A PNW Ferry Adventure with The Henry Family

Welcome Baby Cooper! | A Seattle Lifestyle Newborn Session

Monte Cristo Ballroom Wedding Photos | Allyson & George

Chateau Lill Venue Photos | Andrea & Jay

Andrea & Jay

Nouveaux Chic Woodinville Wedding

Chateau Lill | Woodinville, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Chateau Lill




Photography: B. Jones Photography




Wedding Coordination: Krissana Elizabeth Events



Bridal Boutique: Hermosa Bridal


Make Up Artist: MAC



Hair Stylist: Elle Marie Hair Studio



Bridesmaid’s Dresses: RenzRags


Groom’s Attire: Nordstroms



Caterer: Ravishing Radish




Live Music: Side Projects


Cake Designer: The Cake Walk Shop



Steff & Tillie | Cap Sante Wedding Photos | Anacortes, Wa

Chateau Lill Venue Photos | Jesse & Sarah

Jesse & Sarah

Southern Couture Wedding

Chateau Lill | Woodinville, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Chateau Lill




Photography: B. Jones Photography




Wedding Planning, Cake Designer, Cater, Floral Design and Event Rentals: Blue Ribbon



Wedding Dress Boutique: Laineemeg Bridal



Make Up Artis & Hair Stylist: SALT Salon & Spa



Bridesmaid Dres Designer: JLM Couture



Menswear Designer: Vera Wang



DJ: J City Entertainment



This one is for the Mamas

Hey Mama— I see you with the 3 day old dry shampood hair and the ‘going out’ leggings. YOU are my people. As mama’s— we tend to take care of others first. There’s ALWAYS something our kids or spouses need for us and it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner. As someone who has been guilty of this FOR YEARS, let me just say, adding in a little self care time everyday or a few times a week will be TRANSFORMATIVE to your overall happiness. One of my favorite varieties of self care is getting in a sweaty workout. The endorphins it gives me are enough to have me shrugging off toddler meltdowns and sibling bickering.

From one mama to another— here’s a neat opportunity for workout self-care that I want to share with you.

I got 99 problems but I’m going to the gym to ignore them all..png

70% of people that start a fitness plan QUIT.

Except you.

Not this time.

Together, we’ll crush this!

Hi I am Marqie and I have the energy of a puppy. I’m also a personal trainer and specialize in growing self❤love and reaching more than just the norm "diet and weight loss" goals.

My private gym is YOUR home away from home. We have 3 individual studios with all the latest equipment to get you sweating and transformed from nothing fits to feeling fit!

Here, you are part of the family.

We cater to all fitness levels.

We offer 15+ programs to guide you through your own choice of transformation:

  • group fitness

  • weight loss programs

  • Master trainer

  • Couples fitness

  • private personal training

  • yoga

  • nutrition coaching

  • cold compressed juice cleanses

  • monthly challenges

  • Mommy & Me Fitness

  • luxurious retreats

  • yearly events

Are you ready for self love? We have a special announcement for you!

Look no further, we are offering a FREE training for a YEAR!

Yes, you read that right.

To qualify— commit to a 1 year contract with 5 of your closest support friends.

The bigger the support, the fonder the heart grows!

So, What is on your life bucket list? What's holding you back from achieving this? Come share it,  hang out, laugh, cry, sweat and begin your journey today with me.


