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20 Apr 2016

Wedding Wednesdays – Engagement Shoot Adventure

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Part I: The Photographer

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it’s so important to figure out you and your fiance’s priorities from the beginning of the wedding planning roller coaster. If your fiance’s priority is beer and yours is music then those are the two things you should focus your time, energy, and money on. Photography has always been top of our priority list for our wedding so finding the perfect photographer was crucial. First and foremost we knew posed portrait style photos were not our thing. Eric and I have never taken professional photos together and are pretty silly people generally so imagining ourselves standing together like we’re going back to high school prom doesn’t suit us. Based on our preference, documentary style photography is what we were looking for. It was also important for us to take into account our venue, Yosemite National Park. We wanted to choose someone who is no stranger to photographing the outdoors and not just any outdoors, basically the most magical and dreamy outdoor space imaginable. Having these qualifications we set out, with our amazing wedding planner, to find the perfect match.

Greg Balkin of Brightwood Photography is a genius. He is one of the most talented photographers I’ve ever seen and that’s just taking into account his outdoor photography. The emotions and love he is able to capture between the couples he shoots is even more extraordinary. It took us all of ten minutes to decide we had to have him photograph our special day. Finding out Greg recently relocated from Southern California to Seattle was just the icing on the cake. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, my fiance and I met in Seattle therefore making this a match made in photography heaven.

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Part II: Adventure Love Story

Instead of the usual engagement shoot, our photographer specializes in what he coined as “Adventure Love Stories”. Adventure Love Stories reframe engagement pictures as an excuse to get outside and explore together as a couple while getting to know Greg and documenting the entire weekend or “adventure”. The best part about our weekend was that Eric and I have already spent our last 7 years together exploring the outdoors, going on incredible camping/backpacking trips, and adventuring so this was a huge selling point in choosing Greg to be our photographer. I do have to be honest though, as much as I absolutely love camping and backpacking and as much fun as an adventure sounded I was somewhat anxious about how I was supposed to pull myself together for a weekend photo shoot after camping?! How’s a girl, who’s not that photogenic to begin with, supposed to be photographed with bedhead and after sleeping on the ground all night with day old makeup? It sounds ridiculous and vain, but if you had 200+ photos taken of you, you’d consider this a legitimate fear as well. I obviously decided to suck it up and trust Greg and also figured worst case, no one has to know these photos exist.

Eric and I chose to have our adventure with Greg in one of our favorite places in Washington State, the state that brought us together. And so, two weekends ago we hopped on a plane from San Francisco, drove several hours in the car, and took a ride on a ferry boat to Olympic National Park, and if you haven’t been, consider this your plug that you should immediately plan your trip. Olympic National Park has some seriously wonderful memories for Eric and I so choosing it for our engagement shoot was a no brainer. We have summited its mountains, hiked along its rivers, explored its rugged beaches, and watched the infamous Elwha Dam removal over the years all the while knowing it to be one of the best kept secrets in the country. Naturally, the camping trip turned into a spontaneous backpacking adventure leading us to one of the Olympic Coast’s most beautiful beaches near La Push. This spur of the moment decision also led to hilarious pictures of myself and Eric in formal clothes (including heels mind you) carrying our hiking boots, tent, sleeping bags, and REI backpacks. Note: should you choose to do your own outdoorsy photoshoot, keep in mind that heels, no matter how chunky, are a poor decision.

Lucky for you, I’m here to share a handful of my favorite photos from the weekend. While looking through them just remember we hadn’t showered, we slept on the beach overnight, and my naturally curly hair doesn’t tend to agree with that damn misty coastal climate. Also, huge thanks to Julia for the last minute Tyra Banks modeling tips, without them I would have looked like a limp noodle neck monster.

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05 Feb 2015

Sasquatch 2015 Lineup

Oh em gee – space themed! We’ve been a little bit slow on the posting lately because I’m recovering from a small cold. I must be losing my edge lately because I barely recognize anyone from the last five lines of the lineup! Regardless, Sasquatch always does such a great job and people always come out of it enjoying the experience that they’ve had.

