Remembering Boston (Without Snow)

I write this as many dear friends are on their millionth hour of deep snow, wretched freezing temperatures, and cabin fever.  The PNW has been rocking this winter- mild, warm and SO MUCH SUNSHINE. Now, I wanted this post to serve as a reminder of the good that has been the east coast- and it will return.

Winter Boston meet Summer Boston. I know it has been a while since you’ve had clear streets, sunshine, and easy access to your city.

I’ve been holding these photos of The Natural Ginger  and her Mr. for a few months.  They needed some real attention, so they waited until all of my family photo sessions to be worked on. They got married in August at the family farm and had some gorgeous photos taken by my favorite photography duo- Memory Montage Photography, but wanted just a little bit of Boston time their wedding clothes. While out in Boston last September with the handsome, we took to the streets in full wedding attire, including an impromptu bouquet constructed in line at Trader Joe’s.  We made our way through the city from the Boston Public Library, Fenway Park, and the Northeastern Campus where they first met.  The night closed with a dive bar filled with friends. Couldn’t ask for a better memory of sweet summer.

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A sweet engagement

J & M have been high school sweethearts turned long lasting love.  I had the privilege to have taken their Senior Portraits in the past few years, and was thrilled to hear of their engagement.

We went to Tumwater Falls Park to take in the massive water show going on with several days of heavy rain.  They were such good sports to play after the rain and amidst the loud waterfall below.  Only the best to them for their wedding day and years together ahead.

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A love built for years

I’ve known these two love birds both separately and together for many years.  I have to say that I have been rooting for them for a solid 20 years now.  Being that I’m only 30, that’s really saying something. B & E have been lifelong friends from childhood.  We were band geeks, problem solving nerds, and athletes together through school.  When after so many years had passed after we all “grew up”, I got the sweet news that they were dating. I was ecstatic, as were most in our immediate circle and beyond.  B proposed this fall and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them in celebrating their engagement.  We went up to a favorite old spot up in the mountains back home and had a great time in the snow. It was such good luck to get (my favorite) snow and sun all in the same morning.  Can’t wait for the wedding next fall and wishing them the best in their future together.

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The “StayCation”

The first two weeks in September have been the highlight of the summer for our household. Not only did we take vacation time from our “real jobs” we managed to back 10 days filled to the brim with friends and love.

There were weddings; One for our friends Brian and Rachelle, and another for friends Mark and Brie. Both were beautiful, both were personal, and both were FUN. Rachelle and Brian were married in Camas, WA at The Fairgate Inn. Brie and Mark chose Lake Chelan Shores for their big day. I only snapped a few photos for Brian and Rachelle, since I was in the wedding party,  and a chunky DSLR doesn’t exactly look flattering as an accessory with a bridesmaid dress. I was honored, that Brie and Mark, the brave souls they are, chose me to help with wedding photography along with Brie’s brother Ryan. It was a challenge and a blast all at the same time.

Also during vacation we managed to re-finish our kitchen and master bath counter tops, sleep a little, visit with family and friends including a stop at Ritter Farms and the Roslyn Farmers Market, and made a quick trip to Mount Rainier. All in all the vacation was great and going back to work will certainly be hard to do come 8 am tomorrow. Until then, I might just stare at the beautiful shots of Mount Rainier and dream of a longer stay-cation.