When the air is so transparent… || Green Lake, Seattle

It’s this time of the year again. It’s the time when the air is so transparent and new you attempt inhale it with full chest, but never get enough. It’s the time of the year when everything is reborn, renewed, restored and revitalized. It’s the time of the year when your heart swell and emotions hit you hard. Spring.

I’ve been wanting to visit Green Lake with my camera in hands specifically this time of the year. I dreamed of the day. We go there often, every week. Sometimes several times a week. I love to walk around the lake. Sometimes it’s busy as a beehive and other times not so much, but it is never empty. People come to appreciate this place: they run, they walk, they talk, they sit on the grass or benches. Couples love the benches carefully placed at the most intimate spots.

This place is beautiful any season. Every time we go, I see something different and every time I wish I had my camera with me (I always have iPhone, but it’s not the same. Yes, it’s better than nothing, but not the same.) This time I brought it and glad I did. Some trees are showing new, brightly colored, but still small leaves and some are already blooming. Ah, the air…. it’s so new, so fresh and so crisp, your lungs are expanding with the capacity they couldn’t before during those long winter days on the couch.  It’s time to go outside and take full advantage of the renewed air and nature. It’s so beautiful!

I just hope I was able to capture the feel, the mood, and the atmosphere of the day.

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Christmas Fairytale Wedding in Seattle || Kristina and Nate Married

My wonderful, beautiful and very funny niece wanted this Christmas Fairy Tale Wedding and she got one by marrying this fully devoted to her and God guy.

Kristina and Nate met at City Church while attending their internship program and learning who Got is and who they are in Him. I bet both of them had other plans when they began the school; however, as we all know, God always knows best!

I’ve seen them grow in their love and preparing for their Big day. I’ve been thrilled when they asked me to take their engagement photos and document their wedding. Their love is so evident and beautiful that it kind of draws you in and touches the deepest rooms in your heart. Although they are not so similar in showing emotions (Kristina being more open, conversant and funny where Nate is more reserved but with very distinct and sharp sense of humor… interesting, right?), they are very much in unity in everything they do and talk. Ah, it’s just enticing!

We started our day at the Plato Campus, where both bride and groom were getting ready, taking their “before” photos (before they see each other; they were very “southernly” traditional about it since Nate is from Louisiana and wanted to be conservative about this.) Their ceremony and reception was also held at the campus, which had a lot of room for everything they needed it for. The fun part began when we left the campus and went Downtown Seattle!

It was particularly cold day (I believe it was the coldest day in December) and the evening was just Freezing!!! But! Kristina wanted night photos with all the lights and Christmas feel so bad that it didn’t stop her from doing just that. What could I do but play along?! 🙂 Although my fingers were threatening me to fall off I stood my grounds and kept clicking away the best moments of the newlyweds day. The adrenaline rush kept them warm and alive! 🙂

Enjoy the photos just as I was enjoying capturing them… .

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Classic Wedding in Greater Seattle || Roland & Helen

Wow. These tow! I am lost with the words about these beautiful people. From the moment I met them I know we would click and I knew I wanted to be a part of their very Classic Wedding. Roland and Helen are very fun, caring and creative couple. Not so long ago I had a privilege photographing their engagement – I had so much fun that I knew I will have even more fun with them on their Grand Day! There is something special about those clients that treat you with respect and greatly appreciate your work and talent. You just want to go an extra mile for them. I always do.

Sometimes love comes at the moment when we never expect; it takes us by surprise and suddenly we are forever changed! Roland said that before he met Helen he had it all figured out and girls were never on his mind … well, at least not in a serious kind of way. His mind was occupied with music, design, computers, etc, which is pretty serious stuff, too if I’d be honest. Then he saw her… . Helen captured Roland’s heart completely; all he could think about was her: every moment of every day.

The weather had threatened us with rain, but glory to God it cleared and we were able to capture some gorgeous portraits before the ceremony. Helen warned me that they probably will cry during their vows and she wasn’t that far off. Roland got very emotional right after they were announced as husband and wife! The moment he was congratulated by his mother-in-law was beautiful and heartwarming. I was ready to bawl myself. I was overwhelmed by warmth and sincerity of their emotions, love and acceptance!

As the day progressed and we moved to reception hall, the emotions changed from tears (although joyful) to a laughter (with tears 🙂 ), from serious business of saying vows to celebration with food and music, and loud guests – all the best stuff! Loved every moment of their wonderful day.

 

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Norwegian Kransekake and Rowboat || Greenlake Wedding, Seattle

Erin and Nick are one gorgeous couple! I had the best time with them before the wedding and then documenting their Big Day. Since Erin has Norwegian background, they’ve decided to move from traditional American (over the top) cakes and sweets to Kransekake – very interesting looking traditional Norwegian cake and other fall pies and pastries.

The tradition didn’t end with the cakes and decorations, they were seen everywhere. First of, her dress: this classic cream satin dress was her grandmother’s (altered of course)! I never thought that dress from 1950s could look that good in our modern days. Erin looked so very classy and beautiful! Good looking Nick complimented her so very well 🙂

What I loved the most about their wedding is that there were no rush, no stress (I didn’t feel any), no scowls or anything of the sort. There were only smiles, good humor, gentle touches, nice & laid back atmosphere. I loved every minute!

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School Auction “Unlock the Future” – CPCS, Mill Creek

On the first of November, Cedar Park Christian School, the school my youngest son is attending, held an auction event that helped raising money for their needs.  Being blessed with the talent and passionate about photography, I could not stand aside and wanted to help in this school auction.  I’ve donated my photography package and photographed the event!  There were so many items donated that it looked like everyone had bought at least one thing and  I’ve herd almost everything sold!

Everybody worked hard in organizing the event: from the yummy won-tons, beautiful music on the harp, and the most helpful team of ushers to the delicious dinner and deserts.

School Auction was an absolute success!

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