Rachel and Garett
Gown | @meamariebridal
Bridal Styling | @chelles_bridal_blog
Floral | @diamondevents_floral
Styling & Coordination | @elegantaffairswa
Calligraphy | @sablewoodpaperco
Photography | @soliedesigns@adriencraven @sarahharrisphoto
Rentals | @vintageambiance@americanpartyplace
Cake | @simplysweetcc
Hair + Makeup | @two_ks_beauty
Bride + Groom | @oilsandollie + @garrettwaltz
There is nothing like traveling with one of your best friends and doing what you love. Sarah & I got to travel to Washington DC for a stylized shoot with an adorable real couple.
Hair & Make up- http://www.modernbridalstudio.com
Invitations & Paper-goods- https://bespokestrokes.com
Photography- http://www.solie-designs.com & https://www.sarahharrisphoto.com
Cordy and Gavin
This year was a year of my friends getting married! Cordy is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Cordy has always been the life of the party, someone who always could make you laugh and make your troubles melt away. So to be apart of her wedding made me feel like I finally could return the favor of a girl who has been there for me, more times then i could count. I'm so glad Cordy and Gavin finally tied the knot!
Mary & Dan
When I found out my best friend from Elementary school was getting married I was so excited! I started thinking back the amazing memories I'd had with Mary. She was my first friend, from pretending to be mermaids in her pool, to making houses for bug out on the play ground. All my happiest memories in elementary school involved Mary. So when I when I got to meet the man who locked down my friends hart I could not think of a more perfect fit for her. Dan is such a gentleman and you could tell how much fun they have together. They are the sweetest couple and so perfectly matched. It was truly such a special day for me to see my old friend get her happily ever after. I'm so glad I got to be apart of their special day!
There is a very famous photographer who once said "being comfortable in photography can be the kiss of death". That once you are comfortable you quit pushing yourself to learn, be different, & dream. When I heard her say that I thought for sure that couldn't be true. When I first started Solie Designs I longed for the day to feel "comfortable" When I could feel like I had it all in the bag, knew what I was doing & essentially didn't have to work as hard. Cause when I first started out I spent all hours on youtube watching online tutorials on how do better my business, different editing techniques, the best way to use my camera. My life revolved around on how to launch my business and it seemed like an impossible dream to be where I am today.
Needless to say this year last year I finally felt comfortable. I had a steady flow of clients coming in, a good website, & I was respected by other photographers and business owners. With that comfort I didn't need to be aiming for the stars anymore, learning new ways of the business, or dreaming for something more. Not to mention I had been struggling between my business and family life. Everyday I felt like I was just trying to keep my head above water, between getting my work done and trying to be a good mother. I was starting to feel like I was failing at everything. So to feel comfortable in my photography abilities didn't feel like a bad thing at the time. Not to mention I finally decided to go through with getting a hysterectomy because of my long struggle with endometriosis and I felt like it was constantly effecting me and was becoming debilitating. Life seemed like a whirl wind & the only ray of hope I was grasping on to was that I was "good photographer". Until that was all put into questions too.
As a photographer one of the first things you need to do is figure out what kind of style you are going to be, whats your brand. I had always leaned towards the light and airy, film like look. I felt it was a timeless look that will never go out of style. Although I've always been great at editing photo's, I really can edit a photo anyway I want. But as a photographer you need to be consistent, so future clients know what to expect. I chose the light and airy style mostly because I would want that in a wedding photographer. So to receive emails from two of my brides who were friends, saying they decided they were going to switch photographers because they decided they wanted a different editing style "the dark and moody" made me questions everything. In my mind I thought "If no one wants the way I edit what the hell am I doing?! I might as well quit and not have to deal with the rejection". Not to mention the photographer who had reached out to my brides that they switch to, was someone I knew and worked with. So on top of it I felt stabbed in the back. I started to question everything, and then I realized I had lost the one thing that was comforting me... Photography. I really don't remember the last time I had felt so useless and worthless.
After all that what else to do but throw a pity party! I knew I needed to find a way to pull myself out of it. I'm not a quitter! If fact I'm not sure if I've really quit anything. So I tossed around idea's on how I was going to change things around before the new year. You know get my mojo back! I even though about changing my style to the "dark and moody" but I felt that would be a cop out. It was time to get over my pity party and stop consuming myself with something that was out of my control. Usually something like this wouldn't have effected me so much because I used to be pretty confident in my ability, but I realized it was because I had been coasting. I had gotten comfortable and with that had stoped growing, striving, and dreaming. Which in term meant I wasn't on top of my game. What that famous photographer said was right! I had gotten comfortable and had stopped growing, changing and dreaming! Whats the point of having a business if you don't have new goals to achieve, more excitement on the horizon... more hard work in the future. This whole ordeal had gotten me out of my comfort zone and made me re-evaluate my business and make some changes. I've signed up for a few courses, and we be revamping the website as well. But most of all I'll be focusing more on my business. I still have some things to figure out. Mainly how to juggle work and family. But as long as I stay uncomfortable and go back to the drive I had when I first started my business I think I have more amazing ventures in the horizon.
Now on to 2018!!! I've always talked about how amazing my clients are and 2017 was no exception. All my Brides and Grooms are so stunningly beautiful & kind hearted. One of the reasons I'm a photographer is so I can make make a bride and grooms wedding day stress free and fun! With that I've made several TRUE deep friendships with my brides! Not many photographers can say they go out to have sushi with one of their old brides just for fun, shot two of their best friends from elementary schools weddings, all while travel around the country in one year. I have to pinch myself all the time! 2018 looks like its going to be just as amazing! With so many stunning beautiful brides with extremely kind hearts, not to mention some of my best friends getting married too!!! It's going to be a great year and I can't wait for it to begin.
