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Emily & Nathan: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum WA

I’m so excited today to share Emily & Nathan’s wedding at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum, Washington! Before the wedding I’ll admit, I did panic inside just a little when I learned how many photographers were in the bridal party (including the bride) but they were all so incredibly sweet, kind and full of compliments from the moment I met them at the rehearsal. Emily has some pretty amazingly awesome photographer friends! Ritter Farms is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The perfect place for a farm-to-table tuscan style wedding! The day was overflowing with gorgeous details, dear friends & family and delicious food!

The ceremony was in an open field with the most amazing rustic timber barn and a forest of fir trees as the backdrop. Shades of wine, charcoal gray and artichoke were spread throughout the day and the reception felt like you stepped into a Tuscan family gathering.

Emily loves to cook and incorporated a farm-to table theme. Inside the timber barn, fresh vegetables streamed down the center of the farm style dark wood tables and the cutest vegetable place card holders were carefully placed at each setting. Little corners and nooks filled with fresh lemonade and an abundance of vegetables were everywhere. They served fresh strawberry and spinach salad tossed with candied almonds, crumbled feta and a tuscan balsamic vinaigrette, delicious Italian roasted chicken dinner with a fresh lemon and rosemary reduction. Dinner was complimented by sides of baby red potatoes roasted with tuscan herbs, grilled seasonal vegetables and rustic breads with garlic and herbs. Is your mouth watering yet? To finish it all off they had the most delicious triple berry pie with a crumbled streusel topping and warmed apple pie with local apples.

Emily and Nathan first met casually when he was over visiting her older brother. Nothing really came of them meeting each other until years later when she went out on a limb and invited him to her brother’s rehearsal dinner. Emily admits that it seemed completely irrational but she decided to do it anyways. :-) She didn’t hear back from Nathan and assumed that he wasn’t coming. The night of May 24th, 2014 while driving to the rehearsal dinner, Emily prayed specifically that if Nathan was meant to be there, he would be. If he was there, he’d be standing exactly in the front of the restaurant, all alone. Believe it or not when she pulled into the parking lot he was standing there and he was the only one one standing there. Emily was stunned and could hardly believe that God had just answered a prayer right before her very eyes. They continued to talk over the phone every night after going back to their homes which were several hours apart. They talked for at least an hour and half each time, I guess you could say they were becoming pretty good friends.

Over the next several months they continued talk over the phone for hours on end and make quick weekend trips to spend time together. It was so obvious they were head over heels for one another and the coolest part is that God was right in the middle of it all. Soon enough Nathan bought a ring and on December 29th while visiting Emily’s family he planned a pretty epic “geocaching” adventure. Nathan proposed at Alta Lake, Emily said yes and so the wedding planing commenced! You have to read her full version of the proposal on her blog!

Congrats Emily & Nathan! You are two incredibly kind people and being part of your day as your photographer was an honor. I am so happy for the two of you! Watching you two interact and seeing the tremendous love your families have for you both was such a joy to photograph. Wishing you both only God’s very best as you begin your story as Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Moller.

Also, a little shout out to Sabrina Nohling for being an awesome second shooter! Thank you!!

Venue: Ritter Farms - Cle Elum, Washington    Dress: David’s Bridal    Florist: Fleur De Lis Floral Design    Design: Out on a Whim    DJ: Sean of Seattle Wedding DJ    Cake: Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso    Catering: Ritter Farms    Invitations: Zazzle    Hair: Megan at Tousled Salon    Makeup: Makeup by Alyssa Walsh

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Reese is One: Mermaid Birthday

Get ready to see the cutest little mermaid you ever did see! Oh my goodness! The cuteness is just too much! My husband and I met Drew and Emily through our church three or four years ago now and have become good friends with them. I remember when Emily announced to our small group that she was pregnant and it seems as if time has flow by. I feel like it was only recently that I was photographing Reese’s newborn session but it’s been an entire year and she just keeps getting more cute as the days go by. Now Reese is ONE! I can’t believe it! Such a cutie pie! I love watching little ones grow and seeing how they change and starting showing their character.  Happy One Year Reesey!!

