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Weekly Roundup 2.29 :: Westland Distillery Engagement Shoot

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Sunday afternoon we’ll be shooting an engagement session at the Westland Distillery in Seattle. This place is the coolest. I’m also in the middle of planning a styled wedding shoot there for August/September that I can’t even tell you how excited I am. We’re shooting for the stars on this one!

THE BEST:

+Heading out for a girls’ night Friday night with Jaime to have dinner and see the new Zach Braff movie, Wish I Was Here. I just so happen to know some people involved in making the movie, plus I adore Zach Braff. It was pretty much a win!
+Second shot a wedding at the Skansonia Sunday night with the awesome Amanda Lloyd. Such a beautiful wedding with the most adorable couple. The views from the Skansonia are amazing.
+Spending the afternoon with Kelly Lemon Monday working on some videos for her blog. Kelly’s right arm was paralyzed in a car accident when she was 12 years old. Fast forward 14 years and she is running a successful photography business and writing a series on her blog called A Life Modified, talking about her injury, showing how she handles daily tasks with only one arm, and answering questions about her experiences. I’m so glad I can help her out by putting together a few videos – like how she curls her hair and cooks!
+Lists, lists, lists. Going camping this weekend and I have been making lists upon lists for packing and shopping. I love it. I love checking things off a list.

THE WORST:

+Waking up at 2:30 a.m. and not being able to go back to sleep. How is it that when the normal alarm goes off, I can barely open my eyes and then last night, boom, 2:30 and I’m WIDE AWAKE? It does not make sense.

THE ABSURD:

+I like to believe that camping is a cheaper alternative to other types of recreation. But it’s really just not so. By the time you book a campsite ($85 for three days) and buy all the food and extra things like firewood and propane, it ends up costing $500!

THE GRATITUDE:

+The cutest puppy face ever, second shooting, a beautiful Seattle view, not as much traffic as I thought there would be, my most favorite of all couples portraits posted to the blog this week.

<<Snohomish Couples Portraits :: Chamonix & Miggy

Snohomish Couples Portraits :: Chamonix & Miggy

Seattle Engagement Photography :: Cheryl Ford Photography

Do you know any jokes? An innocent question I happened to ask at the beginning of Chamonix and Miggy’s portrait session. Because I only know one (and I’m not going to share it here and spoil it for everyone else). Miggy on the other hand knew a TON of jokes and kept us laughing for almost 2 hours that evening. Do you think I can remember any of them? Right! I can’t. I still can only remember my one joke.

I don’t typically post this many photos from one session. But I seriously love these. Chamonix is, as many know, my very good friend. And her adorable husband Miggy and she have been married for 3 years. I love the “easiness” of these photos (sometimes I don’t even care if words aren’t real). They’re comfortable, natural, warm and easy. Chamonix and I decided to do a photo swap this summer. I did a photo session for her and Miggy and she’ll be photographing my family in the early fall. I can’t wait to see what photos she picks as her favorites!

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<<Weekly Roundup 2.28 :: Yellow Daisies

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I like the black and white with her on his back near the bottom. Adorable!

Weekly Roundup 2.28 :: Yellow Daisies

Seattle Wedding & Portrait Photographer: Cheryl Ford Photography

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It’s been established that I love yellow flowers. Just check out this, this, this and this. Evidently I’m partial to sunflowers. I mean what’s not to like. They’re yellow, sunny, cheerful and they last a long time. I’m a go to one store, once a week to do all my shopping kind of girl. So I typically hit the grocery store every Monday morning and do all of my shopping for the week. I’m not going to traipse around to a bunch of different stores to pick up one thing here and another thing somewhere else. Target is the only other store I go to and that’s like twice a month. If I can’t get it at the grocery store, Target or through Amazon, I pretty much don’t buy it. So where I was going with this is that I’m always super disappointed when I walk into the grocery store and their flowers suck. Sometimes they just have the worst selection. Other times, they have these beautiful yellow gerbera daisies. And it makes my day!

THE BEST:

+Having an air-conditioner in the bedroom on those hot, hot nights has been awesome!!! I’m so glad we gone one this year. It is totally worth the money (although we haven’t gotten an electricity bill yet since we’ve had it so I may change my tune).
+Got to spend some fun time with my Book Club last Friday night. I just love those girls. And even if no one reads the book (ahem . . . I actually did this time), we still can talk for hours and hours and have a million laughs.
+Shooting a portrait session with my gal-pal Chamonix and her husband Miggy this week. Seriously my favorite. The photos are SOOOOOO cute. I can’t wait to share them next week.

THE WORST:

+My laptop is starting to be a sassy-pants again. I had to wipe it clean about 6 months ago and it was working grrrrreat until this week. Now it’s like sassing me all day long. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
+Allergies are back! Boo.

THE ABSURD:

+I’m still making and drinking green juice every day. I sort of love it. It’s a pain to make because I don’t have a juicer, but I can’t stop. Read about my juice cleanse here.

