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danielle & matt // seattle wedding photographer

“But oh, if I could only get you oceanside,
to lay your muscles wide,
it’d be heavenly.
& oh, if I could only coax you overboard,
to leave these lulling shores,
to get you oceanside.
Oceanside. Oceanside. oh.”
-the decemberists, oceanside

This is the anniversary post for one of my favorite couples of all time, Danielle & Matt. They are the dynamic duo whose engagement & wedding photos I seem to gravitate towards over & over again because I am so emotionally drawn to both them & to their wedding; in fact, I found myself getting choked up again as I looked at their photos this morning for the millionth time since last year. July 7, 2012, they got married & celebrated on the shores of Lake Union at Gasworks Park, with what was the most relaxed & fun & unique summer wedding. I had Sergio Mottola along for this one, and when we left the wedding, we were driving away literally screaming with a mixture of disbelief & enthusiasm in the van because we couldn’t get over how fun the day was. SO FUN.

Everything about this wedding was super personal to Danielle & Matt & their family, which I think is such an important factor when planning a party like this. They, along with their friends & families, created all of the details by hand… all the way down to their flowers, the centerpieces, and the Funfetti boxed cake that was a super hit for the guests, and for me of course! [Wedding Cake = VERY Important to Me] And I also want to note something beautiful & completely unexpected, and that is that Danielle has a photograph of an old airplane tattooed on her arm—that happens to be in honor of her grandfather who took that photograph & flew that very airplane—and throughout Danielle & Matt’s wedding photos, you’ll see airplanes flying above, as if they’re saluting the memory of her grandfather. Or even as if her grandfather was sending his blessings from the sky… it wasn’t until I saw the photos & noticed all these blessings, did I realize how their wedding came full circle with connections to their past, present & future.

I love this. And I love these people.

Congratulations again to Danielle & Matt, and to their lovely families! Thank you for being so awesome, for having me along for the ride, and for being such amazing new friends to me… Happy First Anniversary to you!!!

For even more fun, you can see their engagement photos {here}

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