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Sahar & Richard: Crystal Cove Engagement

I love this engagement session in Laguna Beach at Crystal Cove! I first met Sahar and Richard over Skype since they both live hundreds of miles from me. From the first conversation I knew I would love working with these two. They both have very kind and reserved personalities. We we discussed briefly what they were looking for in their engagement and wedding photos and went on to discuss parts of their love story. Sahar and Richard met in college while doing clean energy research for the Department of Energy in Berkeley and are now planning their wedding at the UCI University Club in Irvine.

Sahar’s parents live nearby Crystal Cove and she’s always loved the area so we went ahead and scheduled their session there. Spending an evening photographing on the beach always sounds like a good idea to me so naturally I was excited! I hadn’t quite realized how many different entrance points there were to Crystal cove so after finally finding the right one, I met up with Sahar and Richard and we headed down to the beach. Along the way we stopped at a few different spots to take photos and arrived down on the beach just as that warm sunset light was beaming. I think what I loved most about this beach was the pattern of the rocks. I also loved the cliff sides! Both aspects made for some beautiful photos. When we finished at the beach we raced down to Five Crowns to get a quick night shot of them with an old fashioned phone booth that looks like it came straight from England. Perfectly fitting seems how Richard is from England!

Congrats on your engagement Sahar & Richard! I am so looking forward to photographing your wedding later this summer! You guys were amazing to work with at your engagement session and I loved getting to know you two just a little better! -Megan

Location:  Crystal Cove    Makeup: Dallas at Blushington   Hair: Niki at Salon 359

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Baby Luke: Newborn Session

Photographing families over and over as their families grow is such a cool experience. Tonight I am sharing Luke Chappell’s newborn session. I think the last time I saw this family was when I photographed his big sister’s newborn session and she’ll be two years old soon! Time flies!

Luke is just about a week old in his newborn photos and such a handsome little guy. He wasn’t a big fan of being moved during his session so we had to make sure he got his mommy snuggles to keep him happy. His nursery is decorated in a sports theme with lots of details from his Dad’s sports collection. Being an outdoor lover myself I think my favorite part about his room is the mounted antlers above his crib. If I have a boy someday, I may need to steel this idea. You’ll also see a photo of a book called Willow Wallaby which is a children’s book that Katie (Luke’s mom) wrote! What a week memory to have photos of the book as part of his newborn session! Luke also has his very own signed Pacquiao boxing glove so of course we had to photograph him next to it. During his session we really wanted to get big sister Alivia giving him kisses because that is her favorite thing to do so you’ll see a few photos in there of her being a sweet big sister.

After photographing photos of just Luke we headed outside to get a few family photos of all four of them. We did a lot of counting to get Alivia to smile because her favorite thing right now is to count to 10, with 10 being the coolest number and most worthy of a huge smile when we said it.

Enjoy the cuteness and congrats Matt & Katie!

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Beathany & Beau: JW Marriott Palm Desert

When I first met Bethany & Beau it was at their engagement session at El Matador State Beach. They both were so kind and even stayed until just after the sunset to squeeze in a few more photos with the gorgeous warm light we had. Bethany and Beau had their first date in September last year while in college and knew pretty quickly that they wanted to get married. Beau surprised Bethany this last Christmas and showed up in her family’s living room on one knee! What a sweet surprise!

What I love about these two is their kindness, love for God and love for their families. Being around them is easy to do and every once in a while their goofy side shows. I am all about the goofball that resides in just about everyone. Photographing them was so much fun and it doesn’t hurt that they’re such a gorgeous couple. :-)

Their wedding ceremony took place right along the water at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert, California. The day was absolutely gorgeous and just soon enough in the season to avoid the blistering heat and humidity. While the guests watched, Bethany arrived to the ceremony on a little trolly boat with her dad just before sunset. They said their vows surrounded by close friends and family on a small grassy area with the palm trees, water and sunset just behind them. They shared tears, smiles and laughter as they stood face to face and made the best out of the fact that their unity candle just wasn’t going to light. Oh well, they just took it back to 3rd grade and played “pretend light the candle”. :-) Totally worked! They ended the night with a dinner reception by the water and sparkler exit. Then off they went on their honeymoon to Kauai, Hawaii!

Thank you Bethany & Beau for allowing me to document your beautiful day! I am so excited for you two and all God has planned as you begin your lives as Mr. and Mrs. Wuorio! -Megan

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa    Dress: Potomac Bridal    Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazi    Flowers: Blooming Events Florist    Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Station    

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