I love getting to work on styled shoots before the rush of the wedding season officially begins. For me and so many other creatives, these types of shoots are a great way to keep our creative energy flowing and it gives us the opportunity to partner up with some of our favorite vendors. I am still swooning over this recent Seattle bridal session I shot a couple of months ago with Paper Hearts & Company. I swear some of my favorite shoots involve these awesome ladies, and this one is no different.

One of the things I love most about this shoot is the simplicity of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love details but I really wanted to focus on a shoot where the details were minimal but they also made a statement. Erica from Paper Hearts shared the same vision and I am in love with everything she put together. The flower arrangements are elegant but their bright pops of color were the perfect contrast against the white walls. I love how the floral colors compliment the citrus fruit and the single tier, semi-naked cake added the perfect touch to our bridal session.

Paper Hearts & Company || Pastel Cakes Bakery || Calla Bridal || Contour + Blush || Models: Holly + Geneieve

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I’m starting this week’s blog post off with something a little extra special. It features my sweet cousin and her fiancé. Getting to photograph this exciting time in anyone’s relationship is incredible, but getting to do it for a couple who is so near and dear to my heart, makes me pretty emotional. Our little Irish family is so excited to be adding another person to it, plus we all love and adore Marco and we couldn’t be happier for the two of them. Caitlin and Marco’s Sutro Baths sunrise engagement session was pretty amazing. When we talked about where their session would take place, I knew that I wanted to share with them the magic of Sutro Baths. I could go on and on about my love for this place and how every time I shoot there I discover something new. The weather is usually full of surprises, so you never know if Mother Nature is going to bring you fog, wind or sun. It definitely adds a little excitement to each shoot. I’ve also never done a shoot right after sunrise but it might be my new favorite time of day. The light was exactly what I was hoping for and in terms of the weather, we completely lucked out. It was calm and warm and completely quiet. One benefit of shooting so early in the morning is that you don’t have to worry about other people being around. Caitlin and Marco settled in so naturally with one another. They’re trusting and genuine and perfectly matched. Cheers to love!

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