November 2015 - Northwed Magazine

LOCAL LOVE: PACIFIC NORTHWEST STYLED SHOOT

If you’ve ever questioned if the Northwest is truly best, this locally and sustainably sourced styled shoot by Lightworks360 Photography is sure to remind you why fell in love with the place you call home. We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the upper left, and collaborative talent that shines through these images is no exception. This Pacific Northwest styled shoot is rich with inspiration to make your wedding not only only a celebration of your love, but of all the creativity and beauty that the region radiates.

Learn more about the story behind this styled shoot:

Being born and raised in the incredible Pacific Northwest, with mountains as a headboard, the beach as a pillow, and the forest as a blanket… it makes a girl pretty spoiled. As I assembled my dream team for our end-of-season styled shoot this year, I had two strong visions: I ONLY wanted a locally-based, female-led team for our vendors, and I wanted to display as much of the crazy-beautiful variations on the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

 

We get a bad rap for only having rain, when really it’s a photographer’s paradise and a bride’s dream– there is so much creativity and spark flowing out of the upper left corner of the country!
From flower arranging to menu design, every aspect of the shoot was designed to point toward local, sustainable options couples have when planning a wedding in the greater Seattle area. This collaboration exclusively features sustainable products and services from female-owned local businesses.

The menu– with its focus on fresh oysters, wild berries and honey, local herbs and vegetables– is a study on sustainability and our love for keeping weddings as rooted in their own locality as possible. Even the drinks, with sparkling wine from Washington wine country and a unique gin distilled only five minutes from the shoot location, are delicious representations of what the Pacific Northwest is capable of.

The Pacific Northwest bride prioritizes personal style over big-box trends, and her wedding day is a chance for her to create a heartfelt, genuine experience that speaks to her personality as well as the incredible environment of the Pacific Northwest. Also, the women business-owners here are pretty incredible.

–Lightworks360 Photography

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Lightworks360 Photography
Venue: Private Estate, Bainbridge Island
Floral Design: Vases Wild
Bride’s Ensemble: Mia and Wysdom Fioravanti
Groom’s ensemble: Baby and Co.
Jewelry: Michelle Lenae Jewelry
Linens/Place Settings: Choice Linens
Paper Art: Marlo Hartung
Menu Creation: Kendra Robinson
Makeup: Mackenzie Murphy
Hair: LisaMarie Hardan
Dessert: Kin and Craft: A Modern Patisserie
Local spirits by Chateau St. Michelle and Bainbridge Distillery

KARA AND RYAN’S SWEET SNOHOMISH WEDDING

No amount of rain could dampen the love and joy that filled Kara and Ryan’s Snohomish wedding at Thomas Family Farm. The images by Betty Globa Photography captured not only the darling details of the occasion, but the undeniable chemistry between the bride and groom. Once you read through their story, you’ll see why Kara and Ryan put the “sweet” in high school sweethearts.

It began with a question. Kara, who had barely spoken a word to the cute boy she believed to be “way too good for her,” had been somewhat forcefully convinced by her friends to ask Ryan to their tenth grade Tolo. Little did Kara know, Ryan had shared the same sentiment before she offered the invitation. “I thought she was way out of my league and that I didn’t have a chance!” The following night, Ryan asked Kara to sit next to her at their friend group’s outing to see Dear John, and feelings began to flourish.

“I know this seems crazy, but I was barely sixteen at the time and I knew then.” Kara shares. Six months into dating, the two of them agreed to share coffee and an important conversation. “I remember meeting at Starbucks and being so nervous to say out loud that I was in love with Kara,” says Ryan. “We both decided that our feelings were mutual and that we were in it for the long haul.” she adds.

