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Titlow Lodge Tacoma Wedding

Titlow Lodge Wedding

Kyle + Matt's Titlow Lodge Wedding in Tacoma, WA.  This one was one for the books.  Not only is Kyle a friend, but this was my first time shooting a wedding at the venue where I got married.  Talk about all the feels.  Kyle and Matt had the most beautiful celebration, from her stunning gown to their hand-done florals, their cute pup and ring bearer, and hands down the best best-man speech I've ever heard (he rewrote the president's speech from Independence Day, background music, and all.  Mind: blown).  They are both teachers, so they sprinkled in a little bit of teacher-y flavor here and there in their decor, which was adorable.  And speaking of sprinkles, their wedding cake was so cute and looked just right next to all the sprinkle donuts!  Kyle is a gorgeous lady, inside and out, so it was super special getting to capture her day.  These two are the actual cutest and serious bride + groom goals.  Congrats, Kyle + Matt!  

Venue: Titlow Lodge, Tacoma WA
Gown: Maggie Sottero from The Wedding Bell
Groom's Outfit: Express, Scotch + Soda, Mrs. Bowtie
Catering: Jonz Catering
Coordination: Sarah Jeffers
Floral: Darryn DeMarce
DJ: Kristine Lockrem - K2K Productions
Photobooth: The Snap Bar
Desserts: Donuts from Le Donut, Cake from Corina Bakery

Point Defiance Wedding

Tacoma Wedding Photographer

Bethany + Tyler got married amongst the sea creatures at Point Defiance's Aquarium back in November, while lil' ol' me was 8 whole months pregnant.  If you're wondering why it's taken me so long to get this wedding posted, the whole pregnant/birthing/newborn thing maaaayy have been a contributing factor. I'm so excited to finally get Bethany + Tyler's big day featured here on the blog!  I've taken Bethany + Tyler's photos for a few years now.  I did a shoot of them before they got engaged, then I did their engagement photos, and now their wedding!

Bethany loves sea creatures, has an amazing jellyfish tattoo, and their wedding/engagement rings are these super-cool tentacle rings from Octopus Me, so having their wedding at PDZA was so perfect!  The aquarium was also featuring Jellies at the time, which was even more perfect!

Gown: Needle and Thread from BHLDN
Hair + Makeup: Embellish Multispace Salon
Florals: Succulently Urban
Venue: Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium
Catering: Lancer Catering
Cupcakes: Miss Moffett's Mystical Cupcakes
Favors: Air Plants
DJ: Music De-Lite

Foss Waterway Seaport Wedding

Last month I had the huge honor of getting to photograph one of my favorite humans' wedding.  Amy is a fellow photographer, artist, and all around amazing human, and she married an equally awesome fellow. Eric contacted me a couple years ago to photograph their surprise engagement, which was so fun!  It's always exciting when you get to be present at your friend's proposal (and know about it before them!  Secret secret!).  Amy is a gorgeous person and I loved getting to spend the day with her on her most special of days.

This was my first wedding as a mom, and I was glad it was friend's wedding because my husband and my tiny human got to come to the wedding too! It was so much fun getting to go back to Tacoma and visit our favorite people and places.  I loved getting to meet Amy and Eric's families, it's so cool to meet the people who raised your favorite friends.

Since their wedding was in February in Tacoma we were prepared for rain, but it ended up being a gorgeous sunny day!  Still, we had planned on doing their first look and portraits in the WW Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park, which was perfect because I'd been wanting to shoot wedding portraits there for ages! It's a tiny little conservatory, but the lush plants (and warm temperature-- compared to outside! brr!) made for the most beautiful backdrop for their first look and portraits.

Amy and Eric, congrats you crazy kids!  I'm so thrilled I got to hang out with you guys all day and capture the first day of your marriage!  

Venue: Foss Waterway Seaport
Gown: Maggie Sotterro via The Wedding Bell 
Hair: Dani Phinisey
Makeup: Ceferina Grace
Cake/cupcakes: LaurieAnn's Cakes and Desserts
Catering: Catering by Bette Anne Curry
DJ: Adam Teigs
Florist: Enchanted Florist

fall tacoma mini sessions!

Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios

Hey lovely folks!  Need some new photos for your Christmas card, to replace the old prints on your wall, or to remind your family what you look like?  Or just to have some non-selfie photos of yourselves?  Well, get out your sweaters and flannel!  This year I'm offering a few fall couples sessions right here in Tacoma!  Mini Sessions are a great way to snag some beautiful professional photos if you're on a budget! Book your session now before they get booked up, and tag a friend who needs new photos!

Here are the deets:

Shoot dates are: October 24 + 25 and November 6 + 7

Brass tacks: Couples Session is $200 | 20 min shoot | 10 high res digital images 

Prints, holiday cards, and additional digital images available for purchase

To book, email: liz@lizmorrowstudios.com

Only a few sessions are available on each day so book soon!

Session fee must be paid in full to be booked and is non-refundable once time and date.  If you'd like to include littles, a family session is just an additional $25!

Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios
Fall Mini Photo Sessions in Tacoma, WA, Liz Morrow Studios

Vintage RV Seattle Wedding Inspiration

Liz Morrow Studios | Winnebago Brave Styled Vintage Bridal Inspiration

Here's a little peek at some of my favorite shots from last week's styled wedding inspiration shoot with Urban X Change!  I partnered up with Brooke from UXC to shoot some of the incredible vintage bridal looks she's been collecting in preparation to launch her new vintage bridal line.  Because I'm obsessed with my new Brave, (and because what goes better with vintage dresses than vintage RVs?), we styled up this fun shoot together and had four lovely ladies, and one lucky guy be our muses for the day, with Lizzie Rodrigue knocking out hair and make up like a rockstar, Brooke styling the gals, and Madeleine Spencer and I doing event styling and floral.  I'm so in love with the images and can't wait to finish editing everything and show the complete shoot!

Liz Morrow Studios | Winnebago Brave Styled Vintage Bridal Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios | Winnebago Brave Styled Vintage Bridal Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios | Winnebago Brave Styled Vintage Bridal Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios | Winnebago Brave Styled Vintage Bridal Inspiration
Liz Morrow Studios | Winnebago Brave Styled Vintage Bridal Inspiration

vintage solstice styled bridal shoot

Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot

Being in the wedding industry, you're exposed to hundreds of gorgeous weddings, thousands of pretty gowns and hairstyles, countless bouquets.  For those of us who are married, it can definitely make you want a wedding do-over!  No matter how timeless a wedding ceremony is, I feel like every bride's tastes and aesthetic changes over time, and how fun would it be to throw another wedding party with your current style?  I feel like that's probably why we photographers do styled shoots.  It's a fun (and way cheaper) way of "doing over" your wedding.  As a lady, we get to feel so special and gorgeous on that day.  Hair done up, makeup flawlessly applied, stunning gown, sparkly jewelry.  Unless you're Taylor Swift or Beyonce, most of us don't have a reason or excuse to get that gussied up again, but I feel like most of us want to.  During the summer wedding season months, we see photos of friends and acquaintances becoming brides, and we remember how it felt on that day.  To feel that gorgeous and special.  

I won't lie, there are days I want to feel that special again, if only for a little bit.  The mundanity of every day life is hard to compare to that big day, but I feel like we should be able to recreate a bit of that special feeling without needing the excuse of a special occasion.  Sometimes you just want to feel pretty and fancy just because, and I think that's totally legit.  

So the other day, which happened to be summer solstice, the late low sun's light was killing it and as a photographer I couldn't let that creamy, delicious light go to waste.  I'd just seen a friend's bridal portraits and felt like, damn, I remember how amazing that felt.  So.  I ran home.  Pulled my wedding dress out of its garment bag.  Quickly put on some slightly fancier makeup, threw on a wig (didn't feel like taking green-haired photos and I hadn't rocked my redhead wig in photos yet!).  Made an uber-fast bouquet out of some leftover faux blooms laying around.  And drove 30 seconds to a park to catch the last of the solstice sun for a "bridal" shoot.

Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot

Seeing this dress on again, I remembered how gorgeous it was and is.  And, even though there are so many incredibly amazing gowns I'd love to wear (ugh, Free People, stahp!), this one still feels like the one.  It still feels like the dress I was meant to walk down the aisle wearing.  Doing this little shoot made a lot of that desire to have a do-over dissipate and I fell in love with our wedding all over again.  Sure, I'd probably style the decor differently.  Having shot and attended so many weddings since our 2011 weddings, I'd do a lot of things differently.  But there are so many things I wouldn't change for the world.  For one: the dress I wore down the aisle.  But more importantly: the man I walked down that aisle towards.  

