Arlene Chambers Photography: Blog https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog en-us (C) Arlene Chambers Photography (Arlene Chambers Photography) Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:44:00 GMT Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:44:00 GMT https://www.arlenechambers.com/img/s/v-12/u772481779-o548294576-50.jpg Arlene Chambers Photography: Blog https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog 120 80 Local Insider Video https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2020/4/local-insider-video I was recently featured on Kendra Halverson-Burke's Local Insider Editions video series. If you need a realtor, Kendra is knowledgeable and kind and super energetic.  If you are in the market for  a videographer Daniel at Lumilux Productions is one talented individual! Thanks for the feature...

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FAMILY Sessions https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2020/4/family-sessions Top Reasons for PROFESSIONAL Family Photos::

1. Freeze time.

2. Children change every year...why not document it?

3. Captures moments of impact aka LIFE!

4. They can make wonderful holiday gifts.

5. Decorate your house with YOU.

6. If you don't have kids/ make it a date / dress up and end up with some photos that remind you of your connection.

7. Bring a game or a picnic / make it fun (even if it is a bit chaotic to prep for).

 

I realize it can be chaos preparing for a family photoshoot...what to wear?  What time of day?  Where will we do the photos?

I am here to help!! 

*Coordinate outfits but you DO NOT have to match!!

*Let kids have a say in what they wear.

*Layers, textures, patterns and colors work well!  Vests, fur, lace, jeans...all great ideas!

*Based on the time of year and the weather we can figure out an approximate time to shoot and decide specifically closer to the day!

*Location will depend on the type of 'look' you want.  Urban vs nature...grass, trees, river, lake, city rooftop, age of children and busy-ness of possible locations!

*Have fun...make it an outing and enjoy each other...the BEST photos come when you allow yourselves to SIMPLY enjoy the in between moments!

I am always up for a conversation so let's chat!

 

 

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Getting Intimate... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2020/2/getting-intimate February is the month of love...and what's better than self love!?

In a world with hundreds of images flying at us every minute of everyday...telling us what we should look like, feel like, buy, sell and BE.  I love that I get to photograph women who embrace themselves right where they are at.  Some young, some older, some just starting life with a special someone, and some having been through a lot just to be at this point!  Some bodies will grow babies and some have the evidence of the amazing ability our bodies have to be incredibly elastic with beautiful 'road maps' to prove it!

As a mother of two girls I am desperately trying to teach them how to love themselves.  No matter how they look, how can they embrace their differences? AND choose to be thankful for those differences!!  To show their inner beauty through outward confidence.  It is something I struggle with myself but as long as we are talking about it and moving into it every day I think it's in the little things we do for ourselves that will help us get closer to that!!

And to the question - do I photograph boudoir...Yes I DO... but most of all I photograph the beauty of the journey of life.  Is there a better time than now?

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WEDDINGS https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/7/weddings TOP 5 Reasons to hire a PROFESSIONAL Wedding Photographer::

With new smartphones coming out everyday, each with a new camera or features or filters more amazing than the last seems reasonable to just have a friend snap a few shots at your wedding and save a bunch of money right!?

DON'T DO IT!

Having been a professional photographer now for almost 9 years I will tell you I have done so many 'Anniversary' sessions trying to recreate what they didn't get on their wedding day and although beautiful and I LOVE those sessions...it is not the same as the wedding day itself!

1. You want your friends and family to attend and enjoy your wedding not be 'working'.  Just because someone owns a 'good' camera doesn't mean they know how to manage a timeline, coordinate groups of people and document the most important day of your life.

2. It isn't about me...it IS about YOU and YOUR experience and YOUR connection, and my job to catch and unveil the moments that convey the connection between you and your love.?  AND... have FUN!!!???

3. A professional is an investment, it's not just a steep pricetag, especially for what they bring to the table.  

  • Time spent talking you through the process and how a day flows.
  • Experience managing and keeping a timeline
  • Guiding and coordinating groups of people 
  • Gear- doesn't have to be the best but to know what to use when and how to use it
  • Insurance
  • Follow up and follow through
  • Customer service

All of these things to be considered and not taken lightly.

4. Having back up gear if something goes wrong, not to mention a second photographer with them.

5. You get your photos back in a reasonable timeframe.  I find it disappointing when I hear that they only got a handful of photos or it has been a year and they still haven't seen their wedding day gallery (if there is a gallery).  Additionally being able to provide you with heirloom items such as albums etc.

BONUS::  You will not be able to handle how gorgeous your wedding looks and how thankful you will be to have these memories...HIRE a professional!

    aka ME!!

 

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Markie https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/7/markie She's a fitness, health and life coach.  She is a real estate agent, she is competing in Ms. Health and Fitness, a survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking.  She is all around inspirational and a go getter!  She is a gentle soul with a heart bigger than her dogs...and they are HUGE!!  I have grown to know Markie more and more through a few shoots and have so much love and respect for her!

She has a podcast and an e book and many more projects in the works...look her up...

You can find her on instagram @markiewilliams and on facebook.

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Meredith + Joe // Monte Cristo Ballroom Wedding // Everett Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/6/meredith-joe---monte-cristo-ballroom-wedding---everett-wedding Meredith and Joe are two souls destined to be together.  They may have found each other later in life but the stars aligned (ironically enough since she is an astrologer) and they are now spending forever as husband and wife.

Their story, their day, them as people both individuals and together...PERFECT...INSPIRING...and the SPARKLIEST!!! 

You will want to see their full day here...

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Juniper + Theo // Kye Twins https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/6/juniper-theo---kye-twins I haven't had the chance to photograph twins often but having done Joe & Natashas wedding a number of years ago I was so honored to be asked to photograph their new bundles of joy!  The photos tell the story of their cuteness the best...

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Heidi + Jack // Lord Hill Farms Wedding // Snohomish Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/5/heidi-jack---lord-hill-farms-wedding---snohomish-wedding Their first look was out of a storybook...so is their love and little family with their 2 year old John!!  Check out their full wedding day story here...

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Carin + Ian // Downtown Seattle Embassy Suites // St. George Coptic Church https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/5/carin-ian---downtown-seattle-embassy-suites---st-george-coptic-church Despite the weather turning on us these two had a gorgeous wedding downtown Seattle.  Utilizing the Kingstreet Station area and dodging the rain prior to the ceremony, these two later said I DO at the St. George Coptic Church in Redmond and were married without a hitch.  I love that his ring had a rose gold heart beat line and they picked it out together...

See more of their wedding here...

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Kamya + Sid:: Richmond Beach Maternity Session Seattle https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/5/kamya-sid-richmond-beach-maternity-session-seattle Having been together quite a few years and now taking the journey into parenthood, these two decided (well Kamya decided and convinced Sid) that photos documenting this season was a good idea.  It's always nice to document the stages of life and have these memories to look back on...especially before your world is infused with the sweetest little person you are willing to be completely engulfed and overwhelmed by!

We met at Richmond Saltwater Park near Seattle and enjoyed a beautiful overcast evening.  I love when it's overcast in the PNW as it allows us to use all angles and 360 degrees of options for background scenery.   It did not disappoint!!   And Kamya in her long white maxi dress was effortless!

They made it a date night (just with paparazzi) and enjoyed some down time from their busy work schedules...

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2020 Seniors https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/5/2020-seniors Top Reasons for Senior Photos::

1.  To have memories of this time of life and the area they are from.

2.  They make fabulous gifts and can use for senior invitations.

3.  To feel beautiful (mainly the girls), but what guy doesn't want to have some cool photos!?

4.  To show their variety of expressions and style during a big life change.

5.  They need a yearbook photo and can make for professional headshots as they enter the workforce.

6.  To reward themselves and have some fun!

 

2020 Senior bookings are happening...click on the video to see a few samples and email me to book!
2020 SENIORS

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Kendra + Aaron // Intimate Seattle Elopement // Kingstreet Station Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/4/kendra-aaron---intimate-seattle-elopement---kingstreet-station-wedding They met in a grocery store...not meaning to make eye contact, they couldn't help it...it all happened so fast, with an amazing journey of growth and love and now a baby on the way.  Eloping in Seattle at Kingstreet Station, it was an intimate wedding and one with a huge amount of love.  Click here for their full story...

VENDORS::

HMU::  Yessie Libby

Florals::  Juliet & Lou

Dress:: BHLDN

Veil:: For the Luv of Bridal

Tux:: The Black Tux

Photographer::  Arlene Chambers //Seattle Wedding Photographer


 
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Sarah + Caleb // Leavenworth Wedding // Mountain Springs Lodge https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/sarah-caleb-mountain-springs-lodge When Caleb first asked Sarah’s dad if he could marry her, he may have been a bit strategic, at a loud Seahawks game drinking beer…he either knew he wouldn’t hear his answer if he said no or had a greater chance of him saying yes after a few drinks.

Sarah and Caleb knew they wanted a snow wedding…it was just something she had always wanted!  So what better place than Mountain Springs Lodge!  Everyone was an amazing sport about the frigid weather as we did photos outside including the ceremony.  With her 7 nephews and 1 niece joining in the fun (I call running around in circles with random kids crying fun) it all turned out perfect!

Click on any photo below to see more of this gorgeous wedding...

VENDORS::

Venue::  Mountain Springs Lodge

Wedding Coordinator::  Andrea, Mountain Springs Lodge

Florals::  Alexa Johnson, Family friend

Sweets Table & Cake::  Simply Sweet Cupcakes

Dress:: The Dress Theory,  Pronovias

Bridesmaids Dresses::  BHLDN by Anthropologie

DJ::  JMG Entertainment, Jed Gossman

Videography:: Best Made Videos

Caterer::  Mountain Springs Lodge

Boots::  Hunter Boots

Shoes::  Badgley Mischka

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A bit about Seniors... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-seniors FINALLY, you got them through those teenage years and now you are going to miss them.  That last year before they head off to college or a gap year traveling.  That year where they seem to mature in record speed yet they are still your baby.  Seniors (in Canada we call them grads...seniors there are 55+ for some reason not a ton of them are requesting portraits :/).  I love seeing their spunk, their personality come out during a shoot.  From the clothes they choose to the what the location brings out of them.  Some bring friends, some want to go it alone.  Both work!  I have met so many phenomenal teens in the past years that it gives me hope as a mother of two early teen girls that we will make it through and they will be just fine (and so will I).

Seniors...guys/girls...bring your energy, bring your friends, play some music, wear outfits that you maybe wouldn't normally wear and see yourself in a new light as you enter adult-hood but still with a year of non-adult responsibility!

 

 

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A bit about Kids... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-kids Kids...grow up so fast- let me say that again- SOOOO fast...I now have teenagers and can hardly believe it!  I don't think there is only one age that is worth photographing, I think ALL ages are.  They simply have many milestones in the first 20 years of life!  I love playing tag with them, seeing them laugh, then watching them run-out of breath and stop, only to find a calmness that is equally as beautiful.  Kids have the best expressions::  scrunchie noses, huge grins, missing teeth and big feelings that sometimes lead to tantrums with huge alligator tears and snot bubbles!  Bring on any age!

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A bit about Boudoir... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-boudoir Boudoir, which can also be called intimate portraits, or as I like to call them, 'A bit of SASS'.  We as women are hard on ourselves...and in this day and age I see women becoming braver and loving themselves just as they are.  Not next year, or when after you lose those last 5 lbs, or when you work out more...NOW!!  I must admit I still have a lot to learn in this area but every. single. time. I photograph women and see how different we all are AND how STUNNING all body types are -it is invigorating!

LADIES- do it, get it, bring it, strut it, unleash your inner sexy self...and let's show off your goods!  Gosh -one day you will be 80 and want to show those grandkids, or other ladies (or men) in the nursing home what you used to look like!

                                     

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A bit about Maternity... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-maternity Pregnancy is a time in a woman's life that causes dramatic change yet is relatively short (but gosh it can feel looonng).  It is incredible to see what our bodies can actually do both during and after pregnancy.  And I would say the transformation both inside and outside our bodies.  Daily changes, watching your body morph into something that feels like it is no longer yours and you are no longer in control.  Oh and not to mention you are growing another human, like eyelashes and fingernails!!!  It's hard to want to be photographed sometimes, you are typically tired, or you have a toddler running around or you simply just don't feel beautiful- yet you would love to remember this time later in life.   I say muster it up, pregnancy flies by and it just might make you feel what you have been wanting to feel...pretty and excited for this new little being to join your life!

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A bit about Portraits... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-portraits I often get asked if I do headshots or corporate work and yes I do.  I have a handful of corporate clients that I do regular headshots for including some group shots. This also includes lifestyle & personal branding photos for websites and social media.  Avoiding stiff and stuffy photos, I love being able to make people comfortable. No matter the setting it's always unnerving being in front of the camera so my job is to help you, coach you and maybe even make it a little bit fun!  Inquire within if this is something you need!

 

 

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A bit about Families... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-families AHHHHH the dreaded family photos....

Families look different for everyone.  Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, sometimes they include pets, sometimes they are blended, sometimes there are wounds that need healing...no matter what they all include love and the desire for connection.  Often times family photos (or prepping for them) is stressful.  Selecting outfits (and no you don't have to all match), keeping attitudes in check, rushing to get out the door when all of a sudden someone spills something or has to go to the bathroom.  Then you have the weather and everyone NOT smiling at the camera when told to. 

Well even though all of those things happen the goal is to not to only aim for the 8x10 glossy image of perfection for your wall or Christmas card, but to enjoy a bit of time together and love on each other.  To interact with your kids and remember the things you love about them.  This is not the time to be the strict parent and teach them a lesson (I say that to myself as I write this).  I fall into the trap too, of wanting them to 'BEHAVE' as they should...maybe they would if we just let them 'BE' ...meanwhile I swirl around you zooming in and out of the moments that are happening.  Of course I always try to get people to laugh and even once in a while look at the camera but truthfully life happens in these in between times and isn't that what you want to remember?  Even if it means a tantrum or a snot bubble, but what if it could mean that toofy smile, or the cutest nose crinkle?...that's real life and having a variety of memories after a session is my goal.   Perfectly imperfect...

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A bit about Babies... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/2/a-bit-about-babies Babies, yes I photograph babies. The beginning of life.  Indoor, outdoor (weather dependant) in your home or mine...my goal is your comfort.  There is no rushing babies, they need to be fed, soothed and cannot be rushed.  It's also about you as parents.  Although photos aren't the first thing you actually want, with your post pregnancy body and lack of sleep however believe me, some photos of you looking at them, smelling their hair and taking it all in, finally believing that this baby is here and yours!!! Sometimes when there is an older sibling it can feel daunting cause of course they too need their own attention.  So that is what we do.  Games or books, interaction to make it more interesting for them.  I am not a factory that is about 'output', I am about people, YOU, the stage of life you are in...and when it comes to moms and/or dads and their new little bundle I want to do my best to care for you in this new season, AND give you some visual memories that last forever.  BELIEVE me this time is a blur and flies by!

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Photocube an alternative to the Photobooth https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2019/1/photocube-an-alternative-to-the-photobooth The PHOTOCUBE

An alternative to a typical photobooth...
It's a HASHTAG based printer software
Great for parties or an "add-on" to a wedding pkg!!!

Inquire for more details and availability...
 

