Leslie and Derek, you two not only picked such a gorgeous location for your session, but it couldn't have been a nicer day. All the beautiful shades of gold and greens from the foliage to the blue greys of the river and finally the sunset glow that wrapped itself around them up on top of the cliff overlooking the orchards. Folks, be prepared to see an incredible winter wedding coming later this winter as they say their vows in a destination wedding in the mountains.
Now that fall is making it's presence known by the sudden dip in temps, I wish I could bottle up all of the dazzling light we had on this gorgeous evening. We actually had our first meeting on the day of this shoot and as it sometimes goes, they were not quite sure what to expect being this was their first time taking photos together, with the exception of the usual selfies. ;)
Jess and Lance, you two made my job SO easy and you are complete naturals. I look forward to your wedding day and making more memories with you guys then!
Thanks you guys for adventuring with me!
Lexie and Ruben’s rustic wedding in early August was full of romance, whimsy and infectious joy. But before every beautiful wedding there is a sweet beginning, the Magana’s is no different. During a summer home from WSU, Lexie met Ruben while working together. As fate would have it, Ruben had recently put his two weeks’ notice in before Lexie started. Fortunately for these two, he decided to stay on and a few years later, surrounded by their friends and family on New Year’s Eve, Ruben asked Lexie to marry him.
Joined by their friends and family on a warm, desert night, Lexie and Ruben pledged their love for one another at Tucannon Cellars. Much of their wedding was made all the more special with handmade touches from both families. Lexie’s parents lovingly crafted many handmade details including their head table while Ruben’s family outdid themselves with an abundant and delicious taco bar, each element put the finishing touches on the gorgeous day. From the beginning of their story, to the engagement, to the wedding, the Magana’s were wrapped up in the love and support of every person important to them, both friend and family alike, and their wedding was a testament to that love. From the tangible joy, the electric excitement and the warm embraces shared, nothing was more apparent than the affection these two’s lives created when together.
Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Magana! Thank you for letting me share in your day.
Dress: Amy's Bridal
Cake: Bride's Aunt
Suit Shop: Macy's
Hair: Lissette Donan
MUA: Family Friend
Flowers: Heritage Home Accents and Floral
Caterer: Groom's Family
Videographer: Anthem Visuals
Stephanie and Kevin’s dazzling day was chock-full of the makings of a story book wedding, which isn’t surprising seeing as these twos tale is one fit for a fairy tale. Ten years in the making, this love story started with the shy stages of a middle school crush that sweetly wound itself into a beautiful covenant shared amongst the folds of family and friends. From the streets of their neighborhood on Halloween, to the hallways of a high school, to the top of a hill their Sophomore year all roads eventually led them to the Seattle waterfront in July of 2016 where Kevin asked Stephanie if she would be his forever.
Set against the backdrop of the historic Davenport Hotel, Stephanie and Kevin’s day was filled with the type of love that comes when two people gather those who have loved, supported and encouraged them over the years in one place as they pledge their lives to one another. Pair that with delicious food, a party bus, dancing and even a rainstorm in the middle of pictures and you have the makings for one of the best chapters of your love story.
Congratulations, Stephanie and Kevin may you share many many more blessings together on this journey called marriage.
Venue: Historic Davenport Hotel
Dress: Hayley Paige
Dress Boutique: Calla Bridal
Videographer: Media Mason
Cake: Marsell's Bakery
DJ: Complete Weddings
Flowers: Rose and Blossom
Hair and MUA: Kiss and Makeup
Video by Media Mason
It was a perfect May day (yes, I'm a little behind on getting these lovely images on the blog,) and Shantal and Matt were excited, a little nervous, and both were finally ready to say their I do's. Shantal looked stunning in her Stella York gown and patiently waited to take her fathers arm and walk down the aisle to meet her groom for the first time that day. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception started with a fantastic dinner followed by dancing and a sunset session that still takes my breath away! Shantal and Mathew, thank you for letting me in and capturing your perfect day.
Venue: Bella Fiori
Flowers: Shelby's Floral
Dress Boutique: Amy's Bridal
Dress Designer: Stella York
Suits: Men's Warehouse
DJ: Sight and Sound
Caterer: El Conquistador
Karla and Jose got married on a bright blue and sunny day surrounded by their closest friends and (BIG) family. The moment I saw her I couldn't stop staring at how gorgeous she looked in the stunning Allure wedding gown. I'm a sucker for two toned gowns as my own wedding dress was also two toned. ;)
They wed at Sacred Heart Catholic church, but before that we hopped on over to Martinez Martinez for their first look and a few shots of them together. I mean, is their building stunning or what?! During mass they had a vocalist who had the most amazing voice that lingered through the church while they all listened the and the bride and groom sealed their vows with a kiss.
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Palomarez and many blessings to you both as you begin your new lives as husband and wife.
Rewind to this past spring when the sun FINALLY started showing it's beautiful yellow light in the evenings and we could finally say goodbye to the very long winter of 2017. I was so excited to run around with these two to a few of my favorite local spots and we were able to have a fantastic time and of course get to know each other more before their big day. Kayla and Ryan, I cannot wait for your wedding in the next few weeks! Until then everyone, enjoy these images from their engagement session because soon enough I'll be sharing their wedding photos!
I don't take family sessions usually during wedding season, but I'm so thankful I was able to sneak these guys in. I first met the Vance family when their littlest was just a baby and I've been blessed to capture them once more. There is a sweetness about all of them that is so fun to watch (and capture.) Greg has a special bond with each of his ladies and I think it's obvious through these images how much they love him too. :) Thank you Vance's for having me come along create these images for you.
