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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

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!

The Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie Green

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.

The Fields at Willie Green

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.

The Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie Green

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.

The Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie Green

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!

The Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie GreenThe Fields at Willie Green

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

The Fields at Willie Green

 

 

 

 

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Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}

OK Fine, Yes, it is the very LAST day of May and I am only just now sharing April’s Washington City Walk – this month in Sumner! But it is here now! My friend Kellie and I are keeping up, and with many thanks to our readers for their suggestions of small Washington towns worth visiting! April’s city was suggested by a friend and fellow North Bend-er, Tami! Thanks for the tip Tami!

Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington} Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}

Kellie and I headed out in late April, and luckily for us the weather stayed dry (more or less) during our entire trip. Because it was April, we were treated to some lovely spring blooms throughout the town, and we even stopped and explored  a little nursery, Windmill Gardens, while we waited for the other shops in town to open.

Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}

Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}Sumner had so many cute little boutiques and antique stores. I joke that these photography walks are almost more about the shopping (… and eating and drinking) than they are about the photography! It is such a pleasure to spend a few hours with Kellie each month, chit-chatting, catching up and being kid-free (usually… although summer is coming, so expect some kids in the next couple of monthly walks!).

Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}

After walking up and down the main drag, eating a HEARTY and delicious breakfast at the Buttered Buscuit, which in my opinion is worth the trip to Sumner in and of itself, we ended up at the Historical Ryan House.

Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}

I would say this was the surprise delight of our visit to Sumner! We happened to visit on one of the days when a Ryan family ancestor was there to give us a personal tour and tell us some of the stories of the home. In addition to the tour, there was also a meeting of the Sumner chapter of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls…. or “Rainbow Girls”, as they called themselves. I was fascinated chatting with these charming teenagers, dressed in their finest. They explained the good works they participate in around the community and supporting various charities. I love to hear about such positive things in a time when it feels like there is so much negative around us.

Sumner, WA {Wandering through Washington}

It had been a long time since I’d visited Sumner, and this was certainly the most I have explored it at all, and I really enjoyed myself! Overall, it was a cute place to spend a weekend morning!

Now, go see what Kellie has to say… and show from her Sumner experience! CLICK HERE!

 

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Before it turns to May, I wanted to share our March walk-about! My dear friend Kellie, of Kellie Brindley Photography, and I settled on visiting the quaint town of Snohomish, an antique hotspot here in Washington. The little downtown area is concentrated with adorable shops, boutiques and loads of antique stores. This was not my first visit, as Dan and I are actually big fans of antique-ing. We even have some items throughout our home that were purchased here in Snohomish!

Wandering Through Washington: Snohomish

The day we chose to wander through Snohomish, happened to be one of the only sunny days we have had all year… and a Sunday. So, it was packed! The streets were filled…not exactly giving that “small town” feel we have had up until now. It is a popular destination, and on a beautiful day that was quite evident! I even bumped into a friend from North Bend!

Wandering Through Washington: Snohomish

 

One of our kind blog followers, Megan, mentioned to us that we HAD to try the Snohomish Pie Company… so we stopped in for some pie a’la mode. Oh, holy cow people. This was the highlight of my afternoon… and I couldn’t very well come home to my family empty handed, so I brought home an entire pie to share with them. I ate so much pie that day and I regret nothing. So scrumptious!  Also on their menu was a PIE SHAKE! I will definitely be back to try that one.

Wandering Through Washington: Snohomish

I really enjoyed checking out the shops. I am beginning to realize that these little visits are becoming as much about the kid-free shopping as they are about the photography for me! Some of my favorite little boutiques are in Snohomish, and I had a lot of fun showing them to Kellie.

Wandering Through Washington: Snohomish

Wandering Through Washington: SnohomishWandering Through Washington: Snohomish

Sunshine, a friend, and a cute little Washington town, not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon… right?

Wandering Through Washington: Snohomish

Now, go check out Kellie’s perspective on Snohomish! CLICK HERE!

 

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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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