 

 

 

 

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The Chaos of Babies... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2018/2/the-chaos-of-babies Photographing babies has its challenges and its rewards.  It can be chaotic but the outcome is worth it.  My philosophy is time.  Don't rush...feed them...keep them warm and let them be.  The world is new to them and they too are human beings...not dolls. 

I photograph both in my in-home area as well as my clients home.  It's best if we talk about lighting and how your home is setup to make sure it works but I will say sometimes it's nice to come into your environment and let you all just 'be'.  And other times, it's nice to get out and bring the excitement to me.  We chat, figure out clothing and the different looks we can potentially do and how a session will flow.

 

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Comfy at Home... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/10/comfy-at-home In home sessions are becoming more and more popular,  probably more with couples but I loved being able to do one with this adorable family.

Their big windows allowed the sunshine to stream in and made for a light airy feel!  Letting the kids jump and run freely (with a bit of random containment) was refreshing!

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How Olivia is a Miracle:: Surviving more than just Hurricane Harvey https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/9/how-olivia-is-a-miracle-surviving-more-than-just-hurricane-harvey I have known Olivia since she was born. Her parents were told by doctors that she should be terminated because she was suppose to be down syndrome. Her parents refused to listen and of course would accept and love Olivia no matter what...Olivia arrived June 6, 2000 and was perfect.
She is now 17 and a senior in Friendswood, Texas. She is my 'niece' by love not my blood and I love her dearly. She is a miracle in so many ways and oozes love and an energy that has helped her with her own photography business she has crafted in Texas.

I met Carli, Olivia's good friend,when we were there this past August. She was kind enough to babysit my girls for an evening and hang out with us adults a bit. She is vibrant and fun and these two will miss each other when school is done.
We ventured around Houston find sketchy warehouses and rooftops and ending downtown in the city lights.

They have managed to survive #Harvey and have been helping out neighbors and shelters and being part of a community!!

You two ladies are gorgeous and full of life. Don't ever lose that. Life is just starting for you both and I can't wait to see where God leads you!

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Tisha + Ryan:: Heritage Hall Kirkland Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/6/tisha-ryan-heritage-hall He watches her as she saunters through the room and can’t take his eyes off her. He is her rock and keeps her in reality. She never knew love would feel like this and they both feel they equally won the jackpot.
Having had some very honest conversations recently with Tisha, it is evident how much these two just belong. She never knew someone like Ryan existed. As we chatted (on the phone) and he laid beside her snoring, she feels so peaceful knowing they are both right where they are to be. Resting in bed…kidding…married and together.
Their day was a hot and steamy one in the PNW…only 93 degrees but these two made it work and kept their spirits about them. It was fun to see Tisha surprised at how beautiful everything was as EVENTful Moments got all the décor together, including a last minute surprise with the tablecloths Tisha was pining for. Jessica pulled out all the stops with a miracle and found a vendor with them and they were perfect…I loved the texture!
They were married at Heritage Hall in Kirkland, WA with a small guest list and one request of Tisha…everyone was to wear white. It was beautiful…a white party! It definitely made it feel even more like summer!

People adore this couple, I heard so many kind words about them all day and into the evening…
Congratulations you two what a HOT and fabulous day it was!
Click here to view their full story...

Info::

Venue:: Heritage Hall Kirkland, WA
Coordinator:: EVENTful Moments - Jessica Campbell Jess Bartleson
DJ:: Otto-Matic Mobile Music 
Caterer:: Redmond's Bar and Grill
Cake Artist:: Paul Massey
MUA:: Timaree Rae 
Shana Rogers - Bridal bouquets
Carly Linger & Monica Linger Venue Flowers
Rentals:: CORT Party Rental
Hair:: Kristin Rahm 

Photographer: Arlene Chambers Photography/ Seattle Wedding Photographer

Seattle Wedding Photographer

2nd Photographer: Brooks Scribner

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Darcy + Tom:: DeLille Cellars Woodinville Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/6/darcy-tom-delille-cellars They had waited for what seemed like forever for each other…and now for this day. So many life changes happened quickly for these two and finding each other was definitely the icing on the cake. Tom looks at Darcy with an endearing smile and she returns it promptly. They make each other laugh and have a quiet, tender love. 
They don’t have to say much to say a lot to each other. As we walked around the venue, Tom would ever so gently guide Darcy at the small of her back ensuring she was ok in her heels and not too hot. It’s really in the little things. And these two make it work.

With Darcy losing her dad just a few months ago, her mom walked her down the aisle.  There were some emotional moments during the day remembering her dad and I feel giving acknowledgment helps even if it means a few tears.  Darcy is super close with her mom and sister and their bond is evident. 

Tom's good friend officiated the ceremony which made it that much more special.  It was a quaint group of friends that celebrated these two and so much sincerity and love for them.  During the toasts Molly praised Darcy for her dancing skills as well as her loyal lifetime friendship.  Life is about these connections and hearing their toasts celebrate and welcome these two and their 'togetherness' is inspiring.


I feel blessed to know these two and witness their love. Everyone supports them emphatically and could not stop talking about how special they are as a couple.
They are off to Italy for their honeymoon and I am sure enjoying tons of bread and wine…
Much love to you two…

 

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Info::

Venue::  DeLille Cellars
Caterer::  A Platinum Event
Wedding Coordinator:: Kristen Molina / A Platinum Event
Florist::  Julie Borrud/ Bella Rugosa
Cake Artist:: Dessert Works
DJ::  Branden Landon
Wedding Gown::  La Belle Elaine’s Bridal Dress Shop
Shoes:: Badgley Mischka
Hair::  Becky Tripicchio
Makeup:: Shannon Mercil
Bridesmaids Gowns::  Vera Wang/ David’s Bridal
Suits::  Macy’s
Officiant:: Jake Snider
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography / Seattle Wedding Photographer

Seattle Wedding Photographer
2nd Photographer:: Brooks Scribner

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Whitlee + Billy :: Newcastle Golf Course Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/6/whitlee-billy-newcastle-golf-course
He may not love that she is notoriously late, but he sure loves her.  She may not love that he burnt  overcooked their meal on their second date, but she sure loves him.  It was and is evident these two have the giddy kind of love.  The one where she glances at him and reaches for her hand to kiss it.  Where genuine affection is pure and true love exists no matter what life throws their way!  
Whitlee’s design was inspired by her love for the peaceful smell of lavender and  with wheat as a reminder of her grandma it was a no brainer for J9Bing Floral & Event Planning to combine the two.  With the Newcastle club having a few areas with some purple ‘ish’ flowers (sorry names escape me as I am no horticulturist) it felt natural to make them part of their portrait backdrop.
Billy’s sister was a bit concerned about Billy’s vows as he is not much of a story writer but let me tell you Billy knocked it out of the park.  With memories and stories and expressions of the quirky things he loves about Whitlee – it was a tear jerker.  Equally as emotional were Whitlee’s vows.  This girl has some facial expressions, from crying to laughing she let it all out and had the guests reaching for tissue.
With one entertaining DJ Tim Humphrey they danced into the night and left to some crazy sparklers (but maybe that was just around my head)??
This couple is authentic…that’s the best word for them.  Laid back in their own right but they love each other fiercely.  They have family support that is strong and I know they are going to make it…and with a honeymoon in Figi, what a fabulous way to start life as husband and wife.

 

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Info::

Venue::  The Golf Club at Newcastle
Caterer::  Newcastle
Wedding Coordinator:: Janine / J9Bing
Florist::  Janine / J9Bing
Videographer:: Best Made Videos Reid Johnson

Cake Artist::  Jeannie Kehn
DJ::  Tim Humphrey / Ideal Entertainment
Hair:: Obadiah Hair Salon
Bridesmaids Gowns::  David’s Bridal
Suits::  Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant:: Don Kersey
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography / Seattle Wedding Photographer

Seattle Wedding Photographer
2nd Photographer:: Dan’yelle McNeely

 

 

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Jordan + Bryce:: Hidden Meadows Snohomish Wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/6/jordan-bryce-hidden-meadows They met at UW…and it didn’t take long for them to fall in love. Becoming the best of friends, Jordan has been patiently waiting for this day…and now she is Mrs. Garbe.
Hidden Meadows seems to always have the perfect weather and combined with  a stellar team of vendors makes for a seemless day!! 
EVENTful Moments definitely makes the day run smooth and does such an elegant job with whatever decor they design.  And... they are such a fun team to work with. 
I love how passionately these two love, Jordan often throwing her arms around Bryce with no notice. Bryce embracing it all and once in a while checking Jordan out, in awe that he gets to marry her! 
Their families love and adore them and have given them the fullest of support.  They each have a bond with their mothers that is inspiring.  Jordan's mom is so free and open and I love her displays of affection for her daughter!  
They are the sweetest couple. They couldn’t stop saying Thank you to me…and really I should be thanking them. They trusted me whole heartedly with their day and it was, for lack of a better word, perfect!
During the ceremony they combined the UW colors in sand signifying their unity, as well as communion for commitment.   They sealed their love with a kiss and couldn't wait to enjoy the night with their guests!
After a night of dancing they left to a glow stick exit and a burn out (well not quite) in Bryce's dads 67 camero AND...with one last stop we ceased a moment in the night down the street in a cloud of smoke...
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Garbe...your honeymoon to Antigua awaits!! 

 

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Info:: 

Venue::  Hidden Meadows
Caterer::  Wooden Spoon
Wedding Coordinator:: EVENTful Moments
Florist::  Flowers By Tiffany
Cake Artist::  Angie Oliver, friend
DJ::  Ottomatic Mobile Music- Otto
Signs::  Chalk Boss
Wedding Gown::  The White Dress, Portland
Shoes:: Betsy Johnson
Hair::  Angie Oliver
Makeup:: Delaney Nohavec
Bridesmaids Gowns::  David’s Bridal
Suits::  Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant:: Monty Wright, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography / Seattle Wedding Photographer

Seattle & Snohomish Wedding Photographer
2nd Photographer:: Brooks Scribner

 

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Perms & Crimped Hair...Bringin Sexy Back... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/6/perms-crimped-hair-bringin-sexy-back I would sit in front of my full length, gold trimmed, 80’s, tri-fold, closet doors (mirrored of course)  staring at myself for hours.   Call it vanity, call it indecisiveness, call it being a teen…ok now I am dating myself for sure…I found myself trying to figure out who I was. 

My mom yelling checking in on me, from the other room, 'Are you doing your hair AGAIN??  Why are you washing off your makeup?   Does it need to take you this long to get ready!?'  Well YESSS my 5 inch hair didn’t stand straight up on its own ya know…it took time.  It was ART!

Little did I realize this was all part of who God made me to be.  I am sure it was annoying and I am sure I took waaaaay too long to get dressed.  And trying new hair and makeup styles were challenging to understand, especially when my parents DID want to hang a school photo in the house and knew I may one day regret that huuuuuge, backcombed perm.

One day at a time, one phase at a time…I sit here 40 years old.  Having been a banker, a manager in an escrow office, immigrating to a new country, getting married, loving spicy food (ok that's a bonus tidbit) and now a mom of tweeners (gosh -I have now have other hair stories I can tell you)…I STILL love doing my hair, makeup and changing my outfit 3x a day…ok not everyday and somedays it may just be a variety of yoga pants!!  More importantly it has been such a treat to find such talented people in an ubiquitous field, that have shared their craft with me.  To see how they express their art and heck I love being a canvas! 

What once was an annoying habit has led me to seeing detail that others may not see.  And not in a critical  or comparing sort of way.  IN a way of embracing how different we all are.  Shapes, sizes, eye color, noses, birthmarks and let’s not forget personalities – YES these do come across in a photo! 

Being in front of the camera is such good perspective for me, to see what it's like on the other side!  To know ways I can make my clients more comfortable.  To study poses that work for different body types and get people to laugh and relax.  We don’t breathe enough, I mean we breathe but don’t BREATHE.  We rush through life forgetting to connect and enjoy.   

I am so grateful for those days of doing and RE-doing my wing eyeliner…and learning how to curl and crimp my hair…cause let me tell ya I am bringing sexy    I mean, crimping back…ok so it may look like you’re hair is fried but it adds a thickness that no ‘thickening’ shampoo could EVER do!

Those days of playing with different looks taught me to embrace my differences…and even though it may have taken me 40 years, I am sure I have  a lot to learn in my next 40 – yes I am only living till 80 cause  living to 100 seems daunting…just sayin’!

Cheers to dressing up, changing outfits, and having a hubs who is willing to endure and even have fun while doing it!  (And notice --HE too had an outfit change) :)

Thanks to ::

Timaree - Hair, Makeup and Personal Photos

Ryan Flynn Photography - Anniversary/ Couple Photos

Outfits::

Nordstrom - Free People, BP, Steve Madden, Nike

Zara - Leather coat

Laineemeg Bridal - Cream Tulle Skirt

Anthropologie - Hat

Floryday - Blue/White floral dress

Forever21 - Jewelry

 

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Tameron + Michael:: JM Cellars https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/5/tameron-michael-jm-cellars Meeting at work several years ago has finally led to these two saying ‘I DO’ in front of an intimate group of family and friends. 
It was a quaint wedding at JM Cellars, without a wedding party but with Mike’s kids playing a super important role  and supporting them on their special day.  Piper, Mike’s daughter watched as Tameron got ready and you can tell she admires her.  She would peek around the corner of the bathroom as Tameron was putting on her final touches.  Karmichael  hung out with his dad playing pool with the guys, definitely enjoying some down time prior to ‘having’ to dress up!
When pulling out Mike & Tameron’s rings to photograph them I realized there were two engagement rings.  Chuckling Tameron explained that she just couldn’t decide,so why not have both.  Gosh, love her way of thinking!!
Mike is rather laid back…quiet and a very gentle spirit.  He has a way about him that of course made Tameron fall head over heels for him.
As they prepped for their first look, Jacky from Event Success beautifully coordinated all the décor for an outdoor reception.  Fena Flowers provided the florals that were simple, romantic and classic.  The place cards were so unique…I thought at first they could be a bookmark, but nope they were floral on the outside and had seeds on the inside so guests could take them home and plant them as a memory of the day.  So cute!!  It was hard to believe that the weather in the PNW turned straight out of ‘A Summer Night’s Dream’.  It was as if we had been transported to California for the day.
Tameron nervously awaited Mike to approach her for their first look.  Her hair was cascading down her shoulders and the sun so graciously smothered the trees.  Mike sauntered down the stairs only seeing her from the back (which is a view he doesn’t mind either)…but as she turned you could see relief in both of them…huge smiles and so relaxed and happy to embrace each other.
Of course we took advantage of different areas of the property and greeted guests who were arriving along the way.  Time sure does fly even when you have an evening ceremony.
Windsong Trio serenaded with orchestra music as Tameron was walked by Karmicheal down the aisle.  With quick and to the point nuptials inside the barrel room they said ‘I DO’, kissed and ran out with streamers flying as husband and wife.  Guests enjoyed the venues wine as well as tasty hors d’oevres by Kaspars Catering.   Cheese, meats and unique crackers filled the tables as family and friends mingled. 
As everyone enjoyed the meal along with cake from Midori Bakery, a few toasts and a casual  evening was shared by all. 
It was the perfect day for Tameron & Mike.   Finally married and soooo ready to leave for their Tahitian honeymoon.  

