Fun Day – The Ciccarellis | La Push

Part #2 of our Adventure last week…

One of our favorite beaches to visit is just around the corner on the peninsula, La Push, or rather First Beach. We trekked out there last week on our continued adventure of showing Erik’s parents the northwest, figuring we had to show them some evergreen-forests and beaches, and knowing that the Olympic National Forest was where we had to go. We happened to make it there just at sunset to exerience some amazing views as the sun dipped behind clouds and ocean. 

The beaches on the coast are littered with huge pieces of driftwood, which is just amazing to think that the waves pushed them there.

We were taking pictures and a swell came in! Erik’s mom didn’t make it to high ground because she ran into this driftwood and got stuck!

Right by the beach are some fantastic hikes where we felt the quiet and calm of nature as we hiked and breathed in all the fresh air.

It made us want to watch Twilight…

Hope to be back soon!

~Erik & Marissa

Lisa Henry - Just so everyone knows…they were all laughing at me! I could have died! ~ Erik’s mom! ❤

Erik Ciccarelli - Haha, theres only one person I know that laughs when danger is happening.

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Fun Day – The Ciccarellis | Seattle & PNW Tourists

Last week Erik’s parents came for a visit, which meant we got to be Seattle tourists for a day! We love taking guests around to the local highlights because it means we get to experience them all over again too. On this particular day we hit up all the usual touristy attractions Seattle’s known for…Space Needle/Seattle Center to the waterfront for lunch at Elliot’s (one of our favorites) to Ye Old Curiosity Shop to Pike’s Place Market. The weird thing about Pike’s Place was that since we were there mid-afternoon on a weekday it was really quiet compared to what we are used to on the weekends. It was a totally different experience being able to stroll through and talk to the artists and fish throwers about their day without being shoved around. Admittedly, we do love the hustle of Pike’s Place on a Saturday morning but it was great seeing it on a totally different day.

Views from the top of the Space Needle…all photos courtesy of our Instagram (yes, we forgot our camera).

We found these must-haves at Ye Old Curiosity Shop. Erik complains that his name is never anywhere spelled “correctly” so he was pumped to find this.

The following day we ventured over to the peninsula by ferry, always a fun experience! Erik took this shot in daylight by pointing his iphone towards the sun…cool effect below.

After driving through the dense, still-green-even-in-winter forest, passing the cutest town (Port Gamble, we’ll be back), and skirting by Lake Crescent, which would be amazing to camp or rent a cabin by during the summer, and wondering if we’d see any vampires we crossed into Forks for the famous sign photo opportunity.

Post #2 from our week of adventures coming soon…


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The “First Look” – Wedding Photography

Many of our couples start thinking about their wedding day and when they’d first like to see one another. We think it’s super important to talk this through and make sure you’re both on the same page. We never encourage our couples one way or another (even though many of them ask!), we totally think this is YOUR choice because it’s YOUR wedding after all!

You have a ton of decisions to make, but the first time you see your fiancé on your wedding day may be one of the most important! Some of our couples like to wait until the ceremony when the blushing bride is slowly walking down the aisle and the groom is nervously waiting at the end. And some of our couples request a first look to have a special reveal and be able to talk to one another for a few moments before the ceremony. The grooms say the sweetest things about how beautiful their bride looks!

No matter what you decide we always love capturing your special, emotion-filled moment and guarantee that you will feel so much happiness and love at that time.

We’ve added some pictures from Samantha & Luke’s first look this past December to show the sequence of what could happen if you choose to have a first look. Sam & Luke decided to include their wedding party and family, which you will see in some of the photos, but some of our couples do their first look privately. Again, it’s up to YOU!

The first time you see your fiance will be emotional whether it’s during the processional or a first look. That’s our favorite part, capturing that special emotion-filled moment so you feel it again when you look back at your photos.

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Confessional – The Drudgeries & Triumphs of Moving

2013 met us straight on with new challenges such as finding a new apartment and moving up 3 flights of stairs. Yes, that’s right, no elevator and we did it ourselves. Thank goodness Erik’s strong and I have a lot of determination! About halfway through we asked ourselves why we didn’t think of hiring someone to help with the heavy stuff (our least favorite – the dreaded mattress, which also happens to be one of our favorite things in the world…if you’ve never splurged on a nice mattress it’s a must!)

 So after loading up the truck in Tacoma, driving to Seattle and unloading up the stairs (did we mention we had to shut the kitties in the bathroom while all this happened so they wouldn’t escape?) we were pretty wiped out. Sometimes the hardest part of the whole moving process is the end when you’ve done all the lifting and all of a sudden you’re in your new place looking around at boxes piled to the ceiling asking yourself, “where’s my toothbrush?” We decided to forget about it for a moment, dropped off the truck just in time (I think we had 5 minutes to spare) and dragged ourselves to the nearest eatery. Thank goodness for diners that serve breakfast all day! Plopping down in the plastic booth we ordered eggs, pancakes, and a burger – it was just about all we could do to lift the forks to our mouths!

I do have to admit that we were super excited to be in our new place. We had found it on a rainy afternoon after many unsuccessful viewings as we were driving around looking for rental signs. We love the neighborhood, the bus picks up half a block from us, and our building is nice and quiet (we actually may be the loudest people here).

Now that it’s February we are officially moved in and completely unpacked, other than a few bags we still need to drop off at a donation center. The plus side is that we got our workout in and we love our new space. It also taught us an important lesson: hiring a mover or two could be the best use of our money the next time we embark on a relocation!

This happens to be the only photo we have so far of our new place! Kiki seems to be right at home…

Anne Henry Blankenship - Jon and I decided that hiring movers was when we moved to Franklin was one of the best things we’ve spent money on since we’ve been married- best $300 ever!!!!

Ciccarelli Photography - We should have talked to you two beforehand!

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Patti & Erik – Wedding Day | Salish Lodge

Patti & Erik are such a special couple. Patti is so full of warmth that when we first met her on her wedding day we were greeted with huge hugs and a broad smile. She was happy and enjoying her wedding day while she finished getting ready surrounded by her girlfriends. Erik surprised us with his calm and steadiness as he greeted family and friends and later jumped into action for our bride & groom session outside. We were a bit worried about the rain, but when it came time to take Patti & Erik outside for pictures they popped open an umbrella and jumped outside without a care for the weather…they were now happily married after all!

We don’t know how these two pulled it off, but they put together a beautiful wedding in only 6 weeks! Everything was planned from the cake to the flowers in Patti’s hair to the special designed ring they had made for Erik. As Patti walked down the stairs with her mom holding her train we could feel her excitement that the day had arrived. She would be married soon! Erik smiled as his bride walked into the room and the two held onto one another for the duration of the ceremony.

We wish you both much happiness and joy!

~Erik & Marissa

Venue: Salish Lodge

Thank you for letting us in on your special day Patti & Erik! May you live happily ever after…

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