Love and a VW Camper: An Anniversary Session

December is here, and with it comes the time to be wonderstruck by the beauty of the  season once more. There’s something magic about that light, foggy haze of winter, and not to mention, the chillier temperatures outside mean all the more reason to cozy in with the one you love.

To celebrate their anniversary, Ariana and Caleb took to Mount Baker and the Snoqualmie National Forest for a charming photo session. When you set a classic VW camper, a couple in love, and a dog against one of the prettiest sights in the PNW, it’s hard not to strike photographic gold – and that’s exactly what Sprigs and Jade yielded.

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Lucy and Ryan’s Styled Session on San Josef Bay

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When it came to displaying Lucy and Ryan’s love for one another, San Josef Bay made for the ultimate backdrop. The two of them recently tied the knot in a coastal setting, and this shoot was the perfect opportunity to capture a more casual celebration of their commitment. The happily married couple called upon the artistically-inclined photographer, Kimberley Kufaas to capture their couple’s shoot and harness their love for the beach. The results are simply stunning. Though the styled session was carefully pieced together with an editorial eye, the narrative that it represents is anything but contrived. Wade through their beautifully rugged and emotionally-rich images below, and keep watch for their wedding images to come.

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Melina and Matt’s Oregon Engagement Session

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The promise of a new year is exciting, but what’s even more thrilling is the promise of sharing a lifetime of new years with the one you love. To celebrate their engagement, high school sweethearts Matt and Melina took to the charming riverside in Wilsonville, Oregon.

The two of them grew up together, sharing a journey from their prom nine years ago to their beachfront proposal in Cabo. Their portrait session pays tribute to the place that holds some of their favorite memories, from fishing to boating to relaxing with family.

What’s so special about photographs is that they never change, and Jamie Rae Photo beautifully captured Matt and Melina’s effortless connection. Their portraits are real, romantic moments that will stay constant, just like they have been for one another:

“Over the course of our relationship, we have experienced wonderful times along with incredible loss. Broken relationships in our families, people we care about struggling with addiction, and death of loved ones to name a few. We have been a constant in each others’ life within the chaos it has brought at times.I am so thankful that I have found someone who is the first person I want to celebrate with on happy days and cry with on sad. He is my family. ”

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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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Mattie and Morgan’s Mountain Top Engagement

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Surrounded by picturesque peaks of Mount Baker at Artist Point, Mattie and Morgan’s mountain top engagement is a stunning representation of not only the region’s rich landscape, but the natural beauty stemming from their romance. Relationships certainly have their share of grand moments, and the images of the two walking hand in hand on the snow-covered mountain top beautifully evokes majesty.  What’s so special about love, though, is that it allows for magic to be found in the midst of everyday life too.

Mattie and Morgan originally met in the other Washington, but found Seattle to be the perfect place to fit their lifestyle. “We both enjoy getting outdoors and hiking in the beautiful forests and mountains that surround us, so we wanted to choose an engagement shoot location that would complement our interests,” Morgan shared. From the down-to-earth shots with their dog and their kisses in rain gear, it’s easy to see the joy radiating from Mattie and Morgan from simply just being with one another and doing what they love. Enjoy their adventure captured by the talented JTobiason Photography.

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Local Love: Pacific Northwest Styled Shoot

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If you’ve ever questioned if the Northwest is truly best, this locally and sustainably sourced styled shoot by Lightworks360 Photography is sure to remind you why fell in love with the place you call home. We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the upper left, and collaborative talent that shines through these images is no exception. This Pacific Northwest styled shoot is rich with inspiration to make your wedding not only only a celebration of your love, but of all the creativity and beauty that the region radiates.

Learn more about the story behind this styled shoot:

Being born and raised in the incredible Pacific Northwest, with mountains as a headboard, the beach as a pillow, and the forest as a blanket… it makes a girl pretty spoiled. As I assembled my dream team for our end-of-season styled shoot this year, I had two strong visions: I ONLY wanted a locally-based, female-led team for our vendors, and I wanted to display as much of the crazy-beautiful variations on the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Jessica and Tommy’s Elegant Walla Walla Wedding

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Some time ago in the city of Pullman, two Washington State Cougars named Jessica and Tommy crossed paths. Despite having a few classes and a dorm building in common their freshman year, they didn’t truly to know each other until they were sophomores. “I thought she was the prettiest girl on campus, but the butterflies in my stomach made it hard for me to muscle up the courage to ask her out for a little while.”  Jessica’s shyness began to soften as she admired the gentlemanly ways of Tommy. “He held the door open for me every single time.”

Their first date was a little on the scary side, as they went to see A Nightmare on Elm Street. “I picked out the movie and it was a terrible choice…I found out later that Tommy hates scary movies. We were so awkward. It gives me the butterflies just thinking about it. ” Tommy was grateful to be getting a second chance after he’d thought he’d blown it. “We held hands like middle-schoolers,” he recalls.

Tommy was willing to sit through terror for Jessica, because he knew that she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with from the start. “I knew right away.  I could just tell.  I put that Randy Travis “Forever and Ever, Amen” song on repeat.  It took a while to propose only because I wanted it to be the right timing in both of our lives.” Jessica knew he was the one after she saw the space where Tommy lived. “He is very organized and keeps a bulletin board full of goals and quotes. One of his goals was to be a good dad. I thought it was cute. Then once I met his family it solidified it for me. I got the whole package!”

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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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Crushing on the Christos Spring 2016 Collection

If the Christos Spring 2016 collection could be summed up in one word, it would be ethereal. With flawless, flowing tulle and dreamy details, each and every one of the eight gowns are visions of airy romance. Get lost in the collection’s most breathtaking looks below:

Hayden
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The dainty flowers dotting the illusion neckline and short sleeves of the Hayden gown are a  stunning ode to nature’s intricacy. The dress’ smooth, tulle skirts fall beautifully, and its simplicity allows the bodice detailing to shine. The small blooms continue onto the gorgeous v-back, ensuring wow-factor whether the bride is making her grand entrance or bidding guests goodbye.

Lina
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Sultry yet sweet, the fitted lace-covered corset of the Lina gown contrasts flawlessly with its fuller tulle skirt. Ultra-thin spaghetti straps supply a detailed and unexpected feminine touch that a strapless neckline couldn’t have delivered. There’s no need for beading or bling with its sophisticated and ballerina-like silhouette.

Mabel

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Fit for the free-spirited, the Mabel gown walks the line between bohemian and refined with its elegant details and relaxed shift shape. The embroidered bodice is accented with a show-stopping wraparound ruffle that serves as on-trend off-the-shoulder sleeves.

Mila
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The Mila gown is a drop-dead-gorgeous update to the ever-popular mermaid gown. Tulle straps overlay a deep sweetheart neckline for the ultimate touch of class, while its all-over Chantilly lace shimmers with subtle beading.

Have you fallen in love? Luckily for Seattle locals, we can swoon over Christos in real life at the Green Lake-based boutique, The Dress Theory.

Be sure to check out the complete collection of dresses here.