Surprise in the Skies!

The evening of Sunday, April 13th – a warm breeze carried us aloft over the serene Snohomish Valley – anticipation in the air! Austin had a plan…

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The adorable, newly engaged couple laughed and hugged as the sun set. We sure felt honored to capture these special moments for them, and appreciated the excellence of Tom, our pilot with Airial Balloon Company.

Congratulations Austin & Sarah!

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She said “Yes!” at the top of Crystal Mountain

The sun peeked through the clouds just in time for Colten to get down on one knee and pop the question to Keri. Wow, look at her gorgeous engagement ring and radiant smile!

It was as if they were the only people on the mountain: enjoying the views and basking in the excitement of being newly engaged. Let the wedding planning begin…!

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Michael & Laura at The Wild Rose

Michael & Laura “boogied on down” the aisle at the Wild Rose in Arlington. What a peaceful spot with spectacular views (those were the most incredible thunderhead clouds!)

Laura was gorgeous in her champagne satin gown – and the best part… she went barefoot!

Now THIS couple knows how to party with their friends – the classic rock tunes kept everyone hoppin’ thanks to DJ Brett of FirehouseDJ. They had it all: hula dancing, bagpipes, and Janet’s famous air guitar!

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Adam & Elyse at Hidden Meadows

So many personal touches made Adam & Elyse’s day extra special: Adam’s dad presented them with an engraved wooden plaque, so they will always remember their amazing wedding day. Elyse wore beautiful pearl jewelry handmade by her mom, what a treasure!

Their family and guests came from all over the country to show their love and support – and were rewarded with the perfect Northwest summer day. Everyone was amazed at the panoramic  beauty of Hidden Meadows, especially as the sun set, casting as amber glow over the mountains. Then they danced the night away…
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Jon & Sarah at Floral Hall

Sarah looked radiant in her mermaid style gown –  perfect for those twirls and dips on the shiny dance floor at Floral Hall in Forest Park. Jon’s smile was as wide as the blue sky above – a perfect day for such a sweet couple. Wishing you both happiness forever!

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Rex and Marlene’s Beautiful Ceremony at Twin Willow Gardens


Surrounded by their loving family who came from all over the world, Rex and Marlene shared their joy as they exchanged vows. True love under sunny skies at Twin Willow Gardens!

Planning a wedding when you live across the country can be overwhelming, but they sure put together a beautiful celebration with the help of these talented professionals:

Xtra Special Cakes – Roxanne creates the most amazing sugar flowers ever!

EnFleur - Molly’s floral artistry with a romantic flair.

Sound City Players – Reuben kept the tunes rockin’

Chef Bert - Bert and his staff make the freshest, tastiest meals!

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Brandon & Jessica say “I Do!” at Nature’s Connection Place

From sunny skies to evening sparklers, Brandon & Jessica shared the laughter and love with so many happy friends and family. Nature’s Connection Place in Arlington was a peaceful retreat with mountain views, ponds and cascading waterfalls.

Such a beautiful and sweet couple – we wish you all the happiness in the world!

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The Mt. Vernon area sure has some talented wedding professionals: Jessica’s gorgeous flowers were designed by Denise at Rose Briar floral. Their delicious and elegant cake was created by Sue Sokol. They treated their guests to a feast presented by Max Dale’s Steakhouse – yum! Jimmie Mai of Fatal Mix Productions kept the tunes spinning and everyone dancing – even on the tables!  :)

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Russ & Jennifer at the Everett Yacht Club

ocean breeze + water view = I DO!

The Everett Yacht Club’s setting created a romantic backdrop for Russ and Jennifer to celebrate their love on July 27th, 2013. Naturally, they chose a nautical theme!

Friends and family helped create amazing bouquets and decor, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Their perfect day turned into night as the sun cast a golden glow, slipping under the horizon. Wishing you clear skies and smooth sailing forever!

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Amanda & Jeremy tie the knot at Woodland Meadow Farms

Woodland Meadow Farms, nestled in the Snohomish Valley, was such a peaceful and serene spot for Amanda & Jeremy’s perfect wedding celebration - they frolicked in the tall grass and escaped into the sunset. Beautiful couple…beautiful day.

Their vision for a charming country wedding came to life through their creative talent and lot’s of happy help from friends and family. Chandeliers sparkled and antiques graced the tables -  a feast for the eyes!

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Snohomish Wedding Guild Meeting

A lovely evening at Twin Willow Gardens for the Snohomish Wedding Guild meeting. To celebrate summer: delicious, fresh pizzas from Pompeii Wood Fired Pizza. What’s in that pizza? Everyone got their crazy on afterwards!

