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    Thank you so much for visiting! We are Dan and Cicely Williams, a husband and wife photography team located in the Snoqualmie Valley just outside of Seattle, WA. We hope you will take some time to explore our galleries and get to know us a little bit better. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a session, please don't hesitate to contact us via our contact form

As you know by now (I hope), every month my friend Kellie and I are “wandering” our way through small towns in Washington. Well, this month is slightly different…

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Typically, the two of us hop in the car, sometimes with kids… but ideally without, and spend an afternoon in a small town taking photos (and shopping and eating and drinking!) But this month when my sister-in-law invited me to bring the kids out to her father-in-laws home on San Juan Island, I immediately thought – Friday Harbor would be a PERFECT spot to “wander”. I called Kellie to see if she might have the weekend available to join me…coincidentally, she was already planning on being there the same weekend! But that lucky girl was doing it up with her hubby and NO kids! Jealous? Me too.

We talked about trying to meet up while we were on the island, and in fact, they even spotted me as I drove off the ferry! I pulled over and we chatted, hoping to find some time to meet up… but, alas, it just never worked out.

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So, we changed things up a little bit. We both shot around Friday Harbor, separately but… kinda together. I mean, we were geographically VERY close to one another the entire weekend. So, it counts.

I am super intrigued to see what she got. Since we usually are doing this together, I have an idea of what she was shooting in general, but this time I have NO idea at all! I tried to get some photos in while we took the kids into town for a trip to the local used book store and some exploring in town. Did I mention there were SIX kids between my sister in law and I? Yeah, so as you can imagine… that wasn’t easy.  Although, we did stop at a local glass craftsman shop while he was making the most amazing “beehive”, complete with tiny, intricate bee’s. My sister-in-law happens to have beehives on her farm and bought it as a perfect anniversary gift for her husband!  Can you see them?

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The next day I snuck into town by myself for just about a half hour or so…much easier! And, the next day I found a few cute things to photograph while we waited for our return ferry ride.

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This was my second visit to San Juan Island, and it is easy to see why for many it has become a favorite destination. Despite the “tourist” crowds, there is so much to see and do not only in Friday Harbor, but all over the entire island (but that is another blog…)

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We were in town right after the 4th of July celebrations, quite important to this little town, and so all of the sweet Victorian establishments and buildings were decked out in the finest red, white and blue bunting.

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I will admit, Orcas Island is my favorite for sentimental reasons (it’s where Dan and I honeymooned 15 years ago!)… but San Juan Island is a true gem in the Pacific Northwest… most certainly worth paying a visit, even if only for the day.

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Have you been? Which island is your favorite? I’m trying to find a way to include Eastsound on Orcas Island in this series…

Of course, if you are like me… you are super curious to see how Kellie photographed Friday Harbor – look no further! Click here to see her blog and photos!

 

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We just recently wrapped up and delivered this beautiful wedding gallery to Nick and Cari, so it seems like a perfect time to share it as this weeks “Wedding Wednesday”!

Leavenworth, WA wedding

Nick and Cari are so laid back and casual, and their wedding was a perfect match to their personalities = FUN!  They decided to have their wedding in Leavenworth, with the gorgeous Cascade mountains as a backdrop. The weather was beyond ideal… not too hot, not too cool, no rain (well, maybe a couple sprinkles here and there…) and a few little clouds dotting the sky. Couldn’t have asked for anything better for their outdoor ceremony.  The details and the reception site were stunning, with colorful flowers, black and white detail and the cutest little succulents planted in mason jars (one of which I happily brought home for myself!). I especially loved that instead of a traditional guestbook for people to sign, they had custom made cedar benches. This is definitely one of those times I wish there was a way to transfer smell through the internet. The entire lobby outside the reception area smelled incredible!

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Both Nick and Cari were surrounded by loved ones and had a wedding party who was as much fun as they are! They purposely spent less time on formal portraits, and more time being with the friends and family who came to celebrate them – and it was just right!

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The ceremony was heartfelt and thoughtful, with laughs throughout. The reception immediately followed the ceremony, both held at the Icicle Village Resort.  The food was catered by the resort, and was quite tasty! There were lots of funny, and sweet, toasts given… then dancing. Oh, the dancing. The DJ was great and the dance floor was hopping. You can be sure, if there is dancing at your wedding… I will be in the middle of it all, dancing and shooting all at the same time!  Dan can handle photographing the wallflowers;)

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But the end of the wedding, when most of the guests were leaving, was when the real fun began. The uncut cake turned into a giant end-of-night food fight. How many weddings have you been to with a food fight?! This was our first!

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It was such a fantastic night, and we were so thrilled to kick off our 2017 wedding season with this amazing couple! I hope they keep us updated on all that their incredible life together holds.  Congrats Nick and Cari!

