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Mt. Baker Seattle Family Photography

Ben and Mike go way back – all the way back to highschool!  I’ve known him for about 15 years (as long as I’ve known Ben!) and absolutely adore him.  Now he’s a grownup, with a gorgeous, lovely wife Megan and an cute baby Katie.  These guys live in California, so having the opportunity to photograph them here in Seattle was wonderful. Enjoy these!

storyboard001storyboard002Favorite:storyboard003storyboard004Megan knows how to get the BIG smiles out of her!storyboard005I love the one finger up.storyboard006Favorite:storyboard007storyboard008Gah!  I love this family.storyboard009storyboard010storyboard011storyboard013storyboard014storyboard015storyboard016storyboard017storyboard018storyboard019Beautiful, beautiful child.  Favorite. storyboard020

  • Sylvia Engelman - Fantastic photography of a beautiful family!

  • Nancy Jane Momeni - Katie is now a profesional model. She doesn’t need an agent. Paris here they come.

Lord Hill Farms Wedding Photography


Claire and Landon planned the most soulful, detail-oriented and gorgeous wedding.  It was true to them, through and through.  Everything from the abundance of amazing flowers and succulents to the wide array of desserts on the dessert buffet made for a stunning event.  And best of all?  These two are crazy for each other.  Oh, and the dance floor was insane(ly fun).  Wait until you see.


Getting Ready Location:  French Creek Estates

Venue:  Lord Hill Farms

Dress Boutique:  Calla Bridal

Event Coordination:  Prive Events

Hair & Makeup:  Styling by Nikoma

Officiant: Mark Venti with The City Church

DJ:  Ideal Entertainment

Florist: Teressa Johnson Studio

Desserts:  Pinkabella Cupcakes, The Commons, Dahlia Bakery, Macrina Bakery, Pie


Gorgeous Claire getting even more gorgeous.