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Info:: 

Venue:: JM Cellars
Coordinator::  Jacky @ Event Success
Florals:: Fena Flowers
Videographer:: Unified Cinematic 
Catering:: Kaspars Special Events & Catering
Music:: Windsong Classical Trio
Officiant:: Elaine
Hair & Makeup::  Kathy Evans Beauty Studios
CORT Party Rental
Vintage Ambiance
La Tavola Fine Linen
GreenLight Events
British Motor Coach
2nd Photographer:: Brooks Scribner Photography

Seattle Wedding Photographer:: Arlene Chambers

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Elaine+Erik:: Within Sodo https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/4/elaine-erik-within-sodo When it comes to sincerity and kind hearted, these two are it.  Easy to be around, great communicators (I won’t say over-communicators, cause truthfully I don’t really feel you can communicate too much) and fun to be around.  Some may say that Elaine is ‘particular’ in her style…but with details like these ‘particular’ is welcomed all day long.
 
Jen Leslie Events joined Elaine in her vision and did an impeccable job executing it.   Vibrant, gorgeous florals, candles, an array of cute signs by Chalk Boss and the yummiest cakes...yes CAKES with an 'S' by Eat More Cake by Candice.  Elaine's good friend Lane, from Simply Borrowed PDX, added to the decor with vintage trays, pillows, and chairs.
 
As we entered Elaine’s suite at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel we were met with friendly Hellos and a warmth from her bridesmaids.  Everyone helping each other get ready and enjoying being together.  Elaine’s  hair and reverse halo (done by the talented Karen Reichert) looked stunning and she couldn’t wait to get dressed to see Erik.

 
Meanwhile Erik and the guys were ahead of the game ready and enjoying their drink of choice, Whiskey.  Erik taking a moment to open Elaine’s gift, personalized cufflinks, he was now prepared for the rest of the day.  I always love when a couple takes the time to exchange cards with sentimental words prior to the first look.  Erik's gift was a jewelry shopping day in Paris on their honeymoon....what better than quality time together, jewelry and um..PARIS!!  Elaine's card to Erik not only had words of affection but instructions for when to read what side...her attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.
 
Deciding to have their first look near the hotel in order to settle their nerves prior to taking a bus around the city for photos was a must.  We found a spot across the street and despite being yelled at by ‘Paul Blart’ (I mean a security guard) for moving a ‘Caution’ sign,  Erik was with great anticipation.
 
Elaine in all her gorgeous-ness effortlessly strolled across the crosswalk to approach Erik.  All smiles, Erik was beaming and Elaine grinned from ear to ear!  As the sun blessed us with its' presence, we embraced it and moved around the city with the bridal party.
I had big plans for a few areas around the city and what do you do when the elevator to the parking garage is broken!? You find a back alley!  And when the pier is closed off due to construction...you bounce and find another area.  Being flexible and thinking on your feet is important in general but certainly on wedding days when navigating a busy city and big bridal party.

 
Ending up at Within Sodo for the ceremony and reception we were greeted by family eager to see these two tie the knot.  They chose to have an intimate, unplugged ceremony with no photos to be posted till later in the night.   You could almost hear the audience choke back tears as Elaine declared ‘It was always you’ in her vows.  It too caused me to pause letting her words soak in. 
 

After the ceremony they took some time to enjoy the friends and family that were there before having a more extensive reception.  The sun that so graciously appeared for us gave us a perfect sunset, and what better place than the back alley to enjoy it.  I must say I love a good sunset mixed with an industrial backdrop.
 
I loved how they worked with Jen Leslie Events to create a close ceremony with space in between the ceremony and reception, incorporating a relaxed environment and a way to greet guests as they trickled in prior to the evening beginning. 
These two are the ideal balance of OCD and relaxed.  Elaine’s romantic style met with Erik’s willingness to let her choose make these two a wonderful combo.   I think their cake cutting was indicative of their relationship…Elaine smashing cake (delicious cake, might I add,from Eat More Cake) into Erik’s face, while Erik gently fed Elaine her bitesize piece. YESSSSS….

 
Nearing the end of the night after many laughs and shots of whiskey were consumed, I snuck them upstairs to the rooftop fire.  Standing still by the fireside may have been difficult at that moment for Erik as he was ready to cut loose on the dance floor, BUT it was at that moment I saw, once again, why these two are so good together.  Elaine whispered in Erik's ear and then grabbed his hands...stood there by the fire and each took a deep breath.  It was such a peaceful moment and the backlit, fireside photo I took  may just be one of my favorites to date.  

 I kept hearing them say throughout the day ‘it’s just perfect, what a perfect day’…and hearing from them Sunday about how they were both in awe of how it all turned out (despite many days of worrying about the unpredictable Seattle weather)…it really did turn out FLAWLESS.  
Ending with  Dick's Drive In Restaurant Burgers was a huge treat and everyone LOVED them...I have never seen burgers devoured so fast...including Erik's 2 year old niece! 

 
You two are impeccable…enjoy PARIS…and a few million crepes for me! 

 

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Venue:: Within Sodo
Coordinator:: Jen Leslie Events
Florist::  Jen Leslie Events
Cake Artist::  Eat more Cake by Candice
Caterer::  Porkchop & Co.
Late Night Snack:: Dick’s Burgers
DJ::  DJ Malo, Danny
Wedding Gown::  BHLDN
Shoes:: Badgley Mischka
Suits:: Nordstrom
Calligraphy & Signs:: Chalk Boss
Stationary::  Minted
Jewelers:: Bony Levy The Mrs. Box
Makeup & Bridesmaids Hair:: Salon Maison
Hair Stylist:: Karen Reichert
Bridesmaids Dressess:: BHLDN
Officiant:: Margo Helgen
Rentals:: CORT Party Rental
              Vintage Ambiance
        Something Borrowed Portland
        Creative Bus
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
2nd Photographer:: Brooks Scribner Photography
 

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Brittany + Jacob:: Lord Hill Farms https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/2/brittany-jacob-lord-hill-farms It started at the race track but not with gambling (they were far too young for that)…but with dirt bikes (flat track). Jacob had seen Brittany out of the corner of his eye while talking with her sister Kayla. He mustered up the courage to ask Kayla for her baby sister’s number…and…from then on Jacob realized he could multi-task as he was equally interested in Brittany as his racing…ok maybe more!
These two have been dating since high school and are inseparable. With Brittany hardly missing a race of Jacob’s and Jacob including her in all aspects of his life…they are best friends and absolutely enjoy the life they have created! With a shared love for their dogs and new additions…more bikes…they are sure to have an adventurous future.
I have had the pleasure of photographing aspects of this families life for years. I feel honored to have been asked to document this special day of Brittany & Jacobs, and although it wasn’t summer we could not have asked for a better day to celebrate! Brittany may disagree considering the goosebumps she had but of course I couldn’t complain!
Their wedding was held at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish. Brittany wanted to have everything at one location and end with a big celebration with her friends. And…that’s what they had. 
Arriving at the venue ready to get dressed, she slipped into her graceful, glamorous, lace & tulle gown from Laineemeg Bridal. It draped her fit body impeccably, showing off her toned arms that she works hard at maintaining at Crossfit. With her sister, and best of friends helping her with the final touches she was ready to see Jacob.
Jacob, although not showing too much excitement outwardly was thrilled to finally get to see his bride.
She slowly approached her groom and Jacob, usually serious nature, was now beaming with a grin! They embraced and they were ready to get their day started. Together!
It was an incredible day for February in the PNW. The rain had subsided and the sun was even gracing us with its presence. They took some time to enjoy each other…savoring the moment, slowing down the pace of the day. Jacobs dad brought his restored, vintage truck so incorporating that into some photos was special.
They had a fabulous wedding party. Fun and flexible and easy going!! Although the sun had appeared it was still rather brisk. It was easy for me to think it was warm as I was dressed in a parka and the poor bridesmaids were in sleeveless dresses. Sporting their gowns from Hermosa bridal they hung in there and had chipper attitudes!
Ready to warm up they headed inside for the ceremony. It is always so meaningful when they choose an officiant that is a special friend as well. Their close friend Tyler performed the short but poignant service. Saying ‘I Do’ to forever and sealing it with a kiss they ran down the aisle as husband and wife.
Cocktail hour commenced and drinks and dinner were enjoyed by all. A few toasts followed with special words from almost everyone in the bridal party and both fathers. With both parents still being together it was particularly momentous to have their Dad’s toast some significant expressions of love to them. They have a lot of love and support around them with most saying ‘ABOUT TIME’ they tied the knot!
The cake was cut, the bouquet was fought over and the garter was thrown…it was time to dance. It didn’t take long for the crowd to get into the music. With the guests joining in to celebrate these two with a money dance…it added a lot of laughter and got people moving!! 
The ended their celebration running through a sea of light…Sparklers…you know those mini fire-works that you pray light up the sky and not someones outfit! Everyone cheered them on and their family and friends are excited for what lies ahead for them. As their get away truck left the parking lot I kept hearing happy sentiments for the couple! It’s encouraging and inspiring…and I wish them so much happiness.
You two are special…you have a unique kind of love. Marriage is beautiful and tough somedays but like one of your groomsmen said in his toast ‘Somehow we know you two are gonna make it’…Much love!!

