Bride and Groom Kiss I met Tonya in junior high choir. I don't remember how or why we became friends, but I do know that if you'd told those two 13/14 year olds that in about 17 years, she would be getting married and I'd be there to witness it; we'd have totally agreed with you. Had you told us I'd be photographing it? It's likely we would have given you a strange look and walked away. I "had no artistic ability" and was convinced I'd be a veterinarian, or maybe a famous singer.
I can't tell you how THRILLED I was when Tonya asked me to photograph her wedding to the love of her life, Mark. (Face it: It's fate. Mark/Markie? Yep. Fate.) Not a single road is completely clear of bumps, and neither was theirs. Life likes to throw curve balls. Including, me getting sick at 6 am the day before the wedding.
Municipal Court of Seattle Wedding
Rain, snow, sleet, hail, hellfire, or flu.... Nothing was stopping me from getting to Tonya and Mark's Urban Seattle Courthouse Wedding. On Thursday, December 22nd, I packed up my gear, crackers, sprite and (of course) a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte with almond milk and headed to meet my second shooter, Sarah of Sarah Gonia Photography.
Seattle, in December, is COLD and all that grey cement and steel really gives a beautiful dark vibe. Seeing Tonya and Mark walk up together, and her beautiful wedding dress vibrant against all that grey, nearly made my eyes leak. She was glowing (and shivering). Mark was a real team player as we made them pose and snuggle and kiss right there on the street. Poor guy. Haha!
Seattle Courthouse Wedding
Their ceremony was beautiful with the lights of Seattle visible in the background. Short and sweet, they were married before we knew it. And then it was off to the party!
Tonya and Mark,
Thank you for trusting me with these precious memories. I am truly blessed to be able to call you both valued clients and friends. I am looking forward to watching your family grow stronger in their bonds and family connection. May your years together be filled with lots of love, happiness and all that other good stuff. ;)
CI Shenanigans Reception