I just happen to be a girl that prefers a shower and a bed 😉

07 Jul 2014

Summer Meltdown 2014

Remember when music festivals were just mostly in the spring/summer? Now it just feels like they are popping up all the time!

15 Apr 2014

Ziplining Comes to Bellevue

photo cred | Seattle Times

Most people like to believe that ziplining is something that you can only do in Costa Rica or some other exotic location. Bellevue, WA is squashing that rumor and even moreso because Bellevue in itself is not an exotic location at all. As of last weekend, Bellevue Zip Tours is now open to the public in Eastgate Park.

The area in which this course is located is actually quite beautiful. I’m pretty sure that I’ve done several ropes courses in this area throughout my college years so it wasn’t that much of a surprise to me that they set up the tours here. In fact, I think it’s a great idea and an activity that will see a lot of action especially during the summer. In June, Bellevue Zip Tours will only be available on weekends, but starting July – they will be open every day for business.

Tours are approximately 2.5 hours (depending on how big of a group you go with), and $69 per adult, $44 for kids. While the riding age minimum is 9, riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To learn more, click here.

17 Mar 2014

Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning, everyone! We’re creeping up on what will be a very busy next couple of weeks, but I couldn’t be more excited. I’m thrilled to be celebrating my birthday in a new home this year, taking my first ever vacation in a job, and going on a trip with the people I enjoy working with everyday! It’s an exciting time to turn 24. I’m actually also very excited that the video I’m sharing with you today is kind of like a part of my life going full circle. Normally, I would prefer a wedding video, but this time we’re doing a slow-motion photo booth. It’s one of the better ones I’ve seen because I think I’d like to be friend with every single person featured in it AND even more importantly the wedding take places in Seattle and features USnaps – another vendor that I have worked with previously in my college days. The slow motion photo booth was done by another company, but that’s okay – USnaps was still there to provide the instant snapshot.

And here’s the Style Me Pretty featured post here.

24 Feb 2014

Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! It’s supposed to be around 73 degrees today and it’s still February. You would never see anything like this in Seattle. It’s pretty nice to be able to start your morning off with a sunny day…and a Wedding Monday. Earlier this week, I received a “Save the Date” from Natalie’s wedding in September so that put me on a wedding high all week long.

I’m so excited to share with you this gorgeous Washington wedding today from Kristy and Kelly. In the past, we’ve showcased Washington weddings taking place right in the city of Seattle, but I think it’s important to highlight all aspects of my home. In addition to having a major city, we’re also known for our outdoors – lush greens, woods for days, etc. Along with this video, we’ve also got the feature from Green Wedding Shoes.

Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

04 Feb 2014

Sasquatch 2014 Lineup

What a lineup. I’m extremely thrilled to see quite a few local bands (as always) and a handful of bands that I have worked with in the past.

04 Dec 2013

50 States of Lego

Sometimes I just enjoy writing posts about people who make things with a lot of time on their hands and this is actually one of those posts. Here are our 50 states in Lego form. Above is California while below is Washington!

To view the entire series, click here.

18 Nov 2013

Bay Area Eats:

Since I moved here, Henry has been wanting to take me to a San Francisco spot known for their cider called “Upcider.” Back home, cider would always be my drink of choice so I was pretty excited to find a place equivalent to Capitol Cider on my beloved Capitol Hill. I had the Cherry from Tieton Cider Works (Tieton, WA) Washington represent. I haven’t actually come across a cider that I didn’t like so I suppose I’m pretty easy to please. I liked mine! Henry said it tasted like juice (doesn’t it always) and that it had a tinge of grape in it. I hate grape juice and didn’t detect a hint of that at all. We also decided to make our drink spot our dinner spot too. I ordered a petite mac and cheese with bacon from their specials menu while the rest of the group I was with sampled the selection of sliders and flat breads. We were pretty pleased for the most part, but I think next time we’d probably prefer to just come for the drinks.

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