Allison & Jeff | The Wedding!! | Sneak Peek

This is only the beginning. The very start of something good…really good! Of course, I’m talking about Allison and Jeff’s wedding day! This day marks the first day of the rest of their lives…but more, it marks the first day of the rest of their lives, together! I am REALLY, REALLY excited to share the entire wedding with you Tuesday, but for now…a sneak peek of their gorgeous celebration! And let me tell you, it was a dream to photograph their wedding at the Wenatchee River Lodge! So much love to you two!!!

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Synergy in a Styled Shoot


noun, plural syn·er·gies.

1. The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.

This is the exact definition of what came to pass this weekend…
Melinda Sandberg of Melinda Rose Design, Michelle DesCombaz (hairstylist), our model, Elizabeth, and Janine from Bloomers all worked together to create a styled product shoot to introduce Melinda’s 2013 collection. This is the first full collection of bridal head pieces Melinda has created…it’s something she’s been working on tirelessly for the past six months and it just seemed right to be a part of it…
We had worked together before and I truly loved what we had produced during that shoot back in June. I am beyond inspired by her designs, her passions and her vision!
I was inspired, awakened, beaming from the combination of people, creativity, design, light and location! Working with professionals who care deeply about their craft is a creative’s dream, And “when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements”  It truly was a harmonious synergy! Here is a preview of the Melinda Rose Design 2013 collection “A Vintage Romance”…
I am proud of Melinda for creating the gorgeous collection, which will be fully released on Valentine’s Day 2013 on her Etsy Shop!

WEdding Planning | Bridal Shows | & Your Big Day!

I told myself way back when that I would never do a bridal show. It just isn’t “me” I said…hocking your wares to a mass of people, trying desperately to get them to just talk to you in a less-than-ideal venue with lots of black drapery hanging…no thanks.

When Bella Sera approached me with their idea of an exclusive, invite-only bridal show, I thought, “never say never”! This past weekend, I was in the Platinum Bridal Show at Wenatchee’s Performing Arts Center hosted by Bella Sera!

I was really excited at the prospect of being able to decorate our space in whatever we chose! And, I was SO lucky to partner Etcetera and Bloomers, the very best home decor shops in town, who allowed me to borrow items to decorate!!! And let me just say, I would have been at a complete loss had they not so generously donated their materials, their time and their talent! Janine, from Bloomers just wants to make weddings in Wenatchee as pretty as possible, and she helps in whatever way she can! She has created several amazing bouquets for my brides this past year and has spent more than her share of time contributing ideas and, as I said, materials (home decor and other) to a variety of vendors in the area! And, Amy, from Etcetera, has an eye for design like no other!! She can whip up a display in no time flat…and it’s always stunning! A HUGE thank you to them! I can not recommend both of them enough to anyone planning a wedding…or decorating their house!

The thing I knew would be the best part about the show was talking to all of the couples about their wedding plans! This is something I love talking about with all of my couples. I want to help them in whatever way I come up with ideas, or to find the right vendor…I am seriously in love with this aspect of my work and it just makes me smile to think about all the little details that make up each couple’s unique wedding day! The energy from talking throughout the day to so many planning their wedding was electric…and exhausting! But, I loved every second of it!

My only wish for the show was that I got to spend time with the other vendors! There were really fantastic vendors represented, including: Busy Bea’s, Harry Richie’s Jewelers, Martin Scott Winery, Nicole Conner Photography, Lynette Smith Photography, Stephanie Fry Photography, Pine River Ranch, Todd R. Kenaston Music Productions, Full Bloom Flowers and Plants, and Two Chefs Catering!

Cheers to a successful day!!!




It’s a bridal show!

UPDATE: I JUST found this video made by Bella Sera that tells you all about the bridal show!

My favorite bridal shop in town, Bella Sera, is hosting the Platinum Bridal Show this weekend and I will be part of it! This past week has been kind of out of control and I’ve been hurrying around to make sure everything is ready to go bright an early tomorrow morning! I am really excited for this show because it’s a little different than many I’ve seen in the past. Bella Sera is going OVER THE TOP to make this as amazing as possible for everyone who attends! The show includes (but is not limited to) giveaways!, a HUGE fashion show, wine tasting, and plenty of time to visit with the hand-picked vendors that will be at the show! “Did you say, ‘giveaways’, Kathryn?” Oh, why yes I did. I, for one, have a BIG giveaway that I am extremely excited to announce tomorrow at the show! Oh, and I might be giving away an engagement session too…but, I guess you’ll have to come to the show to find out!! I also will have cute little takeaways that anyone would love to have, so even if you’re not getting married…come hang out with me!

Where: The PAC (Wenatchee’s Performing Arts Center at 123 N Wenatchee Avenue)

When: The show starts at 10 and goes until 4

Fashion Show: 1pm in the theatre

You can enter to win the giveaway(s) all day and I will announce the winner(s) via Facebook on Monday!



Inspired By This…& That | A Christmas Wedding…

I’m am definitely in a Christmas-y mood this bright, shiny morning! And, since I love all things weddings, here you go!


