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

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Daily Shot of Inspiration | Fabulous Wedding Shoes

Pink Wedding Shoes

I can't resist a little bling on a pair of cute heels ... this is definitely one of my favorite ring shots.


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Newcastle Golf Course Sunset Wedding


Happy Friday!


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Hidden Meadows Snohomish Wedding

Hidden Meadows Wedding Snohomish WA

I just received word that my adorable couple Bev & Jeff will soon be featured in Couture Weddings!  With the help of BreeAnn from Pink Blossom Events, Bev and Jeff's wedding was unique and beautiful start to finish.  My favorite touch was a vintage 'fat-tire' bicycle, which not only let Jeff roam around in style, but also served as inspiration for their customized wedding logo that was showcased throughout the wedding.  (I would share photos of the details, but I don't want to spoil the surprise for the magazine - you will just have to wait!  ;)

Snohomish Wedding Photography at Hidden Meadows


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Woodmark Hotel Wedding at Carillon Point

Woodmark Hotel Kirkland Wedding Reception in the Tent

Sometimes I get so accustomed to gorgeous venues like the Woodmark Hotel that I forget just how truly blessed we are in the Northwest - ability to have a gloriously sophisticated event so close to Lake Washington is just plain fabulous.


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Seattle Tennis Club Wedding

Flowergirl and Ringbearer at Seattle Tennis Club

Sooooooo cute.



Happy Valentine's Day!  We hope you feel loved today, and in the spirit of the holiday we would like to share one of our favorite poems.


Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog

by Taylor Mali (shared with poet's permission)

First of all, it’s a big responsibility, especially in a city like Seattle.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time?
No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.

And in return, love loves you and never stops.



Daily Shot of Inspiration | Woodmark Hotel Wedding in Kirkland, WA

Woodmark Hotel Wedding Reception at Carillon Point

A first dance finish with flourish ... I adore the dip, and the ear-to-ear grin!


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Seattle Wedding Photography

Bride in Tacoma Wedding by Azzura Photography

Christina was one of our most lovable brides of the year - the image on the right captures her endearing charm perfectly.  I'm planning on doing a 'Real Wedding' feature of Christina and Richie's wedding in the next few weeks because there are just so many great images I want to share, so consider this a 'teaser'!


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Suncadia WA Destination Wedding Photography

Suncadia Wedding by Azzura Photography

I love the simplicity of this image ...


Daily Shot of Inspiration | Washington Park Anacordes Wedding

Washington Park Anacortes Wedding

The past eight weeks have been a fabulous, bustling blur of family, friends, and weddings - the holidays always seem to make time go in fast forward.  We have been busy working on all of the fun projects we have brewing for 2012 (including some oh-so-overdue updates to our wedding website), and I can't wait to gradually reveal one-by-one all the treats we have in store. 

For those of you who have been missing your daily fix of inspiration, I'm back into blogging mode and will be keeping you entertained with some of the great weddings we photographed this winter.  :)


The Seattle Wedding Show 2012 - Another Fantastic Year

Last weekend kicked off the New Year with a flurry of cupcakes, flower petals, and fashion at the Seattle Wedding Show.  As always, we had our little booth, and Ken and I loved meeting with so many newly engaged couples.  We have already started booking up for 2012 and 2013, which makes us excited and grateful for the amazing support of the wedding community.

For me, the Wedding Show is also an opportunity to reflect and examine our business, our creativity, and our relationships.  I'm always blown away by the level of effort and creativity I see displayed in the booths, and it gives me a little kick to get moving and decide what we will do differently this year.  Where can we improve?  What will keep us unique?  How can we better connect with our couples?

Although I don't subscribe to New Year's Resolutions, I do embrace the start of the year as a time to dream, brainstorm, and create ideas that make us leap out of bed.  We have many great things happening - a complete remodel of the Azzura website, the launch of a new book series, and so much more - that I am looking forward to sharing with you in 2012.  :)

In the spirit of sharing inspiration, I wanted to share some of my favorite booths from the Wedding Show - enjoy!

Azzura Photography Wedding Show

Our twist on our booth this year was to change all the prints between the first and second days of the show, to give two different 'looks' and showcase some of our latest work.  It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. 

Celebrity Cake Studio Peacock Cakes

I was captivated by this display at Celebrity Cake Studio, inspired by peacocks.  From the sugar-feathers crowning the cupcakes to the colorful plumes on the cake, it was both clever and beautiful.

Celebrity Cake Studio Wedding Show

Herban Feast Wedding Show

Another one of my favorite booths won the "Best Booth Award," and I'm sure it was due to the combination of succulent food by Herban Feast and the subtle genius of the decor provided by Bella Signature Design

Bella Signature Design Wedding Show

Lindeman Weddings Booth

Lindeman Weddings was awarded the "Best Booth Award" of the smaller booths, and I adored the Chanel-inspired look of elegance to her design.  The ebony chandeliers were the perfect touch.

People's Cake Wedding Show

The People's Cake also caught my eye with the most intricate detailing imaginable on their confections.  Every piece of their displays were completely edible, and the artist in me was floored at the creativity.  The cake on the left was inspired by the bride's wedding gown, and I'm still in disbelief that the cake on the right is a cake.  Yum!

Twelve Baskets Catering Wedding Show

Last but not least, I loved the gentle color palette from the Twelve Baskets Catering booth.  I usually gravitate towards bright colors, but the mix of hues were so fresh and playful that they drew me in from the moment I saw them.   

Twelve Baskets Catering 

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Daily Shot of Inspiration || Saturday, November 19th || Seattle Wedding Photography

Another sweetly romantic moment ...

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Daily Shot of Inspiration || Friday, November 18th || A Beautiful Bride at Suncadia Resort

Bride at Suncadia Resort, WA

Lisa looked gorgeous on her Wedding Day - the image on the left is my favorite.  (Fingers crossed for more great weather this weekend!)

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Daily Shot of Inspiration || Thursday, November 17th || Experience Music Project Wedding Photo

EMP Seattle Wedding

The "Experience Music Project" comes alive with an adorable couple, a wide-angle lense, and a little creativity. 

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