Their proposal was nothing short of a dream, but it wasn’t without a fews bump in the road. “Ryan and I went to Europe with my sister and her husband for three weeks and the first country we went to was Norway. My sister and I are of Norwegian descent so we had planned to see our family’s farm in Sognfjord. It was several hours from Oslo so we took a bus, and long story short, everything went wrong. We arrived at 10:30 pm, we didn’t eat for over 36 hours, and “slept” outside in the rain on a park bench.” After they finally found some sustenance, they had more of an appetite for appreciating the beautiful country. That’s when the magic happened. “Ryan picked out the perfect spot, and asked to take a photo before we headed back into town. We were in a rush, so when Ryan started fiddling with his pocket I got a little impatient and told him he needed to hurry up… I immediately regretted it when I saw the tiny little Shane Co. bag. I was completely overwhelmed and shocked! He got down on one knee, talked about how long we have waited for this day, told me he loved me and asked me to be his forever. And of course I said “YES!” followed by an “I’m sorry I was a brat just before.” I still think about our proposal story and wonder how it was even real. It was better than anything I could have ever dreamt of as a little girl.”

While Ryan’s secret year-long proposal planning was the most romantic thing he’s ever done for her, Kara also provided Ryan with a year-long display of love. “Kara cut up 365 tiny pieces of paper by hand and wrote reasons she loves me on each and every one of them. She put them in the jar so that I could pull one out and read it each day for a year.”

Their wedding day was not only a celebration of their love, but of those who had been there along with them for the journey – their best friends were their bridesmaids and groomsmen and they were even married by their high school youth group pastor.

Both of them agreed on the first look as their favorite moment of their big day. “I about died when I saw how gorgeous Kara looked. I was honestly blown away. I had to step back and say, ‘Wow, I’m actually here getting married to my best friend.’”

Congratulations, Kara and Ryan!

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Betty Globa
Second shooter: Dasha Fomenko
Wedding Planner/Decorator: Kari Morgan
MUA: Denise Linares
Hair: Marley Turner of The Vault Boutique Hair Lounge
Floral Design: Janet Dickison
Invitation Design: Becca Tapert

KARA AND RYAN’S SWEET SNOHOMISH WEDDING

No amount of rain could dampen the love and joy that filled Kara and Ryan’s Snohomish wedding at Thomas Family Farm. The images by Betty Globa Photography captured not only the darling details of the occasion, but the undeniable chemistry between the bride and groom. Once you read through their story, you’ll see why Kara and Ryan put the “sweet” in high school sweethearts.

It began with a question. Kara, who had barely spoken a word to the cute boy she believed to be “way too good for her,” had been somewhat forcefully convinced by her friends to ask Ryan to their tenth grade Tolo. Little did Kara know, Ryan had shared the same sentiment before she offered the invitation. “I thought she was way out of my league and that I didn’t have a chance!” The following night, Ryan asked Kara to sit next to her at their friend group’s outing to see Dear John, and feelings began to flourish.

“I know this seems crazy, but I was barely sixteen at the time and I knew then.” Kara shares. Six months into dating, the two of them agreed to share coffee and an important conversation. “I remember meeting at Starbucks and being so nervous to say out loud that I was in love with Kara,” says Ryan. “We both decided that our feelings were mutual and that we were in it for the long haul.” she adds.

Their proposal was nothing short of a dream, but it wasn’t without a fews bump in the road. “Ryan and I went to Europe with my sister and her husband for three weeks and the first country we went to was Norway. My sister and I are of Norwegian descent so we had planned to see our family’s farm in Sognfjord. It was several hours from Oslo so we took a bus, and long story short, everything went wrong. We arrived at 10:30 pm, we didn’t eat for over 36 hours, and “slept” outside in the rain on a park bench.” After they finally found some sustenance, they had more of an appetite for appreciating the beautiful country. That’s when the magic happened. “Ryan picked out the perfect spot, and asked to take a photo before we headed back into town. We were in a rush, so when Ryan started fiddling with his pocket I got a little impatient and told him he needed to hurry up… I immediately regretted it when I saw the tiny little Shane Co. bag. I was completely overwhelmed and shocked! He got down on one knee, talked about how long we have waited for this day, told me he loved me and asked me to be his forever. And of course I said “YES!” followed by an “I’m sorry I was a brat just before.” I still think about our proposal story and wonder how it was even real. It was better than anything I could have ever dreamt of as a little girl.”

