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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

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.

Tibbets Creek Manor Wedding

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!

Tibbets Creek Manor Wedding

 

 

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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.

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.

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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.

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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