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North Bend Senior Photos | John

Posted in Seniors

North Bend Senior Photos at Rattlesnake Lake by Amy Galbraith Photography

John is a senior in the Class of 2019 at The Overlake School. John is an avid hiker and backpacker and wanted his photos to reflect his love for the outdoors. John also participates in ultimate frisbee and lacrosse, making him quite the athlete! His North Bend senior photos turned out pretty outstanding and I wish him the best as he begins his senior year!

Ballard Brewery Engagement Photos | Bryce & Rachel

Posted in Engagement

Ballard Brewery Engagement Photos by Amy Galbraith Photography

I thought it fitting to share these fun brewery engagement photos as this Seattle couple just tied the knot this week! Bryce and Rachel met through a mutual friend while Bryce was through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Yep, that’s right, the whole trail. With backpacking and a love of the mountains in common, these two strengthened their love while spending time in the beautiful Cascade mountains. They live in Ballard, a hip little portion of Seattle, and spend their free time touring the local breweries. It was only fitting that we took their engagement photos at one of their favorite breweries, finishing the session with sunset at nearby Golden Gardens. These two have been a blast to work with from their urban engagement session to their mountain elopement. Thanks for taking me along on this journey with you, Bryce and Rachel, and congratulations!

Urban Boho Seattle Wedding | Jesse & Allie

Posted in Weddings

Urban Boho Seattle Wedding Inpiration at MadArt Studios by Amy Galbraith Photography

I’ve been waiting patiently to share this wedding as I was anticipating the release of its publication on Junebug Weddings! Obviously for something to get published you have to know it’s going to be incredibly unique and polished. Really though, I expected nothing less from this couple! Allie and I have gotten close over the years as we used to live next door to each other in downtown Seattle and due to the fact that she is a wedding planner, we’ve worked on a number of weddings together. She went with and urban boho vibe for their city wedding, with touches of glitter and sparkle. The day all came together with confetti drops at the reception, party poppers at dinner (a family tradition for them), and a sparkly doughnut bar for dessert. We finished off the day with a few photos in the rain, putting an exclamation on this very Seattle wedding! Congrats you two, you are amazing and I’m so happy to have been a part of your celebration!!

Event Planning and Floral Design: Sweetly Hosted
Day-Of Coordination: Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design
Venue: MadArt Studio
Catering: Chef Dane Catering
Cake: Honey Crumb
Donuts: Top Pot Doughnuts
DJ: Kryspin
Videography: ElevenEleven Films
Stationery: Minted
Makeup Artist: Gaylinyet
Hair Styling: Charbon Salon
Wedding Dress: Brooke Tyson Ritual
Bridal Accessories: Chanel
Groom’s Apparel: Nordstrom
Rings: T. Anthony Jewelers
Rentals: Vintage Ambiance, Yay Parties, and Cort Events
2nd Shooter: My husband, David Duffy

Downtown Seattle Senior Photos | Molly

Posted in Seniors

High school senior photos in downtown Seattle

Molly is an incoming senior at the International Community School. She hopes to attend a smaller college out of state once she graduates and study International Relations. Downtown Seattle was the perfect setting for her fun spirit. I really enjoyed getting to know her more and wish Molly the best of luck as she enters her senior year!

Sailboat Engagement Photos | Kyle & Megan

Posted in Engagement

sailboat engagement photos in anacortes, washington

Kyle and Megan just tied the knot this month and I can’t believe I hadn’t gotten around to blogging about their amazing sailboat engagement photos in Anacortes! These two went in on a sailboat together with Kyle’s parents and spend as much of their free time as they can on the boat sailing to different islands in Puget Sound. We started off their session in the Skyline Marina in Anacortes, hanging with their adorable puppies Stella and Cooper. We then headed over to Washington Park, for sunset views on the gorgeous cliff that Kyle proposed to Megan on. Loved working with these two for both their engagement session and wedding!

Brown Family Homestead Wedding | Joseph & Tanya

Posted in Weddings

Mountain Wedding Photography by Amy Galbraith at the Brown Family Homestead in Leavenworth, Washington

Joseph and Tanya were married this past spring at Brown Family Homestead, one of my favorite mountain wedding venues in Washington. Just outside of Leavenworth, this space was the perfect setting for the combining of two families. Tanya brought her teenage kids into Joseph’s life, and he can’t imagine it any other way now. There’s something really special when children get to watch their parents get married. The teens even got up to give a speech at the wedding! While Joseph and Tanya’s wedding was a more intimate size (60 people), their group kept the dance floor rocking all night long. Thank you so much Joseph and Tanya for including me in your wedding celebration!