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Thanks for the cool Lincoln Continental from Rare Form Limo. Sweet ride! Aimee & Bonnie, the Salon Della Duchess girls are ready to roll.

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5th Annual Snohomish Wedding Tour!

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Hundreds of excited Brides and Grooms to be (along with their ever supportive cast of characters!) fanned out through Snohomish to take a peek at the 12 beautiful Wedding Venues. Each Venue has it’s own particular charm and romantic flair.

What an incredibly successful event, thanks to the hard working folks at the Snohomish Wedding Guild, and the weather actually cooperated this time too!

Twin Willow Gardens was kind enough to invite us back this year. If you are looking for a peaceful, garden wedding with all the luxury amenities, this is your perfect choice! We were delighted to be in such a lovely setting along with some very good company.

Jim with Stellar Event Rentals created an elegant canopy, complete with interior draping and a chandelier!

We like to treat our guests like royalty, so how about a fabulous Spa package and Dinner? Thanks to Willows Lodge, a fortunate couple won this amazing treat, along with an overflowing gift basket.

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Oh, the luscious bouquets and arrangements created by Molly of En Fleur. Her handy husband, Josh, built this rustic display from their own antique barn wood! What a talented and sweet team!

How can a cake be this gorgeous and taste so delicious? Roxanne from Xtra Special Cakes makes it happen – extraordinary!

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The delicious aromas wafted out of Chef Bert’s kitchen as they make everything on site: fresh, hot and delicious!

Daniel of Forever Yours Music now has his own DJ House at Twin Willow Gardens. He always know the right tunes to play!

For some quirky fun, add a photo booth to your wedding. Pennie of CLPhoto Booth

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Thanks to all the couples, friends and families who came by to visit us. Congratulations on your engagement! We look forward to learning more about your dream wedding,  and sharing with you our vision   for meaningful and artistic photography.



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Alta Lake Golf rocks!

Another crazy year of non-stop golf at Alta Lake Golf Resort. The weather was perfect, everyone had a great time!

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Ryan & Nicole

The evening sun cast a soft glow on Ryan & Nicole’s engagement pictures. Evergreen Arboretum gave us cool backgrounds and lots of photo ops. Looking forward to a beautiful autumn wedding!

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Birds of a Feather…Really Do Flock Together!

Hoping for an excellent birdwatching experience, we headed north to Victoria, BC. Our quiet and comfy lodging, Birds of a Feather B&B on Esquimalt Bay,  was the perfect spot to get up close and personal with dozens of species of water fowl who overwinter in the protected waters. Our room opened to sweeping views of the bay, and we took many of these images right from our private deck!

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Matt, our gracious host, outfitted us with kayaks so we could paddle on the smooth water as eagles swooped overhead and swans glided nonchalantly by. Just a few of the bird species we observed: buffleheads, pintails, scaups, and Barrow’s golden eye. It was a bird extravaganza! A curious river otter peeked out from under the dock each day, too.

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A short walk through the woods brought us to the grand Hatley castle, where we saw the fish ladders that James Dunsmuir had built almost a hundred years ago. As evening descended, the lights of Victoria sparkled in the distance, but who would want to leave the peace and solitude of Birds of a Feather?

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Bryce & Kenzie’s Day at the Beach

Bryce & Kenzie brought the warmth of their love to a chilly December day at Des Moines Beach Park. They enjoyed the views over Puget Sound as they held each other tightly, imagining their happy future together. After they exchanged vows in the historic Beach Park Auditorium, Kenzie was swept off her feet as Bryce carried her down the aisle, to wild applause!

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Liquid Sunshine at Hidden Meadows

A little dramatic weather only added to the excitement for Tim & Michelle as they celebrated their love surrounded by friends and family. Cowboy boots were the hot item of the day! Our gorgeous bride sashayed in her ivory lace dress and red embellished boots. Every detail was simply stunning!


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Amanda & Jeremy are engaged!

What a fun afternoon at the Evergreen Arboretum. The sunlight just danced on the leaves, creating an ethereal backdrop for Amanda & Jeremy. We loved their playful nature and natural expressions. Sure are looking forward to photographing their wedding next summer!

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Swan’s Trail Chapel – A Wedding WIth Rustic Charm

Chris & Alexa enjoyed the most beautiful weather for their September 8th wedding. The clouds were amazing, they created a vibrant sunset for the bride & groom to stroll off into. Swan’s Trail Chapel, was the perfect backdrop for their creative ideas: antique tins of all sorts were brimming with lush blooms, the Groom and his guys sported fly fishing lures as boutonnieres, and the (delicious!) cake looked like a tree branch, sitting on real log slabs. Very cool! Friends and family all lended their personal touch, even a bagpipe serenade. Of course, the adorable ringbearer and flower girl stole the show…

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Thomas & Megan in love at Twin Willow Gardens

What a perfect day for a late summer wedding at the amazing Twin Willow Gardens! We love the spacious rooms for the Bride, Groom and all their entourage to hang out in before the Ceremony. And what a ceremony it was – nestled in the towering cedars, it was absolutely ethereal! So much support from family and friends from far and wide made their day unforgettable…

The photo booth’s crazy custumes were a big hit with all ages.

Daniel of Forever Yours Music kept everyone dancing under the stars!

Here are some of our favorites moments…


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Sunny Day…Starry Night at Hidden Meadows

Brides and Grooms (and their entourage!) swarmed Hidden Meadows for the much anticipated Open House to enjoy fashion & food, wine & song.

We so appreciate being invited to share our passion for photography with the adorable “nearlyweds”. Hidden Meadows has felt like our second home for years now – our favorite place to capture The Moments!

Thanks to the Stocker family and staff for their tireless efforts and attention to detail. Hidden Meadows was divinely decked out!

So many talented professionals blended their skills to help couples envision their perfect wedding day – the possibilities are endless!

We even had a live fashion show! LaineeMeg Bridal (formerly From the Gown Up) transformed the lovely models into brides and bridesmaids.

Kathi’s Freelance Floral created gorgeous arrangements for the gazebo (perfect place to say “I do”) and the bridesmaids carried her sweet bouquets.

The Petal and the Stem elegantly adorned the indoor ceremony hall with red and crystal.

What’s a party without music, food and drinks?

Wave Link Music and OttoMatic kept the tunes rollin’.

Everyone devoured the creative apps, entrees and yummy desserts by Trail’s End Catering, Lisa Dupar and Cabbage Patch Restaurant. How about a mashed potato bar with all the fixin’s served in a martini glass – Debra of Chef to Go can do that for you!

Who doesn’t LOVE cupcakes? Simply Sweet Cupcakes are to die for!

Snohomish Beer and Wine made the bar a popular place to hang out. (Boundry Bay Scotch Ale gets our vote!)

Need a little (or alot) of help pulling it all together? Pink Blossom Events and Eventful Moments are there for you!

A delightful evening was had by all – happy wedding planning!



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A Whirlwind Day!

The fun begins in a luxury suite at the Hyatt Olive 8. How cool to catch a ride in a Rolls Royce to the park by the Ballard Locks. Then off to Shilshole Beach Club. Everyone soaked up the sun and got a little crazy on the beach! Our gorgeous bride carried an amazing bouquet by Fena. And the table arrangements were equally spectacular. The sunset lit up the sky with pink and orange hues, and everyone wanted pictures with the last rays of light!


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It’s all in the details…

Matt & Nikki celebrated their love on a beautiful Spring day at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish. All the details were in place: Woodland Flowers created lush and fragrant bouquets. Critical Sound kept the party going. And (as a surprise for the bride)British Motor Coach swept them away as sparklers twinkled in the night.

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We say, “be yourselves!” It’s fun to see people relax and goof around. Gentle evening light and a fun loving family add up to a slice of real life.

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Happy Wedding Planning!

The 4th Annual Snohomish Wedding Tour was a smashing success! Thanks to all of the Brides and Grooms To Be who dodged the raindrops to visit the charming country venues. Food, fun and prizes were had by all!

We had the pleasure of being hosted by Twin Willow Gardens - a peaceful oasis for your summer wedding. So many talented professionals joined us in helping couples to plan their perfect wedding.

Let BreeAnn with Pink Blossom Events coordinate your dream wedding day.

Roxann of Xtra Special Cakes is a true cake artist – loved her almond cake!

Chef Berttron will keep everyone happy and well fed.

Jim of Stellar Event Rentals creates an elegant ambiance with his chandeliers and lush linens.

What could be more romantic than releasing beautiful white doves – the symbol of love?

Daniel with Forever Yours Music will keep your party rockin’!

Let Karen design a gorgeous bouquet.

David & Deborah of Kruse Portrait Design will capture all of your priceless moments through artistic photography.

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Tynisha & Mike – Sweet!

Heartfelt congratulations to our dear friends, Mike & Tynisha. A beautiful day for a beautiful couple. Tynisha was radiant in her custom made gown. She carried a fragrant and vibrant bouquet by Woodland Flowers.

The candy buffet was a big hit with kids of all ages!

And they shall live happily ever after…

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Can you believe this was the weather on February 4th of 2012?!

Congratulations Jeff and Jeannine for your wedding and picking the perfect winter (sort of!) day.

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An evening to remember at Hidden Meadows

Tuesday October 11th – another elegant open house at Hidden Meadows, the most sought after wedding venue in Snohomish County. Tim & Tracy Stocker and their hardworking staff really know how to pamper their guests with beer, wine and tasty bites from some of the best caterers. To name a just a few that we sampled: Snohomish Beer & Wine Specialty Shop, Pyramid Catering, and The Cabbage Patch Restaurant.

Dozens of “Brides & Grooms-to-be” enjoyed the sights and sounds. Thanks to Wave Link DJ and Otto Matic for keeping the party rockin’! We loved the treats from Simply Sweet Cupcakes. You have to check out their Pink Champagne cupcake – delightful!

We saw gorgeous arrangements and exotic flowers by Kathi’s Freelance Floral and The Petal and The Stem

For one of a kind creations for the little ones in your bridal party, go to Beebops & Lollipops. Looking for the perfect gown? Zerlinda at From the Gown Up will help you select your dream dress and accessories. They both have charming boutiques on First Street in Snohomish!

It all comes together when you say, “I Do!”. Pat and Kent, a.k.a. A Heavenly Ceremony, have been voted “Best Officiant” more times than I can count!

It was a wonderful evening, and we were thrilled to meet so many adorable couples and their families and friends. Hope everyone had a great time planning their wedding celebration. All the best, David & Deborah Kruse, Kruse Portrait Design

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Why hire a professional?

In addition to experience and many other factors, a professional photographer can deliver lasting memories in a portrait that simply cannot be achieved by “a friend with a good camera”. While we realize the economy has created difficult times, few things are as important as family and the times had together. Look carefully at the three images below. The top is not acceptable. It was taken with manual settings but no additional lighting. Something anyone can do. The second is with one light. It’s okay. The final image is with a main, fill, and background light. Very nice result. Quick to set up, but something that would only be achieved through experience and professionalism!

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Chanel & Noel

What a beautiful, absolutely fun couple!!

Pickering Barn was the backdrop for this wedding day.

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Aloha! Danielle and Jeremy get married!

A gorgeous day for Danielle and Jeremy to get married! A Hawaiian theme was perfect for the venue, the lovely Twin Willow Gardens.


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It’s a Hoe Down!!

Fun for all ages. Even pack retrievers had a good time!

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Lexie and Scott get engaged!

What a wonderful session with Lexie and Scott. Despite very busy schedules, we all had a blast at Luther Burbank Park. Thanks also to Kona and Bean!

May nothing ever come between them (except in some instances Bean)

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Wedding Day Surprise!!

While the summer has started with some dreary weather, it has also provided some spectacular moments, such as this full rainbow for JJ and Becky’s wedding day at     Hidden Meadows in Snohomish.


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Ashley & Chris

Golden Gardens is a great place for a variety of moods! What fun we had with Ashley and Chris shooting their engagement session!

Everyone loves these trees!

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The eyes have it!

Did you ever really feel moved by a portrait? One thing that greatly affects our emotion is where the eyes are looking. What different feel do you get from these images recently shot with Lauren?


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Why shoot with a macro?


That’s why!! A recent wedding shoot revealed the Bride and Groom’s names inscribed inside the rings.

The way to capture that image for them is, of course, by carrying a macro lens with you!!

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Shadows – March

Good photography has always been said to be more about the use of shadow than light. Here is a good example of how we use shadow to produce the focal point of the image!!

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An Oasis in the Heart of the City

On Saturday, January 29th, we spent a lovely afternoon at The Manor, a full service wedding and event venue in Everett. Perfect for parties that flow indoors and out. The architecture has so much personality: spacious “getting ready” rooms for Brides and Grooms, plus cozy nooks for family and friends to hang out. The huge hardwood dance floor begs you to get your groove on! Outside, you are transported to another world: lush gardens complete with a pond and grotto – so romantic! You really have to see it for yourself.

We had the pleasure to be in the company of some of the best wedding professionals in the area. Chris with Wave Link Music kept the tunes spinning. They consistently provide awesome sound for both ceremony and reception - a class act!

Arrive in style in a vintage Rolls Royce from British Motor Car.

You will feel and look like a princess in a gown from Victoria’s Bridal Couture – Victoria designs fabulous custom creations because you deserve something unique!

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Light – January

Of course, light is one of the most dramatic ways to affect mood in a portrait. A 30 degree grid almost directly overhead accentuates the mood in this session with Aimee!

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Crop – December

Crop of a finished work can also impact it a great deal. This fine art print from one of our recent photo safari’s to Eastern Oregon is an excellent example. This crop gives a feel of the emptiness of the landscape and the stark setting for the old firetruck.

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Perspectives – November


Change of viewpoint can dramatically separate a snapshot from a work of art. One of our favorites is the almost overhead view. Be careful not to look to straight down!

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Props – October


Adding a prop can really develop the feeling of the portrait. Focus on the hat added to Remzey’s College Graduation Session!!

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Reflections – September


Reflections can be a beautiful addition to a portrait – such as here in Carissa’s Senior Portrait Session.  Mood is very important with reflection so the posing is critical!

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Hidden Meadows Rocks for Summer Weddings!!

From day into evening there is a breathtaking sight everywhere you look at Hidden Meadows.

Please enjoy these highlights from a few of our recent weddings there.


Our brides were radiant in their gorgeous gowns from Bellevue Bridal Boutique, Proms and Promises, and Amanda’s Bridal Boutique

Cakes that are a work of art and a delight for your palate - yum!

From The Artisan Cake Guild and Hillcrest Bakery

Our custom designed guest books are a big hit – filled with favorite pictures from the couples engagement session

For such an important day only the best will do.

Kent fron A Heavenly Ceremony helps you say “I do”

Laura and Chris of Edit 1 Media create amazing video memories

A great DJ is polished, professional, and gets the party going!

Many thanks to Chris Graves of Your Song Entertainment for creating a fantastic evening

A grand exit!

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Brandi & Mike!

A Wedding with Country Charm!

Brandi was absolutely radiant as she anticipated her big day. The Bride’s Suite at Tazer Valley Farm is so spacious & elegant – a comfortable space for our bride to get ready for her groom!


The first glance is the most romantic moment of the day!

Brandi & Mike’s playful personalities shine through!


A horse drawn carriage ride by Cramer Classics whisked the newlyweds away!!


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Tom & Victoria’s Romantic Wedding

Swan’s Trail Farm along the Snohomish River created a peaceful setting for Tom and Victoria to exchange vows…


The old boat and car added to the rustic charm!

Otto Olson of Otto Matic DJ helped them get their groove on!!

Bubbles at Sunset!

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Chad & Cindy

Golden Gardens – Golden Couple!

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Marianna & Donald’s Big Day!

Marianna & Donald enjoyed the lake views from Kirkland’s Heritage Park, their bridal party had a ton of fun in the sun!

A Monet Moment!


Thanks to British Motor Coach Inc. for the ride in the Rolls!


Redmond Ridge Community Center hosted the intimate reception

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Andrea & Adam

The majestic trees & architecture of the UW campus was the perfect background for their engagement pictures.

Andrea is a 4th year student and gave us the grand tour…

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Simple yet Elegant

John and Anna wed in a friend’s home as the evening sun shone on them…

Veils do add such a dramatic touch

Lily’s adorable tutu by Beebop’s & Lollipops!

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Val & Tim…50 years!!!

Congratulations to Val and Tim as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary!

French Creek Manor was a lovely setting on this perfect May 1st evening-


A unique cake adorned each guest table-each a work of art!

Adorable great grandson Elijah!

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Elegant…and yummy!

Be sure to pick up your Spring /Summer issue of Seattle Bride magazine for inspiration and gorgeous photography.

We are thrilled to be featured once again in “The Year in Pictures” (A collection of favorite images from some of the best local photographers working in the industry today)

Kudos to New Renaissance Cakes for these incredible mini delights…mmmm fresh raspberries!

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Nicki & Eric’s Wedding Day!

There is something wonderful about natural light…and a breeze in the air!

Nicki & Eric wed under dramatic skies on April 24th at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish,

officiated by Kent of A Heavenly Ceremony.

The soft window light illuminated their happy smiles and showcased her gorgeous gown from

American Rose Bridal in Poulsbo

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Hidden Meadows Open House – April 21st, 2010

Thank you Hidden Meadows for hosting another aweome open house! As the clouds parted, it revealed a beautiful evening to showcase their latest addition: a private rehersal dinner area. It features a stone fireplace, full kitchen, cozy seating and those stunning views!

We were excited to meet many newly engaged couples and to catch up with our brides and grooms to be that we will be photographing throughout this year at Hidden Meadows.

It was a pleasure to spend the evening in good company with all of these excellent wedding professionals. Check out the their websites – as you plan your dream wedding!

From The Gown Up                                              Buchanan Chocolates

Lisa Dupar Catering                                             Party Design

Fresh Salon & Spa                                                A Heavenly Ceremony

Kathi’s Freelance Floral                                         Pink Blossom Events

Sofie Mae Designs                                                Simply Sweet Cupcakes

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Tulip Madness!

The Young family enjoyed a sunny day at Roozengaarde’s tulip farm among a blazing display of color. The tulip fields were a new discovery for this family from Hawaii. The kids were filled with wide eyed wonder and a real treat to photograph!

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Victoria and Tom

The Evergreen Arboretum in Everett’s Legion Park is a hidden gem.

Victoria and Tom look so happy and in love in this peaceful setting. Their dog’s were happy to get out for a romp too!

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Love is in the air!

Spring is here and everyone is so happy to be outdoors with their main squeeze!

Josh proposed to Gina at Edmonds beach so what more romantic location for their fabulous engagement pictures?

We love their sweet smiles and playful nature…

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The Perfect Spring Day!

Hidden Meadows in Snohomish provided the perfect location for an early Spring wedding:

 the flowering trees in full bloom, spectacular weather and a radiant bride. Who could ask for more?


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Best Friends!

Dover and Hopfe(named after a German Beer!)

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Custom Jewelry by Sara

Her creations are spectacular! If you are interested in her creations, let us know and we will contact her.

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The Everett Arboretum

Nikki & Eric’s engagement session was done in two parts due to our lovely yet unpredictable Washington weather. The Everett Arboretum makes a truly beautiful backdrop for portraits of an important event like this!


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Lindsy & Shaun are engaged!

It is a special treat to continue photographing the same family. It is a privilege to know that we are much appreciated and retained to capture marvelous events in the lives of those we come to know. We photographed Lindsy’s sisters wedding some years ago and look forward very much to be part of the special day ahead for Lindsy & Shaun!

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Jeni & Josh Get Married!

What a gorgeous October day! We had a blast with the engagement session and now a wonderful wedding day!

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That’s right! Ben and Jen (the other ones) got married! His family farm provided the backdrop for some shots, while the rest, including the ceremony and reception, were at her childhood farm. Lots of happy children and a sparkler send off to end the evening!!

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Senior girls are filled with hope and dreams and a beauty that shines into every picture they are in!

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Natasha & Ryan’s Wedding Day!

Once again, the day began as rain(and almost stayed all day), but late in the afternoon it cleared and Mercer Island displayed it’s beauty and the radiance of Natasha shone through! Ryan did alright too!

“Thank you so much for capturing our special day! We were impressed with your professionalism, artistic ability, and friendly nature. We truly appreciate all your hard work”-Ryan and Natasha

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A great place to stay

On our way to shoot the wedding of Angella and Steve, we decided to stop at Silverwood Resort and play like little kids on the roller coasters and waterslides. WOW! We stayed very nearby at the Cedar Mountain B&B.

Just wanted to thank Al and Daryl Kyle, a wonderful husband and wife team that took very good care of us!

Also thanks to the Poole Family for sitting in on the photo fun!

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The high school seniors. A boy and his guitar, a guitar and his boy, something like that…

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Angella & Steve’s Wedding!

What an event to travel to Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg Idaho for this wedding! A 20 minute gondola ride to the top of the mountain where the ceremony was performed by the bride’s mom. The day began as rain (as they often do!) but cleared(as they just as often do!) for breath taking views.

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A Camano Family Outing!

A great evening spent with Andrew and Tammy and their kids! Nothing like a walk on the beach and sunset on the water.

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Annika & Chet!

What can we say? The beauty of Tazer Valley Farm, the feelings between bride and groom, the love and support of family, it all came together!

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The Leiter Henderson Wedding

Another gorgeous Hidden Meadows day! A radiant bride, a hot rod, and a candy store reception!

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David, Tamar, and Emmerson Eden

What joy children bring!

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Erin & Shaun’s Wedding

A beautiful day with such a lovely couple! Rose Crest Farm in Monroe,WA was the perfect setting for a Erin & Shaun who are equestrians.


