1st Anniversary’s are the sweetest


There is something about a first anniversary that is the better than the others.  You are happy that you made it to a year, this is the time that you as a couple have really gotten to know each other and have figured out how your marriage will work.  There may have been differences that you have worked out, big changes that you guys have done together maybe that means adding new members to your family or bought big things together.  There is a lot of laughter and love you as a couple are still in your honeymoon phase and that is a lovely place to be.  A first anniversary is when you remember your wedding day, maybe you look through your album or wedding dvd together or eat your wedding cake that you had frozen.  I remember my husband and I looked through our whole wedding album like 3 times together.  


Stephanie is a photographer who got married last year and asked me if I could be apart of a special first look session with her and her fiance’.  They weren’t married yet but she wanted to do her first look on a different day than her wedding day and I was so happy to be apart of it.  I got her ready at her grandma’s house, she had a few friends hanging out with her while she got her hair and makeup done.  Her and her grandma are the cutest thing.  Stephanie’s dress was a vintage long sleeve lace dress that was simply stunning on her, her hair was down and curled and we added red lips.  She was the epitome of vintage hollywood glamour.


They had their first look session in a green house and the groom wore a handsome maroon suit that worked perfectly with her dress.  Their first look pictures were perfect and the green house setting was just so different and cool.  


They finished their pictures at a cute diner in Tacoma called Shake Shake Shake and ate some cheeseburgers and drank milkshakes.  What a great way to finish your first looks.  To anyone who is stressing about their first look on their wedding day I seriously strongly encourage them to hire their photographer for a few hours a couple days before their wedding and do their first looks then.  Happy Anniversary Stephanie!!!!


Getting ready and diner pictures done by Stephanie’s friend Kristen.  Editing done by Stephanie Jarstad Photography and Colton McCoy Photo and Video.

First look photos done in the greenhouse were photographed by Fyrelite Photography.


Roses are red, Violets are blue

Photography by Kate Price Photography

Oh my goodness today I am so excited to feature one of my dear friendor’s on my blog today.  Paula is a wonderful florist and owner of Paisley Petals.  We will get to see some of her amazing designs and hear a little bit about her business.  Now the first time I worked with Paula was when we did a stylized shoot together a few years ago and when I saw her bouquet for the shoot I was blown away.  Not only is she one of my favorite florists she is the sweetest person you will ever work with.  She creates bouquets that are one of a kind and perfect for each of her brides. 

Photography by Benj Haisch

Tell us why you love bring a florist and how you got into the wedding industry?

 I have loved flowers for as long as I can remember.  There was a climbing rose that grew up the walls of the well house on my grandma’s property- it’s the first flower I can remember that connected with me on kind of a deeper level.  I was in the 4th grade when I started cutting flowers from my mom’s garden and making arrangements for my grandma’s.  My cousins will tell you that I was always trying to get them to go out in the woods with me and find ferns and flowers to make bouquets with.  It was just in my blood from an early age.  I worked at a local flower shop in high school and learned some things along the way.  In 2000 some college friends asked me to do their wedding flowers, and the rest is history!  I’ve been designing wedding flowers for 18 years now, and it’s still my dream job.  I adore flowers because they really serve no purpose beyond bringing joy and beauty into the world, and goodness knows we could use as much joy and beauty as we can get these days!


Photography by Amy Galbraith Photography

How far in advance does a bride have to book your services and where do you travel?

Most clients book with us about 9 to 12 months in advance.  Every year, we get multiple requests for just about every weekend during wedding season, so it’s best to book early if you really love what we do!  Once you have a date, a venue, and a general idea of the look and feel you’re trying to create, we can set up a consultation to talk flowers. Most of our weddings are in Washington State and south of Seattle, but we are willing to travel just about anywhere for the right client. 

What makes you different than other florists?

Florists are some of my very favorite people!  Each florist I have met brings something unique to the table.  They are some of the hardest working people out there, and most people have no idea how much hard labor goes in to producing wedding florals. If I’m not available for a particular wedding date, I can almost always point people in the direction of another florist who will be a great fit. I do think I’m unique in the amount of experience I bring to the table.  There aren’t many wedding florists (especially those working from a home studio) who have been at it as long as I have-nearly 2 decades! I also have an aesthetic that recognizes the natural joy and beauty that flowers bring to an event.  My designs are professional and beautiful, but don’t come off feeling stuffy or overdone. 

And it is so true Paula’s floral designs definitely do not come across as stuffy or overdone they are beautiful and will make any bride happy.


Photography by Courtney Bowlden Photography

Visit Paula’s website here Paisley Petals.

Photography by Kate Price Photography, Benj Haisch Photography, Amy Galbraith Photography and Courtney Bowlden Photography



Dry skin in Winter

This is going to be more of an informative post today to help my brides with dry winter skin.  My background is skincare I care about the skin I am in and know the best way for my brides to take care of their skin.  Winter time is so hard to manage your skin, you see a lot of dryness a lot of flakiness and a lot redness.  If this is you it is time to get serious about your skin care.  

The first thing after a bride books me for her wedding is we meet for a consultation.  At this consultation I ask a lot of questions about your wedding details and makeup style, but one of my most important questions that I ask is what is your skincare routine.  That is because you need to start your skincare routine months before your wedding.

If you are suffering from dry skin the best thing is to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize.  Now with dry skin look into cleansers that are a cream base, not gel base.  My personal favorites are from The Zen Lounge and Pevonia Botanicals.  

Next the best exfoliant for dry skin is Enzyme peels (these are not a peel, peel) it is an enzyme that eats away at your dry skin creating a nice glowy, non textured finish.  Exfoliation with an enzyme should be done once a week or so.  This is called a chemical exfoliation and is honestly the best way to get a good, gentle exfoliation.  Mechanical exfoliation is something you do with a paste with microbeads and you rub it onto your skin, this can be abrasive and leave plastic granules in your skin, that is why I prefer an enzyme peel.

Get yourself a toner it helps balance your PH, prevent oilyness and get the product deeper into your skin.  

Moisturizers are so important a Hyaluronic Acid moisturizer is the best for dry skin.  It will help improve collagen, make your skin plump and hydrated and it just feels good.

There you have it a good skincare routine to get rid of your dry winter skin.

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