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Seattle by iPhone

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I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle, mainly to see Seattle Grace Hospital, but turns out that doesn’t exist in real life.  Either way I wanted to go see this city of coffee and nonstop rain.  Or at least that was my idea of it.  My airline pilot hubster has traveled there several times and I’ve been so jealous!  So, when my younger cousin called to tell me she was getting married in Seattle, and wanted me to photograph her wedding, I decided to make a vacation out of it.

Scott and I took the entire week and took Seattle by storm!  Or, at least, by iPhone.  Actually I gave Scott my old Rebel and he’s picked it up pretty quickly.  Several of the photos below are actually his!  I decided to stick with my iPhone, though.  We did a lot of traveling, walking, sight seeing, and just wanted to enjoy it instead of feeling like I needed all these epic pics for my blog.  :)  So I’m blogging iPhone pics.  Anyway here’s a little look into our Seattle extravaganza!

We stayed in a super hipster-y little town called Ballard our first three nights in the area.  LOVED.  IT.  Restaurants, bars, coffee shops everywhere.  Cute streets.  Just about everything I love about living in a city.  We stayed at Hotel Ballard which was just incredible really.  Ahhh I want to go back!  They had a great restaurant/bar downstairs on the street where we stopped for an appetizer and beer.  We wanted to try a lot of places, so we decided to restaurant hop, trying a drink and an appetizer at each place we went.  Here, they slice meat for their meat & cheese platter right in front of you on this awesome vintage meat slicer.  I wish I had taken a picture because it was so awesome I kind of want one for myself.  Just to look at.

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We had a rooftop courtyard suite, and this was our view.
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This is actually taken from right in front of our door.  There were a handful of suites, and that building thing you’re looking at is where they have events, wedding receptions, etc.  They actually had one going on the last night we were there and we seriously considered trying to crash it.  But alas, we did not. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3211

On Tuesday we woke up, had breakfast at Vera’s, a cute little hole in the wall, good ole diner.  It was pretty tasty.  Then we explored the main streets of Ballard and enjoyed the weather and the shops!  That morning we went kayaking on Lake Washington.  It was a little rainy and well, we were in the water, so we didn’t take our phones out for pics.  We were tucked into those kayaks pretty good, to the point where I was a little claustrophobic but tried not to think about it.  We kayaked out to the Arboretum into the stillest water filled with lilypads and ducks!  The ducks would literally swim right next to us up against our kayaks.  I thought they were going to hop right up onto our kayaks but they didn’t. Anyway it was really really fun!

After lunch which consisted of my first Udon noodles meal, which I did not enjoy (though Scott loved it), we headed out to Snoqualmie Falls.  Such a beautiful drive and a true pacific northwest experience. I just loved seeing all the huge pine trees and so much green!  Coming from AZ, we don’t even get this much green up in Flagstaff.  It’s so pretty in Seattle.  And as it turns out, it really doesn’t rain that much.  It might sprinkle for a bit then the rest of the day is nice!  Of course we were there in the summer and the weather was absolutely perfect every day.

Here are a few pics from our visit to Snoqualmie Falls.  So gorgeous!
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After a pretty exhausting day of kayaking and hiking, we were getting a little hangry, so we found this fabulous little Italian restaurant called Volterra.  Basically one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had.  We sat outside on this quaint little patio overlooking the street and enjoyed some wine with our dinner! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3220

On Wednesday we got up and headed down to the Air & Space Museum.  We purchased a Seattle City Pass and this was one of the attractions on the pass.  We really could have spent the entire day here looking at everything and reading all the little facts they had posted everywhere.  Scott of course loved all the airplane stuff, and I got lost in the space section.  As a child I really wanted to be an astronaut and even went to the abbreviated Space Camp.  I kind of hope when I get to heaven, God puts me in charge of space exploration.   Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3221 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3222 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3223 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3224 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3225 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3226

Outside, they had some really cool planes on display, including this Concorde.  I kinda wish these were still around because when I win the lottery I think it would be really fun to travel on one.   Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3227

The first 747 was under renovation so we didn’t get to go inside, unfortunately.  It’s cool though that they are taking steps to restore it to its original grandeur. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3228 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3229 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3230

After the museum we grabbed lunch at a fabulous Brewery called Some Random Bar.  They had a great menu with lots of quirkiness like “No crap on tap.”  Which was good because I really did my best to try all the local craft beers I could!  Then we headed over to the infamous Space Needle, also part of our City Pass. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3231 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3232 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3233

Our CityPass got us access to the Space Needle twice in 24 hours, so we decided to go walk around and grab dinner, then come back later that night. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3234 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3235

We headed down to Sculpture Park and watched the sunset. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3236

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It was a slightly overcast evening with low clouds, so you could see the shadow of the Space Needle on the clouds directly above us.  Kind of cool! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3242 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3243

The next morning for breakfast we stopped at The 5-Point Cafe, a pretty badass bar that also served breakfast.  Their menu also had lots of funny informational tips, summed up as, if you don’t like our clientele, get the f*** out.  The food was incredible!!  So much breakfast food this week.  Actually Scott and I love going out for breakfast so it was a real treat to be on vacation and find so many great breakfast joints! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3244

Next we headed over to the EMP Museum, also part of our CityPass, primarily to see the science fiction portion of the museum.  Okay, we are basically nerds…  I just loved seeing all these cool movies props and reading all the informational plaques.   Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3245 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3246 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3247 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3248

They also had some really cool books on display throughout the exhibit, so I took pics of them to add to my reading list! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3249

Scott’s 2nd favorite movie, after The Empire Strikes Back, is Aliens, so it was pretty cool to see this! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3250 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3251