02-lord-hill-farms-wedding03-lord-hill-farms-weddingMom watching on.04-lord-hill-farms-wedding05-lord-hill-farms-wedding06-lord-hill-farms-weddingI love this moment.  And the light.07-lord-hill-farms-weddingFavorite:08-lord-hill-farms-weddingLandon getting gussied up.09-lord-hill-farms-wedding10-lord-hill-farms-weddingFavorite:11-lord-hill-farms-weddingAnd a groomsman to do your hair?  Score.12-lord-hill-farms-weddingTime to see her groom.13-lord-hill-farms-wedding14-lord-hill-farms-wedding15-lord-hill-farms-weddingThe look on his face says everything.17-lord-hill-farms-wedding16-lord-hill-farms-wedding18-lord-hill-farms-weddingLandon presented Claire with a family bible, which she loved. 19-lord-hill-farms-wedding20-lord-hill-farms-wedding21-lord-hill-farms-weddingI actually had to stop myself from over-photographing this bouquet.  It was breathtaking. 22-lord-hill-farms-weddingOur handsome groom.23-lord-hill-farms-wedding24-lord-hill-farms-weddingFavorite:25-lord-hill-farms-weddingAnother favorite.  The colors all worked so well.26-lord-hill-farms-wedding27-lord-hill-farms-wedding28-lord-hill-farms-wedding29-lord-hill-farms-wedding30-lord-hill-farms-wedding31-lord-hill-farms-weddingLovely Claire.32-lord-hill-farms-weddingAfter a few seconds of photographing Claire alone, Landon said “I’ve gotta get in there”.  Who wouldn’t want to stand next to that lady?!33-lord-hill-farms-wedding34-lord-hill-farms-wedding35-lord-hill-farms-wedding36-lord-hill-farms-wedding37-lord-hill-farms-wedding38-lord-hill-farms-weddingI was so smitten with the Ikat aisle runners.  Such a great detail.39-lord-hill-farms-weddingRight: favorite.  Duh.40-lord-hill-farms-weddingOkay so this was a first.  The bridal party all danced their way down the aisle!  It was so fun and entertaining.41-lord-hill-farms-wedding42-lord-hill-farms-wedding43-lord-hill-farms-weddingHere she comes, and check out that sea of faces waiting for her.44-lord-hill-farms-wedding45-lord-hill-farms-wedding46-lord-hill-farms-wedding47-lord-hill-farms-weddingClosed eyes, taking it all in.  I remember a moment just like this from our own wedding.48-lord-hill-farms-wedding49-lord-hill-farms-wedding50-lord-hill-farms-wedding51-lord-hill-farms-weddingThe ceremony was peppered with laughter and tears – the perfect combination.52-lord-hill-farms-wedding53-lord-hill-farms-wedding54-lord-hill-farms-weddingMarried!!56-lord-hill-farms-wedding55-lord-hill-farms-weddingFavorite:57-lord-hill-farms-wedding58-lord-hill-farms-weddingI love a guest who loves the camera.59-lord-hill-farms-wedding60-lord-hill-farms-wedding61-lord-hill-farms-wedding62-lord-hill-farms-wedding63-lord-hill-farms-weddingNow, a few thousand details.  Claire thought of literally everything.  These speak for themselves.64-lord-hill-farms-wedding65-lord-hill-farms-wedding66-lord-hill-farms-wedding67-lord-hill-farms-wedding68-lord-hill-farms-wedding69-lord-hill-farms-weddingThat is one heck of a dessert buffet, if you ask me.70-lord-hill-farms-weddingA few fun, laid-back post-ceremony bridal party shots.  This group was FUN.71-lord-hill-farms-wedding72-lord-hill-farms-wedding73-lord-hill-farms-wedding74-lord-hill-farms-wedding75-lord-hill-farms-weddingThe grand entrance.76-lord-hill-farms-wedding77-lord-hill-farms-wedding78-lord-hill-farms-wedding79-lord-hill-farms-wedding80-lord-hill-farms-wedding81-lord-hill-farms-wedding82-lord-hill-farms-wedding83-lord-hill-farms-wedding84-lord-hill-farms-wedding85-lord-hill-farms-wedding86-lord-hill-farms-wedding87-lord-hill-farms-wedding88-lord-hill-farms-weddingLet the party begin!89-lord-hill-farms-wedding90-lord-hill-farms-weddingFavorite.91-lord-hill-farms-wedding92-lord-hill-farms-weddingAnd then Claire was serenaded by Landon and his fraternity brothers.  Look at the expression on Claire’s face.93-lord-hill-farms-wedding94-lord-hill-farms-weddingWe ended the evening with some quiet, romantic photos in the courtyard.  The perfect way to end the day.95-lord-hill-farms-wedding96-lord-hill-farms-wedding

  • Heidi Major Taylor - Beautiful photos!

  • Louise Bornwasser - Absolutely beautiful. We feel privileged to have been there to share your special day.

  • Lynn Baker Fischer - What a treat – I almost feel like I was there!

Woodland Park Rose Garden Maternity Photos


A few weeks ago I met up with the Ochiltree family on a gorgeous summer evening at the Woodland Park Rose Garden.  Becca is expecting baby #2 (who you will get to watch grow throughout his whole first year here on the blog!) and we couldn’t have picked a more beautiful night to take photos.  Enjoy this glowing mama and her sweet family!

Love these two.  The light!

01-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos03-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photosSweet Owen using his mama’s belly as a pillow. 04-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos05-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos13-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos12-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos11-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photosFavorites:10-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos09-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photosFavorite.  Owen is ridiculously cute.08-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos07-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos06-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos14-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photosBeautiful, beautiful Becca.  Wow.15-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos16-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photosGravel is fun!17-woodland-park-rose-garden-maternity-photos

  • Lou Ann Ochiltree - Wonderful photos of everyone! Great memories.

  • Barbara Ness Ochiltree - Beautiful pictures!! Know you will be happy to meet the new baby.

