. They were engaged this past December at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Berchtesgaden, Germany, a picturesque little lakeside church in the mountains, accessible only by boat. Being the private person that she is, Carroll suggested they elope right then and there, but Daniel insisted on a celebration back home with friends and family. The happy compromise was a down-to-earth wedding on the Burt Family Farm in Fuquay-Varina where Carroll grew up. The farm has been in the family for 10 generations, ever since their family received the land in a grant from King George II in 1750! Needless to say, it holds a special place in their family history, and in their hearts.

The other contingency to the wedding agreement, it seems, is that Carroll wanted us to be her photographers. Daniel was thrilled to oblige and we couldn’t have been more honored to capture their day for them. It was a warm, friendly wedding with a family reunion sort of feel. Vintage quilts, a tree swing, a red tractor, and alfalfa fields, barns, a surprise duet by the couple, a “Downton Abbey” style family portrait, and a ceremony on the front porch of the family farmhouse all contributed I making their day extremely personal and unique.

Carroll & Daniel – thank you, thank you, thank you. It was a privilege to witness your love and capture your day. We hope you love your photos, and we can’t wait to spend more time with you in the coming years!

Karen Ball James - Just loved these delightful pictures. They seem to really capture the beauty of the unique venue and the warmth and love of the families and friends.
Just a great couple and a blessing to all who know them. June 18, 2014 – 6:10 pm

Keisha Culbreth - These pictures are incredibly beautiful and magical! Thanks for posting for all of us to share in the joy! Carroll Burt CarterJune 18, 2014 – 3:34 am

Keisha Culbreth - These pictures are incredibly beautiful and magical! Thanks for posting for all of us to share in the joy! Carroll Burt CarterJune 18, 2014 – 3:34 am

Discovery Park & UW Engagement | Erin & Steve | Seattle, WA

I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 years since we first met Erin. She & I (Airika) immediately bonded over the seemingly impossible task of tying her sister Holly’s wedding dress (yes, we got it on eventually!), and then we got to know her better over the years via facebook and at events hosted by Holly & Michael. When she and her beau Steve started getting more serious, we received a sweet message on Facebook saying that she had loved her sister’s wedding photos so much that she wanted to check on our availability for her wedding and even bounce some wedding venue ideas off of us. Once their winter wedding date was finally set, we met up to hear all the details of their wedding day and plan for their engagement session.

Erin wanted to do engagement photos at Discovery Park because she and Steve recently moved to San Francisco and she misses the rugged northwest and the Olympic Mountains. And Steve really had his heart set on taking some photos at his alma matter, UW, so we planned an early morning session so we could squeeze in both locations while (hopefully) avoiding traffic and the crowds. Discovery Park was serene and beautiful and Erin’s red hair and green eyes popped gorgeously against the lush northwest evergreens. And UW was far quieter than expected, given that we found out at the last minute that they were hosting the “Beat the Bridge” 5K on the same morning of our session. We practically had the place to ourselves, creating the perfect spot for the couple’s save-the-date photo and some portraits in front of Drumheller Fountain.

Congratulations, Steve & Erin! You two are perfect for each other and we can’t wait to photograph your wedding at the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse in Woodinville!

Hannah Rose Snyder Chen - The colors in these are amazing! So fun!June 17, 2014 – 8:25 pm

Erin Mulvenon - Hehe I never get tired of looking at these!June 13, 2014 – 6:36 am

Pink Blossom Events - Great photos! Can’t wait for this January! June 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm