Big thanks to Snohomish Garden Center for letting us use their green houses & fields for photos!
Congrats Brittany & David! Can’t wait to photograph your wedding at Marionfield Farm in August! <3
Big thanks to Snohomish Garden Center for letting us use their green houses & fields for photos!
Congrats Brittany & David! Can’t wait to photograph your wedding at Marionfield Farm in August! <3
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.
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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.
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!
With the enormous popularity of strapless dresses, toning up your arms is a must. Here are a few simple moves you can do anytime.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
♡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.
I get asked A LOT:
Well, I usually don't 'kiss & tell' per say when it comes to my couples weddings since their privacy is paramount to me. HOWEVER -- i will gladly share the crazy shit that happens to me.
Last summer, my brother tied the knot and I heard the BEST mother of the groom speech. As a wedding photographer, I’ve heard MANY speeches. Thank god, I’ve never had to give one myself because the thought of writing one gives me the heeby jeebies. After hearing my moms funny/tear jerking/passionate/captivating mother of the groom toast, I knew she needed to pass out her tricks to everyone on my blog. So brides & grooms, feel free to send this link to your mamas. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it! <3
a. Introduction - voicing appreciation for your guests celebrating the newlyweds, etc.
b. Best part - words about your son. This should take 2 minutes max. Spend thought and time planning just the right words to say about your son.
c. Money in the bank - sweet words about the bride; equal time - 2 minutes. : ) If you for some reason, can't think of enough good things to say about the bride - then move on to speaking of the couple. Generally, when speaking about the couple, you need to focus on the story. While you are talking about their story, you should focus on saying how important it was for these lovebirds to meet and join destinies. It is almost certain that all family members and other guests will be looking forward to hear your short version of how your son met his bride and how they ended up taking their relationship to the ultimate level.
d. Use quotes (salient or otherwise).
e. Close the structure of the speech with a toast.
Anyone who knows Kris, knows he is a journaler. For years he has been doing “Morning Pages”, filling countless moleskin books with his thoughts, dreams and visions. He is my philosopher-son. It shows in his music, how he lives his life, and how he treats people – in a deep & thoughtful way. When you are with him, you know he sees you – by the depth of his gaze and thoughtful presence. This is one of Kris many gifts. People are important to Kris and he prioritizes his time with them.
The written word is powerful to Kris – as well as journaling & writing music, he has also always been a list-maker. Before smart phones, Kris’ spaces and places were littered with scraps of paper with lists of…
• things he wanted to accomplish that day
• future ideas he wanted to implement
• people he needed to connect with
Part of this practice was born from a family trait of forgetfulness… but also as a mother I preached the belief that “Your Word is Your Wand” – what you speak, you bring about – and the written word is timeless and not so easily forgotten : )
And so, it’s not surprising in February of 2003 that Kris shared a list with me… “What I want in the girl I marry.”
• I want someone who is willing to work through any problem and make good decisions on what is right and wrong. Someone who is willing to compromise, see it from the other person’s view & look at the big picture.
• The woman I marry must not only be caring, but kind. This woman should be someone who cares about others and when it comes down to it, is respectful of my decisions and way of doing things. This person can still be a character, but underneath has that sincerity that makes me love her.
• I will marry a girl that has attitude and spunk. The girl I marry will be sassy and fun. I want to marry someone who knows how to have a good time or be a home body. This person will be as versatile as me in that department and will do what she wants and feel confident about it, while respecting my intentions and feelings.
• I want to marry a person who is intelligent. I don’t mean just book smarts, but emotionally and socially intelligent. I know that when I talk to this person or have a question about something, that between the two of us we can come up with an answer. Someone who knows enough about herself and the world, that she has great advice and is there when I need a shoulder to cry on. Someone I can talk about anything with (like Matt dogg).
• I will marry the girl that makes you double take or catches your attention in a room for a split second. Her overall persona is that of a confident woman who walks into a room knowing what is going to happen, what she wants and how to get there. Confidence is key in the girl I pursue. With this confidence she will have a sense of style that shows her confidence. The way she dresses, walks and acts creates that persona adding to who she is and what she stands for.
• I will marry a woman that takes my breath away, with chemistry and wit. When I am around her I feel that pull, that passion, creating even more appreciation for how incredible she is. I will marry a woman with gorgeous eyes and soft lips. I will marry a woman that cares about how she looks but doesn’t obsess over it. I will marry a woman that is beautiful on the inside and outside.
When I look into this person’s eyes, I will feel like I have succeeded and am ready to take the next step in my life. This person I will do anything for.
Wow - Your word is your wand indeed - Word made flesh?
Alex, you are the woman Kris has been waiting for. We love you and are so thankful that you also chose Kris.
Let’s raise a toast to Kris and Alex and send them for forth with our blessing to make more magic."