Ken & Tania Shepard, the husband-wife team of Azzura Photography

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Seattle Bride | Best of 2018!

We were surprised and delighted to win the Seattle Bride Editor's Pick for Best Photograph of 2018! Special thanks goes to our fabulous couple, Michelle & Dave, who were willing to brave the wind and rain on a stormy January night to allow us to create this photograph.  Thank you also goes to the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington for giving us the beautiful canvas with which to create, and the talented team at Every Last Detail and Sorrida Salon for pulling it all together. We are honored to work with such amazing professionals, and this was the perfect launch of the 2018 wedding season!  :) 


Happy Holidays!!!


Seattle Bride Best of 2016!


We could not be more excited or humbled to have received the Seattle Bride Best of 2016 award, and want to send a giant THANK YOU to all of our amazing clients, friends, and fellow wedding professionals who nominated us.  This award is particularly close to our hearts because we feel it is given by those who have personal experiences with us and who see not only our photography but also the passion that we pour into everything that we do.  It means more than we can say to know that we made a difference in the lives of our couples and in the wedding community, and that is what this award symbolizes to us. 

Thank you for this honor, and we are looking forward to an amazing 2016!  :)


Spring is in the Air!

Nothing breaks the spell of winter faster than the bloom of the UW cherry blossoms!  The blossoms came and went quickly this year, but we were able to sneak in a few photoshoots.  These images bring a smile to my face every time I see them - nothing can lift struggling spirits faster than the giggle of these two sisters.  We've been photographing the family for a few years, and I every time the sounds of their laughter lingers in my thoughts.  They remind me to enjoy life, love those I'm blessed to have in my world, and to never let a cherry blossom fall unappreciated.


Happy Holidays!

We are looking forward to a great holiday, full of friends, family, and lots of deliciousness!  We wish you all the best and hope that this season is extraordinary for you and all those you love.  


'Thank you' a thousand times would not be enough ...

Azzura Photography Seattle Bride Best of 2015Best Photographer Azzura Photography   

Ken and I wish we could send a personal thank you note to all the extraordinary clients, friends, and wedding professionals that voted for us to win the Seattle Bride Best of 2015 award!  As photographers and artists, we are usually behind the scenes, and it's hard to express how overwhelming it feels to have our work recognized in such an amazing way.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for voting us the "Best of 2015" - we are grateful beyond words!


Tori + Jamal = A Day to Remember

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

From our first meeting with Tori & Jamal, we knew their wedding was going to be spectacular. Not only are they two of the kindest people you could ever want to meet, they know how to throw an amazing party that had all their friends and family buzzing with excitement. From the simple and sweet ceremony performed by the one and only Judge Mathis to the surprise appearance of Sir Mix-A-Lot singing 'Baby Got Back' at Benaroya Hall, it was a day we will all remember.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding

The day began with the girls getting ready at the Crawford family home, while the guys hung out at Hotel 1000.  Fortunately we had the talented Merry Beth Turpin from Aisle of View to help orchestrate all the details, which kept all the many (many!) moving parts of multiple locations flowing seamlessly.

Jamal Crawford Wedding at Hotel 1000

Tori Crawford Wedding with Bridesmaids

I loved the sequin dresses for the bridesmaids - it was the perfect day-to-night mix for a summer wedding!

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Argosy arrival

Both the guests and Jamal with the groomsmen arrived by boat, with the guests enjoying a casual cruise on the Argosy and the wedding party arriving via a sleek speedboat. It was such a great way to take advantage of the waterfront opportunity and give clever transitions between the different parts of the day.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Ceremony

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Simply stunning...

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Ceremony

The thousands of rose petals that lined the ceremony aisle found a new life with our wedding party photographs!

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding

This image is probably my favorite of the day ... I look at it, and I feel the love between them, and it literally brought tears to my eyes when I saw it.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Party

This photograph was a special request from Jamal - I love how it incorporates so many elements of the day, including their gorgeous home. 

