Most Viewed Posts of 2014

Is it already a month into 2015? Unreal how time flies.

If time flew for you last year, like it did for us, you may have missed some of our most viewed blog posts! If so, this one’s for you. We’ve compiled a list of our follower’s top 10 posts (as well as some personal favorites) to catch you up! Cheers to remembering some special moments from 2014. ~Erik & Marissa

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Our most viewed and talked about posts of 2014 (calculated based on likes and comments)…

1. Phillip & Jeremy’s Wedding

2. Michelle & Lindsye’s Engagement

3. Hillary & John’s Engagement

4. Eileen & Rico’s Engagement

5. Christin & Art’s Wedding

6. Carey & Joe’s Wedding

7. Neal Family

8. Julie & Danny’s Wedding

9. Christina & Tara’s Wedding

10. Alex & Casey’s Wedding

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Some of our favorite posts (not included above) this year…

Our Peruvian Adventure

What do I do with my hands?

Megan & Jade’s Engagement

Posing Tips for Women

Natural Smiles

Kim Family

Dawn & Luke’s Wedding

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A New Kind of Resolution

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Sometimes you have those years. You know the ones, where you have a huge list of resolutions and goals. (That was our 2014.) This year we’re still setting goals for our business, otherwise it would be hard to know where we’re going!

BUT this year is going to be different for us personally. We don’t have a mile-long list. We have a few resolutions each so that we can really focus on one goal….

This year we just want to be grateful.

Grateful for each day.

Grateful for the big and the little things.

Grateful for the relationships we’ve built.

Grateful for the business we run and the people who’ve made that possible.

Grateful for our health which allows us to do so much.

Grateful for every new thing we’ll get to learn.

Grateful for new adventures.

Grateful for new experiences.

Grateful for what we have now, today, this minute, in this moment.

…it’s a huge task. Maybe our biggest new year’s resolution ever, but we’re giving it a try.

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The Reason: This past year has been busy….wild….exciting….sad….and exhilarating (basically you name the emotion, we felt it). No matter what curve balls 2014 threw our way we still had an incredible year…

We were alive.

We had our health.

We had our loving families and friends.

We had each other.

We decided we didn’t want to be those people who’d complain how it’s only Wednesday because there might come a time when we wished we had those Wednesdays back! We didn’t want to get stuck waiting for the day we had this or that because there might come a time when we have all those things and then what?

Each day is a gift and we hope to be grateful of those gifts, right now…today and every day. This is our resolution.

Being grateful. ~Erik & Marissa

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2014 in Review

If we thought Seattle in 2013 (our first year here) was good to us, 2014 only got better!

In terms of Ciccarelli Photography we truly got down to the business of making lasting memories. As we look back at the past year we kept in mind the main reason we started this business: Give people lasting memories.

It truly takes a pinch or two to remind ourselves how lucky we are. Our job is to photograph celebrations, whether it be weddings, engagements, growing families, or growing businesses. 2014 was special to us and we wanted to say thanks by sharing our memories from this past year and the many wonderful people we met. Cheers to the memories made in 2014! ~Erik & Marissa

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In winter…

…we had sessions between rainy days, made our couples giggle, photo bombed as much as we could, relaxed (see Carlos the cat), met a bunch of new couples gearing up for summer weddings, and volunteered as OpLove photographers.

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In spring…

…we had a huge adventure to Peru, took on new food photography projects, caught a dad coming home from service seeing his son for the first time, and chased a ring bearer.

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In summer…

…there are only 2 words: Wedding Season. Seriously everyone decided to get married this summer, which meant we got in a lot of dancing, had a ton of laughs, and made memories we won’t forget. Oh we also caught some tiny ballerinas, a handful of engagement sessions, our first screaming flower girl, our first senior session, our favorite fair food (must try fried nutella & peanut butter sandwiches), a couple boudoir gals, a trip to the beach (actually 2!), and we squeezed in our own photo session.

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That veil was spectacular….and Marissa got lost in it.

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In fall…

…our busy wedding season came to a close and we celebrated as wedding guests for a change! Camping on the coast, a family trip to Hawaii, Halloween outfits, and a wig party with friends rejuvenated our souls. The spectacular weather found us capturing fall engagements, new and returning families, plus one of our first Seattle couples had their anniversary session! The off season brought new business ventures, which lead to fun/awkward lighting tests of new equipment (see our mug shots & cat below). A Nashville Christmas and New Years Eve wedding finished 2014 for us with a bang. 

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Nashville found us at a recording studio…here’s what our band photo would look like (below). Twins for our wig party (above).

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It’s always crazy looking back on the adventures we had, the new people we’ve met, and the memories we’ll cherish. It certainly makes us feel incredibly full of gratitude and humbled in a way that helps us appreciate each day, each moment, and each person in our lives. Looking forward to all that again and whatever more 2015 brings us!

Much love to you all in 2015! ~Erik & Marissa

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Hillary & John | Four Seasons Seattle Wedding

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This is a real Cinderella story. The girl in her gorgeously, big white gown heads to the ball to meet her prince, they dance the night away, but there’s a twist. This time, when the clock strikes twelve, they kiss amongst thrown confetti and she stays rather than dashing away while losing her shoe. Because in this real life Cinderella story Hillary already knows her prince is the one she wants to be with forever and there is no magic making her look this way, she really is just that beautiful. Plus, who’d want to lose one of those fancy shoes and miss out on the rest of the party?

Hillary & John’s fairytale wedding day was full to the brim with romance, a few tears (ahem…John), and certainly the grandest New Year’s Eve celebration in Seattle. Thank you for letting us capture it all. We truly wish you two live happily ever after. ~Erik & Marissa

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Bro dance off.

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10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…

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Happy New Year!

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Thank you to everyone who made Hillary & John’s wedding day a true celebration!

Venue, Catering & Cake – Four Seasons Seattle

Wedding Coordinator – Wendi from Ethereal Events

Florist – Kevin Bradford

Videography – Aaron Horton Productions

Photography – Ciccarelli Photography

Harpist – Alishia Joubert

DJ – Sean Antonius

Make-up Artist – Ashley Smith

Hair Artist – Elizabeth Harris

Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses – La Belle Elaine

Tuxes – Men’s Warhorse

Late-Night Menu – Dick’s Drive-In

Karen Moskowitz - WOW ANDW WOW!

Denise Dolan - Wow, wow, wow, amazing pictures. Handsome Groom and Beautiful Bride. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Everything looked amazing!

Holly Jansen - Congrats you two! Everything looks beautiful and perfect

Heather Michelle Hennessey - Absolutely beautiful

Chris Blaikie - I absolutely love these pictures! I am very happy for the two of you! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and great memories! Love you!

David Wormley - Wonderful pictures. Congratulations.

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Shuwei & Jerry | Ballard Engagement

This is one of those long time love stories that are generally fictional, but for Shuwei & Jerry, it’s real life.

They met in Toronto during 7th grade, attending middle and high school together. Although they claim they were just friends, there must have been a spark that kept them close all those years. During their first year at university the two rekindled their friendship and it grew into something much more. When Jerry received a job offer in Seattle after graduation, Shuwei was happy to encourage his dreams, although they both knew long distance would be hard. A year into their long distance relationship, they were stronger than ever, so they took a romantic Mexico trip for two where Jerry proposed on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Shuwei & Jerry thank you for letting us walk you around Ballard, even in the cold. You two brought such a happy presence that day and we couldn’t be happier for you to be getting married! ~Erik & Marissa

The talented Kendra from KLS Makeup Artistry is responsible for Shuwei’s gorgeous look!

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