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!
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.
There are a near infinite number of stunning details that I'm aching to share, but since we are hoping to have the event published in one of Seattle's amazing wedding magazines I'm going to give you just a teaser of more to come ... enjoy! :)
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.
I loved the sequin dresses for the bridesmaids - it was the perfect day-to-night mix for a summer wedding!
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.
The thousands of rose petals that lined the ceremony aisle found a new life with our wedding party photographs!
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.
This photograph was a special request from Jamal - I love how it incorporates so many elements of the day, including their gorgeous home.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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!
All the beautiful chaos of the day seems to fade away when the bride & groom get a moment together, just the two of them ...
You can almost feel the swagger in this photograph ... they rocked it!
The little details that catch our eye can create the most charming photographs ... this vintage chalkboard sign was a surprise gift from Chris & Dori's wedding coordinator, Merry Beth from Aisle of View - so sweet!