Chateau Lill Venue Photos | Courtney & Mark

Courtney & Mark

Timeless & Classic Wedding

Chateau Lill | Woodinville, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Chateau Lill




Photography: B. Jones Photography




Floral, Design & Planning: AlexisMarie Events



Shoes: Valentino



Make Up Artis & Hair Stylist: Urbanista



Caterer: Herban Feast




Live Music: Blue Wave Band (Reception)



Pudget Sound Strings (Ceremony)


Cake Designer: Honeycrumb



Rentals: CORT Party Rentals



Vintage Ambience



Breah & Brian a PNW Maternity Session

Chateau Lill Venue Photos | Chris & Maggie

Chris & Maggie

An Irish Wedding

Chateau Lill | Woodinville, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Chateau Lill




Photography: B. Jones Photography




Wedding Coordinator: The Invisible hostess



Make Up Artist: Alanda Seifert 



Floral Designs: Gather




Caterer: Skillet




DJ: Integral DJs


Hair Stylist: Adrienne Armenta 

Chateau Lill Venue Photos | Old World Romance Styled Shoot

Old World Romance in the PNW

Chateau Lill | Woodinville, WA

With a shared love for old-world romance, Rachel of Manette Gracie Events and Becca of B. Jones Photography set out to create a shoot that captured the effortless beauty of a time gone by with the modern touches that make it one of a kind. Pale grey, ivory, copper, and lavender brought a light, ethereal feel that both complimented and contrasted the wood and stone of the DeLille Cellar's chateau and it's grounds, including the garland of greenery which mimics the vines grown on the grounds. The ever changing weather of a Washington spring worked in our favor to provide the perfect backdrop for the soft grey Alexandra Grecco gown and model's bold plum lip, while her partner looked ever the dashing gentleman in his classic black tux.  Being able to bring to life a 'destination wedding' in our own beloved PNW was such a fun and amazing pleasure-- a dream made real.


Venue: Chateau Lill




Photography: B. Jones Photography




Design, Styling & Coordination: Rachel of Manette Gracie Events



Gown: The Dress Theory



Tux: La Belle Reve



Make Up Artis & Hair Stylist: Urbanista



Florals: Geneva Diane Designs




Stationary: Dahlia Press 


Cake Designer: Macrina Bakery 



Rentals: Pedersen's Rentals 



Vintage Ambience



Tone It Up In Tiny Steps

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day.  But most of the affianced are so busy, working out comes last on their list of “must do’s” for the day.  You meant to workout out, you really did, but there are so many things that you’d rather do than sweat for the dress.  The good news is, there are little things you can do to give yourself a little boost without packing your gym bag.  You can take 30 seconds here, 5 minutes there and before you know it, you’re feeling (and seeing!) the change!

If you’re looking to tone up before the big day, I’ve got you, girl!

Tone it up for your wedding.png

Sexy, Sleek Arms

With the enormous popularity of strapless dresses, toning up your arms is a must.  Here are a few simple moves you can do anytime.

Arm Circles: Shoulders, Back, Triceps, Biceps

Stand with your feet hip width, and your arms stretched to your sides.  Simply make 20 small circles backward, about the size of a grapefruit, then do the same forwards.  When you’re ready to push yourself harder, add a 2-3-pound weight in each hand.   

Shoulder Press: Shoulders, Triceps

Standing with feet under your hips, bring your weights up to your shoulders, with your elbows pointed out.  Raise your weights straight up, and bring back down.  Repeat 20 times; as you get stronger, increase your weights.  Resistance bands also work well, here. 

Tricep Push-Back, Triceps

No one actually likes working their triceps.  It’s such an unforgiving, tiny muscle, but when you’ve got them…you flaunt them.  Grab a light weight, stand with knees gently bent.  Lean over slightly, and bring the weights up to your pits, almost as if you were doing a curl.  Now, extend your arms back, lifting your arms straight behind you.  Return to the curl and repeat 20 times.  

Baby’s Got Back

If you sit at a desk all day, odds are your booty isn’t quite as, let us say, plump as it used to be.  It happens, but you can do something about it.


An easy and equipment free option that burns calories without really going out of your way.  Take them two at a time, take them instead of the elevator, just take them.


No weights needed, gravity will do it for you.  Try two different versions.  The classic squat: Standing with your knees just wider than hip width, squat down, keeping your back straight, until your knees are at a 90-degree angle.  Stand up straight and repeat 20 times.  Sumo squat: with your feet spread slightly wider than before, turn your feet out.  Keeping your knees over your feet, squat down again to a 90-degree angle. Repeat as before.  The first squat will work your largest booty muscle; the second will work the small muscle on the sides.

