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

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Thursday
Oct302008

Simply Gorgeous

Miwa and Devin were such a fun couple to photograph, and we were blessed with that crisp autumn weather that just makes the day perfect.  My personal favorite is the one of Miwa gazing wistfully out the window of the Bentley ... she looked so serene and elegant!     

Seattle bride with tiara in Bentley Seattle wedding couple in Bentley Groomsmen against the wall at a Seattle Wedding White roses and brown bridesmaid dresses at a Seattle wedding Close up of wedding ringsWedding couple in a  golf cart with bouquet

Wednesday
Oct292008

Embers with Amber

As photographers, one of the best ways to improve our craft is to challenge ourselves with special projects.  These are my favs from Amber's latest project, a series of images of firefighters in action.  It is easy to forget how much these men risk to keep us safe, and these beautiful images remind me to be grateful for the sacrifices they give.

  

 

Thursday
Oct162008

Shannon + Jess = Vintage Style

I love it when a wedding theme fits the couple, the venue, and the day perfectly!  Shannon and Jess had such a great funky-edgy-vintage look to their day, and we had a blast with their wedding.  My favorite moment was when they spontaneously broke into a 'happy dance' at the during the ceremony when they were pronounced officially married.  So cute!Bride and groom with puppy dogVintage inspired Seattle wedding veil and shoes

 

Wedding ceremony and reception at Seattle's Garden in the SquareHappy dance at the wedding alterKiss in the car in front of Seattle's Garden in the SquareSeattle wedding couple in a vintage car

Saturday
Oct112008

Dodging the Drops

Erin and Collin made the journey from California to Washington for their wedding on Saturday and discovered the secret of living in Seattle: having fun with the rain!  We managed to dodge the drops long enough to take some quick photographs at Pike's Place, followed by a gorgeous ceremony at Villa Academy (one of my absolute favorite chapels.)  Congratulations, Erin and Collin!

Edgewater hotel bride portrait

Fun with a wedding veil at Pike Place Market

Seattle Wedding party at Pike Place Market

Seattle Wedding Ceremony at Villa Academy Chapel

Bride and Groom with champagne at the Edgewater Hotel


Wednesday
Oct082008

Voletta Couture Fashion Show

Voletta Couture and Rag Men's Style partnered up for a fabulous Fall Fashion show as part of The Bellevue Collection's Fashion Week.  Voletta asked Azzura to photograph the event, and we put together a cool little video so you can see all the highlights.  (For some bizarre reason in some browsers it is very choppy the first time you play it, so if it looks wierd just re-run it - trust me, it's worth it!)

Tuesday
Sep232008

A Sneak-Peak of Things to Come

Ken and I have been busy photographing over the last few weeks!  We will soon be updating our main Azzura website with some fresh images, so here is a sneak-peak of a few of the additions.  :)

Monday
Sep222008

The Chocolate Bar: Edible Décor!

When I walked into Sharon and Jantzen's reception, I thought I had died and gone to coco heaven.  A dessert bar dripping in chocolate stretched for almost twenty feet, featuring every yummy thing I could imagine.  Seriously, it would have made Willy Wonka proud.  The best part was that it was so beautifully assembled that it actually added to the ambiance of the room.  What could be better than edible decor?


Sunday
Sep212008

Kristina + Peter = Retro Charm

The Hotel Deca was the ideal venue for Kristina and Peter - the retro-chic look was so fabulous, and even Kristina' hair style (which I LOVED) matched the theme perfectly. Later this week I'll share some of the creative ways they brought in some Boston flair from Peter's home town.


When we started photographing, Kristina mentioned how much she loved Liesl and Nick's album that we have posted in our website portfolio. As soon as she said that, about a hundred ideas came to me! I can't wait to design their album, and we will be sure to share it when it is ready!

If you would like to see all of the wedding photographs from the Wedding Day, visit Recent Weddings. If the wedding is not yet listed, simply pre-register to be notified when the wedding photos become available online.

The Supporting Cast | Caterer: Tony's Events & Catering Cake: Mike’s Amazing Cakes D.J.: Sounds Unlimited Dress Designer: Justina McCaffrey

Thursday
Sep182008

Lisa + Jason = Happiness

The images speak for themselves ... we had so much fun with Lisa and Jason!  They were so relaxed and truly embraced the day - it was wonderful to see them together, and the candid photographs of them showed their personalities perfectly!

The image on the left is one of my favorites of the day - our flower girl is a budding photographer!  While we were photographing the whole wedding party, I noticed her stealthily taking some photos of everyone from the side ... before she knew it, she became the highlight of our photograph!



If you would like to see all of the wedding photographs from the Wedding Day, visit Recent Weddings.  If the wedding is not yet listed, simply pre-register to be notified when the wedding photos become available online.

Thursday
Sep112008

A Wine Country Wedding

We loved the details at Shirin and Brian's wedding, which creatively combined a simple elegance with the modern, natural feeling of the winery.  My personal favorite was their placecard holders, cleverly created from the wine corks of past celebrations!

Wednesday
Sep102008

A New Perspective

This image is one of my favorites this year, and is virtually untouched by photoshop.  I will keep my fingers crossed for more gorgeous sunsets this year!

Thursday
Sep042008

Laura + Matt = Laughter

We had SO much fun with Laura and Matt last weekend ... their sense of adventure was contagious, and their love for each other, their family, and their friends made the day unforgettable.  There are quite a few more that I am anxious to share with you, so be sure to check back next week for a few more sneak-peaks!

If you would like to see all of the wedding photographs from the Wedding Day, visit Recent Weddings.  If the wedding is not yet listed, simply pre-register to be notified when the wedding photos become available online.
Thursday
Aug282008

Kelsey + Chris = Vintage Romance

If you would like to see all of the wedding photographs from the Wedding Day, visit Recent Weddings.  If the wedding is not yet listed, simply pre-register to be notified when the wedding photos become available online.

Wednesday
Aug272008

When it Rains ...

In the Persian tradition, rain on your Wedding Day is considered good luck because each drop signifies a blessing you will receive.  Last Sunday, Della and Navid were blessed beyond belief!  As the rain created a soft audible backdrop, we took advantage of this quiet moment to create one of my favorite images of the year.

Wednesday
Aug202008

Shirin + Brian = A Novel Experience

I have a new favorite 'hidden gem' of a venue - a gorgeous little winery in Woodinville called Novelty Hill.  The building was created by renowned Seattle architects Mithun, and has won numerous awards for innovative design and unique use of materials.  The lines of the building are so subtle and captivating that it drew Shirin and Brian to celebrate their wedding at the winery, and the urban-natural feel of the space suited them perfectly!



If you would like to see all of the wedding photographs from the Wedding Day, visit Recent Weddings.  If the wedding is not yet listed, simply pre-register to be notified when the wedding photos become available online.