Volunteer Park and Palace Ballroom Wedding


01-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingHere’s another monster blog post for you!  It’s so hard to hold back on sharing images that I just adore…so I don’t!  Abbie and Ali are a sweet couple – both transplants to the pacific northwest.  I loved their sense of style and how much they loved to laugh together.  As you’ll see in the images below, these two are ALWAYS laughing.  Their dance floor rocked harder than any I’ve seen in a while, and all of the multicultural elements of their wedding were amazing.  Oh, and the glittery gold table linens were kind of awesome too.  (Or, a lot awesome.)  Enjoy!


Ceremony venue:  Volunteer Park Dahlia Garden

Reception venue:  The Palace Ballroom

Beauty:  Yessie Libby Hair and Makeup

Wedding Planner:  Simply by Tamara Nicole

DJ: Integral DJs

Cake & Macarons: The Sweetside

Dress(es):  Nordstrom

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

Flowers: LaVassar Florist

Transportation:  British Motor Coach & Beeline Tours

Linen and chair rentals: A Tailored Affair

Officiant:  Forever Together Seattle

Invitations:  Aerialist Press

Jewelry: Warwick Jewelers

Sofreh Aghd elements: Pretty Please Designs

String Quartet: Puget Sound Strings

Videography:  5 Mile Films

Yessie doing her thing to make Abbie even more gorgeous for her wedding day.02-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingA ladybug on Abbie’s dress!  If that isn’t good luck, I don’t know what is.03-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding04-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding05-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAbbie is a big knitter, so I especially love the details shot on the right.06-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAli’s mom and Abbie’s Grandma. Love these two shots.07-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding08-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding09-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingOh, hello bling!  Sidenote: one of my favorite parts about weddings (aside from the dresses!  and flowers!  and schmoopiness! is getting to ogle gorgeous jewelry.  Abbie’s ring was stunning.)10-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding11-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite.  Favorite.  Favorite.12-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingBig laughs on our way to see Ali for the first look in the dahlia garden.13-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding14-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding15-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding16-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite:17-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding18-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAli looked so dapper.  Love his black and white tie contrasted with the vibrant fuchsia rose.19-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingI can’t decide which of these two images I like better.  That dress had so much movement and life to it.  And that veil!  And those flowers! 20-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding21-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding22-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding23-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding24-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding25-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite:26-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding27-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding28-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding29-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding30-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAbbie and Ali’s wedding ceremony included a Sofreh Aghd which paid tribute to Ali’s Persian heritage.  Ben and I could not get enough of the details.  Look at those spices.  Everything on the table was incredible, and each item held special meaning.sofreh wedding ceremonysofreh wedding ceremonysofreh wedding ceremony34-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding35-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingI love that Abbie had a long way to walk to get to the aisle. 36-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingHow proud does her dad look here?37-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAlso adore the expressions on the right.38-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding39-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding40-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding41-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding42-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingThen there was the sugar grating ceremony, where women in attendance at the wedding were invited to come grate two sugar cones together over the couple to wish a sweet life for the newlyweds.  Not only was this part of the ceremony very touching, it also provided ample opportunity for amazing photos.43-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding44-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding45-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding46-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding47-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorites:48-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingPost-ceremony the guests were offered a macaron.  How sweet is that?49-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingLike I said: so much laughter! 50-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding51-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd now we’re onto the details.  Oh, the endless details.  Everything was meticulous.  From the glitter linens (!), to the four-tiered cake, to the floral centerpieces.  Everything was in its place and everything was glitter wedding tableclothCandy at your seat when you arrived.  What’s better than that?!  And mercury glass votive holders don’t hurt anything, either.53-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding55-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding56-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingSimple, elegant and completely refined gold-foil wedding invitations. navy and gold wedding invitation suite58-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingA martini, rock candy and some gorgeous jewelry?  Okay!59-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingThe couple arrived to the reception in style thanks to British Motor Coach.  And who knows?  This may be the same Rolls Royce Ben and I rode home in after our wedding 9 years ago!60-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding62-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding61-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding63-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingI was beyond geeked out to get the monorail in this shot.  I think Abbie and Ali got a kick out of that.64-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding65-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding66-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding67-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingMore details.  Abbie is from Philadelphia, so the love blocks are only fitting. 68-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding69-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding70-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding71-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding72-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding73-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingOh, the desserts.  Not only were the guests given delicious cake from the Sweetside, there were also many mini-desserts by Tom Douglas.74-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingBlueberry tartlets…75-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingMini coconut cream pies…76-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingMeringue!77-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingTo honor Abbie’s heritage, the couple performed a Hawaiian lei ceremony and then danced to a Hawaiian song to open up the dance floor.78-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite:79-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding80-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingAli’s mom rocked it!81-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding82-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding83-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding84-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding85-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding86-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingThis dance with grandpa definitely got my waterworks going.87-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingWhen he shook Ali’s hand and said something poignant to him I kind of lost it a little bit.  Such a sweet interaction.88-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding89-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingThen Abbie surprised everyone by coming out donning an entirely new gown – all sequins!  She looked incredible and the guests loved it.90-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-weddingSo did Ali.  Can you tell?91-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding92-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding93-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding94-volunteer-park-palace-ballroom-wedding


