The Heart Dept. loves nothing more than telling really magical love stories. And Bryan and Joseph had a particularly beautiful and tender one to tell. We knew when we met them over cocktails at the Rainier Room that they just adore each other and were going to put all of their hearts, tears, awesomeness, style and joy into a poignant ceremony to mark the transition from being lovers to spouses. (Not that you ever stop being lovers, if you do it right!) And it was truly a perfect ceremony.
Sure enough, it was a day of celebration—from the gifts to the perfect kisses on the balcony to the exuberant drag performer to the toasts and dance floor full of revelers late into the evening.
Here’s to Bryan and Joseph and making magic together for the rest of their lives. May you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed capturing!
The Heart Dept. had the distinct pleasure of capturing the nuptials of a bewitchingly beautiful couple, Amy Berkley and Matt Buechler. That’s a lot of b’s for a Tuesday morning but we alliterate when we’re excited. (To these b’s we should add brainy. Because they’re our two favorite immunologists. Germs, beware!) Matt and Amy obviously have a very devoted and effusive fan base of family and friends who adore them and would probably go to the ends of the earth for them — or, at the very least, go lawn bowling in the rain and build Rainier beer towers in their honor. The wedding ceremony and reception unfolded in the warm, inviting hall of Fremont Abbey, with Amy in some of the loveliest lace we’ve ever seen and Matt as polished and put together as a groom can be. We believe Seattle loves them so very much, it put on its best drizzle and feted them as only Seattle can — in the grey tableau of non-stop, relentless precipitation. Amy’s poor wedding dress took a soggy beating that day, but she glided radiantly through all rain like a champ, attended by her pageant of brightly-shoed bridesmaids and pop-art umbrellas. Every detail of this wedding was lush, bright, intentional and intimate — from bold pops of color in the groom’s shoelaces to Amy’s favorite red velvet cake to the sweet gesture of Matt and Amy pouring pitchers of beers for their guests. We savored every minute and tried to capture some of the eye candy via this wedding video. Disclaimer: they had a really cute flower girl you might recognize.
I’m never one to resist getting tantalizing close-ups of tulle and shortcake. So earlier this spring I delighted in filming a little slice of the glittered, glammy spectacle that is the Northwest Vintage Wedding Fair. Let’s just say that there was enough vintage elegance and eye candy and antiquated treasures and sweetly scripted invitations and feathery fascinators and Broaches (with a capital B) to put an F. Scott Fitzgerald garden party to shame. I would tell you there was vintage chocolate, but thank goodness there wasn’t—just freshly made, oh so au currant confections and yes, floaty voluminous shortcake that absconded with my heart. Organizers Laurie Kearney of Ghost Gallery and Rosemary Wagner of Rosemary Wagner Photography have nurtured an atmosphere of homemade intimacy and approachability missing from the sterile, sweeping expanses of large-scale wedding expos. It seems like the perfect place for couples to find meaningful, extraordinary vintage items and services offered by vendors who truly care about their craft. As Rose aptly put it, it makes me want to get married again. This time in a gorgeous little felt cloche. Daintily nibbling my fairytale shortcake while pummeling our custom heart-shaped pinata. Can’t wait for next year’s vintage wedding fair!
Courtney and Adam were married at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma on a clear, bright, lovely day in spring. The second-to-last day of March, actually—one that went out gentle as a lamb, just as the idiom says. The wedding however, went out with a bang and a joyfully raucous reception—the type of wedding celebration that packs a dance floor to the gills, where little kids breakdance and people linger and nobody passes up the wedding cupcakes, where you don’t go home until you’ve broken a sweat, laughed long and hard, and hugged a lot of people. Maybe ones you don’t know. Those seem to be the kind of people Courtney and Adam are. They pull you in. They create community wherever they go, in Tacoma or wherever life will lead them. Here’s to Courtney and Adam’s beautiful wedding, and the incredible adventure they just launched.
We had the privilege of being part of an amazing couple’s nuptials recently, Adam Ydstie and Courtney Beardsley-Schoonmaker. As I’ve been sifting through their wedding footage, I’ve been positively giddy with all the incredible moments I’m encountering. Incredible because Adam and Courtney are a dashing and charismatic couple, but even more so because they simply radiate love—not only to each other but everyone around them. Likewise, they’re just so LOVED by so many people. Tons of people. Heaps of people. A big, lively crowd packed Urban Grace for their wedding a few Saturdays ago. Clapping, crying, celebrating and dancing on their behalf. Smiling on their behalf. I can find nary a staged smile here. Every one is wide and genuine and thrilled to be a part of their moment. We were too! We also had the sincere pleasure of working with local photography luminaries Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography. We can’t wait to see the gorgeous wedding shots these two undoubtedly captured.
At any rate, I couldn’t help but pull a few screen grabs from our wedding footage to share here. I’m definitely looking forward to finishing and posting their film in the coming weeks.