Booty Kicks

Booty kicks work the last part of your booty that will give you that extra lift.  Rest on your hands and knees, with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips.  From here lift your right leg until it is level with your torso, keeping it bent at all times at 90-degrees.  Repeat 20 times and then repeat with the other leg.  If you find this too easy, place a 3-5 pound weight behind your knee, and lift as before.  You’ll be on your way to a Sir-Mix-A-Lot approved booty in no time!


You may not be showing off your abs on your wedding day, but most honeymoons involve a bathing suit, so toning up that core is still a priority.


No doubt you’ve done these, and they still hold up.  If you haven’t, you hold your body in a straight line, as if you were doing a push-up, but on your elbows.  Here are some variations to change it up a bit, generally speaking, hold these for 30 seconds:

  • Half-plank: Same as a full plank but with your knees down. Which is good if you are starting out.  It’s better to have proper posture than to compromise it and not work the right muscle. 

  • Side-plank: Get in push-up position.  Holding your body straight, shift all your weight to your right leg and right arm, turning your body to face open.  If this move is too much, you can drop your knee or your elbow. 

  • Planks with drops: Get in full-plank position and hold for 10 seconds.  Drop your weight to the ground, rest 3 seconds then go back to plank. Repeat three times.

Weighted Obliques

Grab something heavy, whatever you have on hand (10 lbs+).  Standing straight up, hold the weight in your right hand at your hip.  Gently allow the weight to pull your torso down sideways, then use your core to stand up straight again.  You should feel this one in your side.  Do 15 reps per side.

Squeeze It

A solid move that doesn’t require you even to get up (win!).  Sit with your best posture.  Draw your navel to your spine and hold for 5 seconds at a time.  Release, and repeat.  As you are able, hold for longer periods of time.  This will also be a fantastic one to keep in mind if you have babies.  Traditional ab moves can be bad for your abdominal muscles while they recover if you end up with Diastasis Recti.  But that’s a conversation for another time.

Long, Lean Legs

Can’t forget about the legs!  They will probably be hidden under your dress, but you have to have some strength to rock those Jimmy Choo’s all night long. I love all of these because you can do them at your desk, and usually holding onto your chair for support.   Absolutely can’t stop reading that report, that’s fine because you won’t be jumping up and down or anything crazy like that.

Parallel Thigh Work

Hold onto your chair, feet forward and under your hips.  Raise your heels up and bend your knees while keeping your torso straight up.  You should feel the burn in your quads as you go down and release as you stand.  Repeat for 1 minute.

Leg Lifts

Think of every ballet warm-up scene you’ve ever seen.  It’s that move, and it’s an oldie but a goodie.  Standing holding your support, stand in first position (heels together with a slight turn-out).  Lift your right leg, keeping it straight and turned out, as high as you can.  Lower, and repeat.  You can also change it up by pulsing instead of lowering all the way.  Change it up by doing the same move but by bringing your leg back.  You’ll feel this one in your hip flexors.


Just like the first move I mentioned, this uses tiny movements for big results.  Take the same position as the leg lifts (first position), but this time, only lift your leg up a little. Make tiny circles with your feet forward, then switch sides.  You can do the same movement but to the side for slightly different muscle development.

 idaho Wedding Photographer, Zephyr Lodge, Liberty Lake, Marcella, Luxury Wedding Photography, Glamorous Wedding, Stunning Details, Destination Wedding Photography, PNW Wedding Photography, PNW, Athletic Bride, Unique Wedding Dresses, Live bands, Authentic Photography, Fine Art Weddings

It doesn’t take a gym membership to tighten up your muscles before the big day.  It just takes a moment here and there, whenever you can find it.  Which, truthfully, is sometimes all the time we have.  Go tone up, you busy girl!