St. James Cathedral and Palace Ballroom Seattle Wedding

01-palace-ballroom-weddingGetting Ready Hotel:  Hotel Andra

Ceremony:  St. James Cathedral

Reception:  Palace Ballroom

Wedding Coordination: Simply by Tamara Nicole

Beauty: Swink Style Bar

Cake:  Honey Crumb Cake Studio

DJ: Bamboo Beats

Dress: Enzoani from La Belle Elaine’s

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bouquets: Flora d’Amore

Photo Booth: 321 Foto

Photography:  La Luz Photography


Kerry and Nick’s wedding was one I was looking forward to for a very long time.  Nick and my brother have been great friends since highschool, so having the opportunity to photograph Nick’s wedding to Kerry was so special to us.  They started with a gorgeous, formal Catholic Mass at St. James Cathedral and followed it up with a rockin’ party at The Palace Ballroom.  321 Foto was there with their awesome photo booth (that Ben and I enjoyed, as always!) and the gorgeous details were endless.  Tamara of Simply by Tamara Nicole was on hand from start to finish and made sure everything ran smoothly.  All in all a perfect day.  Enjoy.

I sure do love a downtown wedding.  Especially because I can get shoe shots like that.

02-palace-ballroom-wedding03-palace-ballroom-weddingLovely, lovely Kerry.  She just glowed.04-palace-ballroom-wedding05-palace-ballroom-wedding06-palace-ballroom-weddingGotta love a round of applause for the bride!07-palace-ballroom-wedding08-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd then she was off to see Nick for the first time in front of the Dahlia Lounge.09-palace-ballroom-wedding10-palace-ballroom-weddingI will admit that I did not make it through this moment with dry eyes.11-palace-ballroom-wedding12-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite:13-palace-ballroom-wedding14-palace-ballroom-weddingHey Kerry.  You’re stunning.15-palace-ballroom-weddingCouldn’t get enough of this blue mosaic wall for bridal party portraits.16-palace-ballroom-wedding17-palace-ballroom-wedding18-palace-ballroom-wedding19-palace-ballroom-wedding20-palace-ballroom-wedding21-palace-ballroom-wedding22-palace-ballroom-weddingA sweet capture by Ben.23-palace-ballroom-weddingWhile I took this shot!24-palace-ballroom-wedding25-palace-ballroom-wedding26-palace-ballroom-wedding27-palace-ballroom-weddingLove these two:28-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd then we were at the church!  Such an ornate, amazing cathedral.29-palace-ballroom-weddingLucky to have a dad who sews!  Nick lost a button and his dad had a sewing kit on hand (!!) and was able to reattach it.30-palace-ballroom-wedding31-palace-ballroom-wedding32-palace-ballroom-weddingCeremony time.33-palace-ballroom-weddingRight: Favorite.34-palace-ballroom-wedding35-palace-ballroom-weddingLove the expression on Kerry’s face in this one.36-palace-ballroom-wedding37-palace-ballroom-weddingA surprise married kiss in the middle of the ceremony!  Glad we were on our toes!38-palace-ballroom-wedding39-palace-ballroom-wedding40-palace-ballroom-wedding41-palace-ballroom-wedding42-palace-ballroom-wedding43-palace-ballroom-wedding44-palace-ballroom-wedding45-palace-ballroom-wedding46-palace-ballroom-wedding47-palace-ballroom-wedding48-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite:49-palace-ballroom-wedding50-palace-ballroom-weddingThen it was time for some fun bridal party portraits on the grounds of St. James.  