Nadean + Mohammed | Bellevue Wedding

Nadean and Mohamed celebrated their unity in marriage at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue. They opted for a first look so that they could take portraits and go immediately into their reception. The music and dancing continued for hours as the couple celebrated with their family and friends clapping to the beat around them. Looking through these photos again, I can hear the music, feel the movement around me and feel the joy in the air! Ahh! Scroll down and tell me, can you feel it too?

Nadean and Mohamed, thank you for allowing me to capture this highlight of your love story. I hope you're not missing this Seattle rain too much down in sunny Florida! 

Jimmy + Nicole | July Wedding on Mercer Island

These two Washingtonians (is that what you guys are called out here?) exchanged vows, made promises, swapped rings and sealed it with a kiss. Nicole and Jimmy tied the knot in front of their family and friends at the Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island under the hot July sun. 

Nicole opted for a unique twist with her wedding attire, rocking a two-piece gown with a pink skirt. Her bridesmaids matched her look with stunning blue skirts of their own. Love love love this look! 

Congratulations Nicole and Jimmy, I wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and breaking it down on the dance floor together! Cheers!

Ceremony Location: Luther Burbank Park
Reception Venue: Mercer Island Community and Event Center
Caterer: Bakeman's Restaurant
DJ/MC: Amore Events & Entertainment

Nadean + Mohamed | Seattle Engagement Session

Mohamed traveled from Florida to meet his beautiful fiancee Nadean in Seattle for a portrait session celebrating their engagement in her home state. We met up at a local park in the city for their photo shoot, where they shared a bit of their love story with me. Filled with excitement for their upcoming wedding, the happy couple laughed, danced and shared kisses with each other as we explored the park. It was so sweet, Mohamed gave Nadean the most stunning engagement ring and she couldn't stop smiling at it during their session. Engagement sessions are my favorite because I love capturing one of the happiest/most exciting parts of a couple's love story. 

Enough chat from me now. There's a super cute session waiting to be seen below so keep on scrollin'...

Alex and Amanda | MI Fall Engagement Session

Amanda and Alex are born and raised Michiganders. We connected online when Amanda reached out for wedding and engagement photography, saying she loved my style of shooting. We chatted a little, discovering we had many similar interests (essential oils, wine, dogs, love for the u.p. of mi, etc..) and I knew immediately they would be a great fit and I definitely wanted to travel and capture anything and everything photography related for these two lovebirds. 

A few weeks ago, I flew to Detroit to meet them for their engagement session. Fall in MI is incredible and if you've never been you really should schedule a trip. Cider mills open up all around, pressing fresh apple cider, making homemade donuts, apple picking in the orchards, wineries and so much more. The colors weren't fully in bloom on the trees yet, but a cider mill was definitely the next best option for a fall engagement session location. 

We seriously had the best time just having fun hanging out and chasing the sun around for photos all evening. I loved seeing what a fun loving relationship these two have together and how sweetly they treated each other.  

Thanks so much for having me you two! I cannot wait to come back for your wedding next year!

Trisha | Seattle Senior Portraits

The Class of 2018 has one incredible senior in the midst this year. Trisha has a huge heart and a soft kind personality. Trisha traveled to Seattle to meet me for her senior session. We made a super fun day of it, getting manicures, lunch and of course, a photo session! She looked gorgeous and if you keep scrollin', you'll see for yourself.

Thanks for choosing me to photograph you, Trish! Good luck throughout the rest of your senior year and as you pursue your passions.

Shelby + Brett | Alderbrook Resort and Spa Wedding

A few weeks ago, I got to photograph Shelby and Brett's nuptials along the Hood Canal. Though the sky was intensely hazy from the wildfires, the happy vibe could not be broken. The bartenders mixed up hand crafted blackberry mojitos, boats floated gently in the water and the hot sun warmed the skin of all the guests as they waited for Shelby to come down the aisle to her groom. On the lawn of the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, the high-school sweethearts promised to love and care for eachother forever. While I could go on about how beautiful the day was, I'll let the newlyweds take it from here...

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"Some people might consider the vision we had for our wedding as unconventional, but we both knew right away how we wanted our special day to be. We wanted to elope, but to also include our family and best friends. We chose a serene resort on the water where we were able to enjoy our time with each other, our family, and our beautiful surroundings over the course of three days. We couldn't have asked for a more special and intimate wedding experience to celebrate our marriage (we even got to eat dinner on our wedding night!)."

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"Speaking of our wedding dinner, it was the part of the day that I got to enjoy most (besides watching Shelby walk down the aisle, of course!). The wine room was decorated perfectly with all the flowers on the table and around the cake! As someone who hates for the attention to be on myself, the small dinner was perfect; the little nerves of the ceremony were gone and I just got to relax with my new wife and talk to everyone as we ate." - Brett

"Going to jot down my favorite part of the day turned into me writing about most of the day... I loved that I was able to get ready that morning with my mom, sister, best friend and new sister in law. They were so helpful and encouraging and made it fun. I also loved being in my gorgeous dress that I was obsessed with! I felt like a princess walking down the aisle towards Brett. I will never forget standing on the water, under the floral filled arbor, holding hands becoming husband and wife!" - Shelby

Thanks for letting me photograph your love story, Mr. and Mrs. Spradling!
xo
Janelle Elaine

A special thanks to Karen Kirsch for second-shooting for me. 
Venue: Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Dress: Watters from Calla Bridal
Florals: CMS Floral Design
Music: South Sound Strings
Officiant: Danelle Green of Celebrations of Life
Food: Alderbrook

Shelby + Brett | Seattle, WA Engagement Session

"We are best friends and just the best team together."
Sounds like a two people who are meant to be together if you ask me! Shelby and Brett are high-school sweethearts who fell in love and decided to move from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest together after college. After planting roots in their home, starting new jobs and planning a wedding - they couldn't be more ready to tie the knot in the beautiful state of WA in just under a month. "We are so excited to get married because we feel like we have been talking about being married for years now and we can't believe it's finally happening."

I met them at Discovery Park in Seattle for their engagement session, where we laughed, danced, played and soaked in a setting sun. The best part is, they get to do it again as husband and wife in less than a month! Can't wait to celebrate with you two! Congrats!

For a small peek into their little love story, keep on scrollin'! 

Abbey + Jacob | Upper MI Engagement

Abbey and Jacob met in Nebraska years ago. Jacob fell for Abbey immediately, telling her he was going to marry her someday. Abbey just laughed at him, not knowing that soon she would be dating him and falling head over heels in love with him. She didn't know yet that she'd say yes to his proposal and plan a wedding with him. When Abbey first met Jacob, she didn't know that she was going to be his forever person and that he would be hers. Love is full of wonderful surprises, am-i-right? 

Can't wait for your wedding you two! Now scroll on to see more from their U.P. Mich engagement session: