Marisa and Krzysztof’s Classic Woodinville Wedding

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Cupid was certainly to thank for Marisa and Krzysztof’s decision to tie the knot. First meeting via OkCupid, the couple decided to meet in person at the McMenamin’s in lower Queen Anne for a drink. Both Marisa and Krzysztof speak to the comfort they found in their first impressions, as if they weren’t first impressions at all. “Spending time with Krzysztof felt familiar. I was almost immediately comfortable around him. I could tell he was kind, caring, intelligent, and personable.” Kryzsztof echoes, “We could talk for hours, and it seemed like no time had passed by. I was keen on getting to know her, and I could tell the sentiment was mutual.”

Their ease of conversation and desire to get to know one another continued to bloom. While their wasn’t a specific”aha” moment that they knew they were going to spend the rest of their lives with one another, they soon became inseparable. “Before we knew it, we knew that we wanted to be together and grow old together.”

The proposal was a sweet nod to the beginning of the life and home they’d share together. Krzysztof had put in an offer on a house, and they’d found out it was accepted a day after the two had returned from a trip to Kauai. After the sunset, they were checking out the new house and were about to leave for dinner when Krzysztof told Marisa he had one more question. He knelt down on one knee in the empty living room of their new house and before he could finish the question, Marisa excitedly said yes, crying tears of joy.

Their wedding day was a simple, elegant, and fun tribute to their love story and their love for the Pacific Northwest, coordinated by Jen Leslie Events and captured by Veesh Photography. “My favorite moment was at the end of our ceremony, walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends, smiling and celebrating with us. I think I was too nervous and excited to notice anyone on the way down the aisle, but on the way out, I was amazed at all of the people who have supported us our journey to become partners for the rest of our lives.” As for the groom, his favorite moment was welcoming guests as they arrived for the cocktail hour. “It was a joy to hug and chat with each and every friend and family member as they came to start the festivities. It was the first formal way for us to acknowledge the union of all the people in both of our lives.”

To sum up the best part of being married, Krzysztof cites the quote, “Happiness is only real when shared.” He says, “It’s the fact that you’re with someone who you want to share all of your happiest moments with, and who makes you happy in seemingly effortless ways.” Marisa says, “The best part of marriage is knowing that we are sharing the rest of this unpredictable journey of life together. We will have many ups and downs, but knowing that I have someone to share life with means more than anything to me.”

The Details:

Venue: The Hollywood Schoolhouse, Woodinville, WA

Wedding Coordination: Jen Leslie Events

Photographer: Veesh Photography

DJ: Levi Harshman of Remarkable Production

Flowers: Anna Brandt of Distinctive Design Florist

Hair and Makeup Artistry: Kendra Springer of KLS Makeup Artistry

Groom’s Apparel: Vera Wang

Bride’s Dress: Stella York via Blue Sky Bridal

Officiant: Rev. Patrick Callahan

Taylor and Justin’s Backyard Wedding

CASPhoto_TaylorJustinWedding151“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” These words by Maya Angelou perfectly speak to the story of Taylor and Justin. Though the thought of a long distance relationship was initially unsettling to Taylor, the persistence of the Californian boy in his pursuit of the Washingtonian girl paid off. One day, she finally agreed to a first date and found herself on a plane down to meet him. “It sounds like an exaggeration, but we could have done anything and he would have still had me at hello. Something was different – this time my heart was open to anything. I had a complete gentleman pursuing me like no one’s business for a year! I’m constantly thankful I finally got my act together and reciprocated that pursuit.” Taylor shares.

It wasn’t long before she knew her grand gesture was worth it, because Justin had decided to make one in return. He shared that he wanted to come up from Washington to watch Taylor graduate from college, and it was this desire that really sparked their journey to marriage. “When it came time for him to come up, he ended up buying a one-way ticket to Washington. He surprised me by staying the summer in order to spend time with me, my family, and to help me transition into the real world.” Later, Taylor decided to call Southern California home.

“He was all-in and made me feel like the most important thing in his life. I knew I loved him then, and I knew I would do anything to pursue his love right back,” says Taylor. As a nod to their love story, the house where Justin had stayed with his best friend in Washington was the place where the two of them said “I do.” With many fond memories of time spent at the house, Taylor is confident that they “could not have chosen a more perfect or more meaningful spot to get married” with their backyard wedding.

The best part of being married? “Having someone to laugh with during the fun times and lean on during the tough times is the greatest gift.”

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The Details:

Photographer: Carina (Skrobecki) Swain
Wedding Planner: Ellie Haisch of Maris Events
Dress: BHLDN
Makeup: Chelsey Matley
Groom’s Apparel: Tommy Hilfiger
Catering: Act3 Catering
Cake: WannaCupcake
Videographer: Janssen Powers of Native Wedding Films

Kayla and Corbin’s Bellingham Wedding

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Some might call Kayla and Corbin’s first encounter a lucky strike, as they first met eyes in a bowling alley in high school. “When I first saw Corbin, , he was a mystery and a breath of fresh air. He had a charismatic smile and a friendly demeanor about him, so when he walked into the bowling alley I was immediately drawn to him.” The two started dating their sophomore year – a result of a distracting text message in the middle of a test. Their first official date was the classic combination of dinner and a movie, but Kayla couldn’t tell you much about the plot. Instead, all she could think about was when he was going to make the move.

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Kendal and Mitch’s Backyard Wedding

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They say that love is blind, and blind was exactly what Kendal and Mitch’s first date happened to be. With a great deal of encouraging by Mitch and Kendal’s best friends, a shy senior girl and a recently-graduated gentleman agreed to meet each other for a rather nerve-wracking first date. “My first impression of Mitch was how genuine and funny he was. I remember being so nervous to meet him for the first time. We spent our first date laughing the entire time.” Kendal shares. Mitch was also anxious , but once he laid eyes on her, all of his nerves seemed to dissipate.

Their first solo outing was an evening spent  along the Vancouver waterfront. The date turned out to be not only full of chemistry, but also a little friendly competition. The two played putt putt golf and a lively game of H.O.R.S.E. before Kendal decided to shoot for a first kiss. She scored, and after that, the ball was in Mitch’s court.

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Carissa and Daniel’s Maple Valley Wedding

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There’s no better way to open up the tale of Daniel and Carissa than with their beginning, as told by the groom himself:

“It was the summer of 2007 and down in Olympia, Washington, the paths of two very different human beings were set on a collision course at Black Lake Bible Camp. The initial meeting would be marked by awkward eye contact, attempts at flirting, and the mocking of dark blue running shorts that were ‘too short’. Regardless of the precise details, the earliest interactions can be characterized by these things; she was cute and travelled in a pack, where there was safety in numbers. He was a gangly rogue, who resented the herd mentality. She noticed his mischievous smile and misplaced self-confidence. He noticed her face. The week ended, and he headed back to his home to a tree farm outside of Salem, Oregon, and she rode a bus back to Maple Valley, Washington.”

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Kara and Ryan’s Sweet Snohomish Wedding

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No amount of rain could dampen the love and joy that filled Kara and Ryan’s Snohomish wedding at Thomas Family Farm. The images by Betty Globa Photography captured not only the darling details of the occasion, but the undeniable chemistry between the bride and groom. Once you read through their story, you’ll see why Kara and Ryan put the “sweet” in high school sweethearts.

It began with a question. Kara, who had barely spoken a word to the cute boy she believed to be “way too good for her,” had been somewhat forcefully convinced by her friends to ask Ryan to their tenth grade Tolo. Little did Kara know, Ryan had shared the same sentiment before she offered the invitation. “I thought she was way out of my league and that I didn’t have a chance!” The following night, Ryan asked Kara to sit next to her at their friend group’s outing to see Dear John, and feelings began to flourish.

“I know this seems crazy, but I was barely sixteen at the time and I knew then.” Kara shares. Six months into dating, the two of them agreed to share coffee and an important conversation. “I remember meeting at Starbucks and being so nervous to say out loud that I was in love with Kara,” says Ryan. “We both decided that our feelings were mutual and that we were in it for the long haul.” she adds.

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Darcie and Colin’s Rustic Wedding

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There’s no telling how many times Colin looked for an excuse to go back to the bank where he first laid eyes on the beautiful bank teller, Darcie. From the day he first went to the drive-up with his mother to help her make a deposit, he gladly took on the role of his mother’s personal financial assistant. Darcie, drawn by Colin’s cool confidence, didn’t mind seeing his “crystal blue eyes” again, either. “I knew instantly he had a generous personality and would do anything to help a friend out,” she says. Her character judgment was soon affirmed. “One time before he and I were dating, I had mentioned to him that I couldn’t see very well because my wiper blades were so bad on my Jeep. He took it upon himself to go buy me new ones and switch them out while I was working without me knowing.” It became clear that there was something between the two of them, so they took to a Chinese restaurant for their first date.

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Ashley and Shawn’s Forks Wedding

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A wedding is much more than a gorgeous gown, vibrant flowers, and a breathtaking venue. While Ashley and Shawn’s sweet celebration in Forks, Washington had all of those elements, it’s the sentiment and significance of their occasion that truly stands out. Their wedding served as a confirmation of their commitment to one another and the first step towards a lifetime of love. It’s easy to see the excitement and passion emanating from the high school sweethearts in these stunning images captured by Samantha McFarlen.

The first page of Ashley and Shawn’s love story was written when Ashley was a junior and Shawn was a senior. Ashley’s red hair caught the eye of the upperclassman, and he found her to be strikingly humorous. Ashley was flattered and thought him to be quite charming as well. For their first date, Shawn invited Ashley over to his mom’s house to enjoy the comedy classic, She’s the Man. It wasn’t long after till Shawn was thinking She’s the One. “Even though we were just in high school, I knew right away,” says Shawn. When you know, you know, and Ashley knew it too.

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