Sweet Sounders socks, boys.51-palace-ballroom-wedding52-palace-ballroom-wedding53-palace-ballroom-weddingHugs from her ladies.54-palace-ballroom-wedding55-palace-ballroom-wedding56-palace-ballroom-wedding57-palace-ballroom-wedding58-palace-ballroom-wedding59-palace-ballroom-weddingParty bus!  Perfect time for a selfie.60-palace-ballroom-weddingOr a dance party!  Go Nick!  (I seriously, seriously love that guy.  So much.)61-palace-ballroom-wedding62-palace-ballroom-weddingHey, that’s my brother!63-palace-ballroom-wedding64-palace-ballroom-weddingGorgeous cake meticulously executed by Carla of Honey Crumb Cake Studio. 65-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd a surprise groom’s cake (also by Carla).  How great is that?!66-palace-ballroom-weddingBring on the details.  Would you believe that Kerry and her girls did all of the centerpieces themselves?!67-palace-ballroom-wedding68-palace-ballroom-weddingEach table was named after a place Nick and Kerry have traveled together.69-palace-ballroom-weddingI adored their stationery suite. 70-palace-ballroom-weddingRings!  On olives!  What could be better?!71-palace-ballroom-wedding72-palace-ballroom-weddingGrand entrance.storyboard00174-palace-ballroom-weddingNick’s reaction to seeing his groom’s cake for the first time.  I think he liked it.75-palace-ballroom-wedding76-palace-ballroom-weddingFacial expressions during toasts are always my favorites.77-palace-ballroom-wedding78-palace-ballroom-wedding79-palace-ballroom-wedding80-palace-ballroom-wedding81-palace-ballroom-wedding82-palace-ballroom-wedding83-palace-ballroom-weddingFirst dance.  Left: favorite.84-palace-ballroom-wedding85-palace-ballroom-wedding86-palace-ballroom-weddingKerry’s dad surprised her with showing a video of their real first dance when Kerry was only 5-years old.  So touching and a great surprise for Kerry.87-palace-ballroom-wedding88-palace-ballroom-wedding89-palace-ballroom-wedding90-palace-ballroom-weddingYes, Nick wore a head lamp for garter removal. 91-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd then the dance floor was open and everyone was rocking out to Bamboo Beats.92-palace-ballroom-wedding93-palace-ballroom-weddingMy brother and his lovely girlfriend Gina.  Couldn’t resist. :)94-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd finally a few casual, smoochy portraits outside the venue before we were off-duty for the night.95-palace-ballroom-weddingRight: favorite.96-palace-ballroom-weddingCigars for the gents.97-palace-ballroom-wedding98-palace-ballroom-wedding99-palace-ballroom-weddingKisses for the bride from her sisters.100-palace-ballroom-weddingAnd then we came back on-duty (after enjoying the party for a while) for the sparkler farewell. 101-palace-ballroom-weddingFavorite:102-palace-ballroom-wedding

  • Sara Reeves - Aw! Kerry was such a stunning bride! That dress is incredible on her! I LOVE the crown photo! And all of the others! you are pretty fantastic lady! Gorgeous work! Congrats Nick & Kerry! Cheers to a life filled with love, laughter, and babies. :)

  • Tamara Nicole - Awww! What a lovely couple, and their family and friends were so sweet too! All in all an amazing wedding. Love the photos Aly!