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Tina & Paul’s Wedding

A beautiful wedding with such evident family love! Another spectacular day at Echo Falls!

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Jen & Josh’s Engagement

They love their Mariners! An evening at T-5 park and Safeco. Fun to be had…..


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Theresa & Chris’s Wedding

What a day! We couldn’t use the grounds at the Shilshole Marina to shoot before the wedding (another event going on!) so we decided to run to the Ballard Locks for the portraits. Awesome!! Everything worked out perfect. A beach themed wedding and the sun peeked out for the ceremony!

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Little Ballerinas

Gia and Taya. What a pair! Goofy and serious all at once. Way to be, girls!

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Jaclyn & Andrew’s Wedding



What a spectacular day to photograph on. Great families, wonderful kids, and a lovely couple!

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A mother’s love

Alicia and Carissa obviously have a very special bond. What a treat to photograph them together.



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Jen & Ben’s Engagement

What better place for sentimental photos than the family homestead! What a neat experience to shoot there. From the barn to the bakeoven to the lake, a beautiful setting for Jen & Ben who made things fun and easy!

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Kristi & Dylan’s Engagement

The playgrounds of childhood provide the perfect backdrop for the session with Kristi and Dylan!! 

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A Dog Day

Because everyone deserves a portrait session!


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Regal Cinema Grand Opening

Thank you Regal for continuing to allow us to share in the openings of your theaters in the Northwest!


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Priscilla and Josh’s Wedding

Wow!! An action packed day with a beautiful couple. Sweet sentiments and the best dancing ever!!




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Katie & Phil’s Wedding Day

A lovely couple and beautiful wedding day!


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Jaclyn & Andrew’s Engagement

Camano Island is a great setting for a fun photo session.



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Katie & Phil’s Engagement Session

At the studio and by the lake….


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Stefanie & Kyle’s Wedding

As usual Hidden Meadows in Snohomish was perfect…


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Theresa & Chris’s Engagement

A gorgeous day to be at the beach!! From serious to fun this couple shows it all!




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Seattle Bride

Thank you Seattle Bride for including us in the Spring/Summer 09 issue! The year in pictures of the favorites.

Thank you for the sensible text in the article on page 108. As all professional photographers do, we work very hard at our craft, using not just the artistry, but the technical know-how of our tools. Please, brides-to-be, don’t risk your once in a lifetime event to a friend, relative, or inexperienced photographer! It is well worth the investment to be cared for by experience.

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Engagement Sessions are a blast!

We love getting up close and personal with our “nearly-weds” in a fun, relaxed and spontaneous setting.

What could be better than a photo shoot at a meaningful location: Where you met for your first date, where he proposed, or just where you like to hang out.

What are the benefits of an engagement session? So many!

No cheesy smiles!

If you or your honey are a bit camera shy, this will help you feel comfortable (maybe even a little sassy) in front of the camera. That translates into genuine, natural expressions on your Big Day.







We “get” you

Your relationship is unique! As hopeless romantics ourselves, we love to observe and capture your true selves: that sweet playful way you relate to one another. On your wedding day, we all feel like old friends.


To have and to hold

You will receive a cd generously filled with your awesome pictures, which will always remind you of this special time in your relationship. We are always amazed and inspired by the creative ways you use your engagement photos: magnets for the fridge, save the date cards, invitations, cd covers, and check out the chocolate bar!

…the best is yet to come!

Your custom designed leather bound Guest Book will be the buzz among your wedding guests. They can sign a simple signature or a fun message as they “oooh and aaah” over your romantic pictures printed on the velvet smooth stock. This is one Guest Book that won’t be shelved! You will treasure this one-of-a-kind album filled with your family and friends best wishes.


Reward yourself with an engagement photo session-it will boost your confidence and increase anticipation for your Big Day!

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Albums Galore…we’ve been busy!

“Story of your Day”- Custom Designed Albums

Your day unfolds…comes to life…brings laughter and tears

Exclusively through Kruse Portrait Design

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It’s cold out! Almost 30″ of snow here!


This is the time to come into the warm studio for a family portrait!

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Woodland Flowers

For the past several years we have had the privilege of working with the most amazing floral designers.

Jodi and Arianna of Woodland Flowers have created phenomenal arrangements. Here are some examples:

and some more…

Search no further for the perfect florist!!

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Flush Mount Albums

One of the coolest things a couple can take away from their wedding experience (besides a great marriage!)is a flush mount album of their wedding day!