Leavenworth, WA wedding

 

 

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If you are following along, this our 5th “Wandering through Washington” small-town visit- and I am pretty sure this one was my favorite. Not exactly because I think that the photos I took are super great, but just because I have always loved Roslyn and I enjoyed our “walk” so thoroughly!Wandering Through WashingtonRoslyn is situated just on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass, about 80 miles east of Seattle. It definitely fits our “small town” requirements… but is SO full of personality and quirky charm. I feel like these photos hardly do it the justice it deserves!Wandering Through Washington We happened to be doing our photo walk on Memorial Day weekend, which was fitting considering Roslyn has one of the most fascinating cemeteries I have ever been to.  We stopped and paid our respects to the area reserved for veterans.Wandering Through WashingtonAfter exploring the cemetery, we headed into town. The historic saloon, The Brick, was calling our name. We cozied up to the bar and enjoyed a crisp, cold cider. Super yummy!Wandering Through WashingtonIf you aren’t familiar, Roslyn happens to be the setting for the fictitious town of  “Cicely, Alaska”  from the early 90′s TV show, Northern Exposure.  There are still lots of little nods to this fun little fact, but of course… my favorite part is seeing things that actually have my name on them!? You know, the ol’ childhood “they never have a mini license plate with my name on it” tale…. So, I always have to pop into Cicely’s Gift Shop whenever I am in Roslyn.Wandering Through WashingtonWe stopped in lots of shops, found a few little treasures here and there… and made sure to get some candy for the kiddos as a souvenir.  We had the most delicious lunch at Basecamp Books and Bites. We both ate a HUGE serving of avocado toast that makes my mouth water just thinking about… but I am no food photographer, and that is clear. So, you will just have to go order one for yourself.  My normal “go-to”  when in Roslyn is Village Pizza, but we could only eat so much… next time, I suppose. They even have a pizza named Cicely!!! I mean, how perfect is that?Wandering Through WashingtonWandering Through WashingtonHave you been to Roslyn, WA? It is high up on my recommended places to visit! Definitely worth checking out!

Now, CLICK HERE to go and see how Kellie saw and photographed Roslyn! I can’t wait to see what she did!

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Tibbets Creek Manor Wedding

One of the advantages to waiting months before posting these wedding day blogs is that we get to go back and remember the beautiful day we were so honored to be a part of capturing.  There were so many magical parts of Erica and Travis’s wedding day in October of 2016.  And looking back through the photos brings back all of the feelings of love and light we saw and experienced that day with them.

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The wedding itself was at Tibbets Creek Manor in Issaquah, WA. It’s a beautiful location, tucked away and easily overlooked while driving down state route 900 on your way into Renton, but it is such an incredible and underrated venue!  It was a typical October day, drizzly and grey…but that didn’t matter one bit! There was so much beauty inside and out of the manor, with gorgeous flower arrangements in every single nook and cranny.

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I was, and still am, especially struck by the labor of love this family showed to put the wedding together. So much of it was hand crafted by the families themselves, or by dear friends, and you would have thought it was all professionally provided! Every single detail was thought through and presented impeccably.  And Erica’s gown? One of the most gorgeous I have ever seen! So stunning! Before the ceremony, Erica had a “reveal” for her father and brothers that nearly moved me to tears. As her brother wiped tears from her eye, you could see the strong connection between this family.

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Before the ceremony, we had time to spend with the bridal parties and getting some portraits on the gorgeous grounds of the manor.

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Erica and Travis went the traditional route, not seeing one another until the moment of the ceremony. I do love that powerful moment when the bride and groom first see one another, in either a first look or during the ceremony. It is always so emotionally charged and beautiful.

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Of course, with the vows exchanged, it was time for fun! My favorite part of every wedding!

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Thank you Travis and Erica, for allowing us to be a part of this special and amazing day in your lives!

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The Fields at Willie Green

With Summer wedding season picking up, we are looking back at this beautiful August wedding last year. Jordyn and Brendan put so much thought and planning into their gorgeous wedding, held in Monroe at the Fields at Willie Green’s. What a beautiful wedding venue! This operating certified organic farm is the PERFECT backdrop to a rustic, yet elegant wedding day.  We would go back to this gorgeous spot in a heartbeat! Maybe a bluegrass band playing during the reception? Ahhh… yes, that would be just about perfect!

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Jordyn and Brendan were the cutest, right from our very first meeting with them I knew they would be a fun couple to work with… and surprise, I was right! Laid back and funny, our perfect client type! The day started with prep, separately for the bride and her girls and the groom and his guys.

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The Fields at Willie Green

They didn’t want a “first look”, keeping Brendan in suspense until he saw his bride walking down the aisle,  but instead they had a quiet little moment… with Brendan’s eye covered up with his hat. It was adorable… and such a lovely moment to catch.

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Finally, it was time for the ceremony! I just love a groom he cries when he see’s his bride for the first time… I really, really do.

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With the vows exchanged… it was time to party! Cake! Toasts! Dancing! And much to everyone’s surprise, Jordyn’s dad even got up and serenaded his little girl! So sweet!

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It was such a gorgeous day and we were SO thrilled to have been a part of it!

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