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Snowy Summit Styled Shoot

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Green Garden Wedding

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In high, or low tide

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Meet our 2018 Cover Photographer: Pearl Photography by Elena

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Emerald Elopement Styled Shoot

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Ocean-kissed wedding by waterside

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How to make your wedding last

Photo by Autumn Pines Photography In this digital age, memories have become less fleeting. Especially with sacred wedding moments such as the first dance or that smile he wore when you walked down the aisle, preserving memories from your day means being able to reminisce for years to come. The playlist  Music can take you back. It is likely that you’ll put a lot of thought into each tune played at your wedding – from the first dance to the song that will get your friends out of their seats. Don’t let the beat go forgotten. Burn a CD or keep a digital playlist online (whichever way you are less likely to lose it). However way you choose to store your songs – you …
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Photo by Autumn Pines Photography
In this digital age, memories have become less fleeting. Especially with sacred wedding moments such as the first dance or that smile he wore when you walked down the aisle, preserving memories from your day means being able to reminisce for years to come.

The playlist 

Music can take you back. It is likely that you’ll put a lot of thought into each tune played at your wedding – from the first dance to the song that will get your friends out of their seats. Don’t let the beat go forgotten. Burn a CD or keep a digital playlist online (whichever way you are less likely to lose it). However way you choose to store your songs – you won’t have to worry about the music you’ll play during your next anniversary.

The photos

Digitally-produced photo albums have made it easier than ever to organize your snapshots. Pull the digital downloads from your photographer and load them up. Easy-to-use programs let you convert to black and white, make collages, add quotes and more. When compiling your pictures, keep it semi-organized in the order of the day (getting ready first, reception last). Your album will tell a story from beginning to end. This is your personal book, so focus on using the pictures that are most likely to make you laugh, smile or cry in the years to come.

The people

It can be especially rewarding to see an event through someone else’s eyes. There are plenty of ways to include your guests in the preservation process. You can have your loved ones sign a guest book of warm wishes and advice before they leave, take photos on disposable cameras, or write down a memory.
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What brides remember from their wedding day

“One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was seeing my soon-to-be husband’s face when we did our “first look.” When I finally got up to him, we lingered for what felt like an eternity to take a couple pictures before he turned to see me. As he turned, his face instantly lit up! His eyes got big and he got the biggest smile on his face! After that moment, all of my wedding jitters and anxiety melted away and I felt nothing but pure joy and excitement for the rest of the day.” – Katherine F. By KHulett Photography

“One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was seeing my soon-to-be husband’s face when we did our “first look.” When I finally got up to him, we lingered for what felt like an eternity to take a couple pictures before he turned to see me. As he turned, his face instantly lit up! His eyes got big and he got the biggest smile on his face! After that moment, all of my wedding jitters and anxiety melted away and I felt nothing but pure joy and excitement for the rest of the day.” – Katherine F.
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Just Engaged? Here are your dos and don'ts

Photo by Rising Heart Photography Congratulations! You just got engaged. There is a lot to do, but don’t think it all has to happen at once. You have some time to figure out the details. Here is what you should focus on right away. DO.... 1. Enjoy the moment You just got engaged! Make sure not to obsess too much on the expenses, dates or getting everything done right now. Enjoy the moment you two are in, and the journey that awaits you. Chances are you’ve thought about your big day before. Discuss the wedding of your dreams and bask in how exciting it’ll all be. 2. Start small Ok, now you can start crunching the numbers. What is that budget going to look like? …
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Photo by Rising Heart Photography
Congratulations! You just got engaged. There is a lot to do, but don’t think it all has to happen at once. You have some time to figure out the details. Here is what you should focus on right away.

DO....

1. Enjoy the moment
You just got engaged! Make sure not to obsess too much on the expenses, dates or getting everything done right now. Enjoy the moment you two are in, and the journey that awaits you. Chances are you’ve thought about your big day before. Discuss the wedding of your dreams and bask in how exciting it’ll all be.
2. Start small
Ok, now you can start crunching the numbers. What is that budget going to look like? Make a rough estimate of where you two want to go money-wise. What are the things you are willing to splurge on and areas where you could save?
3. Pick a season
Decide when this grand event should take place. Do you want a summer wedding or a backdrop of amber and gold leaves?
4. Size it up
The cost of your wedding mostly depends on the number of people who will see you walk down the aisle. Do you and your partner foresee an intimate wedding of close family and friends or a ballroom filled with everyone you know? Start by each making a list of who you absolutely must have, and then a bit more. Get an estimate – you can start scaling it down once you start looking at possible venues.
5. Think about engagement photos
Go ahead and schedule your engagement photo session. These photos are fun to post on social media and, of course, to use for save-the-dates. Many wedding photographers offer a package that include engagement photos. See our section on why we recommend hiring a professional on page 14.
DON'T...
1. Start out sprinting
​Go ahead and start planning a little – it’s part of the fun! But don’t stress yourself by trying to get venues, photographers and vows right away. You want to take your time and make sure you see all the options out there. A speedy decision could mean missing out on a better option down the road.
2. Broadcast
Staying tight lipped about your proposal isn’t going to be easy. But until the people closest to you get a visit or a phone call (don’t forget grandma!) the not-so-close friends on social media can wait.
3. Make promises
It is easy to get caught up in everyone’s fantasy for your wedding. Your best friend might have the best idea for a color scheme and your mom might know just where you should book the venue, but at the beginning, make sure you’re just listening instead of jumping into anything too soon.
4. Plan the party
Don’t start sharing the big news and handing out titles for bridesmaids or maid of honor too soon. Talk to your spouse about who they are thinking of including, figure out numbers and take your time before handing anyone a bouquet.
5. Shop and stop
The perfect wedding dress could be the first one you find, but unless you’re absolutely sure, be careful in writing that check too soon. Feel free to go shopping early on, but look at your options before deciding on the dress. Compare prices at different locations and shop around so you know you’ve found the perfect gown.
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Turquoise and Ruby: Engagement at Diablo Lake

