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Entries in Bella Umbrella (11)


The Seattle Wedding Show 2011!

Every year I leave The Wedding Show in awe of the creative talent in Seattle.  We attend with the hope of connecting with soon-to-be wed couples in search of gorgeous photograph, but we leave inspired by the innovative ideas and designs.  As always, I'm sharing a few of the unique touches that caught my eye, and I hope you enjoy them.  

My friend BreeAnn Gale from Pink Blossom Events had the cutest mini-booth I've ever seen ... the colors were fun and fresh, and I love the glass chandellier coupled with the inscribed headboard. 

Ally from Plateau Florist created a tree dripping with postcards, many of which showcased the weddings we have photographed with her.  I enjoyed the red/purple color scheme, which are two of my favorite palettes.

Loved these colors and theme as well ... Erin from Lindeman Events has such a great eye for design.

This 10-foot wide booth display from Salon Maison featured my bride!  It was cool is see one of our images larger-than-life.

These 'sweet words' were a clever twist ... the cupcakes were by Pinkabella, and I liked the idea of capturing qualities that you love about your new spouse on the display tiers.  The real question: which attribute will you choose when it's time to cut the cupcake?

Daniela from Bella Signature Design helped create this look for Herban Feast's booth - if you haven't had a chance to visit Sodo Park or sample their food, consider joining them for the next open house.  They have some of the yummiest catering you can imagine.

In the great Northwet, Bella Umbrellas will always have a special place in my heart.

mmmm .... 

Paper Delights featured some beautiful designs, and a color palette perfect for a Spring wedding.

Jewel Catering's booth was another personal favorite - I loved how they used a brightly patterned scrapbook paper to create cutouts to adorn all of the serving plates, perfectly coordinated.  (If you ever get stuck searching for a theme, visit a scrapbook store - you will be amazed!)

The mini-clothesline feature in the Goldfinch Press booth was soooo cute.

I am obsessed with this candy bar design ... there is something vintage yet classic and timeless about the combination of the champagne coloring with the touch-of-bling accents.

Aria Style and Capri Floral showcased these lovely designs.

Last but not least, our friends at Seattle Met Bride and Groom were sharing the latest issue and looking fabulous in the process. 

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the show a success, especially Don, Barb, Jason, and Howard from the Seattle Wedding Show.  We are looking forward to next year already!


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Saturday, July 24th || Bella Umbrella 

Cheers to a happy - and sunny - Saturday!


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Wednesday, June 16th || Bella Umbrella Bridesmaids

Our assistant photographers are super-talented at creating images like this one, taken during a quick break between group photographs.  Natural and fun! 


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Saturday, June 12th || Bella Umbrella

I love the vintage look of the parasols, coupled with the vintage artwork ... so classic!


So much to share, so little time!

Wedding season is in full bloom ... I have edited literally thousands of photographs this week, and I wish I had time to share them all with you!  I will be back-posting the 'Daily Shot of Inspiration' for the last week or so, and while I am gathering some of my favorite images from our recent weddings I wanted to give you a few sneak-peaks to kick-start your weekend. 


 Have a great weekend, and enjoy the fabulous weather!  :)


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Monday, May 24th || Pike Place Market Wedding Photography

Do you think the horse was contemplating turning Nicole's bouquet into a snack? 


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Tuesday, March 2nd || Pike Place Market Seattle Wedding Photography 

The girls looked so cute traipsing through the market with their Bella umbrellas ...


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Wednesday, February 24th || Seattle's Post Alley Wedding Photography

I'm obsessed with these parasols from Bella Umbrella - such a great idea!


Daily Shot of Inspiration || Monday, September 21st


Have I mentioned that I love Bella Umbrella?  This is just one of a whole series of images Ken took with Tara and her entourage at the Olympic Sculpture Park - it was tough to choose just one, they are all so colorful and fun!


Andréa + Ryan = Sunny Love

Andréa and Ryan chose the perfect sunny Saturday to marry at the Marina Park Pavilion on the Kirkland waterfront. It was so much fun to walk around downtown, then switch scenes to the docks for photos with the bridal party!

Wedding couple walking in front of Luly Yang Couture

Yellow bridesmaids dresses

Can you believe this weather? Summer has finally arrived!!

First Glimpse before the wedding at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel

This was the moment Ryan saw Andréa for the very first time. I love the joy in Ryan's expression.Pretty wedding hair

Andréa looked simply gorgeous - the image on the left is my favorite of the day. I loved the loose curls in her hair - so fun and natural!

Wedding Sparklers and Wedding rings at Echo Falls reception

Andréa did an amazing job of coordinating all the details, down to tying the custom matchbooks to each individual sparkler for the reception exit. Cute - and smart!

Wedding Cake, topper, and Champagne at Echo Falls Reception

Bella Umbrella picture on the bridge at Echo Falls

Andréa even got matching parasols from Bella Umbrella for the bridesmaids in spring-green, ecru, and chocolate - who would have thought that umbrellas would be so useful on a sunny day?

Bridesmaids in yellow with Bella Umbrellas

The Supporting Cast:

Locations: The Marina Park Pavilion in Kirkland and The Golf Club at Echo Falls
Day-of Coordinator: Jill Glasgow, All the Details Wedding Planning
Wedding Dress: Amanda's Bridal Boutique
Florist: Stadium Flowers and Thelma McGowan 
Band: Seattle String Ensemble
DJ: Brian Dale, Wavelink Music
Cake: Kelli's Creations
Officiant: Len Smolen
Linens: Grand Event Rentals
Transportation: British Motor Coach
Umbrella Rental: Bella Umbrella


Annalisa + Ryan = Simply Love

Every detail at Annalisa and Ryan's wedding so perfectly told the story of their relationship, from the intimate ceremony inside their Ballard home to their choice of colors and style.  Flora Nova created some gorgeous arrangements, and nature gave us a helping hand with the cherry blossoms in full bloom at UW.  It was such a fun, relaxed day - congratulations, Annalisa and Ryan!    

Seattle Wedding Photos at UW with cherry blossoms

This is Annalisa and Ryan's favorite photograph of the day, and definitely one of mine as well.  The cherry trees were unbelievable!  Petals were gently falling everywhere while we walked underneath thousands of blossom clusters ... so romantic!Bridal Portraits at Hotel 1000 in Seattle

Jeweled Wedding shoes

 How cute are these shoes?!?  

Annalisa and Ryan under UW cherry treesWedding photo at Hotel 1000
s fire pitGroom portrait at Hotel 1000Wedding portrait with kitty catMeet 'Winston', who is quite possibly the cutest kitty on the planet (after our furry mascot, of course!)  Winston was Ryan's honorary best man, and although he was considerably less enthused about photographs than we humans he indulged us just long enough to get a few pictures.  :)

Red wedding details from the wedding reception at Canlis restaurantWedding couple with red Bella Umbrella at Seattle's Pike Place Market

This is my favorite photograph of the day - the sweet look in Ryan's eye and Annalisa's unrestrained joy makes me smile every time I look at it.  Marrying your best friend is truly one of the greatest gifts in the world!