Archive for the ‘Engagement’ Category

You know what I love about approaching wedding season?  Engagement sessions.  We get to talk, laugh, relax and I get to know you.  I loved getting to know Chelsie and Todd a bit more and hearing about their love story.  I’m counting down the days until their beautiful backyard wedding!  Todd and Chelsie are everything a couple should be: adoring, respectful, totally and utterly in love <3

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Amy and Paul had traveled from Boston and extended their trip by a day to make this engagement session happen.  There was no possibility of allowing rain to ruin this for us!  The I-5 bridge holds a special significance for them and we felt so blessed that the skies lifted enough to catch a glimpse of it.  Enjoy!

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When NYC photographer and author Colleen contacted me about the possibility of shooting her North Carolina wedding, I felt honored and flattered with a little touch of “that’s flipping AWESOME” thrown in.  I love a challenge.  I love walking into a situation that’s completely new and foreign to me and doing my thang.  What I *really* love are the people I meet through this job of mine.  I’m constantly amazed by just how small this world is.  Had I not been featured on a blog, Colleen would not have seen my work and we never would’ve met.  I never would’ve met Colleen or Sean or their families.  I never would’ve been introduced to a “shot in a syringe” (<still marveling at the sheer brilliance of this).  I wouldn’t have been witness to one of the funniest wedding ceremonies I’ve attended thus far.  The list continues on and on here, so before I go into what a travesty it would’ve been to have never seen the beauty of North Carolina, I’ll stop and post some dang photos already.  And if you notice LOTS-o-party shots, it’s because Colleen and Sean know how to throw DOWN!

A very special thank you to my dear, dear friend Sarah Bezila of Berrytree Photography for assisting and making the 6 hour roadtrip up from Atlanta with me to shoot backup.  Mega love for this chick.

Venue: Magnolia Manor, Highpoint, North Carolina

 

Photo booth shots….  You NEVER know what you’re going to get with these!  Haha!  With a fun group like this though, I should’ve expected some hilarity!

 

 

Amber Anderson Photographer Vancouver, WA Wedding Photographer

Almost 1 year ago, I shot an engagement session for Kathy and Mike with good friend Sarah, of Berrytree Photography.  I knew immediately that I LIKED those people.  I’ve been so excited about being a part of their wedding day and once again, shooting with my Sarah.  Now, let me tell you just a little about this wedding.  It all took place at Ainsworth House in Oregon City, OR.  It was my first visit to this venue and I have to say, I was impressed.  Not even rain could sour our experience here!  Kevin, the owner, made sure that every part of the day was perfect.  He was a joy to work with.  Truly.  Mike and Kathy’s wedding was different than anything I’ve shot in the past.  It was not just the joining of Mike, Kathy and their boys.  This was a celebration of love and involvement of their families.  Mike and Kathy had their fathers officiate the small ceremony.  Kathy’s brothers were her bro’smaids (bro’smaids…awesome.)  And here’s where we take an interesting turn: Kathy’s mother and family are Persian.  What I witnessed, was an incredibly intimate ceremony that involved not only the bride and groom, but the families.  Every bit of their day involved their loved ones.  It felt special, intimate and beautiful.  I’ll try to let the photos do the rest of the talking for me…I tend to ramble!

Here, Mike’s mother rubbed pillars of sugar over the couple to ensure a long, sweet life.

The sewing of the cloth symbolized the sewing of the mother-in-law’s mouth closed, so the couple may have peace and work through life without interference.

The bride and groom then seal their first kiss with a sweet taste of honey.

Now, I’m going to tell you that this wedding cake was very special; more special than most.  This is called Willy’s cake.  It’s a tradition in Kathy’s family.  Willy was a soldier and when he’d come home on leave, he would make one request: that his mama bake him this cake.  It became a tradition in Kathy’s family, beginning with Willy, to have this cake on birthdays and other celebrations.  However, until this wedding, it had never been baked for a wedding.  Not only that, but the bride herself made this cake for her own wedding.  I can say with complete honesty, it was in fact, quite tasty 🙂

 

Last Saturday was an amazing day.  We had something called, S-U-N.  Have you heard of it!?  All kidding aside, after weeks of awful, rainy weather, our Saturday session was bathed in glorious sunshine!  I was blessed to have another local photographer with me, Dawn of Fly a Kite Photography.  She’s the sweetest and most adorable person.  LOVE her!  Loved this couple too.  They were so fun and quirky and up for anything.  I absolutely live for shooting couples who aren’t afraid to get silly, weird or romantic!