Nat & Wim | Snack Pack!

Yeah, I’m pretty smitten with these two! Natalie and Wim’s backyard wedding reception was simply gorgeous. Here is but a tiny peek at their stunning wedding portraits! Please be sure to take a look at their gallery for more! http://atlasandeliaphotography.pixieset.com/natalieandwimtheweddingsnackpack/

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Kathryn

I don’t know how it is you are so familiar to me – or why it feels less like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who you are. How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I have know you before, I have loved you before – in another time, a different place – some other existence. – Lang Leav -#atlasandeliaphotography #love #soulmates #california

Kim & Jenny | Sleeping Lady Wedding

“Let this be a reminder that you are guaranteed by the seasons of nature a significant winter each year, and you are guaranteed by the whimsies of life more winters of the soul than you can now imagine. So I am bringing before you these words to ask you to remember the springtimes that should follow each winter, springtimes that are not always given to you but sometimes must be created by you even when it seems impossible. Find the time to arise and come away with each other; be romantic; listen to the voices of birds that aren’t there; laugh and cry deeply; and be silly as a daisy in spite of the chill and dark times that must come into everyone’s life. That is the love I am wishing you. As much of any of us would wish otherwise, there must be winters in your life, so we pray for your springtimes as well.” – Rolfe Gerhardt.

This quote was spoken at Kim and Jenny’s winter wedding on a gentle and dark day. We all sat in the stillness and grace of this poem, tears softening our cheeks. We all knew that this sentiment is so true and they chose to remind us on their day because life for Kim and Jenny seems to be about going deeper than what’s on the surface and really speaking in truths about life, no matter how sad or hard it may be. Not for the sake of sadness, but to exclaim joy despite the dark winters we might face! All of the people who spent that moment together, witnessing their vows, smiling deeply at their love (my self included), absolutely understood that though there will be many winters ahead, they will be followed by just as many springtimes…and because of Jenny and Kim, happily, a great deal many more than even that.

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best of 2014 | seattle wedding photographer

While it’s difficult to attempt to sum up the year in a “best of” post, I’m going to do just that–attempt.

These images are a collection of the three main things I want my work to be about:

Connection (to one another, to our own humanity, to nature).

Honest, story-telling, moments.

An artful approach to life.

Oh! Be sure to see the REALLY exciting news at the end of the post…

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And now for the exciting news:

I’ve recently begun to work with Kirk Mastin of Mastin Labs doing social media for his company. In case you’re not familiar with Mastin Labs, they make presets for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. I whole-heartedly believe (and have believed long before I began work with the company) these are the very best presets that exist. Ever. Each of the images in this post have been edited with Mastin Labs Lightroom presets. I specifically used the Portra 160 preset as well as the new Ilford black and white presets (mostly Pan F, which I’m a sucker for already!)

The reason why these are the very best presets out there, in my opinion, is because the digital files perfectly match their film counterparts. This matters to me because as I begin to shoot more and more film, this makes my workflow that much easier (and faster)! And secondly, I like my images and their look to be based in some sort of concrete ideas about color that Kodak (and other film companies) created long ago.

If you want to check the presets out for yourself, here’s a link to purchase: https://mastinlabs.com/?ref=26. Because I believe in these presets SO much, Kirk has made me an affiliate partner, which means I get a little back, when you purchase the presets with that link!

This year has been really beautiful for me, though at times, a struggle. I’ve been looking for meaning all over the place, trying new things and pouring myself into the weddings and couples that I’ve photographed.After all of the moments of worry, and feeling a bit stuck, I can say with confidence that witnessing human connection (in all that that entails), daily, in life, (and through the work that I do) is what pushes me to be better and will always be one of the most moving, motivating and awe-inspiring aspects of life for me. It continually fascinates me, brings me to tears, makes me want to scream, and makes me want to learn how to be a more caring, more giving, more complete, loving human. So, I have to thank my couples and their families and their friends for inviting me week after week to participate in their love and their lives and for moving me to a place where love just is. Simply and beautifully, it just is, out in the open and just there for us all to experience. Thank you.

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1000 cranes for peace, love and happiness on their wedding day

The origami crane is a symbol for peace, love and happiness. All beautiful traits that were ever-present at this beautiful Tierra Retreat Center wedding. Family, especially Emily and Eli’s grandmothers, and friends worked to make the 1000 paper cranes that would become the backdrop for their wedding ceremony. This symbol for peace, love, and happiness was made (quite literally) present by the people closest to them. Along with this, a sense of peace among the guests; the love between Emily and Eli; and, an overarching feeling of happiness prevailed throughout the wedding weekend. I was completely honored to be present to witness all of this. Thank you. Thank you!

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Kathryn

Photography: Atlas & Elia Photography

Venue:Tierra Retreat Center, Leavenworth WA

Hairstyling: Lucy Rosario Shears in Leavenworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an epic wedding

A wedding is sometimes a beautiful celebration of two people deeply committed to one another who want to declare their love publicly. A wedding is sometimes a glorious occasion for two families to join together, merging their lives, their traditions, their common love for their bride and groom. A wedding is sometimes an occasion to throw an awesome party. And sometimes, a wedding is an occasion to do all three, in epic fashion. This was one such occasion. MB and Greg managed to do all three at Tierra Retreat Center in Leavenworth this summer and, believe me, it will be one that goes down in the books!!! They brought together friends and family for their destination wedding in the woods to celebrate love in all forms. Love of each other, love of friends, family, food, play, nature.  Epic is often over used, but I assure you, this was the absolute definition! Congratulations MB and Greg! So much love to you as you continue to create your epic future!

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Kathryn

DJ: Jed Gossman JMG Entertainment
Flowers: Grown by Mother-Of-The-Bride as well as Pike Place Market
Lawn Games: Trinity Inflatables
River Float: Tube Leavenworth
Liquor: BevMo Ballard
Bartender: Ken Bailey
Website: created by wix.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sweet hearts

It is said that a good estimation of character can be determined simply by observing the friends and family you keep. After documenting Nicole and Ray’s Gonzaga University wedding, I am honestly blown away by the character and integrity of not only these two, but their entire group of friends and family! Of course, they have their amazing families to thank for that, as well as the foundation built at Gonzaga, but also because of the character they’ve built up in each other. You can just see and feel how their love for each other has helped to shape them and will continue to do so. I can only imagine what these two will do for the world with their strength, character and love! Congratulations, Mr and Mrs. Loyola!!!

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Kathryn

Venue: Gonzaga University Student Chapel, Red Lion Hotel at the Park

Videographer: Craig Nisperos

Photographer: Atlas & Elia Photography

Florist: Special Touch Floral Studio

Cake: Sweet Frostings

Bride’s Dress: Marcella’s Bridal Spokane (And how absolutely stunning is Nicole in her custom blush wedding dress?!)

Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Nordstrom

Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York
Groom’s cufflinks (and shirt): David Donahue (how cute were those Gonzaga Bulldog cufflinks, by the way?!)
Groom’s Tie: Burberry 
Groomsmen suiting: Tuxedo Gallery
DJ: Epic ProSound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

undeniably happy

Her: a generous smile, a genuine heart, and a giving spirit. Him: equally generous of smile, genuine in heart and giving of spirit. Together: undeniably happy. These elements that both Blair and Bennett have individually, combined forces on their wedding day at Brown Family Homestead to take on life and all that it has in store for these two sweet people! Blair and Bennett’s strength together seems only to be matched by their family and friends’ support for them. Documenting this kind of wedding day is not only and honor, but truly joyful for me! Thanks, Blair and Bennett, for inviting James and I to be there with you in your beautiful celebration of marriage! Congratulations!

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Kathryn

 

a life in love

A life in love, all begins with one moment. And then, another moment…and another. This is how life is. You start, then you build. And soon that the act of building becomes life itself. Rachel and Matt began their lives together, in marriage a few weeks ago, with their Brown Family Homestead wedding. It began with a quick laugh, a small gesture here and there. It built, together, with hands…helping. It continued with hands…holding. Into the afternoon…with love and a kiss, and on into the evening, culminating with all that they hope to have in life together at once: unconditional love, support, laughter…even tears…and life with each other, and with the family and friends they most cherish. Thank you, Rachel and Matt for sharing your love into the world! Congratulations you two!!!

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Venue: Brown Family Homestead
Catering: Ravenous Catering
Cake: Busy Bea’s Cakes
Flowers: purchased wholesale from fiftyflowers.com and arranged by family and friends
Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau
Bride’s Shoes: ShaniBar
Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers
Groom’s Shoes: John Fluevog
Hairpiece: BHLDN
Jewelery: family necklace, earrings: Nadri

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a generous kind of love

This is a very special wedding I want to share today. Not because Onteora Mountain House was beyond stunning, or because the bride was effortlessly beautiful, or because the details were all hand-made by the bride (but, of course, they were), but because of the type of people that were involved in creating this day.

When Bea first wrote to me, I thought to myself, “Have we met before?” … “if not we definitely should!” Her generous spirit and easy-going nature made me feel completely at ease. Beyond that, Bea’s conviction to help others as a human rights lawyer, as well as just a human, was so clear it jumped right off the page for me. Her description of the kind of person Dave, her fiancé, is furthered my belief that I wanted to get to know these two better. This is why I chose them as the winners of my 2014 #projectweddinggiveaway!

We met just the day before their wedding in the Catskill mountains of New York at Onteora, a wedding venue that is so well appointed, I could have just wandered for hours looking at their beautiful collection of art from around the world! I usually like to do an engagement session well before a wedding to get to know the couple and to give them some beautiful photos to document that time in their lives. In this case though, we didn’t have the chance to meet before, since they live on the east coast, and I am all the way over in the pacific northwest. I was right about Bea and Dave’s easy-going nature, I felt like I knew them from way back, and that made it super relaxing and fun! Plus, I love to travel for weddings, and am so inspired by new sites, that I felt right at home.

I am still smiling thinking about how calm Bea was working with her maid of honor and Dave’s mom to create all of the centerpieces and bouquets the day before and how Dave and his guys worked so hard to organize all of the last minute details. The efforts of everyone involved were indicative of that generous and giving spirit that Bea and Dave work to foster in their work and lives. Documenting weddings of people like Bea and Dave are hands-down my favorite. There’s a feeling that I can’t describe that just radiates from a couple like this. Thank you, Bea and Dave, for doing what you do and inviting me to be a part of it!

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