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Josh & Jessica Get Hitched

Just like all good love stories begin . . .”Once upon a time – a boy met a girl . . .” Only in this case -our best guy met his best girl. Scott and I had the honor of being guests at the wedding of Jessica and Josh on September 1, 2016. Special thank you to Toni & Ilana for giving us a night off to relax and celebrate our dear friends!

Read on to read a sweet note from the bride and groom to all of you – their biggest supporters.

Family and Friends,

To say that we are humbled would be an understatement.  The love and support that we have received over the past three years has been incredible.  Walking into our venue, and seeing all the smiling (and crying) faces of those we hold so close at heart was an extraordinary site.

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged us.  Thank you to those who flew thousands of miles to celebrate.  Thank you for your continued prayers.  Thank you for the countless texts, phone calls, and wine nights filled with encouragement and laughter.  Thank to everyone for  being  accepting of us as a couple and supporting us as we became a family with Dexter. Thank you to our families for the open arms and open homes – and thank you to all our parents for being incredible in-laws – we are SO blessed! Thank you to our friends for blending together so that we can all hang out! Thank you in advance for being our support when we need you – reminding us of this incredible day and the vows we made to one another to always, always, always love.

Let’s rent a hot dog cart in a few years and do this all again!  We love you all, and we are so blessed.

Special thanks to our incredible vendors for giving us a 100% worry free wedding:

The Spot: 1927 Events

Bites and Sips: Skillet catering

Confectionery Delights: Street Doughnuts

Mood Lighting: Vintage Ambiance

Late night nosh: Dante’s Inferno

A touch of color: The Flower Lab

Pics: Red Fish Blue Fish Photography

Dance Machine: Seattle Wedding DJ

Beauty Team: KLS Make Up Artistry 

The Rev: Reuben Sapien

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Haelin

We had a great time capturing Haelin’s senior portraits! We’ve been shooting weddings for so long that couples whose weddings we shot, call us to photograph their high school seniors! He was great and easy to work with – not surprised he’s popular at school and also captain of both senior football and baseball teams. And we just read about his football team’s win last night! Go Meadowdale!!

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Island style

From Honolulu to Brooklyn and back again!  Jenn and Anthony met in Honolulu, moved to live and work in NYC but came back to an exuberant celebration amongst family and friends. We started on a secluded Oahu beach at the exemplary Kahala Hotel where Anthony saw Jenn for the first time on their carefully-planned-from-far-away, wedding day.  Typically breezy on shore, we found a perfect spot overlooking the signature castaway island, afterwhich things settled down for them from the hectic getting-ready.  Their unique reception choice — Honolulu’s beautiful, well preserved, turn of the century Cafe Julia — gave us a chance to photograph the beautiful couple and wedding party at the Iolani Palace among other historic backgrounds.  Their ceremony included an elegant and graceful hula and a most unique (and hilarious) offering of themselves to each other: Jenn a macaron to Anthony, Anthony a ritz cracker to Jenn.  The rest of the perfect evening (yes, it rained a little but in Hawaii, such is perfection) continued with great music, food, well wishing speeches, and of course, high spirited dancing!  Congratulations Jennifer and Anthony – we wish you the best!

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Governor Inslee welcomes President Obama

This was a bonus. With the big democratic races in little jeopardy, we felt our opportunity to photograph President Obama last October was our last – so we were pretty happy to get this call. Yesterday, he came into town to raise funds for Governor Inslee’s reelection at the Washington State Convention Center and for congressional democrats at a smaller event in Medina.

About 3000 people paid $250 to attend the big event while some paid much more for a private reception and photographs with him. As always, Red Fish Blue Fish was hired to capture it all but did you know we’ve been on the national and local political circuit since 2004? In fact, Senator Hillary Clinton was our first and we’re crossing our fingers our cameras will see her again soon!

But back to this event.  It began with high spirited drum and cymbals corps from Garfield High School Drumline and continued with beautiful singing by Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus.  The speeches were brought by Senator Patty MurrayAriana Davis, Citizen Sponsor for Initiative 1433Avina Gutiérrez, Mayor of YakimaRenée Klein, Community, Environmental & Public Health Activist, and Denis Hayes, National Organizer, First Earth Day, before Governor Inslee began the second half, ending with President Obama.  This was our eighth time photographing him, seven as President.

 
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The Melton Family!

It’s a unique perspective to capture the wedding and now, their growing, beautiful families.  We count ourselves lucky to spend time with the Meltons again!

Rock your Scar!

We met Zoë last year when Senator Patty Murray awarded her a Golden Tennis Shoe for her work with www.mendedlittlehearts.org — a support group for families affected by congenital heart disease.

So we were delighted when Zoë asked us to capture these little super heroes as they rock their scars!  They all strutted their stuff and showed off their scars for us.

Look here to see how you can help!

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How we do it! Mitzvahs at Temple de Hirsch Bellevue

We love capturing mitzvahs at Temple de Hirsch Bellevue!

Here’s how we do it!

Portrait time is always first.

If it’s a 10:30am service, we schedule family portraits from 9am-10am.

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Parents, siblings, grandparents…the whole family!

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And, if the weather is nice, we get to go outside for a few!

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Rabbi brings out the Torah and we’re able to capture all the special moments up close.

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At 10am, we’re finished with portraits, and we capture guest arrival and your certificate signing.

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How we do it! Mitzvah Parties

We love capturing the fun, exuberant parties after the Mitzvah service!

Here’s a few examples of how we do it!

We start with details. With so much planning before hand, you’ll want to see what it all looks like before the party starts.

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There are games and fun activities!

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The Lighting Ceremony is always a special moment.

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Then, things get moving with the Hora!

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Then, of course, dancing!

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