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

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Saturday
Oct292011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Saturday, October 29th || Thumbprint Guest Book 

I love this idea - it's a 'thumb-print signature tree,' which was customized for Kathy and Brandon's wedding.  All the guests made an imprint that became the leaves, then signed their leaf to make it complete.  This makes a great companion to the Azzura Signature Book, which allows guests to write messages and shows off your favorite engagement photos.  :)

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Friday
Oct282011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Friday, October 28th || Loving Luly

Luly Yang Dress Display

It never fails: put a gorgeous couture wedding dress in a window, and every girl will stop and stare - even if she is already wearing one!

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Thursday
Oct272011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Thursday, October 27th || Bellingham Wedding Photography

Bellingham Wedding Photography

How cute are they?

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Wednesday, October 26th || The View at Newcastle Golf Course

Bride at The Golf Club at Newcastle  

There is a simple elegance to this image that makes me smile - I love how casual and genuine it is, and yet perfectly sophisticated at the same time.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Tuesday, October 25th || Bell Harbor Weddings at the Seattle Waterfront

Bell Harbor Sunset Wedding "A person should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day in order that worldly cards may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."

                                                                                                                                    - Johann von Goethe

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Monday
Oct242011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Monday, October 24th || Bellevue Baby Portraits

Seattle Baby Portrait

I love it when we are able to photograph the "new additions" to the families of our couples ... so precious!

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Sunday
Oct232011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Sunday, October 23rd || Arctic Club Seattle Wedding

Simply lovely!

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Saturday
Oct222011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Saturday, October 22nd || Seattle Wedding Photography

I adore both of these images, created by Ken during a brief rendevous in the Fire Hall.  So hot! 

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Friday
Oct212011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Friday, October 21st || Seattle Arctic Club Dome Room Wedding

Seattle Arctic Club Wedding Ceremony

We are so fortunate to live in an area of the country with so much variety and beauty in the venues.  The Arctic Club is one of my favorite ceremony locations, and I love these images from Anna and Ben's wedding.  As beautiful as the Dome Room is, Anna is even more stunning.  :)

Seattle Doubletree Wedding

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Thursday
Oct202011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Thursday, October 20th || Weddings at the Golf Course at Newcastle 

How unbelievably cute are these two?  I hope they call me for their wedding in 20 years ... 

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Wednesday, October 19th || Weddings at the Golf Course at Newcastle

I honestly don't know how we managed to get the golf cart wedged in this position, but we took advantage of the opportunity to create one of my favorite group shots from Helen and Adrian's wedding day. 

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Tuesday, October 18th || The Toast of Newcastle

Starbucks at Newcastle Groom Toast

Who doesn't love a good kick of caffeine?

Starbucks at Newcastle Golf Club

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Monday
Oct172011

Daily Shot of Inspiration || Monday, October 17th || Bellingham Wedding Photography

Bellingham Washington Wedding Photography

Ken and I love to travel, and Bellingham is one of our favorite weekend getaway spots.  Not only is it fun to visit, it is one of the most romantic wedding locations in Washington (and we have the photographs to prove it!)

Wedding in Bellingham, WA

 

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Sunday
Oct162011

The Return of the Daily Shot of Inspiration

I have been racked with guilt over my neglect of the Azzura Cafe.  I wake up thinking "today, today!" and 13 hours later realized that it's 10:00 and I still haven't touched the blog.  The last two months have been our busiest of the year, and the whole team has been working round-the-clock to create over a dozen of those gorgeous Italian wedding albums that will find their homes with some truly amazing couples. 

Although I love the bustle of summer, I am happy that the crisp fall air brings with it time to reflect, relax, and restart the 'Daily Shot of Inspiration.'  With the many fabulous weddings we have captured this summer, I easily have enough images to keep you inspired and entertained until the New Year, and beginning Monday you can check back daily to find an image, a thought, and a love to make you smile.

Friday
Sep092011

Kimberly + Dave = Thoughtfully Inspired

From start to finish, Kimberly and Dave's wedding was a masterpiece of creative touches and thoughtful details.  It was such a joy to be a part of their day, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite images! 

Four Seasons Seattle Staircase

4 Seasons Seattle Groomsmen Photo

Ken and I were fortunate to photograph this wedding together, so while he shot the guys looking oh-so-handsome on the walk to the bus, I took some fun photos of the girls.  

I love the casual elegance of this image ... Kimberly went to UW, so our trip to the campus holds special meaning.  

Creative Ice by Steve Cox - Ice Bar

Ice sculptures amaze me ... I would love to visit Steve's shop to see how he creates these incredible bars.  The entire structure is made out of ice, including the center insignia.  Gorgeous! 

Four Seasons Seattle Wedding Cocktail Hour

I adore the vivacious colors and the perfectly coordinated signs that adorned the tables.  (And, yes, the cake did taste as good as it looks!)

Four Seasons Seattle Ballroom Dance Floor

A sweet ending to a fabulous first dance.

Be prepared to be astonished at this next little gem: Kimberly and Dave gave every guest a custom recipe for a martini that fit their personality, then compiled all the recipes into a book that guests could flip through as they sipped their drink.  This was by far my favorite detail, and illustrates their love for their friends in family in a way that made all of us a little misty.

Dancing at the Four Seasons

What comes after signature drinks?  Some killer dancing, that's what!  Austin had everyone on the floor until the wee hours.

Dancing at the Four Seasons with Austin Beaver

 Wedding Sunset at the Four Seasons Seattle

 

Thank you, Kimberly and Dave, for choosing us to celebrate your day with you! :)

The Supporting Cast:

Location: The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, Washington 
Wedding Coordinator: Merry Beth Turpin, Aisle of View 
Florist: Aria Style  
Invitations, Save-the-Dates & Signage: Paper Moxie
DJ: Austin Beaver, The Austin Beaver Experience
Cake: The Four Seasons Hotel 
Linens & Decor Rentals: Rented Elegance
Videography: Aaron Horton Productions 
Ice Bar: Steve Cox, Creative Ice  

 

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