Julia & Beej // Engaged

Meet Julia and Beej.

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This amazing couple is getting married this summer so we celebrated with an engagement shoot! After meeting at a birthday party in Capitol Hill 4.5 years ago, Beej and Julia got engaged in New York, and will say I Do in Woodinville, WA. On the only non-rainy day that week, typical Seattle behavior, we took a stroll around Pioneer Square and found some fun spots to photograph.

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When I asked Julia and Beej what their favorite personality traits about each other were, they said being fun-loving and kind. As we spent the afternoon together, that joyful vibe was so abundantly clear.

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Thank you, Julia and Beej, for such a fun session taking your Pioneer Square engagement photos! This was such a great way to warm up for the big day, get to know each other, and explore the city together. Can’t wait for the big day in July.

Karli & John // Engaged

Meet Karli and John.

Karli is from Seattle, John is from Grand Rapids, and they met - and fell in love - in New York City.  A classic tale, with some divine intervention from a dating app. Thank goodness these two met, because they're seriously a perfect match! Together, we explored and took some fall engagement photos at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I'm so grateful for Karli and John's positive, cheerful attitudes especially at 7:30AM on a Saturday! But honestly, these two bring out the best in each other and in everyone who is lucky to call them friends. There are people in life who just radiate kindness and accordingly, those people are always surrounded by love. Karli and John are connecters - they bring people together and have such a beautiful, varied array of friends. These friendships that they carefully cultivate together undoubtedly contribute to the strong foundation of love that Karli and John have for each other. They carry that commitment to caring in their work as well, through music and therapy and teaching and social work. They help others be better - and together, they keep growing and improving their own love.

Can't wait to photograph at your wedding this summer in Seattle, Washington! 100% will be crying behind the camera.

Megan & Alex // Engaged

Meet Megan and Alex.

They're kind, welcoming, laid-back, and adventurous. They're always there for friends in need and cherished by their families. Best of all is their love for each other! Within minutes, it is obvious how comfortable and authentic they are together. They know each other's faults and strengths, and love every bit. When I've been gone through tough times, their positive and caring attitudes really have made such a difference in my life. So thankful for these two! 

A true VIP, George Michael is the king of this household. He's so photogenic, right?!

After exploring the Kirkland waterfront a bit, Megan and Alex headed to their engagement party at Heritage Hall. A party filled with family+friends+mushy emotions+all the cheese, it was a clear indicator of their amazing marriage to come!

I can't wait for their wedding in Seattle next fall! :) Cheers to the happy couple!

Love Is Badass // NYC Holiday Mini Shoots

Let's be real. Relationships are not always easy. Sometimes the house/apartment feels too small. Sometimes the sight of dirty dishes makes you want to scream. Sometimes you just want to throw a temper tantrum because the breakfast got burned, the keys misplaced, the plans ruined. But then... you catch the glance of your boo, lovingly smiling at you while you passionately ramble on about the injustices of the day. And they keep smiling. They listen, nod, and gently touch your arm. They give you space and assurance, until the beast is soothed. Love is badass. Let's celebrate it.

Our loved ones evolve into our human diaries, confidantes, partners. They witness every grumpy mood -- because when you live together, you just can't hide it -- and they don't leave. No matter how crazy or anxious or upset we get, they stay. And the best part is, we willingly return the favor. This holiday season, celebrate your badass love with a mini photoshoot! You don't need to be newly engaged to deserve a photoshoot, (but if you are, congrats!). You don't need to be dating for a particular amount of time. You don't need a special occasion to take fabulous photos of you and your babe. Hell, you are still together! You are surviving and enduring and loving. That is more than enough of a reason.

Last week, I met up with Danielle and Jarred for a mini shoot. They got engaged in May, are getting married in February, and they keep loving each other every month in between. :) Our goal of this shoot was to capture some cozy holiday photos and give these two a special moment to remember what they love about one another. 

Interested in booking a holiday mini shoot with me? Email me at shadi.garman@gmail.com

Writing Vows in Central Park // Dani & Ayu

Dani and Ayu met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this summer and are getting married this Saturday in Central Park! Earlier in the week, we met to nail down logistics and for the couple to start writing their vows. 

Although Ayu had landed in New York from Ethiopia only a few hours prior, his face glowed as he gazed at his bride-to-be. Their affection for one another is immediately apparent, and so beautiful to witness. Their joy is infectious!

As Dani and Ayu drafted their vows, in English and Amharic, there was such a meaningful vibe in the air. In one particularly lovely moment, we realized that the bench they were sitting on was dedicated to a Catherine, a name also shared by Dani's beloved late grandmother. Later in the evening, we also were followed by a family of adorable ducks which has to be lucky!

Dani and Ayu definitely are a fierce couple! They have serious style, individually and as a duo.

With an exciting whirlwind love affair in their past, Dani and Ayu have a steady and strong marriage in their future. Congrats to the happy couple!