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!
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.