 

 

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Info::

Venue: Lord Hill Farms

Caterer: Lord Hill Farms

Florist: Costco

Cake Artist: Cupcake Couture Trish Mcknight

DJ: Ramon Villalovos

Wedding Gown: LaineeMeg Bridal

Shoes: TOMS

Suits: Men's Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Miranda McGuire

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Gabrielle+James:: St. George and Sodo Park https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/gabrielle-james-st-george-and-sodo-park My phone rang and it was this upbeat chipper gal on the other end.  Having photographed her fellow college friend in the summer, Gabbie was super excited to tell me all about her wedding.  She was ecstatic.  I could almost ‘hear’ her beaming from ear to ear.  Adoring words flowed from her lips about her fiancé, Jimi and how they couldn’t wait to get married.  She had a ton of plans for the reception and her enthusiasm definitely made me smile!  Of course her excitement to hire me made me anticipate their big day even more.
Gabbie comes from a Lebanese family…vibrant and full of love for each other.  They value the tight knit bond that family can provide and just walking into her home we not only saw it - we felt it.
With her dad passing 10 years too soon,  there were certainly parts of the day that were teary and sentimental.  Everyone had such kind words and acknowledged him and his presence.   

There were a lot of little Lebanese traditions shared that day.  Friends and family gathered at the brides mothers home to enjoy special chocolates and treats flown in from a bakery in Lebanon.  They also each took time to have a photo with the bride prior to the grooms mother and father arriving to ‘steal’ her away.  Sharon, Jimi’s mom gifted Gabbie with some heirloom items::  earrings, a rosary and a handkerchief…it was a tender moment as Gabbie received these gifts.
Music  started to play and confetti started to fly.  They celebrated Jimi’s parents taking her to meet her handsome groom.  Everyone flocked in the streets chanting and doing their celebratory cheer!!


Meanwhile Jimi and his groomsmen were getting ready at a nearby hotel trying to relax, as a night of dancing was awaiting them.

Gabbie and her girls hopped on the party bus and headed to a park down the road to have her first look with Jimi.  She could hardly wait.  The day was here and as she reflected she was in awe!
We found a forest like spot at this park.  Jimi was amongst the trees and was anticipating Gabbie’s arrival.  He turned around and was enamored.  Her nerves finally calmed and their embrace was such a symbol of what they are to each other.  Peace.
The sun was shining…it may have been chilly but finding an open area with some pretty cascading light was more than I could have hoped.  They enjoyed some time together and endured the brisk weather.  The bridal party had such good attitudes and were full of fun banter! 
Gabbie was so graceful…her dress hung on her and gave the illusion that she was floating.  Jimi, poised and somewhat composed couldn’t stop smiling at her!!  It wasn’t long before we had to get to the church for the ceremony.  We made a brief stop at Sodo Park, where the reception was going to be, for a few other photos then we were off to the church.

It was a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. George Church.  With an encouraging and loving liturgy spoken, communion was taken, vows were exchanged and they were pronounced Mr. & Mrs. Lewnes.
They ran down the aisle ready to sign their marriage certificate.  We quickly did some group family photos and then made our way to enjoy the reception party at Sodo Park. 

Sodo is a stunning warehouse.  Walking in, the tables had a simple yet elegant feel to them.  Stunning centerpieces and an overall romantic ambiance filled the room.  Gabbie had a vision to keep people entertained throughout the night (just in case they weren’t into dancing). 
First up was a Cigar bar…I mean with it not raining people being able to be outside in January (in Seattle) was a treat in itself.    The cookie table was full of decadent sweets to savor.  It was hard not to hover around that table all night.  
As dinner was about to start Gabbie & Jimi made their entrance and went straight into their first dance.   It was followed by Jimi’s dance with his mom and Gabbie’s special dance with her mom.  Let me tell you those two ladies can move!!  Much love and affection were expressed during the toasts with a few moments of tender emotion shared by all.  Words of affirmation and an excitement for their future was evident.   The cake was cut and dancing commenced!  This was surely a dancing crowd.  I am not sure Gabbie left the dance floor for more than a minute here and there.
The Gelato bar and Caricature artist both arrived offering more variety for the guests to enjoy.   The line for the gelato spoke for itself, as the scoops were generous and were full of delicious-ness (yes you bet I had some).  Gabbie wanted something different than a photobooth so that’s how she landed on the caricature artist idea.  They were so talented.  I have to say not only in their artistic ability but in their knowledge of peoples ancestry based on face shape and features. 

The crowd continued to dance of course working up an appetite so why not bring in….HAPPY MEALS…McDonald happy meals were delivered and people loved it!  Gabbie thought of everything.
Ending the night with a bang…or shall I say sparkle..they ran through the crowd as everyone congratulated them.  It was a seamless day and they couldn’t have been more ready for their honeymoon.
Congratulations you two. You are dynamic and definitely the makings of a power couple.  It’s lovely to see how much people love you and it was an honor to share in your day!

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Info::

Reception Venue::  Sodo Park  
Ceremony Venue:: St. George
Caterer::  Herban Feast
Coordinator:: Elise Rushton
Florist::  Love Blooms, Katrina Allen
Videographer:: Best Made Videos 
Cake Artist::  Borracchini’s Bakery
DJ::  Sounds Unlimited
Wedding Gown::  Romashka Bridal, Maggie Sottero
Shoes:: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Suits::  Mens Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup:: Posh Styling
Bridesmaids Gowns::  I DO Bridal
Suits::  Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant:: Rev. Kevin Duggan
Cigars:: JR Cigars
Caricature Artist:: Muggshotz
Gelato Bar:: Gelatiamo
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
2nd Photographer:: Brooks Scribner
Photographer::  Bob Chambers

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(Arlene Chambers Photography) Artist Best Made Videos Betsey Johnson Borracchini's Bakery Cake Caricature Cigar Bar Gelatiamo Gelato Happy Meal Herben Feast I Do Bridal Lebanese Love Blooms Maggie Sottero Men's Wearhouse Muggshotz Romashka Bridal SODO Sodo Park Sounds Unlimited St. George arlene bride chambers life love photographer photography seattle wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/gabrielle-james-st-george-and-sodo-park Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:36:00 GMT
A HUGE Thank you... https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/a-huge-thank-you When I started this journey in 2010 I truly never knew it was what I always wanted to do.  People have energy and I love being around them.  My clients have a way of being contagious and even if I am trying to make them comfortable in front of the camera they always have a way of impacting me and I feel, I leave more encouraged than they do. 

