I had been looking forward to photographing Mya and Ed’s Seattle Tennis Club wedding all year. I hadn’t seen them since their fall engagement session so I was thrilled for their big day. Their wedding along the shores of Lake Washington could not have been more beautiful. From glorious weather to spectacular views of Mount Rainier, their guests, most of whom traveled from around the world, were treated to an incredible summer day in Seattle.

We traveled from downtown Seattle to Washington Park Arboretum with the most entertaining Uber driver. He serenaded us, wore silly hats and got the party started early. The Arboretum is really a wonderful place and the shade could not have been more welcoming on this hot summer day. Bash & Bloom did an amazing job on all the floral arrangements. Mya’s bouquet is probably one of my all time favorites. The diverse tones and textures really make it stunning and paired with her wedding dress, the whole look was breathtaking.

I always recommend that my couples take some time during their reception to step away from everyone and reconnect with one another. It’s a great time for getting in some additional portraits and the lighting just can’t be beat. We spent sunset down on the dock where it was quiet and peaceful. I couldn’t have pictured a better way to end the day.


A. Renee Weddings & Events || Seattle Tennis Club || Bash & Bloom || Lady Yum || Makeup by Kelly Yi

Creative projects are so important to me. I tend to focus on them during my off season but every once in a while, even during the middle of wedding season, I find myself needing to focus on a project that is just for myself. This editorial Camp Long engagement session was simple. It focused on the connection between two people rather than on details. I was so excited to work with Jaina and Tyler because they are professionals and I knew getting them comfortable in front of the camera would be effortless.

One of the goals of this project was to shoot the entire session at f 1.8 and I love the effect it had in the photos. There is an airiness to it that emulates the look of film and the bokeh is so dreamy. This project really helped me to feel more comfortable shooting wide open and since then I’ve incorporated that much more into my engagement sessions and weddings. This field at Camp Long was the ideal location for this shoot. Dry yellow grass is always a favorite of mine.

I’m so excited for the upcoming projects I have scheduled over the next couple of weeks in San Francisco, including one that I will shoot primarily with film! For all you wedding creatives out there, don’t forget to nourish your creativity. Focus on at least one project that helps you grow and keeps you motivated. The payoff is so worth it!