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  • Welcome to Rusted Van Photography

    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

During these dull, gray March days, revisiting Julie and Mark’s colorful, warm summer wedding is an absolute delight! Unfortunately, this was another summer wedding I had to miss after my back surgery – but Dan and our friend Rachel, who stepped in to second shoot,  did an amazing job (and made me even more bummed to have missed out!)

Rusted Van Photography {Preston, WA Wedding}Julie and Mark had their wedding at the sweet Preston Community Center in Preston, WA. It has such a beautiful garden and gazebo, with a rustic lodge for indoor seating and food (and great to have an indoor option here in the PNW… you never know what the weather will bring, even in the summer!)

I always love to compare the “girls” getting ready shots with the “boys” getting ready shots… those boys have it SO easy.

Rusted Van Photography {Preston, WA Wedding}Rusted Van Photography {Preston, WA Wedding}

Rusted Van Photography {Preston, WA Wedding}Rusted Van Photography {Preston, WA Wedding}Rusted Van Photography {Preston, WA Wedding}

https://www.atpies.com/With the “I do’s” all done, it is time to party!

It is becoming more and more rare for us to see an actual tiered wedding cake anymore, more and more dessert tables are popping up… but these little pies from At Pies have my mouth watering! I love this idea!

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https://www.atpies.com/And what is better than spending a summer night outside dancing under the stars? Perfect way to end the evening!

https://www.atpies.com/https://www.atpies.com/Thank you so much Mark and Julie for allowing us to share your beautiful day!

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It is time to share another little town in Washington with you! This time Kellie and I brought along our kiddos, as they were on mid-winter break, so they are much more “people” filled than the Snoqualmie walk had been.  It was fun to go on an adventure with them, and certainly was a great way to spend a day of our week-long break…. but it will be nice to return to our kid free walks this month as well!Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

As is often said, “It is not about the destination, but the journey”, and part of the fun of a trip to Bainbridge Island is the ferry ride from Seattle to get there.  All of the kids were thrilled to be on the ferry, running around despite the chill and harsh winds. But we did luck out on the weather in the end, it poured the entire drive into Seattle but miraculously dried as we got on the ferry and stayed dry until just about the time we were leaving to go home! How is that for good fortune?

Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is about a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle and is home to around 23,000 people. Almost immediately upon leaving the ferry, you end up in the sweet little downtown area filled with some very cute shops. I wished we could have gone in and checked some out, but, kids.

Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

Our first stop was to the little historical museum in town. The bigger kids were enjoying the exhibits, but the little kids… they lost interest pretty quickly, so it was a short visit.

Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

Next, we wandered down to the water and found these incredible stone sculptures and benches all along the waterfront, made by artist Ethan Currier. We continued around and back up town where we sat down at the infamous Blackbird Bakery for a little afternoon treat.

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Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

With the weather as good as it was (considering it is February in the PNW) we then drove up to Fay Bainbridge Park and played a little while… when it started raining, we knew it was time to go. Back home on the ferry… with a beautiful view of the city lights as we headed home.

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Wandering Through Washington - Bainbridge Island

All in all, a really spectacular day exploring another small town in Washington! This weekend is our March adventure, where will we be? Just wait and see….

And don’t forget to visit Kellie’s blog, and see how she viewed and photographed our visit to Bainbridge!

 

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Hello!

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to shoot in a beautiful, bright – DRY and WARM studio! As any local can attest, this winter has been wet and cold… and we had sworn off all mini sessions (except our beloved Christmas Tree farm mini’s) because, frankly… I get SO stressed out about the weather beforehand. I swear I will give myself ulcers over it, and we decided it was just a little too much to bear. BUT… then this magical studio came into my life. As I drove to the studio it rained the entire way, and I had not a care in the world.

There is one catch. This gorgeous studio is in downtown Everett, which is not exactly close to North Bend. But, after spending the afternoon in it for a fabulous cake smash, I decided to give it a try for some Spring mini sessions!  The studio has some really fun furniture and props at our disposal… as well as a comfortable sitting area with access to coffee and tea while you wait for you session to begin!

Spring 2017 mini session

The details:

Sessions will be approximately 30 minutes in length, and you will receive a minimum of 10 images via digital download! There will be some small spring-like props, but these will not be super prop heavy – which makes them ideal for just getting some updated snaps of the kids and family to hang on the walls! The studio is bright white, with lots of pastel props and furniture – so keep that in mind when planning your outfits! I recommend white, creams and soft colors!  (Check out Raineys Closet for the cutest kids couture to RENT! It’s amazing!)

