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About Association of Seattle Wedding Professionals

We are an invitation-only group of wedding professionals in Seattle. We admire each other\\\'s work as well as have fun when we work together.

Handmade Wedding Albums

This might be my new favorite album style that we offer. They are totally handmade using Japanese silk book cloth, custom end papers (the end pages in the picture are white paper with a black felt raised pattern) and the cover can be embedded with a picture frame, locket, jewelry, even jewels. The possibilities with these are endless.

Photos of a handmade wedding album using Japanese Book Cloth.

 

 

Jane & Chris – Sneak Peak of Wedding Images at the Westin Bellevue!

Here is one image of Jane and Chris that I took on the streets of Bellevue on their wedding night. This was just outside the Westin in Bellevue where they were staying. We also did some images inside the hotel and with their entire bridal party in the streets that night.

night wedding portrait by seattle bellevue wedding photographer cory parris

For more information about what I did to take this image, see my photography educational blog Cory’s Photo School

Vlada & Andrey | Wedding at Heritage Hall and Hotel Bellevue!

Vlada and Andrey had an amazing day for their wedding! Beautiful blue skies after almost two weeks of straight rain.  Vlada and her bridesmaids got ready in her suite at Hotel Bellevue (formerly the Bellevue Club).  Their wedding later was at Heritage Hall in Kirkland with the reception back at Hotel Bellevue.

seattle wedding at heritage hall and hotel bellevue by photographer cory parris

Go see the rest of the post on Cory’s Blog!

 

Vlada and Andrey–Wedding at Heritage Hall and Hotel Bellevue!

Vlada and Andrey had an amazing day for their wedding! Beautiful blue skies after almost two weeks of straight rain.  Vlada and her bridesmaids got ready in her suite at Hotel Bellevue (formerly the Bellevue Club).  Their wedding later was at Heritage Hall in Kirkland with the reception back at Hotel Bellevue.

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Wedding negotiation and games.

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Vlada watching the activities through the one way glass of the limo.

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Vlada walking with her dad to the wedding

bride and groom kissing during ceremony at heritage hall in kirklandbride and groom walking out of heritage hall after their wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisbride and groom kissing at the kirkland waterfront by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisbride and groom on a hilltop in kirkland by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisbridal portrait on a hill top by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisThe reception hall at hotel bellevue

The newly renovated ballroom at Hotel Bellevue.

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Cleaning up a pile in cash!

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When wedding guest attack!  The guests decided the wedding photographer in the middle of the circle was a good target!

wedding limbo at hotel bellevue by seattle photographer cory parriswedding guest bobbing for apple by seattle wedding photographer cory parriswedding guests dancing by seattle wedding photographer cory parriswedding cake and lights by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisbride listening to toast by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisbride celebrating by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

 

You can watch the slideshow above or see the complete wedding (and buy prints) by clicking on this link to the cart system!

My Ring….

When we were first married, both my wife and I were working as servers at the Olive Garden.  We didn’t have a lot of money and we were saving it for important things like a honeymoon and starting a business.  Our rings weren’t really that big of deal to us.  We just wanted something to show that we were married.  Over the last 17 years our rings had taken a lot of abuse.  Especially Leslie’s rings.  Her engagement ring fell apart a couple of years ago and her wedding band snapped a couple months ago.  We decided that we would get new rings.  We went looking at new rings one time.  I saw some different things that I liked.  I spent a day or two online and bought a ring.  Leslie has bought and returned five rings.  Now she is thinking that she will just move a ring that I bought her a few years ago to the other hand and call it good.  So…here is my new ring.  If Leslie ever gets a new ring, I’ll photograph it, too!

My Ring by Seattle Photographer Cory Parris

Vlada – A Tease from a Wedding at Hotel Bellevue!

Originally posted by Seattle Wedding Photographer Cory Parris

Here is one image from Vlada & Andrey’s wedding at Hotel Bellevue (formerly the Bellevue Club). I love the old-fashioned look of the birdcage veil and made it into a grainy black and white!

bride with birdcage veil taken at hotel bellevue formerly bellevue club by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Carrie + Rick

Here’s a few from Carrie and Rick’s fall wedding in Bellevue. We started the day getting ready in a suite at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. We did a little photo shoot in Lincoln Square before heading over to St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Bellevue, and then to the wedding reception at the Tam O’ Shanter Golf & Country Club.

