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julia and dean live in philadelphia, but had their wedding in poulsbo, washington, where julia grew up. i think it would be really difficult to plan a destination wedding, but they really did an amazing job… which makes sense, considering julia’s an event planner. the wedding was held at the BEAUTIFUL kiana lodge… i just couldn’t get over how amazing the whole place was!

julia, getting ready at her parents’ home…

i was absolutely crazy about her gorgeous dress. seriously, all my brides have such good taste!

julia said she basically picked her dress based on these shoes, which were one of her first wedding purchases. they’re so beautiful, i want a pair!

after julia was all ready, we headed off to the big grocery store (yes, you read right…) for some portraits…

there is a long series of photos like this. as soon as we pulled into the store, i knew i wanted to take some photos in front of the rows of shopping carts! to get it, all the bridesmaids held a shopping cart steady while i climbed in and took the photos from above…

i love the lady staring at julia…

julia’s face cracks me up here…

then, we headed over to the kiana lodge, and after julia and dean first saw each other, we hung out and took a few shots around the lodge…

i love that moose. so much. oh, and i love julia and dean too…

then, it was time for the ceremony. the minister read the most beautiful apache wedding blessing…

“Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other

Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness.

Now you are two persons but there is only one life before you.

Go now and enter into the days of your life together

And may your days together be good and long upon the earth.”

i got so excited when i saw this woodpile, i knew it would look amazing in photos…

julia and dean chose THE BEST BAND EVER (well, excepting u2) to perform at their reception. i wanted to stay all night and listen to them…

i love watching parents watch their children’s first dance… here’s julia’s wonderful mom…

the essentials…

a shot of one of the band members from outside…

julia and dean, it was such an honour and a pleasure to meet you after so many long months of planning. i’m so glad it was everything you wanted, and i hope you’re having a ridiculously wonderful time in hawaii… i’ll phone you if i ever end up in philadelphia. :o)

:: a few of the other amazing vendors that made this wedding spectacular ::

videographers :: the super kind and talented paul and holley from

four seasons films, asheville north carolina.

best cake/desserts (especially the banana tarts) :: sweets & savories.



  1. Kristel! Your photos are amazing- you seemed to have captured the joy & beauty of the day perfectly. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos- You do understand you’ll have to fly to California and photograph my wedding if I ever get married 🙂

  2. Hey Kristel,

    Great photos from the wedding!
    It was such a pleasure to get to meet you.
    I hope we get the chance to work together again sometime soon.

    Paul and Holley

  3. Awesome shots and i love the dress up against the window, you really nailed that exposure.

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