Ashley & Duncan | Parsons Garden Engagement

As he sat on the plane getting ready to descend with his soon to be fiancé there was a question on the claims form about what you were bringing. The diamond ring he had hidden wasn’t something he wanted to discuss with Ashley, since that was the biggest secret he’d ever kept from her. After faking a trip to the restroom and confirming with the flight attendants that it was indeed not something he needed to claim (since they’d be taking it back home with them!) he decided he wouldn’t waste another moment.

Once they were all checked in to their hotel they took a walk along the waterfront with a view of the Sydney Opera House at sunset. As they strolled into a botanical garden Duncan knelt and produced the hidden gem he’d been carrying across the globe. Ashley’s surprise was magnified as perfectly timed fireworks began over the water (although this was just a wonderful coincidence). Their Australian adventure had just begun and so had the next chapter of their lives together.

Can’t wait to celebrate with you two next year and hear even more Ashley-isms! ~Erik & Marissa

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Laura Martinell - I’m so in love cousin ♡♡ so happy for you and mister duncan! I love the first one with the purple flowers! And the one with two pics with nose kisses ♡

Kelsey Gray - Absolutely stunning Ash!!!!

Mary Breckel - So beautiful!!

Mallory Martin - The cutest pics ever!

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5 years, 6 months, you know…the big ones.

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Since we’re quite sure we’ve been in a vortex of speedy time travel these past 6 months (and as our mothers tell us, it only gets quicker and we’ll have a teenager before we know it) we wanted to take a moment this month before wedding season to escape, just the three of us, to celebrate life…and our anniversary plus our little dude turning half a year old! Let’s call it an all in one trip. We’re all about efficiency over here now that we have an infant, so off we went to Hawaii for a little r&r on the weekend of our 5 year anniversary.

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To tell the truth, long ago we had envisioned a romantic 5 year celebration on the beach (and probably without a baby), at the same resort we married in Puerto Vallarta, but a sad finding during that last month of pregnancy (which may have made it more upsetting than it really was thanks to raging hormones) showed that our quaint little hotel with private beach was sold and transformed, thus it no longer held that magical meaning. A bunch of recommendations later found us booking a trip to Kauai (luckily while still pregnant so that we couldn’t think about the consequences of traveling with an infant), gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe it.

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*A side note here, isn’t it funny that the “big” anniversaries are multiples of 5? And why? Certainly every anniversary should be equally celebrated since it’s another entire year of spending your life creating memories, galavanting off on adventures and learning to love your partner more and more. In any case, we fell into the ‘5 years is a big one’ mindset and were determined to travel, baby and all.

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Some things we’ve learned in 5 years of being married… (so many things, but here are 3 big ones)

1. Talk, talk, talk, talk, and then talk some more. Wow has that even become more important now with our growing family.

2. We’re much happier in our relationship when each of our love tanks are full.

3. A kiss and a hug each day goes a long way.

We are not marriage experts, but love learning through trial, error and experiences together. Here’s to the next 5 and whatever they’ll bring! xoxo

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If Kauai is ever on your list, make it happen. Take a drive to some of the deserted beaches up north where the Jurassic Park-style rain forest looms in the background, dig your feet in the sand to watch for sea turtles, make a stop for some ice cream (at least once a day), and tell us if you don’t feel rejuvenated, full of love and experience at least one major life realization while among all that beauty. Aloha! ~Erik & Marissa (& Bryce too)

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PS- Happy Half-Birthday to our baby boy! We love you.

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Julie Day Henry - Awesome!

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Kim Family | Year 4

Hannah, Seann & then 1 year old Charlotte were some of our very first friends after moving to Washington. We met the typical way, a quick Facebook search of Seattle gave us one result, Seann, a friend of a friend we met once in Chicago way back when. Our first meet up for burgers and photos shortly after were the start to a friendship we truly cherish. We’ve now seen 2 more members added to this beautiful family. Now this 5-some is moving and we are so happy for them (but very sad to see them go). Congratulations Hannah & Seann, for Petals (another beautiful baby), the big move, a new start, and bright futures ahead for you all. ~Erik & Marissa

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Lauren & Kenny | South Lake Union Engagement

Their story goes way back to high school in Ohio. They knew each other, but were just friends. Through college they continued their friendship, but shortly after graduation they realized there must have been a reason they stayed close all those years. After falling in love Kenny was offered a job in Seattle. When Lauren decided to make the leap and join him in the emerald city he knew it was the perfect time to pop the question!

Congrats Lauren & Kenny! Thanks for letting us be a part of your wedding journey. ~Erik & Marissa

Hair & Makeup by the ever talented: Kendra of KLS Makeup Artistry

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Carvalho Family | Capitol Hill Studio

Love this new little family. Lincoln is the perfect addition to their lives, and he is a total cutie! He was such little model making his Blue Steel face, blowing bubbles, and posing on the couch. Gia, their firstborn, even made an appearance at our session and was such a good pup and big sister.

Brittany & Joe, congrats again on having the sweetest little guy. Our baby Bryce is super excited to have a new friend. ~Erik & Marissa

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Have you ever seen such a model dog? You can tell her parents are photographers, she’s had some practice!

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Our Bryce had to join Lincoln for a buddy photo!

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