1. Wedding Lights

2. Hot Chocolate with Candy Cane

3. Christmas Wedding Table Decor

4. Lace Sheath Wedding Dress

5. Christmas wedding bouquet

6. Green Satin Louboutin Heels

7. Hanging Wedding Lights

8. Gold Leaf Fondant Wedding Cake

9. Wedding Sparklers


Happy Monday, friends!





The Magic of Prints

Prints are magical to me! The physical reproduction of a digital or film negative is something to be cherished for sure. It’s like taking an idea and allowing it to come to life in the real world. Prints, especially from film, have a certain je ne sais quoi, and I don’t just say that because I like the way it sounds, but they really do…And even though they are the physical representation of our photographic work, they somehow have an other-worldly quality about them too. I think it’s that we so often do NOT see photographs in print form anymore, that they take on that quality.

I don’t push my clients to buy a lot of prints or products, but I do think it is something that deserves some thought. How do you want your images preserved? How do you want your photographs to be displayed, once you’ve received the digital copies? Do you want them to only live on Facebook or your Tumblr? It’s truly up to you, but I would say, “Please, please do not let that be the only place you view and others view these visual treasures or your life’s most important moments”.

Even if you print your images at Costco, that, to me is a step up. Of course, I use a professional lab to print from all of my digital and film negatives. I use Richard Photo Lab out of California, who also develops all of my film. They do the highest quality work I’ve ever seen, using the best quality papers, printers and inks.

One question I’ve been asking myself is, “Does  a photo really exist if no one sees it?” Now of course they do, but, I guess what  I mean in that is, what is the point of having a bunch of images from one of your most special days, if you don’t ever look at them…and not just in front of a computer, but a glance over to the mantle where you’ve framed your favorite image from the day, and suddenly you’re transported back to that day, that feeling, that memory…

Prints are an important thing. But guess what…James and I don’t have ONE. Not even one. And, I guess that’s why I’m writing about this today…I’ve put it off and put it off and it makes me sad that I haven’t made it a priority. My photographer just gave us the disc and that was it. It was up to us to go to Costco and get them printed. Now, 6 years…ahhhh SIX years later we haven’t even done that. I think it’s about time, I made some, don’t you?



Collaboration & Sharing! | Why I love styled shoots…

The collaborative process that is a styled shoot is something I crave. The excitement when ideas are flowing, the rush to get everything finished, the great energy that wonderful people bring to the table just fuels me! This among a few other key ingredients is why I love styled shoots!

Here are the top 3 reasons I do styled shoots:

1) It’s a chance to collaborate! I love working with people! And working with professionals who are just as passionate as I am about creating wedding-related pretties just puts it over the top for me! From the very first phone call discussing the ideas in my head and hearing their wisdom and contributions, to the last push the day of to get all your ducks in a row, to actually photographing all of the gorgeous details brought together by everyone, collaboration is the top priority for me.

2) Sharing is caring. Second only to collaboration on a styled shoot is sharing. One thing I tell the vendors involved in the shoot is that the images I create are just as much theirs as they are mine. Because they put in so much time and talent into the work (for free!) I make sure the vendors receive all of the images I take free from watermark, so they can use the images however they’d like for marketing purposes. Some argue that the images should have your logo on it, but I’ve taken what I believe to be good advice, from Justin and Mary Marantz, and believe that if vendors are elated with the work we’ve done together, they will happily share my name with people and potential clients. And if you’re not convinced, see point #1 again.

3) To spread the word. Whether the images are used solely for vendor’s marketing purposes, or if they go on to be published on blogs or in magazines, the end goal, for me, is to get the word out about all of our businesses. And going back to reason #2, I believe that sharing the work that I do with others, will get people excited about my business and will talk about it. And, in my opinion, a word-of-mouth referral is by far the best you can get! Of course, having your work published is a wonderful way to spread the word farther and possibly faster, so it’s a goal that stays top of mind throughout the entire process!

Yesterday, I photographed a styled shoot, which I will share with you after it’s published. But, because I just can’t help myself, here’s a little look at our gorgeous bride…

Isn’t the bouquet simply stunning (Patti, your work amazes me every. single. time!)

A very special thank you to my collaborators (and now friends) who made this amazing shoot happen!

Beecher Hill House
Libby Harrison of Sweet Bliss Events
Patti Bosket of Au Naturel
All Seasons Events
Michelle Bainard DesCombaz (hairstylist)
Autumn Miller (makeup)
Bella Sera
Mills Brothers
The NCW Dahlia Society
Anjou Bakery
Mission Street Bistro
Models: Kristen, Erica, Luke and Avery!

p.s. In the coming weeks I will tell you how to put together your own styled shoot (including the number 1 tip that is so simple, you won’t believe it)!


Flipbooks ! | Wedding photobooth fun ! | Leavenworth WA

At Molly and Brandon’s Leavenworth WA wedding last month, we were introduced to FlipbooksA photobooth with a little twist! Their site’s video shows it all…

We met the company’s owners, Caroline and Josh, who run the booth and make the books, and have a bunch of fun while they’re at it!

Each book is made on site, within about 10 minutes…here was the fun book that James and I made with bride and groom, Molly and Brandon…

We can’t stop laughing when we look at it! So cute!!


Josh at work, making the books.

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