And why not!? We offer completely custom designs(no templates!) This makes your album unique. Here is an example of a 28 page album:

The first page. A summer wedding event spanning three days! The groom from Ireland, the bride from Montana, they met in Nicaragua, and the wedding on Decatur Island in the San Juan’s!

Pages 2 and 3. What could be more important than the bride getting ready!

Pages 4-5. The groom has to get ready too! Every detail of the album is design to harmonize. We shoot details just for the preparation of an album. Note the shoe shot top left. All colors and graphic elements fit!

Pages 6-7. Do we need to say anything at all about the bride and groom session alone?!

Pages 8-9. You can see why with this location you’d want a few full spread pages!

Pages 10-11. Still more. It’s the details of every moment together that become the memories  of a lifetime!

Pages 12-13. FUNFUNFUN.

Pages 14-15. The bride and her girls. Every element of our albums is shot there. All backgrounds and details from your wedding.

Pages 16-17. The boys. Simply exudes masculinity….

Pages 18-19. The ceremony!! The driftwood arch was hand made the day before the wedding by the boys from Ireland! Nicely done.

Pages 20-21. They’re married!!! Whew, what a lot of beautiful moments!

Pages 22-23. The party begins. Selections of Northwest, Montana, and Irish delights!

Pages 24-25. The band for the reception flew in from Ireland!

Pages 26-27. We think it speaks for itself!!

Page 28. Close with the emotion of the day!!

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C.C. & Ian’s Wedding

Sometimes the backyard is the perfect place! C.C.’s parents were married

on the same spot by the same person!

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Senior picks!

Senior season is closing out! Here are a few of the guys that were real gamers this season…

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Hidden Meadows Discovered

Here are some samples of why Deborah and I absolutely love to work at Hidden Meadows!

Check them out here Tim & Tracy are a delight to work with and the grounds are fabulous!









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Aimee & John’s Wedding

Congrats to Aimee & John! Their wedding at Willows Lodge was absolutely gorgeous!


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Kerry Park with Neoma & Clint

Kerry Park is a wonderful site for sessions… Neoma & Clint were so much fun to work with. We look forward to your wedding in October!


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Joni & Mike get Engaged!

We had so much fun with Joni and Mike during their engagement session!

It is an excellent way for the future bride and groom to get comfortable in front of the camera…

 The session was at our studio and at a nearby lake.




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A Family Together


Thought we’d put this up from a recent shoot with Brandon, Aubrey, and little Cairo…..too cute!

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At last! We decided to make our first post to follow our 20th wedding anniversary.

Special times deserve special recognition. Though we have had the site up for some time now, choosing the appropriate forum to start the blog was a tough choice. What could be better than a celebration of this magnitude!

We thought we would throw in some shots taken on our trip to the Eastern Caribbean.


Seagull Sunset - Key West
Seagull Sunset – Key West

Island Network - St Lucia
Island Network – St. Lucia

Island Network - St Lucia
Towing Pelicans – Dominican Republic

Stairway to Heaven - St Lucia
Stairway to Heaven – St. Lucia

Egret Mirror - Florida Keys
Egret Mirror – Florida Keys

Caribbean Laundry - Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Left: Laundry of the Caribbean – Barbados
Right: Troubled Bridge Over Water – Florida Keys

Antigua - The Ship
Left: David Zips – Antigua

Right: Deborah Rips – The Ship

Butterfly Visions - Kayak Sunset
Left: Butterfly Visions – The Keys
Right: Kayak Sunset – The Keys

Hope you enjoyed these images from our trip!

Why are pictures so important?

Though we as humans have excellent memories we need an image of a past event to recall those feelings and events hidden in our minds. (Remember that song you hadn’t heard for years, then when you hear it again not only do the words come back, but also the emotions that you had tucked away in the recesses of your mind!)

Here is an example:

Lower South Falls - Silver Falls State Park Oregon
Lower South Falls – Silver Falls State Park Oregon

I can still feel the mist on my face and hear the crash of the water from this trip. While exploring some of Oregon, we visited with a couple whose wedding we had photographed. Stephanie took us to Silver Falls State Park, where we hiked the loop and shot this picture of the Lower South Falls, among many others. The memories would surely fade without the images to look back on.

For the same reasons, an artistically crafted portrait preserves your memories that may otherwise be forgotten.

Our reward is the look of delight on our client’s faces as they see the results of their experince with us, whether in a custom album or wall portrait…after all, Life is Art!

See you again soon! (Sooner this time, promise)

David & Deborah

Lady In Red Shoes

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