Guest Guide to Seattle

Seattle Wedding guest Guide

Seattle really has it all.  Big city attractions, gorgeous views  of the sound, majestic Mt. Rainier, super fresh seafood, and of course, the Space Needle.  It’s no wonder you decided to get married here.  The wedding venues are dreamy, the background is idyllic, and the airport is international.  Okay, that last one may not have been the reason, but you can’t argue it’s nice to be so close to it when it’s time to fly off to your honeymoon in Fiji.  It will be something your guests love, though.  And speaking of guests, why not help them have an even better time while they’re here for your wedding by giving them a little “must see” guide to Seattle?  With so much to do, it can be too much to consider, so I broke it down to my favorites for you.  Let’s chat about what to see, what to do and definitely where to chow down.


What to Do in Seattle

Seattle has a little something for everyone.  Yes, it’s a huge metropolitan, but it’s also nestled smack dab between Mt. Rainer and the Puget Sound.  Serious shopper or avid outdoors person, I gotcha.  

The Space Needle

Let’s just talk about the obvious one.  Even if you only know about it because of Grey’s Anatomy or Frasier, it’s made the Seattle skyline one of the most recognizable in the world.  You don’t have to go up to the top if you don’t want to, it’s still pretty impressive from below.  But, it’s an impressive way to view the city.  Your guests can even choose to grab a bite at SkyCity, the restaurant that spins.  I can’t think of too many restaurants that offer that kind of experience.  

Click here to view wedding photos at the space needle!

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market had to make the list.  I think right after The Space Needle, this is the second most iconic stop.  How many markets do you get to watch a fish fly through the air whenever it’s ordered?  Plus, your guests can buy super fresh seafood and have it shipped home right when they order it.  The fish couldn’t be fresher, and the produce selection is fabulous.  I suggest maybe even stop in before your “I do’s” to pick up a little fresh fruit or beer to enjoy back at the hotel instead of stopping by the grocery store.  The Market has several floors and is impossible to park near, so make sure they’re fine walking a few blocks to get there.

To view wedding photos at pike place market, click here, here and here!


The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is a fantastic stop for guests of all ages.  History buffs will love the Military History exhibits, featuring planes from both world wars, Vietnam and more.  Thrill seekers can even take guided flight tours in a WWII Bomber or Fighter aircraft.  Those who’d rather keep their feet on solid ground can enjoy a flight simulator or simply have a seat in the pilot seat of a commercial liner.  The museum is gigantic, so have your guests check out the website and the exhibit listings beforehand to plan out their visit a bit.

Kerry Park

Probably the best way to see the Seattle skyline on land, Kerry Park is a perfect spot to feel like you’re escaping the city but still enjoying it.  Grab a cup of coffee from Starbucks or any one of our million other coffee shops and enjoy the breath of fresh air.  Seattleites do love their coffee, that stereotype is 100% accurate, by the way. 

Made Famous by Hollywood

You know that houseboat that Tom Hanks lived in in “Sleepless in Seattle”?  It is still in the harbor.  And that super cool paint ball park in “10 Things I Hate About You,” that’s actually called Gas Works Park.  Keep in mind though; you can’t really play paintball there.  Bummer, I know.  Lastly, while not quite as iconic as “The Painted Ladies” of San Francisco, any fan of the early 90’s movie “Singles” would appreciate a stop by the Coryell Court Apartments in Capital Hill.  

Honorable Mentions

We can take the water for granted, but a boat ride around the harbor is a cool way to see the city, and something out-of-town guests probably don’t get to do at home.  There are dozens of options out there; kid-friendly, booze cruises you name it.  Woodland Park Zoo is lovely and sometimes your guest needs to tire their kiddo’s out before expecting them to sit still while you pronounce your love to your fiancé.  Pioneer Square is fun for those who want to meander, as is Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.  Have a preteen/teenager/music buff guest?  Direct them to an afternoon at MoPop (formerly the EMP).  

