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Bethany & Peter — Historic Davenport Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

I’ve been stalling on posting Bethany & Peter’s wedding, for two reasons. First, because I’m not quite sure I have the words to describe this wonderful couple, their family and friends, and their wedding. Second, because once I hit publish, I’m done with this wedding, and it was so wonderful, so perfectly Bethany & Peter, that I’m not ready to let it go.

When Bethany first emailed me, nearly a year before their fall wedding, I knew then that I liked her. When I got to meet the two of them in person, we chatted about so many wonderful things – including their wedding – and I wish they didn’t live so far away. Then we did their engagement photos in Portland, and Bethany & I emailed back and forth quite a bit as the wedding got closer.  In February, when we went down to Portland, they even met up with us for dinner, and I now know where to grab amazing sushi in Portland. I’d have such a problem with eating out if I lived in Portland. :)

All that said, one of the things I love most about Bethany & Peter is that they made this wedding reflect themselves. They decided to have a brunch wedding at the Davenport, making it easy for all their out of town guests – themselves included – to stay nearby. They had their reception, and then we went off to the South Hill to find some beautiful fall colors and leaves, which is why they picked an October date, and they didn’t fuss about the other details. What was important to them was the people, and that was reflected in every decision they made for their wedding.

Bethany & Peter, thank you for bringing me into your lives, for making me laugh, and for trusting me with your wedding memories. Next time I make it to Portland, I’m bringing Shadow for a puppy play date. :)

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Venue: The Historic Davenport Hotel // Hair & Makeup: Terri Reece Studios // Dress: Elizabeth Dye // Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom // Cake: Marsell’s Cakes // String Quartet: Tedesca Quartet

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WOW!! What an amazing venue and gorgeous colors! Great job!!

Swimming with Turtles — Barbados // Barbados Travel Photography

I’ve never gotten around to blogging all our photos from Barbados, probably because I still have one last roll of film in my 35mm camera with a bunch of photos….ooops!

But I did remember that I took a few photos on our crappy old Fuji waterproof camera when we went snorkeling, so I decided to post them! When we made our plans for Barbados, they included a lot of beach time, and fruity drinks. But I knew I wanted to try out my SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) skills in the ocean. H really wanted to go snorkeling, so we emailed the guys over at Paddle Barbados about setting up a SUP and snorkel tour.

The think I love about SUP is how I feel so relaxed, it’s a lot like yoga for me. I’m just chilling on my board, floating across the water. Our guide gave me some awesome tips to improve my paddling skills, and I was feeling pretty confident. H, on the other hand, fell off his board more than once. He’s much better at snorkeling, which is really hard for me. For some reason, I get really stressed when I have to breathe through the snorkel, and there were quite a crowd by the turtles. Carlisle Bay, where Paddle Barbados is located, is a spot where a lot of people snorkel with sea turtles. Cool! So our guide too us over. These photos make it look really secluded, but the truth is, the turtles don’t hang out in this bay. They come because the guides from the other tours bring food for them at the same time each day. And there are lots of tours. It was crowded, which didn’t help me with the panic.

After snorkeling with the turtles, we cut across the bay on our boards, and made it almost all the way to Bridgetown – where we saw a horse taking a bath in the ocean! – before we decided to head back because there was a storm coming in. We swung by a couple of the shipwrecks, and with fewer people around, I was better at snorkeling. We made it back to Pebble Beach just as the storm blew through. Five minutes later, we were soaking up the sun on our lounge chairs for the afternoon, with an amazing fish sandwich from Cuz’s Fish Shack. Win.

The day we went over to Carlisle Bay was perfect for SUP – slightly windy and a bit overcast – which meant the snorkeling was just okay. You can see the change in the water color in the last photo, which was taken closer to the surface as the sun came out, compared to all the others when it was cloudy. It’s best to snorkel on a sunny day, because the water is clearer.

All in all, we had a blast, and we’d totally recommend Paddle Barbados (who have no idea I’ve said all this about them!) and the fish sandwich at Cuz’s. I’ve already started to make plans for my next international paddle board adventure! :)

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Spring Mini Sessions — Seattle & Spokane // Spokane Family Photography

I am so SO glad it’s spring, and to celebrate, I’m opening up two Saturdays for mini sessions!

Each session is just 30 minutes in length – perfect for updating your head shots or if your kiddos just won’t hold still – and includes 5 digital images. You’ll receive around 15 images to choose from, and you can order additional digital files, prints, or canvases.

Space is SUPER limited and these will go quickly, so reserve your spot today! Questions? Feel free to email me at any time: emily@emilywenzel.com and I’ll be happy to help you out!

Spring Mini Sessions // Spokane Family Photography // Emily Wenzel

Detailed product pricing can be found here. Mini session location will be determined 2-3 weeks before the sessions, and you will be notified by email. After your deposit is paid, you will be a sent a contract to sign. The remaining balance is due one week before the session. Deposits can also be paid by check or cash, contact me for details. Images will be delivered no more than 3 weeks after the session, and the galleries will be available for 30 days after delivery.

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