Such a beautiful day for Shelby & Jason’s Sanctuary at Admiral Wedding in Seattle! Even though it rained a bit, it created some beautiful overcast skies and nothing that would ruin their day. Shelby and I are first cousins, and we grew up together in the rural country of southern Indiana. It was such an honor to be able to photograph one of the most important days of her life. I asked Shelby to tell the story of how she and Jason met, and some of the inspiration behind her big day.
Jason and I met in the small town of Bloomington, Indiana, where we were both were traveling for our work, and ended up in the same facility for our jobs. My first day on the job, Jason was the first person who greeted me, and all I can remember was his huge smile! As we got to know one another, Jason attempted to ask me on multiple dates. All he ever wanted me to do was go to a state park with him, because he knew that I loved being outdoors, and so did he. I finally gave in, and we went to this beautiful park with thousands of blooming trees, greenery, water, rocks, flowers…it was just so calming and relaxing. I fell in love with that park and as I started to realize that day, the park wasn’t the only thing I was falling for.
Jason knew immediately that he loved me and that he was going to marry me one day. For me, it took going to the park to know that we had something special that was indescribable and unable to hide! As the winter went and the first day of spring came, it was beautiful outside. Jason asked me to go to the park where we had our first date. I did not expect anything unusual, because it was a beautiful day and we loved being adventurous and going hiking. As we approached the water along the path, there was a log across the water. We always went out to the middle of the log to rest and enjoy the beauty of the water running below us. It was there on the log that Jason asked me to marry him! Of course I said YES!
From that day we started planning our lives together. We decided that we were going to take a leap of faith and relocate across the country to Seattle, Washington! It was there that we decided to have our wedding, and from there the planning began!
My bouquet included my something borrowed, which was a handkerchief from a very special friend of our family, Lori, who was unable to make it out for the wedding. I wanted her to be part of the day and what better way to know she was with me on my special day but to have her close to me on my bouquet. Secondly, my something old, was just beautifully displayed in my bouquet! My something old was my great grandmother’s quilting Thimble. As a little girl, my great grandmother and I were very close, and she will always have a special place in my heart.
As I thought (and thought) about what I wanted on the top of the cake, I came up with an idea of a teacup! Teacups are elegant and beautiful. I thought a teacup on top of the cake, along with a few teacups spread throughout the design of the tables, would be perfect! But on top of the cake didn’t just sit any normal teacup. It belonged to my Aunt Pammy who passed away from cancer. She was very special to me. To represent her free will, humane personality, and beauty, we placed a teacup she owned on top of our cake with a beautiful arrangement of flowers.
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, elegant and romantic wedding! It was absolutely perfect, and to kick our lives off together, we made a grand exit with sparklers! We wouldn’t have changed one thing! We kept everything true to who we were and stuck with the theme of keeping everything super simple!!!!
Again I’m so honored to have been able to capture your special day for you! Best wishes to you both in your marriage!
Venue: Sanctuary at Admiral
Event Coordinator: Davi Sobotta, Sanctuary at Admiral
Catering: Foodz Catering
Florist: The Flower Lab
Cake Artist: The Sweet Side
2nd Shooter: Candice Hackett, Ivy & Tweed
Gown Boutique: Petals & Lace (Nashville)
Gown: Mori Lee
Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang