How Thanksgiving got a new name.

This year we titled the holiday Brycegiving, because well, not only is Bryce at the top of our list to be thankful for, but this year it also marked his one year around the sun, or a whole year of us surviving parenthood aka an entire year of us keeping our baby alive. (Is he still called a baby? It’s likely he is now considered a toddler, but like our mothers remind us he’ll always be our baby.)

Remembering back on this year, our first with this bright light in our lives, is sort of a wonderful blurry mess. There were some late nights (or mornings rather), the kind we used to have in college but instead of being out dancing with friends we were rocking a crying bundle trying to figure out what in the world we were doing wrong (although I’m sure there was some of that in college too).

Sleepless nights gave way to happy days like the one we shared as a family on the carpet building towers for Bryce to topple on the day he proudly learned to crawl. Watching his face when he drank seltzer water for the first time or after his little friends learned to pull his hair gave us giggles. The pitiful day we finally got him a haircut (sorry 18 year old Bryce for waiting so long, but we loved your man bun) and how he finally became quick enough to body slam the cats (much to our delight, but not to the cat’s).

There were times we didn’t know what to do, times we loved, times we probably would be okay forgetting, and times we wished we remembered. As we heard from a friend, “the days are long, but the weeks are fast”. Cherishing each moment, like last week’s celebrations with our one year old, are a constant reminder that life goes quickly so we’re trying to drink up every sweet drop of our Sir Brycington.

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! ~Erik & Marissa

A mini photo montage of our first year with Sir B…

His birth day.

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10 days (photo credit: Julianna J Photography)

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3 months; 5 months

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6 months

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6 months (photo credit: Blue Rose Photography)

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10 months

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11 months

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halloween

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11 months; 1 year

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happy birthday little love.

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Mahvish, Benj & Yodi | Discovery Park Engagement

A girlfriend of hers knew a guy moving to Seattle from Minnesota. She said they had to meet, he needed friends and just maybe they’d be the perfect match. Mahvish kept blowing off meet-ups with him and months later they finally met, almost by accident. She was at a friend’s house party and late into the night Benj showed up. Mahvish admits she was instantly attracted to the tall, Midwestern who she was supposed to meet months earlier. They had their first date a few days later, have been inseparable ever since, and even added a furry child into the mix, their beloved Yodi.

Congrats you two! And Yodi is possibly the cutest pup ever. ~Erik & Marissa

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Phoebe & Andrew | Pike Place Market Anniversary

A tea shop in Taiwan found this sweet duo working together when they were 16 and 18 years old. As they worked side by side brewing tea they talked, coworkers became friends and they vowed to keep in touch, even when she moved away to America. A summer visit two years later changed friendship into love and they spent five long years dating long distance before marrying in Taiwan and moving together to Seattle to finally be together.

It’s been another 5 years since that wedding day. We celebrated by recreating a few wedding images and walking around the market in the city they’ve called home since they were married. Congratulations Phoebe & Andrew! May the next 5 years of marriage be even more lovely together. ~Erik & Marissa

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The Ciccarellis Behind the Scenes 2016

As another wedding season comes to an end we love looking back at some of the out-takes that remind us of the special moments WE had with our clients.

Per tradition, Erik has photo-bombed a lot of our peeps (and I may have jumped in a few)! Thanks to all of our peeps who laugh at our antics and make our days of “work” so much fun.

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If you work with us you should know…we say some crazy things to make you laugh, do some crazy moves to get the right shot, and are up for some fun times if you are!

…like chasing golf carts…

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…eating sand…

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…pointing…

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…and apparently doing more pointing.

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We’ve got you covered with flyaway hairs, where to put your hands, and…

getting stickers off your shoes…

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…keeping you shaded…

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…holding your baby…
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…and showing you how to dip.

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This year Bryce did a few photo-bombs himself!

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Thank you to the wonderful, fun, sweet people we call clients (and friends!) who make us thrilled to go to work each day. We are beyond thankful and pinch ourselves each day that we’re lucky enough to continue on this journey of documenting spectacular life moments. Hope one of these pics gave you a giggle! ~Erik & Marissa (oh and Bryce too!)

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Hall Family | Marina Park

Love this family to pieces. We first met Hillary & John for their engagement pictures and knew right away we’d be friends. Their wedding was simply fantastic (although we wished we were guests in the end, it was just that much fun!) and they became pregnant shortly after us! We loved meeting newborn Hadley and documenting her when she first arrived and now seeing her moving about, laughing at her parents, and them loving every moment with her is the best.

This is exactly why we love what we do. To watch our couples grow more in love with each other over the years and maybe even start their own families too. Congrats Hillary & John! Hadley is such a happy girl, and she is so lucky to have you as parents. ~Erik & Marissa

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Hadley was such a good baby! So smiley and happy, even in the wind and not super warm temperatures.

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See you soon Hadley…bye!

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PS-Bryce showed up halfway through our photo session to act as baby whisperer, clown, attention getter, and maybe future boyfriend? It worked until we sat them next to each other. Love at first sight or staring contest? In any case they’ll be buddies one day, whether they like it or not!:)

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