I will admit I’ve never photographed a wedding in Anacortes before. Now thanks to Angela and Cole, I can call myself an Anacortes WA Wedding Photographer. It’s one of those spots in Washington where the landscape is dramatically different and beautiful views abound. It also happens to be Angela’s hometown. Their seaside wedding was filled with personal touches I am excited to share with you today, but first a little backstory…
Angela and I met several years ago when she answered a model call I was doing. I instantly adored her as a person and was impressed by her natural grace in front of the camera. About a year or so later I had another model call, this time for a couple. Angela sent me a photo of her and her adorable boyfriend Cole. Well, I’m not stupid so I asked them to dress up in wedding attire and pose for the cover of my yearly pricing brochure. I loved their photo so much that I used it for several years in a row! Then in 2015, they modeled for me again. This time it was a wedding themed styled shoot for a then brand new wedding venue, the Metropolist. The photos from this shoot ended up all over wedding blogs and in several wedding magazines.
During the Metropolist shoot, Angela mentioned that she and Cole were thinking about getting married for real! I think I literally jumped up and down for joy at that news! If there are two people perfectly suited for one another, it’s these two. They both are caring and thoughtful. Plus they share similar passions. AND they love everyone without reservation. In short, they are the kind of people everyone wants to be friends with. It was a great honor to photograph them for two “fake” weddings and one real. Here are just a few of the photos of the day that I can’t wait to share.
To my friends; Angela and Cole, may God bless your union and light your path every step of the way. Thank you for your friendship and your trust.
Here are a few notes from the couple about putting their lovely day together!
Location: Transit Shed Event Center – Anacortes WA
Hair and Makeup: Impressions Salon and Armstrong Artistry
Couples Clothing: Wedding Dress was bought on consignment from Blue Sky Bridal! (I can’t believe it either!) Then altered by the talented Darcy at Fragile Fit. The original designer is Maggie Sottero. Cole’s suit was from Nordstroms.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie, Turquoise https://www.azazie.com/
Groomsmen’s Attire: JCrew
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Safeway Floral
Wedding Arch Flowers: Sheely’s
The cut wine bottles were inspired from Pinterest – Cole and I did all of the cleaning and cutting with some help from friends. Cutting the bottles was easy – the hard part is getting those darn labels off!
Kind of hilarious story from the wedding – we spent MONTHS on those wine bottle votives, and I noticed that whoever set them up didn’t actually put the electric candles in the votives. Instead, the electric candles were just sitting on the tables! Oh, the things you just have to let go 🙂
There was a picture of Cole and me as kids on each table. The proper way to do it is a picture of each of us when we are one year old at table one, a picture of each of us when we are two years old at table two, and so on. We didn’t allow enough time to get that crazy about it, so we sort of paired up photos that we thought went together and put those on each table, sticking out of a wine cork in the middle of the table. Like, a picture of each of us with our first fish, a picture of us riding a pony, a pic of us on Halloween, etc.
I looked up fun reception game ideas that would keep our audiences engaged – which is why I put “play my jam” song request cards on each table. I also put out little cards that encouraged people to use our hashtag.
Photobooth – silver sequin backdrop, support system, and balloons all from Amazon. Props collected from friends 🙂
Giant Jenga – Amazon
Cornhole – both sets were handmade by Cole and his Dad! I believe his mom painted them
Canoe – I loved the idea of putting drinks in a canoe – my uncle’s friend lent us the turquoise canoe
Streamer decor – I love streamer walls! Especially when you twirl them, and in nautical colors, it was a perfect way to bring some color into the back of the room where there was a ton of white wall space. The balloons along the top acted as a border and hid the tape at the top. Amazon Prime was great for this because I could order in bulk, and return if I didn’t like the color
Norwegian wedding cake – The bride and groom break the top pieces, and how many pieces it breaks in to is how many kids you are supposed to have.
Random nets/buoys – all collected from people who were going to take them to the dump or found on the beach! 🙂
Paper lanterns: I watched a lot of wedding videos on youtube and saw it there. I knew I couldn’t do anything with flame (no sparklers) and I didn’t want all of the rainbow colors from glow sticks, so the lanterns were a perfect fit! Although I think some people were waving them too hard and they fell off? Haha oh well, made it more exciting running through the tunnel!
Shoe game inspiration: it was important to me that the bridal party participate, that way it made it more of a show for our guests.