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Gwen + Andrew | Urban Winter Wonderland


Gwen + Andrew | Urban Winter Wonderland

Gwen + Andrew | Urban Winter Wedding at WithinSodo, Seattle WA


I felt like the title of this wedding blog was completely acceptable considering just a day after these two got married last weekend, Seattle hit record breaking snow since 1996. And yes, as I’m writing this, I’m still snowed in - a week later. These two couldn’t have gotten married at a more perfect time. Winter is officially upon us (although I think most of us would have appreciated it more around the holidays) because don’t we all agree winter begins and ends with Christmas? Nah? Just me? Okay.

When Gwen and Andrew inquired and I saw they were having an off season winter wedding, I was thrilled. I’m obsessed with this city during the cold month. Everything is so rich in color, and the mood is just right. Not to mention, I’m not sweating through my jumpsuits or all over my couple’s guests. Not only that, but Gwen and I share a common love for crime mysteries - we may or mat not consider ourselves Murderinos (if you know what this is, you might as well become my best friend too) and any man who is supportive of their significant other being a My Favorite Murder fan is also a-okay in my book. So I knew Andrew and I would get along great.

With this being the beginning of my 2019 wedding, it couldn’t have gone more perfect. Gwen and Andrew really are the dream client. Completely trusting and so ready to be a part of the creative process. Which is a necessary when it comes to choosing your photographer. The photos turn out that much better.

I loved how laid back these two wanted their wedding. Nothing traditional. We took pretty pictures, ate delicious food by Skillet catering, and then danced our booties off. And don’t forget, ate cake. Gluten free cake I might add. I also may have had two…or maybe three. I can’t remember. #worthit

I could continue to write out how the day went, my feelings about this wedding - but photos will do it so much better justice. So enjoy these kick ass photos instead.


(Known vendors listed at the bottom of the page)



Planning/Coordinator: Flying Anchor Event Design

Second Photographer: Agostina DiMartino

Decor Rentals: Balancing Balloons

Florals: Rusted Vase Floral Co.

Dress: A&Be’ Seattle

Venue: WithinSodo

Catering: Skillet Catering


Game Of Thrames | Swiftwater Cellars


Game Of Thrames | Swiftwater Cellars

Nathan & Lisa | Swiftwater Cellars wedding in Cle Elum, Washington


During most wedding consultations, couples will have the common question, “What happens if you can’t show up due to being ill or some awful ungodly act?” (knock on wood am I right?)

This is definitely something, as a vendor, we need to take seriously. What if something DOES happen? How do we ensure that our clients are taken care of IF an unfortunate event were to take place? Each couple has the right to know. Obviously. And we need to be honest and tell them. We MUST have a plan, or you SHOW. UP.

But now, when I get that question, I just laugh. Yes. Laugh. Because no sickness will keep me away from showing up at your wedding, and this wedding is an account of this being true. Last year, I shot several weddings with a herniated L4 and THIS YEAR, I did a double header weekend with a severe double ear infection.

YEP. Go ahead, wince it pain…hold your ears. They are no joke. And the week that I began feeling like something wasn’t right - my first and instant thought was “My weddings!” No way, Jose was this going to affect me doing my job and doing my job right. I had just spent the last year and a half being a part of Nathan and Lisa’s journey and there was no way I was going to let this define how the weekend would go. YES, I went to the doctor, and even though I KNEW what was happening - he didn’t believe me and told me to wait a few more days to catch a fever before he prescribed me antibiotics. Can you believe it? I still can’t…

I’ll be honest, this was probably some of the worst pain I’d ever been in. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear at all. And because I had a crappy doctor, it spread into my throat and jaw line. Why am I going on about this story? Because it’s important and can attest to the trueness of how much I care about my work and my clients.

Did I mention I had to drive through the pass, where EVERYONE KNOWS that your ears begin to pop when you reach certain elevations. Oh yeah girl and boyfrans. Imagine that for a hot second. Half way through the drive, I didn’t know if I was going to make it. My ears were ringing, my whole face was on fire. My heart raced because I couldn’t let my clients down. Tears were streaming down my hot cheeks because I was so terribly afraid of failing my couple. I couldn’t let myself down. I couldn’t let them down.

I pulled over, gathered myself and took a deep breath. I’ve learned in the past, from having some other serious injuries, pain is mental. Rather then spend the limited amount of energy you had on the pain, transition the focus to something sweeter. I thought of Nathan and Lisa. I thought of them, sitting there, getting ready, happy and lovely - so excited to have a day that would 100% be captured for them to look back at. They. Were. Counting. On. ME.

I mustered up ALL that love, kindness and energy and exhaled. I showed up to the Thramer wedding, at the beautiful Swiftwater Cellars, with my head held high and mind focused on the day.

I told my pain, “No way are you ruining any part of this day. I WILL get through this.” And with the help of my lovely second shooter - we kicked ass. Granted, the moment I got back to my hotel I downed a shit ton of Mucinex and some sleeping pills. (The next day I was FINALLY approved for antibiotics…HOW LOVELY) Was this all meant to be a test? I sometimes wonder ;)

And honestly, I was so proud. So proud of me. So proud of how wonderful my clients were knowing the situation, so proud at what I captured. SO PROUD that I took my emotions and fueled them into all the positive things I could - to ensure the best experience for the two loveliest people. My heart is still SO full from this day. I can’t even remember the pain I was in. I was surrounded by so much good that it overwhelmed everything else.

So, with that said, huge thank you to Nathan and Lisa for being amazing and so considerate and trusting. I couldn’t have done it without you both being so wonderful, and I’m so thankful for you and your beautiful families.

XO (sorry for the late blog post, muah)