THE GRATITUDE:

+Yummy snacks, book club friends, spending a couple hours in a quiet house with a glass of wine (or two), a ridiculous sunset, soccer camp, fun photo shoot with lots of jokes, the cutest face of them all (Baxter),

<<Luther Burbank Family Session :: Sneak Peek

Luther Burbank Park Family Session :: Sneak Peek

Seattle Portrait Photography :: Cheryl Ford Photography

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Beautiful family . . . check! Adorable kids . . . check! Wonderful weather . . . check! All the stars were aligned for this family photo session at Luther Burbank Park in Mercer Island, Washington last week. I love it when I can break through with kids who initially like “weird photographer lady” and get them to come out of their shells. By the end of this hour-long family session, the boys were coming up with poses of their own and really getting into the whole thing. That’s always a huge win for me!

<<LINK: How to Have Your Dream Wedding Part 11 – Timeline

12 Ways to Have Your Dream Wedding Part 11 :: Timeline

Seattle Wedding Photography :: Cheryl Ford Photography

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Welcome Back to Part 11 of my blog series on 12 Ways to Have Your Dream Wedding. Over the course of these months I will be sharing with you a series of articles to help you have the most amazing day of your life. In case you missed it, you may want to catch up on the past articles:

I’ve written these articles to share with you my perspective on what you can do to have your Dream Wedding. A lot of this is just good old common sense and none of it is that much work. But I promise if you incorporate these ideas into the planning of your wedding day, you will reap the rewards of a beautiful, calm and fun wedding day of your dreams! Trust me.

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

I saved one of the best tips for having Your Dream Wedding for the end of this series. This is probably the easiest way to have a well-run, calm and organized wedding day. And calm is good. Calm means no stress. No stress means Dream Wedding Day!!

The timeline for your wedding day is a critical piece of planning and having your Dream Wedding. A well-planned, realistic timeline can help to make sure everything runs smoothly, make sense and stays on time. Real talk – it probably won’t stay 100 percent on time. But the timeline will help and it will create a structure from which to work if something goes sideways.

Do you really need to plan out the entire day, minute by minute? Yeah, you really do. It gives you a framework to know where you need to be, what you need to be doing and where everyone else needs to be so they are ready on time and the day isn’t total chaos.

How Do You Create a Timeline?
A great wedding planner or a great photographer can help you with planning your wedding day timeline. They have tons of experience on how wedding days go, in what order all of the events make sense and how long they will take. Or you can also look up timelines on the interwebs. There are tons of resources out there for you to help plan your day. I personally help my brides plan their timelines.

Pad the Timeline:
Every single event on the timeline – pad it by 5-10 minutes because few things take exactly the amount of time you think it will. Have plenty of wiggle room so for example if you finish getting in your dress 10 minutes early, maybe you can take those 10 minutes to get some portraits with your bridesmaids rather than doing those after the ceremony. Take advantage of those opportunities when you can.

Wedding Planners:
Having a wedding planner on the day of your wedding is one of the best investments you can make in planning your Dream Wedding. A planner will take charge on your wedding day, keep things running smoothly, people moving in the right direction and keep the day from derailing.

Hair & Makeup:
One place in the wedding day timeline that I see often doesn’t get enough time is planning for hair and makeup for the bride but if always takes longer than people think it will. My favorite makeup artist, Hanna Mazur, is amazing. She takes up to 2 hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. She’s not slow, she’s not lazy. She does an amazing job and she does the job right. And that takes time. If you want your hair to stay in place and your makeup to look good all day long and into the night, get it done right and plan accordingly for the time.

Photography:
If you want great photos, work with your photographer, tell them what’s important to you, and have them help you with your timeline to make sure he/she gets the time they need to photograph those things. Communicate with your photographer what is the most important parts of your day so you can plan those together and make sure they get photographed.

Real life story: A few years back a friend got married. She hired a wedding photographer for 6 hours of coverage. The photographer showed up at noon at the hotel while the bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready, took photos, first look, family and bridal party portraits, formals, ceremony, cocktail hour and the toasts. It was then 6:00 so she left. She did not stay for any of the reception or any of the dancing. In retrospect, my friend, the bride, would have preferred the reception and dancing photos to the photos of the girls getting ready. Talking this through ahead of time would have gotten the bride exactly what she wanted.

First Looks:
Oh – what’s a First Look? It’s when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. For my brides and grooms, it’s a private few minutes for them to see each other and we take photos of the reactions. I’m never going to push a bride and groom to have a First Look if they don’t want to have one or don’t want to see each other before the ceremony. I could write a book about why I think it’s a better idea for so so so many reasons but that’s for a different day.

All I will say about First Looks right now is that it affects the timeline for the day. Seeing each other before the ceremony allows you to then do formals, wedding party and family photos before the ceremony and you won’t feel rushed after the ceremony to get photos taken while you are missing your reception and wanting to celebrate.

There is so much to think about when planning out your Dream Wedding Day. Having a calm, organized and stress-free day can be achieved! Having a great timeline will help!

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