Everyone has a story and people are absolutely intriguing.  We are all  different yet have so many similarities.  Being married almost 18 years there have certainly been bumps in the road.  Big bumps, little bumps and some potholes as well.  Let's just say I could definitely use a few construction zone signs here and there! 

Being part of peoples happiest day, seeing their chemistry, their love, their fairytale come to life is an both honor and emotional.  Emotional to remember those times as well as knowing not everyday is a fairytale.  Challenges come and real life sets in...what I am learning is life is often BOTH.  Fun and serious.  Good and tough.  A fairytale mixed with doses (sometimes large doses) of reality.  AND somedays...are like groundhog day...wake up, eat, work, work, did I say work, sprinkle in some motherhood, maybe rinse, and repeat!

Without my clients who often become friends, and without these construction zones I don't think I would appreciate what I have. 

With that being said...A HUGE virtual HUG and THANK YOU to all my couples!!  Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to post a review.  Referrals are the majority of my business and without you I wouldn't be able to do what I do!  THANK YOU is hardly enough...

 

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Michelle + Shawn:: Arctic Club and St. James Cathedral https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/michelle-shawn-arctic-club-and-st-james-cathedral She had waited for this day for what seemed like forever.  With her Monique Lhuillier dress hanging in the window and her friends by her side Michelle was ready to enjoy the day ahead.
As we walked into the room, the moms were sitting on the floor folding programs, champagne glasses were bubbling over, and laughter filled the air.  It was the sight and sound of pure happiness. 
Family is of the utmost importance to Michelle.  It only seemed natural to have her mom, sisters, nieces there to help her get dressed.  Her mom zipped her in her dress, her sweet niece assisted with her Christian Louboutin shoes (which she purchased on one of her work trips in Paris) and her sister slipped her garter on Michelle’s sleek leg.  Her dad patiently waited in the hallway with her bouquet.  With special charms attached he was going to present the bouquet to Michelle.  There were such tender moments all throughout the day and so much love!
Shawn prepped downstairs at the Arctic Club…relatively calm. Thinking he had no special watch or cufflinks he was pleasantly surprised to open Michelle’s gift!  With the help of his dad, Shawn swapped out his cufflinks and met his guys at the bar in the lobby.  Having only one drink they toasted and Shawn headed upstairs for the first look.
Meanwhile Michelle was opening Shawn’s gift.  Expecting only the gift (as he is not a big card writer) she pulled out the biggest note she had ever received and yep…written by Shawn.  With tears streaming down her face she began to read ‘108 reasons I love you’.   She knew that she knew, he is definitely the one for her!! 
Michelle had wanted to do their first look on the balcony of her room…which coincidently overlooked Seattle with a view of Centurylink field.  With the Seahawks having a playoff game why not celebrate both! 
We snuck Shawn out to the balcony first greeted by his mom.  They have such a special bond.  Her first born,  and Debbie couldn’t be more proud.  Michelle wasn’t far behind.  She was so excited she almost lost her veil as it caught in the crack of the pavement.  That really didn’t stop her…she ran, he turned and they were both ecstatic.  I found myself smiling so many times throughout their photos as they are both have contagious energy.
The weather was incredible for January in Seattle.  Of course yes it was chilly, maybe even cold (as I stood in my parka and the ladies were in strapless dresses)…but it was dry!!  Michelle was up for anything.  We took in some of the sights around the block dodging traffic before it got too heavy with the game.  Nothing could stop these two from smiling.  
The bridal party joined us soon after and I must say were so fun to be around.  Having photographed Shawn’s other two siblings in years past, and their spouses being in the wedding party as well, made for a comfortable, jovial atmosphere.
It wasn’t long before we had to head to St. James Cathedral for family photos and the ceremony.  I could photograph around both of those areas for hours but unfortunately (as wedding days go) had limited time.
We were able to get some of the family photos done prior to the ceremony then entered the cathedral for their vows.  St. James is stunning.  Grand and elegant, and Michelle fit right in.  With her dad walking her down the aisle Michelle continued to beam.  She saw Shawn waiting at the end of the aisle and took his arm.  They both have so many family and friends it is encouraging to see the support they have. 
Everyone sat as they listened to the liturgy.  Father Ryan speaking of love and commitment.   Confirming they are ready for this step in their relationship.  Next, exchanging vows, the rings and a kiss…they were pronounced Mr. & Mrs. and everyone cheered!   They raced down the aisle and out the huge doors. 
British Motor Coach provided a get away car for them to have a private ride back to the Arctic Club for the reception.  Michelle and Shawn are fun…and when I say fun… I mean like up for anything.  They are easy going and free spirited so when we suggested trying to take in some Seahawk pride they were totally up for the idea.  We followed their car into a sea of tailgaters. With traffic being CRAAAAZY…we decided to find some random tents and hop out.  Of course they were greeted with open arms.  Fireball, jello shots, selfies, snapchats and cornhole.   This is what I call making memories on your wedding day! Michelle and Shawn could not stop laughing…needing to get back, they hopped in the car ready for their reception!
As guests enjoyed cocktail hour Sarah with EVENTful Moments Event Planning had the Arctic Club Dome room ready for Michelle and Shawn to have the first peek at the décor.  With hundreds of candles lit an overall golden glow filled the room.  The metallic details along with soft textures provided the element of balance,  mixing a few masculine items with floral feminine tablescapes.
It was exactly what Michelle had envisioned.
Throughout the whole day Michelle kept saying… ‘it feels like a movie, everything is so perfect and just what I wanted’.  Who doesn’t want to feel that way on their wedding day!??
Their grand entrance was filled with many hugs and the look on their faces…PURE JOY.  Enjoying their first dance right as husband and wife shortly after entering these two could hardly wait to get the party started. 
Dinner was enjoyed followed by some emotional toasts.  Shawn’s brother Brian recounted many childhood memories of ‘mostly’ looking up to his older brother.  Michelle’s sister, only 10 months older than her shared her thankfulness for being so close both emotionally and physically with her sister.  And Michelle’s parents…wonderful examples of love and togetherness and certainly a couple to admire.
As the mother-son and father-daughter dances were shared you could see the bonds and impact these parents have had on their children.    It was an example of being present.  You could see them simply in the moment.  
The Cakewalk Shop provided the towering, floral, 4-tier cake…they were kind to each other as they served each other and kissed!
The music shifted and DJ Danny opened the dance floor.  Michelle is one bride who took advantage of the time with her friends and family.  Dancing up a storm she was center stage most of the night (with the exception of a people doing the worm, or karaoke to ‘Sweet Caroline’).
Celebrating the Seahawks win that day, Sarah and I decided to slip on some Seahawk onesies I had received for Christmas.  Nothing could steal the show from Michelle and Shawn but we simply crashed the dance floor for a moment and joined them in a celebratory ‘Blue and Green Anthem’ dance!
The night ended to Michelle and Shawn running down the stairs at the Arctic Club through a crowd of streamers. 
They are soaking in life as Mr. & Mrs. until they leave on their honeymoon in a couple of weeks…destination unknown.  Gotta love surprise gifts right…Michelle’s only request…WARM!
Michelle & Shawn, you are kind, generous, and know how to laugh.  You are authentic and make others comfortable.  Your love for life and each other is very evident in all you do.  We feel so blessed to be welcomed into your family and now that all of you siblings are married off we will be over for game night!!  
 xo 