Venue: Brown Family Homestead
Planner: Elegant Affairs
Floral Design: The Flower Lab
Catering: Son of a Brisket
Pie: Sweet & Savory Pie
Hair & Makeup: Jenna Marie Salons
DJ: JMG Entertainment
Videographer: Tennison Weddings
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN & Calvin Klein
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

5 Ways to Include Friends and Family in your Wedding

Posted in Wedding Planning Tips

bridal party in pink in front of the tetons in jackson hole

Have you set your wedding party but have some special friends you’d like to include in your wedding celebration? Or have you decided to forego bridesmaids and groomsmen altogether? What’s so wonderful about modern weddings is that you have the option to do things YOUR way. Whether you decide to have a wedding party or not, there are many fun ways to include friends and family in your wedding celebration.

family member officiates wedding in oakland california
1. Have them officiate! Is your brother, sister, or best friend great at public speaking? Many couples have chosen their closest friends or family member to become ordained and officiate their ceremonies. This is a wonderful way to honor a close friend and you’ll always be glad you had somebody who really knew you proclaim you “husband and wife”!

mother of the bride reads a quote at wedding in leavenworth, washington
2. Perform a reading at the ceremony. Saying a few short words, whether it be your favorite poem or quote, is a pretty easy thing to stand up and do. Friends and family are usually honored to be a part of this very special portion of your wedding day!

beautiful modern calligraphy sign on marble coasters and wooden welcome sign
3. Contribute to the decor. I’ve noticed many couples creating their own centerpieces. Whether it’s painting bottles, writing place cards, or doing calligraphy on a sign, this is a great way for that creative friend of yours to participate in your wedding day.

dessert bar at jackson hole wedding
4. DIY dessert bar. Couples are shying away from gigantic tiered wedding cakes and frequently opting for a dessert bar with options that everyone will love. If you have friends or family that enjoy baking, have them whip up a plate of their favorite homemade goodies.

friends playing music at a wedding in jackson hole
5. Play Music. While I’d never advocate for anyone to ask their friends or family to “work” at their wedding, musical friends and family members are usually more than happy to participate in shorter portions of the day. Does somebody you know play the guitar or piano? Forego the DJ them perform live as you walk down the aisle. Maybe a friend would love to bring their band to play during your cocktail hour, or if you know someone who loves to DJ (make sure they have done weddings before!), ask them to participate in that way.

There are so many great ways to include friends and family in your wedding day celebration without having to ask them to be in a wedding party. What ideas do you have? I’d love to hear about them!

Bothell Senior Photos | Caraline

Posted in Seniors

bothell senior photos at bothell landing park

Hey there and happy summer! I hope you’ve all been enjoying this beautiful weather lately. I’m in the thick of wedding season and also starting to book up senior portraits over the next few months. It’s a super exciting time helping seniors come up with locations and ideas for their sessions. I thought I would share this super summery session that I did with King’s Class of 2018 senior, Caraline. Caraline is the absolute sweetest and was a joy to work with. We had perfect weather and took advantage of the many backgrounds that Bothell Landing Park had to offer. If you’re interested in booking a session with me this summer, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are taking only a limited number of senior sessions this year so be sure to email me [email protected] to get on our calendar sooner rather than later!

The Whole Package | Wooden USB Drives

Posted in Announcements

wooden usb drives for wedding photographers

Tis the season for delivering finished product to my couples! I went through a pretty big brand design overhaul this past winter. Choosing how to package my finished product before sending out to couples wasn’t easy, but I’m in love with the final results! I wanted to have a great way to deliver my digital files. That’s where USB Memory Direct came in. They offer a wide variety of personalized USB drives for you to brand your business and deliver digital media to your clients. Their walnut wooden USB drives fit my brand aesthetic perfectly! I’ve been loading my my client’s gorgeous wedding photos on their 8GB drives since the season started and packaging them up with pretty ribbon and boxes. I love how the drives can be customized. I chose the engraving option to display my company’s logo and it turned out beautiful! If you’re looking for a high-quality USB drive you can rely on, look no further than USB Memory Direct!

North Bend Engagement Session | Jon & Carley

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North Bend Engagement Photos with dog in the Cascade Mountains of Washington by Amy Galbraith Photography

Jon and Carley met in college and moved to Leavenworth shortly after to play in the mountains. After a few years they moved to the Seattle area where they still try and get as much play time in as they can while still working the “real job” scene. When they’re not spending time gardening or working on their house, they are finding their way into the mountains or out on the coast to surf. We decided on North Bend for an engagement session to capture the beauty of the Cascades and also have some room to roam with their sweet pup Ocho. It was a perfect summer evening! I’m headed out to their friend’s farm in Quilcene this weekend to capture what should be an extra fun wedding celebration for these two. Here are a few of my favorites from their North Bend engagement session earlier this summer. Cheers, you two!