Dress Shop: Fashion Corner
Flowers: Kameo Events
Venue: Pioneer Hall
Cake: Christie's Cakes
DJ: Entertainment Plus
I don't know where to start when trying to describe this woman. She's one of the purest and most genuine souls I've met. Ever. She has a smile that is so approachable and a heart that extends far beyond just her friends and loved ones. I can't remember the first time I met her, but it was of course work related and I've been able to work with her for several years now. Every single one of my clients that sits in her chair has always commented on how wonderful she is not just as a makeup artist, but as a person. I could go on and on. Really, I could. But I'll just settle here and let the images do the rest of the talking when it comes to how photogenic she is too. ;)
Recently I was invited to join a local group of creatives called Tuesday's Together - Rising Tide Society. It's something our community and culture of entrepreneurs has needed and thanks to Alex from Alex Lasota Photography had the drive to take it on and start one up right here in the Tri-Cities and now also leads with Misty C. Photography. No, it's not just for photographers, It's a "movement for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners built on a foundation of community over competition... is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible education for small business owners." - Rising Tide Society.
Upon my first meetup, I was excited to get to do something outside of my normal job and doing something for "fun." A group of vendors got together to put on a shootout in the snow and these are a few of the shots we got on that VERY cold day. I threw in a few shots of the other photogs (Misty and Ellie Logan) who were also out there. Enjoy. :)
Model: Deidra Murphy
Dress: Amy's Bridal Boutique
Flowers: My Garden Overfloweth
Hair and MUA: Say I Do: Bridal Beauty
Dress - Stella York
Dress store - Amy's Bridal Boutique
Hair - The Mint Salon
Makeup - Keri Meraz
Cake - Frost Me Sweet
Decor - DIY
Event planner - Teresa Early
Suit Store - Fashion Corner
Photo booth - The Snappy Camper
Lashes - Lash by Design and Skincare, Shawna Porter
Katie and Levi were two of the sweetest folks and although the day was very very wet outside, we still were able to catch a little bit of the daylight before it got dark. That's fall weddings for ya. ;) She brought so much grace and beauty with that lace gown by Stella York and her bouquet by My Garden Overfloweth was the perfect compliment to her theme which was full of (my favorite) muted greens and rich fall colors. Katie did much of the designing herself with the help of her mama and I couldn't have been more blown away when I showed up to their reception which happened to be a hopp warehouse turned wedding reception venue. They adorned it with cafe lights and candles everywhere!!! SO so romantic. Congratulations Katie and Levi and many blessings on you both as you begin this new journey together.
Hair - Buffy Smith
MUA - Stefanie Alaniz
Dress - Maggie Sotero
Dress Shop - Fashion Corner
Suits - Haberdasher (Yakima)
Caterer - Kevin Holzer and Phil Johnson
Band - The Toys
Bridesmaids Dresses - Rent the Runway
Cake - St. John's Cheescakes
Flowers - Jen Stewart
Rings - Kay Jewelers
Tables - Party Palace
Venue - Leo Gasseling and Sons
Markus grew up on a farm in the little town of Sunnyside, Wa. MY HOME TOWN! When I first met the two of them together their vision for what they wanted made total and complete sense to me. Glam meets country. Yes, they mix and they mix very well. ;)
Kristin on the day of was adorned in a gorgeous mermaid style gown and the two exchanged vows in a Catholic service and partied the night surrounded by their friends and family at a venue provided by a family friend. The warehouse turned wedding venue was absolutely perfect and tied in with the exact feel of what these two wanted from the get go. Cafe lights were strewn across the ceiling and bits of "Kristin and Markus" were displayed through their rustic decor. Lastly they hired a LIVE band, which I always love! So many great shots that day and of course as always, thank you to this bride and groom for having me capture this memorable day.
HAIR | MAKEUP - ABBY AMAN AT BLISS SALON
GOWNS - AMY'S BRIDAL
Almost seven years ago I decided to take the leap and give photography a try. We had just moved to the Tri-City area and this beautiful lady was one of the first people in the family of photographers I now call friends. Rarely will you see her without a smile and she's that person who's laughter is contagious. Her heart is made of gold and she is leaving her mark wherever she goes. This is my friend Shannon and her baby Saph. :) We don't often get together as much anymore nor do we get in front of the lens, but we thought we'd do something fun with a glam session and oh my! She knocked it out of the park!
It was finally my turn to get in front of the camera today. I wish I could say we all felt as happy as we looked, but sometimes family means having to love each other even through those not so fun moments. I've learned so much since becoming a mother and grace has been the most important. Not just giving it to them, but also asking for it too sometimes. These guys are my whole world. As I reflect back over this last year there is so much that I am thankful for. I will miss the day when I no longer have a mess to clean up or having to pick up the laundry left in the kid's bathroom. As much as it tires me out, I will indeed miss it. Thank you Lord for another year with all of us together. I'm one blessed woman.
Merry Christmas everyone.
XOXO - Terra
My time meeting these two let me know they were not only "my" couple, but I also knew it would be more than just a wedding. It was going to be a party celebrating their love for one another as well as their love for their friends and family. And boy was I right! Everything about them and their day was continuous laughs, happy tears, and lots of hugs. The guests ended the night showing off their dance moves while Alex busted out his lit shoes. (There's a first time for everything.) ;)
The ceremony was held at the lush Cascade Garden in Yakima, WA. Fall had started to settle in this particular weekend and we almost lost our sunset shots had it not been for a little switch-a-roo of the timeline in order to make it work. These two were SO easy to capture and I often times just let them be so as to just capture the moment. Sometimes you have to do that. ;)