Behind the Scenes with the Ciccarellis 2019

Better late than never? Haha, it’s March, but you know, just decided to go through our BTS photos from last year!

So, if you’re new to us than welcome to the silliest post we do all year. We love working together and our adventures in wedding and lifestyle photography are documented when we work as a team and actually remember to snap some behind the scenes pics of each other!

First up: the action shot

Or should we say action stance…when you just need to get a little lower, but have too many bags to bend over.

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All in a day’s work, climbing logs over water and showing our couples a sneak peek on the day of their wedding!

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Taking in all the details. (Even if you have to sit halfway outside the door.)

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Directing from above the crowd!

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Standing on chairs is a must.

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Those long veils aren’t going to move themselves! (But we never understand why our faces are so crazy when we do this…)

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This is called: How many things can you carry at once. 1. bag 2. camera 3. flowers 4. dress

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We meet the best vendors that we’re so lucky to call friends. We like to call them our co-workers!

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Let’s play “who’s hands are those?” (Cannot tell you how many of these I’ve pinned over the years.)

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Onto our next set of photos…The Lighting Test.

We always like to test out a spot prior to shooting our couple so we don’t waste their time if the spot looks bad with distractions or lighting. Typically Erik ends up being the model and he’s either eating…

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…bored of me saying, “a little to your left, okay now to the right”, or he surprises me with a smile.

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And if he ever gets me to model I’m never serious.

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That one time we both tested a shot at the same time…

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A new series this year called…”this is how we looked getting that shot”.

Erik is a big fan of getting low with a wide angle lens to get an interesting perspective.

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He can also get high (no pun intended here) to get a super-flattering angle from above.

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When getting a little lower with the splits plus a reflector hooked under the arm does the trick. Thank goodness for stretchy pants!

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And our final set of the year, Erik’s all time favorite, goes to photo bombs! It’s his tradition. Our couples are pretty used to his antics by this point thank goodness!

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He even managed to get his camera to photo bomb this year.

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He definitely upped his game this year and tried to wait for the most awkward moment to step into the frame.

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Okay, I got one too! But it was accidental. Trying to show a photo while running from behind because we have one minute left before we need to leave. Life of a wedding photographer = running about 7/8 hours of the day.

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Thanks to all of our 2019 couples, friend-vendors, and families! We couldn’t have such amazing photo bombs or behind the scenes pics without you, your laughs, your willingness to have fun and just general happiness. We’re so happy to do what we do because of you! Here’s to another great year ahead (we’re almost to 10 years in business!). Thank you! ~Erik & Marissa

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Julianne & Brian | Block 41 Wedding

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The day started off with some rain, as we expected it to do in Seattle in February. Luckily, Julianne had planned ahead with umbrellas! We packed up a few to head to the dock, just outside their place, for the first look right as the rain picked up even harder.

Here’s the thing about marrying your best friend though. You don’t even care about a whole lot of rain.

Julianne kicked off her heels, opened her umbrella and was radiating happiness as she tip-toed along the slick dock to where Brian had been waiting (getting fairly wet himself) all smiles. The moment was perfect, rain and all.

Shortly after, the skies cleared, like they usually do, and this sweet couple was swept into Pike Place Market with their wedding party, full of fun and joy as their limo brought them to Block 41 to be married. Their personal vows were filled with laughs, serious promises, and thoughtful phrases.

The evening continued with the most epic dance party (and numerous dance-offs), cheers with chips, laughter, tacos, and a ton of joyful celebrations for one of the happiest pairs we’ve ever met. The happiness was incredibly contagious and we felt lucky to be part of it! Thank you Julianne & Brian. You two are amazing. Congratulations! ~Erik & Marissa

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Thank you to everyone who made this day one Julianne & Brian will never forget!

Venue- Block 41

Catering- City Catering

Planner/Florist- JDW Industries

Desserts- Dianne’s Delights

DJ- Dan Lormon

Makeup- KLS Makeup Artistry

Hair- BAHTOH

Dress- Bridal Exclusives

Tux- Black Tux

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Mohini & Tarek | Alki Beach Engagement

He was just beginning to think about moving away from Seattle when he met the girl of his dreams. Luckily he halted his plans to get to know her because now they’re planning their wedding! We love that on one of their first dates she said he won her over by making homemade ice cream in her favorite flavor, mint chocolate oreo. Yum!

Mo & Tarek, you two are so lovely to be around. We can tell how much you mean to one another and are so looking forward to capturing your wedding day! ~Erik & Marissa

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Leyna & Joey | Pike Place Market Engagement

We love that this couple started off as friends! For 6 years they got to know one another, chatting first because she was directing a play and had cast him as the lead. They continued their friendship even after the play and decided to travel to Seattle together one winter break to meet Joey’s family. They celebrated New Year’s at the Columbia Tower, had a romantic kiss at midnight and have been together ever since!

Leyna & Joey, so excited to capture your wedding day soon! Loved walking around Pike Place and the waterfront getting to know you both, capturing your laughs, and seeing the love you share so strongly (plus the red boots were perfection!). ~Erik & Marissa

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Ave & Skylar | Hawaii Engagement

This one is especially significant to us…Marissa’s brother got engaged!!!

Not only did he get engaged, but we were there for it too! Plus, it was in Hawaii, how much more romantic can you get? This love story started on an airplane, when two strangers sat next to each other, picked a movie to watch side by side, talked about everything and got off the plane knowing something special had just happened.

To stick with the theme of their first encounter we went along to the airport in Hawaii where Avé was just about to land a few days after us. Skylar had the ring in his pocket secretly. She got off the airplane to a beautiful sunny day and as they embraced she said she could feel his heart beating really fast. They walked, hand in hand, to baggage claim, but before she could even begin looking for her luggage he had dropped to one knee as her hands flew to her face in total surprise. They celebrated the rest of their trip as a newly engaged couple!

We had a beautiful sunny morning before departing the island to get some shots of these two and we’re so glad we did! Congrats Avé and Skylar! We are so happy for you two! ~Erik & Marissa

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