Maia + Kevin // Married at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

The most incredible sunny summer day in Seattle served as the perfect backdrop for this wedding. Maia and Kevin had a sweet first look that involved a few tears and laughs and then we ran all around Seattle taking portraits, everywhere from Melrose Market to Volunteer Park, providing so many great backdrops for their photos. Everyone was all smiles when their close friend read “How falling in love is like owning a dog” during the ceremony. Their labradoodle, Banjo, was the ring bearer and of course was sporting a bow tie.

This was an east coast style affair, with cocktail hour, dancing, toasts, then a late dinner, and more dancing. Everyone was out on the dance floor which was so fun! I loved how unique their wedding was from the banjo and guitar players during cocktail hour to live music from The Nines during the reception. We snuck out for sunset photos and it was one of my favorite parts I captured of the whole day! I couldn’t of done this, also, without the help of my second shooter extraordinaire and best friend, Stephanie Dolen! She captured a LOT of the details and that adorable photo close-up of Banjo! Thanks, Kevin and Maia, for having me be part of your big day!  :)

You can see their epic Whidbey Island engagement session HERE.

Flowers by Anne of Floressence Designs, Live band at the wedding The Nines, Venue: Olympic Sculpture Park, Catering by Taste

Jennifer Gardner - February 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

You nail it every time! Love these and now i’m missing the sun. :)

Yee - February 19, 2014 - 12:12 am

You just leveled up, my friend. Goodness gracious.

Maia Hicks Barmish - February 19, 2014 - 11:55 am

Love these, Karen! Fun to look at them again — you are so good!

Lucas Mobley - March 29, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Fun stuff Karen, looks like a great wedding. I’m diggin the warmth and humor…

The O’Nele Family

I’ve known this family for over 10 years. Lindsay, Matt and I used to go to Irving Summer camp together back in the day. It’s so fun to be able to reconnect with old friends after too much time has passed AND to photograph their family!

Their home had beautiful light on a perfect fall day in Lincoln. We laughed a lot and adore this session so much. They’re really the best people ever. Lindsay actually visited me in Seattle about a month after this was taken and we had a blast trekking up to Victoria, BC for a little mini vacation- took some awesome photos that I’ll be sharing soon! Until then… enjoy!

Monica + Micah // Married in Cortland, NE

There’s something special about the place that you grew up. Even if you’ve moved away like I have, I still have so much joy going back.

Nebraska, The Good Life.

Monica and Micah are not only incredibly easy to photograph, but just the sweetest couple and so down to earth. Monica threw this wedding together so quick. Since Micah is in the Army, they didn’t know what date it was going to be until a few months before. I remember talking with her via email back and forth when I was traveling in South America last year and everything she told me about her day I just fell in love with. The small town of Cortland in Nebraska is where the wedding was held and it was the perfect setting. They got married at St. James Church and then had their reception set up in the back of it- which was an OPEN FIELD. String lights, hay bails, and a mixture of vintage and antique goods she got from some estate sales completed the dreamy scene.

Monica is a photographer herself, so it was an honor to get to be the photographer at her wedding! Make sure to check out her work HERE.

The light this day was nothing short of perfect and from the fields to the tin sheds it was such an awesome place to photograph a wedding! So excited to FINALLY share this one with you!  :)

steph - February 10, 2014 - 7:17 pm

look at that magical light :)

Yee - February 12, 2014 - 10:33 am

Ridiculously good…as expected. Nice work, Karen!!!

Kaylie Mellema - February 12, 2014 - 10:04 pm

love.