Where to Eat

Seattle is a foodie paradise.  Super fresh seafood, diverse culture and a love of the freshest ingredients, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.  It’d be impossible to define the “best” restaurants the city can offer, but here are who lead the pack.


This Seattle landmark, owned by brothers Brian and Mark Canlis, has remained a thriving restaurant for over 66 years.  Canlis isn’t your casual, jeans and a sweater dinner spot.  This fine-dining restaurant calls for fine-dining attire, but the menu and wine list won’t have you minding the extra effort.  The kitchen is lead by James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the year finalist Brady Williams who delivers perfectly balanced, enticing dishes course after course.  The wine list has been carefully crafted by Advanced Sommelier Nelson Daquip, recognized by Seattle Magazine in 2008 as the City’s Best Sommelier.  Their 4-course dinners start at $125, making it a perfect celebration destination.

View photos from a Canlis wedding here!

The Walrus and The Carpenter

If a more laid-back, lively spot is what your guests want with the freshest oysters, this oyster bar in the Ballard neighborhood is a winner.  There’s more than just seafood on the menu, but with I don’t see the need to walk into an oyster bar and NOT order something from the ocean.  Fried oysters, salmon rillettes, scallops crudo, fried cod collars…you can’t go wrong. 

Little Water Cantina

Seattle may not scream “come here for great Mexican food,” but you can.  Little Water Cantina offers a fantastic and fresh menu along with a stunning view of Lake Union.  The patio can’t be reserved, but definitely try to get a seat out there.  As for what to eat, you will be hard-pressed to find a better ceviche, and the tacos Pescado (I like Baja style) are dang near perfect.

Seattle Deli

Ask ten people where to get the best banh mi’s in town, and you’ll get ten different answers.  Seattle Deli is my favorite though.  Terrible parking spaces, no proper website, no flashy signs, simply dang good Vietnamese sandwiches.  Call ahead and make it a lunch date at Kerry Park, they usually sell out of their bbq pork banh mi (best one in my opinion) by 2 p.m.  


It wouldn’t be a Seattle trip without grabbing some Dick’s.  Any true Seattleite can tell you their perfect Dick’s combo, and your guests will love being in on one of our worst kept best secrets.  1 a.m. burgers after a night of dancing, drinking, and celebrating your nuptials?  Yes, please!

Wherever your guests end up enjoying their time away from the ceremony, Seattle has plenty to keep them busy.  Giving your guests a little guidance will have them remembering your wedding weekend affectionately and make them sure to want to visit again.

Check out these downtown Seattle Weddings:


More Wedding Planning tips

Noah's Seattle Inspired Woodsy Nursery

And Baby Makes Four | Kirkendorfer Family Portraits

DIY Wedding Favor Idea: Peppermint & Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub Recipe

This Peppermint & Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub is totally one of those multi-purpose gifts!

  • A wedding favor your guests will be fighting over and/or hoarding.

  • Great christmas gift for your mother in law, new sister in law or bridesmaids!

Speaking of christmas— it’s less than a week away! EEK! My guess is, you’re probably feeling like:

  • I’ve over spent and I still need to buy my mother in law something.

  • I really wanted to make something for my bestie but I am crafting-challenged.

  • I’ve finished all my christmas shopping and I would love to do a DIY project!

Let me help! scroll down for the recipe. <3

DIY christmas gift sugar scrub

A quick & easy tutorial on how to make

Peppermint & Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

What you’ll need:

♡1.5 cups of organic sugar

♡ 1/2 cup of coconut oil

♡ 1/3 cup of organic honey

♡ 6 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

♡ 6 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

♡Flip top mason jar

♡ Ribbons & Fresh Greenery (optional)


Melt to coconut oil and then combine all ingredients. Stir until combined. Transfer your yummy concoction to a small mason jar & embellish with ribbons or fresh greenery. Your new sugar scrub will keep for 3 months in the shower.