Lastly I want to thank my friends. I'm not sure how I would have gotten through this last year without you!
Cora & Chris
Jerrid & Samantha
Leah & Charlie
I was so over Joyed when Leah my best friend from Elementary school asked me to photograph her wedding. Leah has always been so creative and her wedding showcased everything that Leah is, Caring, Beautiful, creative and just Stunning! I'm so happy she found Charlie who is such a great guy and they are such a perfect couple! Congratulations guys!!!
Venue- Mighty Tieton
Dress- Laineemeg Bridal
Cater- Chronic Foods Trucks & Sammies Food Truck
Florist- My Garden Overfloweth
Rentals- Bear Events Rentals
Regan & Alex
Had so much fun with Alex and Regan shooting their engagement pictures at deception pass. We had dogs, beach, drinks and a stunning sunset. Who could ask for more?!
Heidi & Mike
Boats, beach, & sunset!!! Recipe for one awesome PNW engagement session! Heidi & Mike got to be one of the special few I bring to my family's beach house on mission beach, It's where I've grown up and by far my favorite place in the world! So we popped some bubbly, took a walk and a ride in the row boat. Perfect night, perfect sunset with the perfect couple.
Miesha & Eddie
Memorial day weekend I got to do something I've always dreamed of. I got to throw a Photography Workshop with one of my best friends Jessica Hunter & the talented Bixby and Pine girls. Those who know me, know I make it a goal to try to encourage, and inspire all photographers. I couldn't be happier with the group of photographers that came out for this dreamy shoot, & all the hard work everyone put into this amazing day! Check in later this week to see the rest of this stunning shoot.
Design and Styling // Bixby + Pine // @bixbyandpine
Florals // #BloomsByBP // #BloomsByBP
Ribbon/Runner/Napkins // Nettle Textiles // #NettleTextiles
Gowns // La Belle Salon // @labellesalonbridal
Invitation Suite (all velum suite--Kate and Montana) // Pink + Peach // @pinkbypeach
HMUA // Anne Timms // @mstimssmakeupartist
Jewelry // Kendra Scott // @kendrascott #ksbellevue
Ring Box // Mrs. Box // @the_mrs_box
Model // Robyn // @robynolson
Randi & Chase
Randi and Chase are just the cutest couple! I can't wait to meet their baby boy very soon!!!
Sofia & Cody
Blind dates aren't so bad...
While Cody and Sofia both grew up in Mukilteo and attended the same schools we are three years apart, their paths never crossed. Their friends thought a blind double date to a Mariners Game would be an easy way to break the ice and not put too much pressure on them. On June 13th, 2014 the four of us set off to downtown Seattle. Although the game ended with a loss in extra innings, Cody was able to win me Sofia over with his chivalry, bashfulness, and charming smile.
Rangers 1//Mariners 0
June 13, 2014
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Cody and Sofia have been inseparable since the day they met, other than during hunting season. They have found that their values in faith, morals, and love for each other provide a solid ground for an amazing future to come. Which make me know they can stand the test of time!
Maquel & Austin
I know I say it all the time, but I have the best clients. Maquel & Austin were no exception to the rule. They’re gorgeous, willing to go freeze in the falling snow, trust me with location advice, and are amazingly sweet to one another. That’s what really makes my job so fun.
Maquel & Austin will be getting married in Arlington later this September. Maquel wanted a winter shoot and with the stormy weather I though Rattlesnake Lake would be wonderfully PNW inspired engagement session and still not too far of a drive. I always hope my brides will wear something feminine like a dress or skirt in their engagement photos because it translates so well in the photos and gives off a soft and romantic vibe, which I absolutely love. So I asked Maquel if she would wear this stunning skirt from BHLDN. It’s effortlessly feminine with a flowing skirt and she picked a lacy fitted top. Maquels perfectly styled hair damped as the shoot went on and made for a more dramatic look. I'm so excited to get to be apart of this beautiful couples wedding. It's certain to be one for the record books.
So let's take a little trip back memory lane... when I was in Elementary school at Nob Hill Elementary in Yakima. I had huge blue glasses and awful frizzy curly hair. Life was pretty simple. I would go to school where Mary Labberton, Leah Cairns and I were Best Friends! We spent hours on the playground making houses for bugs, goofy craft projects and saving worms from being stepped on (I know weird but thats what you do when your 7 years old right?!) Fast forward to now, where you see your old bff is engaged and you cross your fingers she'll pick you as her wedding photographer, and your wish comes true!
I'm so over the moon Leah and Charlie chose me to shoot their wedding in Yakima this September. Not only do I get to shoot another super cute, friendly, adorable couple but I've rekindled a childhood friendship!!! And thats what really makes my day!!
So check out Leah & Charlie PNW engagement session where we went bowling, drank beer, snuggled with dogs and experienced a dreamy PNW sunset at the Ballard Locks. What more could you ask for?
I got the pleasure of traveling to Los Angeles with my dear friend Jessica Hunter to do a little Stylized on a dreamy Malibu beach. A big thanks to our models @catlinparks and Tom for modeling. We had so many great vendors, big thanks to @bethfollertmakeup doing her hair makeup. @megan_gray with honey & poppies for the beautiful bouquet. @bhldn for the stunning dress and @jmhunterphotography for traveling all the way to California for an adventure
This sunrise Elopement with my favorite girls of Bixby & Pine was early to say the least but well worth the wake up call. With a Beautiful couple and dreamy landscape it's one for the record books.
Bailey & Tyler
It's no secret that Maroni Meadows is one of my favorite wedding venues. Not just because it's stunning but because the owens are AMAZING and treat you like family. Which makes this wedding all the more special that Deni & Jackson got to have their daughters wedding at their venue. Bailey and Tyler are so much fun and friendly. I feel so lucky to have gotten to know this amazing family!!!