There was also a really fun section dedicated to the horror genre.  I loved all these old horror movie posters! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3252 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3253

And a sweet lego section with some very impressive structures of famous buildings around the world. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3254 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3255

There was also a “fantasy/myth” section that was really fun! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3256 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3257

That afternoon we headed down to, you guessed it, Pike Place Public Market!   Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3258 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3259

Of course I had to stop at the first Starbucks!  This was the line.
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We headed down the incredibly busy farmer’s market portion.  Just unreal the amount of fresh produce and fish! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3262 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3263 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3264 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3265

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Also part of our City Pass was the Seattle Aquarium.  Scott and I both loooove aquariums.  Another place we could get lost in for hours just staring at these amazing creatures. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3269 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3270 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3271 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3272 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3273 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3274 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3275 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3276 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3277

We happened to time our tour perfectly for the sea otter feeding!  Um, CUTE!!!!!  This one swam really close to us.  What a real treat this was! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3278

Next on our City Pass was a harbor tour with Argosy Cruises. It was definitely a fun little trip around the harbor with a great, educational tour guide. Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3279

On our last day, Saturday, we went out on a yacht with my bestie, Melissa Kilner.  This was really one of the high points of the trip for sure!  Such a great trip on the boat, and just being out on the water was indescribable.  It was definitely an unforgettable experience! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3280 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3281 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3282 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3283 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3284 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3285 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3286 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3287 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3288 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3289 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3290

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Oh, and at some point in the midst of all this I shot my cousin’s wedding.  Haha!  It was such a great week and I’m so glad Scott and I got to experience it together!  This last picture of Mt. Rainier is another one of Scott’s, taken from the cockpit of the plane on our way back to Phoenix.

Thanks for following along on this little journey with us!

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Madison & Justin – Scottsdale Plaza Resort Wedding

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The rain stayed away and we narrowly missed a dust storm, which made Madison & Justin’s Scottsdale Plaza Resort wedding absolutely perfect.  It was an emotional day for everyone and I feel so honored to have been a part of it!

I asked Madison when she knew Justin was “the one:”

“I knew Judd was the one when I wanted to spend every minute of every day with him. And that is not normal for me, because at one point in time I believed couples that were always with each other were crazy obsessed. . . .  But the tables turned. I would get nervous/excited going to meet up with him. We could literally be sitting on the couch doing nothing and I was happy as could be.  I love being around him.”

And I love how Justin describes one of his favorite memories from when they first started dating:

“The first time I saw maddy was at college house party and my first thought was, ‘that’s Taylor’s little sister? They look nothing alike.’  I then looked at one of our friends and said it again, ‘Dang that’s really Taylor’s little sister!’

Congratulations to you both and best wishes to you in your marriage!!

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Venue:  Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Florals:  Sarah’s Garden

Cake:  Honey Moon Sweets

DJ & Lighting:  SKM Entertainment

Makeup:  Shannon Goodall

Hair:  MaryRose

Gown:  Stella York

Groom’s Attire:  Caravelli

Invitations:  Paper Source

2nd Shooter:  April Robert

Kimberly & Bobby – Coffee shop engagement in Scottsdale

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The rain finally cleared out for bit for Kimberly & Bobby’s coffee shop engagement in Scottsdale!  They are both currently living in Honolulu and planning their wedding for December at Encanterra.  I know wedding planning can be crazy enough but I can’t imagine trying to plan one from another state!  Kimberly & Bobby were in town to visit with their officiant and have a cake tasting.  I asked if they needed me there for the tasting for quality control, seeing as how I’m a bit of a cake expert.  ;)  These two love coffee and since they already had some photos of themselves on the beach in Hawaii, they opted for something a little different while they were in town.  Huge thanks to Sip Coffee & Beer House for letting us hang out and chat and enjoy their fabulous drinks!

I asked Kimberly to tell me about how Bobby proposed:

“We got engaged on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Living in Hawaii sounds so luxurious, but it’s hard to take advantage of all the amazing things this island has to offer when you work 90 hours a week! So, we always talk about playing vacation – ie: renting a room in a hotel and pretending we’re tourists! So, one Sunday morning (May 18th to be exact), Bobby woke up while I was making breakfast and said, “I think we should rent a room in a hotel for the night and play vacation. What do you think?” 

After a few phone calls (secret ones apparently), and some packing, we were on our way to the Moana Surfrider in downtown Waikiki. We ate lunch on the beach and went to checkin when they told us, “Your room is on the top floor, so you have to take a special elevator to get to it.” Umm… whaaaat?! Sounds too good to be true!

We arrived on our floor, entered the room, and were blown away by its beauty! I spent the next 30 minutes exploring the room, especially the lanai that was the size of our current apartment! We relaxed on the outdoor chaise lounge and began discussing how fearful we both feel when we see low flying planes! Haha! Somehow Bobby smoothly transitioned into some of the sweetest words I had ever heard, and ended up on one knee with a box holding the most gorgeous ring I could imagine, complete with his grandmother’s diamond in the center! After a few seconds of shock and finally saying “Yes!” we were engaged! I kept saying “but it’s not December!” (Bobby kept telling me previously that the ring wouldn’t be ready until December! Haha) and “it’s soo BIG!” in between kisses and moments of crying and laughing!”

Love it you guys!  So excited for your wedding!!

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Shelby & Jason – Sanctuary at Admiral Wedding in Seattle

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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!

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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.  

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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.
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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!!!!  Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3205

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

DJ:  Seattle Music Solutions

2nd Shooter:  Candice Hackett, Ivy & Tweed

Gown Boutique:  Petals & Lace (Nashville)

Gown:  Mori Lee

Groom’s Tux:  Vera Wang