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding on Dock

Jamal Crawford Wedding Reception at Benaroya Hall

The reception was breathtaking ... there are so many people to credit for the creation of this room.  From the amazing floral decor by Rented Elegance to the lighting by Greenlight Events, Benaroya Hall was positively transformed.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

The towering wedding cake created by Bonnie at New Renaissance was a hit - guests kept posing by the cake for photographs. The detailing was worthy of Versailles!

Jamal Crawford with Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight joined the reception to sing "Love of my Life" for their first dance, complete with a finale dip that had Brian applauding them.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

And, yes, the night wrapped up with the ever-fabulous Sir Mix-A-Lot, a combination which got everyone pouring onto the dance floor. Tori got the idea of inviting him when she saw him perform with the Seattle Symphony earlier this year, and thought 'why not ask?' I'm glad she did, because it was a hit (no pun intended ;)

Thank you to all, especially Tori & Jamal, who created this event - we were honored to capture it, and look forward to many future celebrations!


We are so grateful!

I'm not sure how to express how honored and thrilled we are to have won the Seattle Bride Best of 2014 award ... it fills us with gratitude for our amazing clients, friends, and industry professionals who took the time to vote for Azzura. We pour so much of ourselves into our artwork, it means the world to know that our work makes an impact on the lives of those around us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!


Olowalu Plantation House Wedding on Style Me Pretty!

Olowalu Plantation House Wedding Maui

My admiration for Style Me Pretty as a source of inspiration and an absolutely impeccably run website stretches back to 2009, and I've always hoped that one of our weddings would be featured on Abby's amazing blog. I am happy to say that my dream has come true! I'm so excited that I feel like a kid who just got awarded unlimited chocolate for life. 

Dana & Jeremy's wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House in Maui was beautifully designed by Katy with Vows, and all of the personal little touches made it one of our favorite destination weddings of all-time. Visit Style Me Pretty for the full story!

Olowalu Plantation House Wedding Maui

Olowalu Plantation House Wedding Photography


The "Love for Life" Project

One of the things that drew Ken and I together is our shared love of nature and animals, and a common desire to make the world a little better place. Each year we choose specific charities to help support, either financially or through our photography. In the past, we have participated in organizations such as Race for the Cure and Wish Upon a Wedding. This year, we are committed to providing livestock and medical supplies to children in underdeveloped nations. So far this year I am excited to say that we have provided over $2,500 worth of chickens, goats, sheep, and medical supplies, and our goal is to triple that number by the end of the year.

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients that make projects like this possible - it is because of you that we are able to give back to the global community. When you see your photographs, I hope it brings you a little extra joy to know that some of that love has been shared across the world and has made an impact on someone you will never meet, but whose life has been changed.

Images courtesy of World Vision


Happy Valentine's Day!


A Moment of Gratitude | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Seattle Wedding Photography by Azzura

This has been one of those crazy/fabulous/super-busy/wouldn't-trade-it-for-the-world weeks, and I'm feeling particularly grateful today. Although I am once again behind on my ambitious blog-post schedule, our 2014 summer dates are quickly filling up and we are already looking forward to many wonderful celebrations. I know I've been saying 'thank you' alot, but we really are thankful for all the goodness in our lives. Our wedding industry friends and clients are such a big part of that goodness, and we appreciate the opportunity we have to be in your lives.

Thank you.


Sun Mountain Lodge Wedding | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Sun Mountain Lodge Wedding by Azzura

After choosing the beautiful destination of Sun Mountain Lodge for their Wedding Day, Lisa was determined to find a horse to frolic with them in the fields. Her planning was rewarded with an incredibly cooperative horse and some gorgeous photographs to celebrate the adventure.  


A Princess is Born | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Bellevue Newborn Baby Portrait by Azzura Photography

With all the hustle-and-bustle of the summer wedding season, this simple and sweet image reminds me to relax, savor the moment, and indulge in the occasional nap.  :)


Kerry Park Wedding Photography | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Kerry Park Wedding Photography

I love everything about this image ... the romantic feeling, the unbelievable clouds, and the gorgeous Seattle Skyline. I have a feeling this may be the very first page in their wedding album!