Shea & Austin | Golden Gardens Engagement

He had planned a camping trip with a big hike into the Olympic National Forest. They’d been living here in Seattle for a few months and he thought it would be perfect. Since he’d never been to this particular spot before there wasn’t really a location planned, but he knew the timing just had to be right.

They were unpacking all their gear and settling in for the night by the campfire when Austin pulled out the ring he’d been hiding and proposed under the trees and stars. Of course Shea said yes! And due to no cell service they were able to just be in the moment together, enjoying their engagement for a few days before coming back to Seattle to break the news.

Congrats Shea & Austin! Loved that your engagement session truly showed your love of the outdoors and your new home in the PNW. ~Marissa & Erik

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Schnugg Family Year 3 | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Year 3 with this family brings a brand new baby girl! Always love documenting our families as they grow another tiny human. Colette is the sweetest and slept our entire session, letting everyone cuddle her. We were even able to document 3 generations of women while grandma was visiting. Loved capturing this family with some quiet moments between action shots as their toddler showed us her jumping and bubble blowing tricks.

Congratulations Filiz & Matt! She is just sweet as can be and Emilia is so much fun. You all make such a beautiful family. ~Marissa

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Avé & Skylar | Discovery Park Elopement

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If we’ve learned anything from 2020 it’s that we have a lot to learn. One thing we’re working on is finding the silver lining (and trying to explain that saying to our oldest). Our couples have all been finding ways to see that lining and be flexible, from changing wedding dates and venues to having two dates or staying local. We’re constantly impressed by those who continue to stay positive and see the good in these confusing times.

One such couple is near and dear to our hearts, Marissa’s brother and his fiancé Avé. They experienced all the ups and downs of an ever-changing world as they tried again and again to plan a wedding that made sense for them and their families near and far. There were definitely tears and lots of talks about what might or might not happen. In the end, they decided on an elopement for now and it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

There were 6 of us who woke up before the sun, met at Discovery Park, and hiked down to the beach with the few items we needed to capture the ceremony and celebrate afterwards (you better believe champagne and croissants made it in the bag). We timed it for low tide (and some pretty lighting of course) and were happily surprised by a huge sand spit and practically no one around. The sun was shining, an eagle flew back and forth overhead, a seal came to watch, and two of the most special people to us made a beautiful promise to one another, while family watched from their homes via Skype.

Avé tied in her Hawaiian upbringing with traditional florals and we kept feeling like she couldn’t have gotten much closer to having that dream Hawaiian beach wedding than this! Thus, that silver lining shows itself again on this special morning.

Avé and Skylar, we obviously couldn’t be happier for you two. We know you went through a lot to get to this point, but wow, what a gorgeous memory we will have forever, watching you two marry this way. xoxo ~Erik & Marissa

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Check out the contraption Skylar came up with to videotape the whole thing and have 3 phones full of people watching live!

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Avé’s mother was still able to do her special readings live via Skype!

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Sylvie & Neri | Pioneer Square Maternity

We were so thrilled when this couple contacted us! It’s been several years since we saw them for their engagement session and it was such a treat to capture their next big life moment! Sylvie was simply glowing, as beautiful as we knew she’d be with a baby bump. These two are already so in love with their baby it’s adorable!

Sylvie & Neri, thank you for letting me capture this moment before she arrives! Cannot wait to meet her and see you two become parents in just a few short weeks. Congrats! ~Marissa

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Leyna & Joey | Backyard Elopement

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This year has been anything but ordinary. Weddings alone have been their own storm of changes as our couples have learned to stay flexible and pivot at a moments notice. We photographed one wedding back in February before the pandemic hit and forced all of our 2020 couples to change and cancel wedding plans they’d been looking forward to for months, if not years.

We’re so glad our couples have taken to the changes with such strides, remembering the most important part of this all- that they love each other and are building a life with a partner in marriage.

One such couple we were lucky enough to still capture this year, Leyna & Joey, decided to marry this summer with two people in attendance and a whole slew of guests via zoom. It was a beautiful day, full of all the emotions. They kept many traditions alive as they got ready separately, even hiding Leyna behind a door when Joey was near so he wouldn’t see her. Their sweet ceremony was full of personal touches like thoughtful vows, a rose exchange, and the biggest cheers coming from the computer after the first kiss. They included their virtual guests in a cake cutting (that Leyna had made herself!) and champagne toast while cuddling their new fur baby, who’d traveled with them by car from the east coast.

Congratulations Leyna & Joey! We are so happy for you two and hope this day will go down as one of the greatest memories in your journey together as partners in life. Thank you for having us along! ~Erik & Marissa

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