Country Club wedding in Bellevue

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Bride and Groom

 

Bellevue Wedding Photographer
Seattle Wedding Photographer
The first dance
Details and reception candids

Jenny & Lewis–Engagement Portraits in Bellevue!

Jenny and Lewis met in school at West Point.  Their stories of how they met vary slightly about which of them was the stalker.  They wanted their engagement portraits with the beautiful city of Seattle in the background.  Since Jenny was only in town for the weekend, and it was pouring rain, we hung out in downtown Bellevue in some hotel lobbies and shopping centers.  Challenging and fun!

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For Photographers–Composition–Bend Your Knees!

I’ve been meaning for some time to write some articles for photographers and those that want to be photographers.  Here is one that I thought of while on vacation with my family.  We were in Washington DC visiting museums and monuments.  Seemingly every person walked up to whatever it was, took a snapshot and walked away.

So…every person took the exact same photographs.  So I was pointing out to my kids that there are many ways to photograph the same subject to make it seem more interesting and dynamic.  One quick trick that you can try just about any time is to bend your knees.  I would guess that the average person makes 95% of their photographs at eye level.  Whether that is standing or sitting, they pull out the camera and put it in front of them in their current position. 

Here are a few samples of images that I have taken over the last year or so that are improved because of the lower than eye-level angle that I used to take them. 

 

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For this image, Carly’s soon-to-be-husband had sent her a note while she was getting ready for their wedding.  At the end of the note, he made a mention of her tendency to be late and asked her to be on time.  I bent my knees to include the clock and a laughing bridesmaid.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees-02 Semiahmoo

Signs are not the most interesting thing in the world, but they help tell the story of the wedding by spelling out the “where” in the story.  Semiahmoo had some tulips in front of their sign so I bent down to include them as larger objects in the foreground.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees-03 Salish Lodge

Here I bent down at the bottom of the stairs to exaggerate the perspective of the trees behind them and the leading line of the railing going towards them.  This was taken at the park at Snoqualmie Falls next to Salish Lodge.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees-04 Newcastle Golf Club

To get a better perspective of this bride getting ready at Newcastle Golf Club, I bent to elbow level.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Salty's Alki

One of the best things about bending your knees (actually, I was laying down on the dock), is that is cleans up the background by letting you emphasize sky rather than clutter.  This one was taken at a dock next to Salty’s on Alki.

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Here the bride was putting on her shoes as she was getting ready at the Warwick Hotel in Seattle.  The only way to get the image with both her feet and her face in the frame was by getting down.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Mount Baker Presbyterian

This image of the bride and groom taken at Mount Baker Presbyterian shows the cool architectural details on the background.

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This senior portrait was taken in a parking garage.  Looks cooler with the pillars and industrial details behind her.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees Willow Lodge

This couple was getting married at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, so we walked next door to Red Hook.  I like the “worms-eye” view to take advantage fo the lines of fenced in beer kegs.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Palace Ballroom

This image, taken behind the Palace Ballroom was a reflection in the water.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Alexis Hotel

This image was taken just after they were married in a suite at the Alexis Hotel.  By bending down I was able to minimize the distractions in the room for a more simple photograph about the couple.

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Groom singing to his bride as she comes down the aisle at the Palace Ballroom.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Skansonia

This image taken at the Skansonia is taken at dock level to show the line of the dock.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Georgetown Ballroom

This was taken at the Georgetown Ballroom.  They have a very cool neon sign above the stage.  I got lower to show the sign in the background of their first dance.

composition by seattle wedding photographer cory parris - bend knees- Kitsap Memorial Park

Getting low helped to change the feel of the image during the father of the groom’s speech at Kitsap Memorial Park.

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Getting low is always fun on the dance floor. 

If you have ideas for future articles, please email me at c@coryparris.com

Cory Parris is a Seattle Wedding Photographer.

Random Portland…

Here are a few random images from a recent trip to Portland.

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