Starks Family | Carkeek Park

Here’s the most awesome thing about our job…we get to stay in touch with our people for years to come! We’ve seen puppies brought home, babies born, homes purchased, anniversaries, and kids grow year after year.

We first met Will & Sara many years ago when they were newly engaged. As huge Husky fans we met on the waterfront with a view of the stadium to capture some candids before documenting their wedding the next year. Seeing their pup for the first time during a maternity session as they were excitedly awaiting the newest addition to their family was super cute. And now Henry, what can we say. Have you seen a more smiley, cute 6 month old? What a doll and so loved by his parents. He hardly stopped smiling the entire shoot, which reminded us of how smiley Sara & Will were during their first session with us all those years ago. Henry definitely inherited his happy demeanor from mom and dad!

Will & Sara, thanks for letting us document yet another big moment of your lives. Henry is so darn happy and you all make the sweetest family unit. Honored to be a part of it all. ~Erik & Marissa

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Elisabeth & Ashton | Gasworks Park and Lake Union Cafe Wedding

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The day started full of family and friends all gathered together in one giant house. Think the beginning scene of Home Alone, but on a wedding day with way more fun, more people, and a whole lot of happy. On the third floor sat Elisabeth, relaxing calmly with a few bridesmaids and groomsmen, getting beautified (which is pretty much unnecessary since she’s a natural beauty) and laughing with her sister. A few floors below a groomsmen sat playing the piano as Ashton prepped for the day with some of his best friends, laughing at how Elisabeth would give him heck for making them all wear suspenders with belts.

Flash ahead to a beautiful bride crossing the street to stand back to back with her handsome groom, counting to three, then jumping to meet one another in such a fun first look. The day continued much the same, with a ton of goofiness (family photos with silly faces was a must), a lot of fun (these two were all smiles, all day as they laughed, joked, danced, and had the best time), and a whole lot of love (talk about a perfect match). It’s so obvious why they had such lovely friends and family joining them on their big day, giving speeches with the kindest words and surprising them with a special song. They’ve touched the lives of many and will now continue to do so as a team.

Thank you for letting us join in on this super fun day Elisabeth & Ashton! We loved every single minute. ~Erik & Marissa

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A tiny butt grab before the big reveal…

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Pumping up their team before the big entrance…

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A surprise performance melted every heart in the place…

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Such a fun day needed love from a lot of people including…

Ceremony- Gasworks Park

Reception, Catering, Dessert- Lake Union Cafe

Planner- MKSocial

Photographer- Ciccarelli Photography

Florals- Abbie Chandler (friend)

DJ- Otto-Matic

Hair & Makeup- Kat Green

Dress- BHLDN

Suits- Macy’s

Bridesmaids- chose own dresses

Officiant- brother-in-law

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Ashley & Jeff | Discovery Park Engagement & Family

She had just graduated and moved to Alaska for her very first job. Part of the gig was going to the docks, which is when she spied this handsome guy throwing lines to tie up their boat. That cute guy, Jeff, was working there as an engineer and they happened to have a mutual friend who happily introduced them. As the season grew to a close they knew there was something special between them so she agreed to go with him to Portland, the place where their love story really grew!

These two are so giddily in love and even better they have the cutest son, Colin, who was a trooper and slept through half our session then decided to join us for some fun on the beach. Thanks for the sweetest session Ashley, Jeff & Colin! We cannot wait for all the festivities next year! ~Erik & Marissa

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Cathy & Sunny | Woodmark Hotel Wedding

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What started as a hobby became a true passion as Cathy & Sunny took up biking together. So much so, that on a 2-day race to Portland he hid a ring in his backpack (added with a touch of anxiety over losing said backpack for a few hours) and revealed it to her as they crossed the finish line surrounded by family and friends. Her resounding YES lead to a beautiful wedding on the waterfront at the Woodmark Hotel.

Congratulations again Cathy & Sunny! We are so happy for you two. Such a fun day to celebrate your love of biking, family & friends, and of course…each other. ~Erik & Marissa

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The games happened before their first look, which included a taste test, questions about Cathy (and push-ups), plus a karaoke rendition of Back Street Boys “I want it that way”.

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Big thanks go out to everyone who made Cathy & Sunny’s wedding day a reality including:

Venue & Catering: Woodmark Hotel

Florals: Contemporary Floral

Photographer: Ciccarelli Photography

Videographer: Pixel Dust

Cake: Nancy Kay’s Confections

DJ: Sounds Unlimited

Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison

Dress Designer: Lazaro

Bridesmaids: Azazie

Officiant: Frank Harlan

Invites: Minted

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Shea & Shaun | Volunteer Park & In-Home Engagement

When you make your first date plans for brunch and the date ends up lasting 5 hours you know something magical has happened. That’s what Shea felt, after her cheeks hurt from smiling the entire date! They made plans immediately for a second date and were engaged 3 months to the date after they met, how romantic!

Shaun had planned on a sweet proposal in their favorite park down the street (hence why we shot their engagement session at Volunteer Park), but the rain didn’t let up that day so he switched plans and asked for Shea’s hand in marriage right in their living room. That apartment held so much meaning to them- where they met, fell in love and got engaged that we had to finish their session off right there, pups included. Photos happened just in time too since they were moving into their new home that same weekend!

So happy for you two (and your pups of course)! When you know, you know. Your happiness is obvious and so contagious, congrats! ~Erik & Marissa

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