Trash-the-dress shoots became a thing sometime in the past 15 years, and while I sort of get the point (you're only going to wear it once, so why keep it around taking up space in the closet?), it kind of breaks my heart a little.  I've put on both my grandmothers' wedding dresses, and this dress, my wedding dress, was my mother's wedding dress.  They only wore their dresses once, presumably, but being able to put on my grandmothers' dresses, getting to wear my mom's dress for my own wedding?  So amazing. 

Any brides out there want to do a re-do bridal shoot?  Who says you can't get all "Brided" up again and put on your white dress and feel fancy?  If you want permission, here.  I give you permission.  You're totally allowed to put on your wedding dress again and do a faux-bridal shoot just for the heck of it.  

Let's do it

Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot
Vintage Gunne Sax Wedding Dress, Summer Solstice Wedding Shoot

glamorous grunge seattle wedding inspiration

rock and roll wedding photography

Inspired by local record stores and the Pacific Northwest's grunge rock history, Karrie (of Sparks Fly Events) contacted me with the idea to do a rock and roll inspired wedding shoot!  I was super excited about the concept and was 100% on board.  We were both disappointed in the lack of variety of "rock and roll" weddings, and in our research there was a lot of the same look.  Lots of black and red color schemes.  We decided to create a luxe-grunge wedding styled shoot with plenty of rock and roll cred, but with luxurious textures and a heavy dose of glamour. Glitter and Leather. Studs and Roses. Our "bride" is a truly rock and roll gal, a local burlesque dancer (she performed in Adventures in Oz with me, as the Tornado!), and the "groom", who can rock a serious man-bun, is a former coffee shop owner (my former boss, actually!).  These two are rad folks, but not in a relationship with one another, though it was fun to have them as our models!  Her amazing nails were actually my inspiration for my crazy emerald city nails for Adventures in Oz!  And you might recognize her studded jacket, it's one of my favorite pieces from my closet and a regular here on the blog in my outfit posts.

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rock and roll wedding photography

I was so in love with the braided faux-hawk the ladies at Embellish created!  Mae's grey hair was perfectly unconventional, yet chic, and the up-do gives homage to punk culture, while still being glamorous and pretty.  Her Elizabeth Stuart dress was classic and elegant, but the giant tulle skirt was so much fun and playful.  As we walked down 6th avenue, the huge skirt flowed out behind her in the wind.  I also loved how it was slightly blush, a departure from more traditional white and ivory dresses, but still decidedly bridal.

We went with tons of gold and blush in the color scheme, and lots of sparkle.  Who says rock and roll isn't glamorous?

So many wonderful vendors contributed to the shoot, so scroll down to the bottom to see all the amazing talent involved!

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rock and roll wedding photography
rock and roll wedding photography
rock and roll wedding photography
rock and roll wedding photography
rock and roll wedding photography
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rock and roll wedding photography

Vendors:

Florals:
Laurel's Floral Decor

Dress:
Elizabeth Stuart

Second dress:
Ivy and Aster

Chalkboard art:
Colour And Dust

Venue:
Events on 6th

Design:
Sparks Fly events

Hair + Makeup
Embellish Salon

aaron + riki's chambers bay tacoma wedding

This past summer I had a booth at Art On The Ave, a super fun arts festival on Tacoma's 6th Ave every summer.  During the festival I did giveaways for some photo sessions and one super special giveaway for an entire wedding package.  Aaron and Riki were the winners and I'm so excited they ended up winning.  I got to shoot their engagement photos back in August and they ended up being some of my favorite photos ever.  I knew that their wedding was going to be super fun after meeting them at the engagement shoot.  I mean, they brought their dog and he was wearing a little shirt collar.  SO cute.

Their wedding was so laid back and lighthearted, it was a pleasure to be a part of their day.  Aaron's daughter gave an unexpected toast at the reception that had everyone in the room, including myself, with tears in their eyes.  So special, so meaningful.  The wedding was held at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building, which despite sounding unromantic, has an amazing view of the sound and we were able to zoom down to the waterfront in a golf cart to do some bride + groom portraits down on the beach.  We also got an incredible sunset that night that was mind blowing!  Nature FTW.