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon reserving your space, with remaining $100 due on the session date! (Cash, check or credit card accepted!)

Space is extremely limited! No other mini sessions are planned for 2017 until our Christmas mini sessions in November!

Please use the form below to reserve your space! And please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

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Sometimes an amazing thing happens… clients become friends and we feel SO lucky to have them as both! Tony and Rikkal live in the same beautiful town of North Bend and we had previously had the honor of photographing them for Christmas mini’s, so when they began planning their wedding we were thrilled to be invited to document the occasion for them.

Before the big day, we spent a lovely evening with them (and their adorable daughter) taking some engagement photos. This is the part I especially love… on your wedding day, things can be so stressful and crazy, it isn’t really a good time to do the “getting to know you” stuff we like to do so that we all feel comfortable. We want it to feel like we are friends hanging out with camera on your wedding day, and the engagement session usually makes it that much easier to get to that level. With Tony and Rikkal it was no different. We had such a fun time with them during the engagement session that we were all really excited to do it all again on their wedding day.Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}

Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}

Then, something happened. I herniated my disc and had to have surgery. I cried. Rikkal cried. It was a total bummer. Now, the good news is, we have a strong and amazing network of friends who are also photographers, so there was never at any point anything jeopardizing the photography coverage on their wedding day, but of course we were all disappointed that I didn’t get to be a part of it.  So, the hero of the day was our wonderful friend Shawn Nichols who stepped up to the plate and assisted Dan as a second shooter. The wedding was gorgeous (which made me even more sad to have missed it). So, I am hoping that someday perhaps we will have another opportunity to photograph a wedding at this stunning venue in Chehalis with another couple as amazing and beautiful as these two.

Sorry, this share might be a little picture heavy… but there were too many good ones not to share!

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Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}

Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}Rusted Van Photography {The Loft in Chehalis}

Thank you again Tony and Rikkal for the opportunity! You two are amazing!

Venue: The Loft in Chehalis, WA website / facebook

Second Shooter: Shawn Nichols website / facebook

Hair and Make Up: Urbanista  website/ facebook

Flowers: Petals website/ facebook

 

 

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I am going back and sharing one of our weddings from last summer for this weeks “Wedding Wednesday” blog! Especially after the winter we have had, its awfully nice to look at warm summer time photos, right?

We really felt like family by the end of Connor and Zoie’s wedding day, which is truly one of the best parts of being a wedding photographer. To be included throughout it all, and help two people celebrate their love and commitment to one another amongst their family and friends is really such a special honor for us and we were grateful to be a part of their day.

The venue they selected was incredible, the Mountain View Manor was beautiful and spacious… and while the clouds hid the “Mountain View”, we did get a tiny little peek of the peak (hee, hee… see what I did there?) of Mt Rainier just around sunset. They even had a space for guests to play games like cornhole and horseshoes! It was definitely a spot I would recommend to a bride and groom looking for that “rustic chic” feel.

Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}The details of the day were just perfect! Which is astounding, considering mid-way through their engagement, Connor and Zoie moved out of state with his job and they were planning it from afar! Luckily, they had an amazing wedding coordinator (and her very talented DJ husband!) who took care of ensuring it all came together just right!

Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}Things are always a little stressful prior to the ceremony – so much to do, so little time! Dan and I both have pretty relaxed personalities, so I like to hope that we can provide a sense of calm during this hectic time (while also gently ensuring we stick to the timeline!!)

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And then… at last… the first look!

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Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}

One of my most favorite parts of a wedding day, is the ceremony itself. It is so charged with emotion… and when the ceremony is personally tailored to the bride and groom, we get to learn so much more about them. I promise, I hold back my tears – or, at least, I don’t let them cloud up my camera…

Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}

And finally, PARTY!

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Congratulations Connor and Zoie! Thank you for inviting us to be a part of such a special day!

Rusted Van Photography {Mountain View Manor - Enumclaw, WA}

Venue: Mountain View Manor – facebook / website

Wedding Coordinator and DJ: Tracy and and Todd Osiadacz  – Summxz583@msn.com /  425-233-1781

 

 

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