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

adventure is out there

I love how adventurous and well-traveled the couples I get to work with are! Erika and Aron are definitely no exception! I just re-read their engagement story and I am in awe of these two and their excitement for living life to its fullest! Erika wrote: “While walking the Portuguese route of El Camino de Santiago, we took a rest day about a week into the trip. We explored a nearby palace/wildlife reserve/cathedral area and hiked to the top of the small mountain it sat on top of. I spotted a nearby terrace look-out just beneath the summit and led the way to explore it. Aron set up the self-timer on the camera, and the next thing I knew, he was on one knee proposing!…I love that we got engaged toward the beginning of our 5 week trip and had the rest of the time to enjoy dreaming of our life together”. I am also struck by their commitment to working in their communities to help make the lives of those around them better–daily. What a beautiful thing it is when people as kind as this find one another! I am SO incredibly happy for you two and SO looking forward to your fall wedding at Brown Family Homestead!!!



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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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Now I see…

You know those people in your life who are there for you, no matter what? The ones who would drop anything to help you when you need it? The friends who help you move, even if it means flying in to do it? I hope you do. Everyone needs this in their lives. When I met MB and Greg, I kind of got the impression they were those kind of people. Loyal–fiercely so. Involved–intently. Engaged–deeply (in life and in love). I am lucky to have these kinds of people in my life. And, I also feel really lucky to have met and struck up a friendship with MB and Greg, especially since I might need some help moving! Just kidding! Truly though, their kindness is infectious–it spreads, roots itself and stays with you. I am so looking forward to documenting what I know is going to a wedding to remember at Tierra Retreat Center in August!

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A Postcard from Seattle

You know it’s going to be a fun time when Zags get together! Meeting Nicole and Ray was no exception! As fellow Gonzaga alumni, hanging out with them was easy, but more than that, their genuine hearts made getting to know them, and photographing them a really sweet time! It was so fun reliving the day they got engaged when Ray surprised Nicole in Post Alley near Pike Place Market by getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him! Thanks, you two, for spending the day seeing the sights in Seattle and sharing your story with me! I am truly looking forward to your wedding day and seeing all of the people who care for you come together to celebrate your love for each other!









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Paris in Seattle | Blair & Bennett | Engaged!

Simply stated: J’adore these two! I adore the way they look knowingly at one another. I adore the way they crinkle their noses when they laugh at each other’s jokes. I adore the way they give a little squeeze of the other’s hand, a sign of knowing, of assurance. And, I adore just hanging out with them!

Blair and Bennett were engaged recently while on a trip together to Paris, so to honor that occasion we discovered a little of Paris in Seattle! We sipped café au lait at Le Pichet, we walked a (blue) tree-lined square, explored in Queen Anne and finally grabbed a bite at Toulouse Petit. Blair and Bennett, I adored every minute spent with you!


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Alex & Erik | Engaged!!

What do you say, Percy? I am thinking
of sitting out on the sand to watch
the moon rise. Full tonight.
So we go, and the moon rises, so beautiful it

makes me shudder, makes me think about
time and space, makes me take
measure of myself: one iota
pondering heaven. Thus we sit,

I thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s
perfect beauty and also, oh! How rich
it is to love the world. Percy, meanwhile,
leans against me and gazes up into
my face. As though I were
his perfect moon.
-Mary Oliver

The way he gazes upon her face, as though she were his perfect moon… A reflection of light onto him. That’s what their love looks like to me.

Alex and Erik will be married this very weekend at the Tierra Learning Center in Leavenworth, WA! And, I am ridiculously excited about it! First, here are few images from their engagement session…

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Katie & Jerry | The Wedding!

A wedding on a mountain in another country couldn’t have been more fitting for Katie and Jerry. Their love of travel and skiing made it the perfect setting for their marriage. Complete with family and friends joining from Seattle and as far off as Slovakia, it was the just the best beginning to their official lives together! Katie and Jerry know how to have fun and they made sure this wonderful weekend in Whistler was a good time for all! They even managed to ski down the mountain just after they were married and before the party started at the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler Village!

James and I were honored to be a part of your celebration, Katie and Jerry, and we wish you many, many more adventures throughout your life together!!!

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Thanks to Celebrate Events for helping make this such an amazing day!

Ceremony: Steeps Restaurant at the Roundhouse Lodge

Reception: Bearfoot Bistro















Katie & Jerry are married! | Sneak Peek

A heartfelt congratulations to these two lovelies who were married this past weekend in Whistler, BC! (More photos to come on the blog this Thursday…including where they surprised their guests by skiing down the mountain after the ceremony!) For now, here is a little peek at their first look and the VIEW of the valley from the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain!

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Allison + Jeff {The Engagement}

Her laugh! That smile! It’s infectious, contagious! He tries to contain himself, but he can not. His sly grin turns into honest-to-goodness laughter in her presence. Joy and peace fill their home, their lives. This is the beginning of a very good thing.

Allison and Jeff, not only is your laughter contagious, but so is your love! Keep doing that and well, I’d say, life is going to be pretty good to you…

So much love to you!