Kurt + Terra Vow Renewal

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Kurt + Terra Vow Renewal

A little over nineteen years ago, I was seventeen years old and heading into my senior year of high school. It was on a warm summer evening that I ran into the boy I had thought about over the years and held onto as my first crush when I was a little girl. He was now all grown up, witty, sharp, and such a cutie. I knew he was different and wanted to know him more.

Fast forward four years later and we were married with three kiddos and living in Portland, OR where he was going to school. I had no idea all the hardships we'd have to endure together, but looking back it's because of those challenges that we are as strong as we are today. We've laughed and cried together. We've experienced loss and the joy of having our fourth child when we didn't think it was possible. I can't imagine a day without this man in my life, the father of my children. God knew exactly what he was doing when he put him deep inside my heart all those years ago.

One of the greatest gifts we ever received earlier on in our marriage was a trip to a marriage conference. It was then that our marriage changed. Because I was young (19) when we got married, I was a pretty selfish person. That conference taught me so much about love and what it meant to serve someone other than just myself. Since then we've continued to intentionally pour into our marriage and last spring after attending A Weekend to Remember, (the same conference we've been going to,) we decided to renew our vows for our fifteen year anniversary.

With our family and a few of our closest friends we renewed our vows once again and had an incredible night celebrating almost twenty years together. It was a night I will never forget and have to thank so many people for coming together to make it absolutely perfect. Amanda, you poured a lot of time and attention to detail to make it exactly how I imagined.

Venue: Blankspace, Kennewick WA
Photography: Shooter-Liz Robinson Editor-Terra Nyce Photography
Event Coordinator: Frankie Bea Events
Flowers: Simplified Celebrations
Dress Boutique: Amy's Bridal
Dress Designer: Lamour by Calla Blanche
MUA: Amy Rene MUA and Daniela Elizabeth MUA
Hair: Hair by Con, Michal Baysinger, Connie Delamora, and On the Mark
Video: Miller Media
Cake: Jamie Christensen
Paper design: Lindsey Stone
Live Music: Colin Dale
DJ: Platinum Events
Server: Molly Vendetti
Candles and tapers: Tin Sparrow Events
Caterer: Limba's Kitchen

(Scroll to the bottom to see the EPIC video Miller Media created.)
 

 

 

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Amy + Jay Vow Renewal

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Amy + Jay Vow Renewal

Jay and Amy met back in 2007 when while she was working at Yakima Federal Saving & Loan in Pasco as a management trainee. You could say their first encounter was a bit memorable as Jay gave her a not so great first impression. ;) A week later she caught his attention and he made sure to change that impression and asked her out on a date. She said yes and so began their journey.

After receiving news they were expecting, they decided to tie the knot at the same location they had their first date, Cedars! This all happened very suddenly as he proposed on Christmas Eve and they were married on December 28th. We both had a good laugh when she told me he might have been motivated by the big tax break of having a child as the reason for the speedy wedding.  :)

These two have had a remarkable ten years. They have three beautiful children, moved five times, grew a business, started two other businesses, and of course with any marriage, it's been full of many ups and downs. But it's one they would do all over again, which is where this day came in. On their nine-year anniversary Jay re-proposed in the exact same fashion that he did the first time around. And by exact, I mean exact! He asked her dad at her parents home (again,) but this time with a stunning new ring. And I mean STUNNING!  He wanted to give her the “wedding we never had” on their ten-year anniversary. So on December 28th, 2017 they gathered with their family and friends at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum, WA. for a night she says, "was the most magical day of my life!" From all the twinkle lights, the constant snowfall out the windows, a custom made gun by Jesse James himself, to the candlelit dinner down in the cellar of the winery.  There was no better way to end the night than with everyone out on the dance floor singing and dancing to their favorite songs. It was all perfect.

Congrats Amy, Jay, and family on a beautiful celebration of your love these past ten years. Cheers to many more years! Enjoy. (Scroll to the bottom to see the epic video by Justin Frick.)

XOXO Terra

  • Cake/Dessert: Becky Bakes out of Monroe, WA
  • Flowers:  Twigs & Petals
  • Dress: BERTA, @ Nordstroms
  • Bridesmaids/Flower Girl: Amy's Bridal
  • Tuxes: BlackTux.com
  • Venue: Swiftwater Cellars
  • Video: Justin Frick
  • Makeup/Hair: Stace Cho
  • DJ: James Nylannder

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Leslie + Derek | Pasco, WA

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Leslie + Derek | Pasco, WA

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.

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Lexie + Ruben | Tucannon Cellars

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Lexie + Ruben | Tucannon Cellars

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.

XOXO Terra

Dress: Amy's Bridal
Gown Designer:
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

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Stephanie + Kevin | Wedding

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Stephanie + Kevin | Wedding

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.

Cheers!

XOXO Terra

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

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Shantal + Matt | Wedding

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Shantal + Matt | Wedding

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.

XOXO Terra

 

Venue: Bella Fiori
Cake: TSP
Flowers: Shelby's Floral
Dress Boutique: Amy's Bridal
Dress Designer: Stella York
Suits: Men's Warehouse
Linens: Sash
DJ: Sight and Sound
Caterer: El Conquistador

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Karla + Jose | Wedding

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Karla + Jose | Wedding

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.

XOXO Terra

 

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Kayla + Ryan | Engagement

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Kayla + Ryan | Engagement

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!

XOXO Terra

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Vance | Family

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Vance | Family

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.

XOXO Terra

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Amy | Glam

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Amy | Glam

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. ;)

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Rising Tide Society

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Rising Tide Society

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
 

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Katie + Levi | Wedding | Prosser, WA

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Katie + Levi | Wedding | Prosser, WA


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.

XOXO Terra

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Kristin + Markus | Wedding

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Kristin + Markus | Wedding

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.

xoxo Terra

 

 

 

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Shannon | Glam

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Shannon | Glam

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!

Enjoy.

XOXO Terra

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Nyce | Family

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Nyce | Family

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

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