While Ryan’s secret year-long proposal planning was the most romantic thing he’s ever done for her, Kara also provided Ryan with a year-long display of love. “Kara cut up 365 tiny pieces of paper by hand and wrote reasons she loves me on each and every one of them. She put them in the jar so that I could pull one out and read it each day for a year.”

Their wedding day was not only a celebration of their love, but of those who had been there along with them for the journey – their best friends were their bridesmaids and groomsmen and they were even married by their high school youth group pastor.

Both of them agreed on the first look as their favorite moment of their big day. “I about died when I saw how gorgeous Kara looked. I was honestly blown away. I had to step back and say, ‘Wow, I’m actually here getting married to my best friend.’”

Congratulations, Kara and Ryan!

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Betty Globa
Second shooter: Dasha Fomenko
Wedding Planner/Decorator: Kari Morgan
MUA: Denise Linares
Hair: Marley Turner of The Vault Boutique Hair Lounge
Floral Design: Janet Dickison
Invitation Design: Becca Tapert

 

JESSICA AND TOMMY’S ELEGANT WALLA WALLA WEDDING

Some time ago in the city of Pullman, two Washington State Cougars named Jessica and Tommy crossed paths. Despite having a few classes and a dorm building in common their freshman year, they didn’t truly to know each other until they were sophomores. “I thought she was the prettiest girl on campus, but the butterflies in my stomach made it hard for me to muscle up the courage to ask her out for a little while.”  Jessica’s shyness began to soften as she admired the gentlemanly ways of Tommy. “He held the door open for me every single time.”

Their first date was a little on the scary side, as they went to see A Nightmare on Elm Street. “I picked out the movie and it was a terrible choice…I found out later that Tommy hates scary movies. We were so awkward. It gives me the butterflies just thinking about it. ” Tommy was grateful to be getting a second chance after he’d thought he’d blown it. “We held hands like middle-schoolers,” he recalls.

Tommy was willing to sit through terror for Jessica, because he knew that she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with from the start. “I knew right away.  I could just tell.  I put that Randy Travis “Forever and Ever, Amen” song on repeat.  It took a while to propose only because I wanted it to be the right timing in both of our lives.” Jessica knew he was the one after she saw the space where Tommy lived. “He is very organized and keeps a bulletin board full of goals and quotes. One of his goals was to be a good dad. I thought it was cute. Then once I met his family it solidified it for me. I got the whole package!”

When it came to the wedding day, Tommy was surprised by his reaction to seeing his bride. “I would always bust my brother’s chops for crying when my sister-in-law started walking down the aisle. But when the doors opened up and I saw Jess, I felt like doing the same thing.” Jessica, though filled with nerves,  was calmed when she saw her groom.

The two also made a point of incorporating their love story into their wedding. “We had our wedding in Walla Walla, which put us in the rolling hills of Eastern Washington where we first met.  We also had our dog, Pete, at the wedding.  He is a symbol of Jessica’s adventurous side.” Jessica adds, “Our wedding day was as much about family as it was about us. We both have been living away from family for a while, so we treated our wedding as a big reunion.” From the majesty of their cathedral ceremony to the charm of their reception, Jessica and Tommy’s Walla Walla wedding was a beautiful representation of their sweet story, while the talented Alexandra Celia was there to capture their tale on camera.

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Alexandra Celia

Flowers: Rosemary’s Garden

Catering: Graze Catering

Dress: Casablanca

Groom’s Apparel: Vera Wang

CANNON BEACH ENGAGEMENT SESSION

What better place than the Oregon coast to serve as an awe-inspiring and ethereal engagement shoot setting? Incorporating the beauty of trees and the sea, Ally and Suyi’s Cannon Beach engagement session offers an artistic array of grand and intimate moments. Beautiful beams transcended through the forest landscape, as if the images are illuminated by the love between the two of them. As the two strolled along the sand,  the soft light’s reflection resulted in a gorgeous glasslike surface. The ethereal and heartfelt imagery captured by Grace and Jaden Photography tells such an engaging, natural narrative.