 

 

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Info::

Reception Venue::  Arctic Club   
Ceremony Venue:: St. James Cathedral
Coordinator:: EVENTful Moments
Florist::  Flowers by Tiffany
Videographer:: Sure Shot Video
Cake Artist::  Cakewalk Shop
DJ::  WA Sound, Danny Goldfarb
Wedding Gown:: Brides For a Cause , Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaids Gowns:: Vow to be Chic, Monique Lhuillier
Shoes:: Christian Louboutin
Tuxes::  Jos. A. Bank, Vera Wang
Robes:: Plum Pretty Sugan
Calligraphy:: Kirsten Rose, friend
Mirror Chalk Art:: Champagne & Chalk
Stationary::  Fine Stationery
Jewelers:: Joanne Wright & Company
Makeup:: Shannon Mercil
Hair Stylist:: 7 Salon, Miyoko
Officiant:: Father MIchael Ryan
Rentals:: Rented Elegance
               CORT 
                 La Tavola Fine Linen
                 EVENTful Moments
Chair:: Sweet N Designs
British Motor Coach:: Get away car
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
2nd Photographer:: Bob Chambers

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(Arlene Chambers Photography) Arlene Chambers EVENTful moments Photography Seahawks life louboutin love photographer photography seattle tailgate wedding https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/michelle-shawn-arctic-club-and-st-james-cathedral Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:12:00 GMT
Pushing Past Fear and Taking the Chance to Learn https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/pushing-past-fear-and-taking-the-chance-to-learn I must admit I really never liked school.  Reading a text book and applying it…hmmm not so much.  I did go to college and yes I did study…BUT watching and learning, talking things through now that’s a style of learning that really resonates with me.  

I never want to be above learning.  Whether it’s a You Tube video, an online class or simply a conversation with a new perspective…I always want to be open and willing to learn.  I mean gosh, I certainly don’t have this job or life all figured out.  In case you didn’t know… I am a parent, and shortly into parenting everything you think you know…your kids reiterate to you that you don’t. 

With weddings being intense and everyone managing them different, not to mention workflow, posing, and all that goes into dealing with a day that is multi-faceted…I thought why not attend a workshop.  Even if I learn a just few additional nuggets it would be worth it.   And meeting new people in the industry…even better.   

As I poked around Instagram one day I saw a workshop called Vine &Flourish by Kristen Marie Parker & Carly Bish.   Of course being in the industry you hear names, and see images everytime you click on anything social media wise.  So I followed links from page to page almost as if I was skipping through a field…and pretty much with a hop, skip and a jump, decided right then to sign up! 

It was a day filled, like full, full to the brim with a variety of topics, conversation, struggles, shooting, food, editing, and laughter too!   It is always encouraging to hear how others navigate situations, and how they deal with both the business side as well as the personal side of it all!

I think my biggest take away from the workshop was getting deeper into extracting organic emotion.  It’s what we all want to see in photographs… but when placed in front of the camera with tons of eyes on you I realize it’s hard for people.  Giving them things to do, subjects to talk about, ‘fun-tivities’ (as Kristen calls them, gosh I wish I would have coined that term)…it made me step back and really begin to feel again.  Putting myself in their shoes…to sometimes let silence do the talking …and…simply remembering to breathe.

The workshop also pushed me to consider one day sharing all I have learned...I am not a big public speaker (somehow a bridal party of 24 doesn't intimidate me but put a podium in front of me and whoa...I want to throw a blanket over my head and hide) but mentoring and sharing my own experiences.  2016 was a year filled with huge lessons...the word to describe it for me...perspective!!  We each have one...they are most like all different AND if we let it, it can be a powerful way to learn.  Between my past life in the escrow industry, customer service, traveling and now the photography world there is a lot to share and a lot to gain from listening to others!

Thank you Kristen and Carly for your perspective...for so many things you brought to the table that day…and for sharing your talent and love for what you do with all of us.  I loved connecting with gals from all over the country and seeing such new and different perspectives.  

Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets’ –Leonardo DeVinci

Thanks to::

Creative styling by THATCH FLORAL

Cake by BLUE BOX BAKERY

Paper Goods by LIBBY TIPTON

Hair & Makeup by OFF WHITE BRIDE

Outfits by NORDSTROM, ZARA  & an Alexandra Grecco skirt from THE DRESS THEORY

Models, Rachael  & Keith, recently married, and stunning models for the day. Thank you for spending the day with us…you make looking good look effortless!

 

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(Arlene Chambers Photography) couples education fear learn life live marriage photography photos seattle teach vineandflourish workshop https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2017/1/pushing-past-fear-and-taking-the-chance-to-learn Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:13:41 GMT
Laura+Tyler:: Black Diamond Gardens https://www.arlenechambers.com/blog/2016/10/laura-tyler-black-diamond-gardens When coffee brings you together it makes for a perfect match.  Well not sure if it was really the coffee but more Tyler’s sister Chealsea, who worked with Laura at Starbucks, that connected the two.
Laura’s dream of a guy who wore flannel and had a beard came true.  And  Tyler’s dream of a beautiful, sweet and loving girl, arrived at a time he was least expecting!  


Finding a location true to them was important for Laura.  Black Diamond Gardens seemed to be a perfect fit.  A rustic, garden with a greenhouse as a reception hall…and the hopes of an outdoor candlelight ceremony even if it was October.
Laura & Tyler each got ready at the venue with the venue providing a special bridal cabin.   It had a quaint lodge type feel.  Tyler and the guys were a bit more casual as they dressed along side the grooms trailer.  With the sun making an appearance they did their final dressing outdoors.
It meant so much for Laura to have her mom there to help her with some of her details.  Assisting with her dress and earrings as her bridesmaids surrounded her with support.
Tyler’s mom, Danielle, owner of NEST interior design, helped execute Laura’s vision for décor.  With a Harry Potter infused, romantic vintage inspired theme the greenhouse was transformed.    Lemon infused olive oil favors for the guests that read ‘Olive our love to you’ were a unique way to display name tags. 
Rich colorful florals dripped both out of her bouquet and around the venue.  All with the most fragrant of flowers.  I wish the photos were scratch and sniff cause I have never smelled such sweet aroma from a bouquet.  Books and candles, old medicine bottles with flowers lined the moss filled tables.   It was simply gorgeous.
The weather that day was warm with the sun shining down on Laura and Tyler pretty much all day.  They couldn’t have asked for better October weather especially considering it was raining all week prior.
We were able to wrangle the bridal party and dodge traffic on the busy road to take in some of the fall foliage.   They were all so excited for Tyler and Laura and each had such special friendships with them.
Finishing formals with the family and a having a chance to add in some candids of the cutest flower girl…who seemed to take a liking to my name rather than saying ‘cheese’ so the word of the day happened to be ‘ARRRRRRRLLLLLEEEEEEEENNNE’…she was absolutely hilarious (and made my day).

Laura and Tyler wanted a candlelight ceremony.  I must say it was something that was abit out of my comfort zone as in October once it gets dark…it gets DARK.  With the hopes of tiki torches lighting the aisle we quickly realized they weren’t staying lit.  Another part of my job is to stay flexible and make what we had work.  We did, and it was a calm, sentimental and absolutely beautiful ceremony.  Mid-way they lit a unity candle and took a moment to enjoy the silence and the view of all of their family and friends who were there to support them.  It was then they shared their light, and one by one everyones candle was lit and an amber glow lit up the night.   Phil, the officiant, shared his experiences of both the couple and each individually.  How he had seem them evolve into the people they are and how tender and genuine they are to not only each other but people in general.  
With rings exchanged they shared a kiss and ran down the aisle as husband and wife.