Photographer says: The story: I’ve been dying to shoot at Diablo Lake, ever since my first visit there, over a year ago! Diablo Lake is known for its turquoise water and I love that it has the look of an adventure session without the effort of hiking to get there. It’s got the most amazing viewpoint, and it’s only a few steps past the parking lot. I met Iyanna (who is a model, by the way!) online and was so happy to officially meet her and her fiancé, Michael. They were both so kind, and Michael had Iyanna laughing the whole time. They’re adorable and so chatty with each other, which was funny because they had crushes on each other for weeks before …

Photographer says:

The story: I’ve been dying to shoot at Diablo Lake, ever since my first visit there, over a year ago! Diablo Lake is known for its turquoise water and I love that it has the look of an adventure session without the effort of hiking to get there. It’s got the most amazing viewpoint, and it’s only a few steps past the parking lot. I met Iyanna (who is a model, by the way!) online and was so happy to officially meet her and her fiancé, Michael. They were both so kind, and Michael had Iyanna laughing the whole time. They’re adorable and so chatty with each other, which was funny because they had crushes on each other for weeks before they first talked! You’ve got to check out Iyanna’s engagement ring as well. It’s so gorgeous! It was inspired by coral and they chose to go with a ruby stone, Iyanna’s birthstone, rather than your typical diamond. On top of it all, it was created by an artisan in Israel! Iyanna and Michael will be tying the knot in Florida summer of 2017.

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Alicia's Bridal talks wedding trends

^ Owner Pam Reed (above) has worked at Alicia's for more than 30 years. Photos and text by Kara Spencer.    ​Trends are always coming back around, and wedding wear is no exception. Pacific Coast Weddings caught up with Pam Reed, owner of Bellingham-based Alicia’s Bridal and The Formal House to discuss which styles are in and which ones are out for the 2018 year.   Alicia’s Bridal is home to hundreds of wedding dresses made by top designers. The store is also perfect for the groom to be, stocked with over 4,000 tuxedos that can be fitted and out the door in an hour. With over 30 years of experience, Reed shares the latest trends, and her advice …
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^ Owner Pam Reed (above) has worked at Alicia's for more than 30 years.

Photos and text by Kara Spencer.   

​Trends are always coming back around, and wedding wear is no exception. Pacific Coast Weddings caught up with Pam Reed, owner of Bellingham-based Alicia’s Bridal and The Formal House to discuss which styles are in and which ones are out for the 2018 year.
 
Alicia’s Bridal is home to hundreds of wedding dresses made by top designers. The store is also perfect for the groom to be, stocked with over 4,000 tuxedos that can be fitted and out the door in an hour. With over 30 years of experience, Reed shares the latest trends, and her advice for brides shopping for their big day.
 
Dress Shopping
 
Reed’s advice:

  • Bring two to three of your closest friends and family. Too many opinions can make it difficult. “Think of someone who understands that it is all about the bride, and not them.”
  • Keep an open mind and try on different styles. The majority of the time, a bride chooses a dress completely different than what she had in mind.
  • Start small. Start with five dresses to avoid getting overwhelmed.
  • Have fun. It is about feeling beautiful and celebrating your day. “Come in and have fun, we don't mind if you hate some of the dresses,” Reed says.
                                            
Trends: The Bride 
If you are looking for a pure white gown, you might have some trouble. Snow-white gowns are now hard to find, Reed said. In fact, there is only one true white gown in Alicia’s Bridal, and that's because more brides are going after ivory and sand-colored dresses. A real white doesn’t compliment many skin tones, Reed said, and that is why they have become less popular in past years.
 
A perfect fit and comfort appear to be themes for 2018. Beyond color, designs are changing to adhere to more bodies and being crafted with more forgiving, comfortable fabrics. She loves watching a bride’s reaction after putting on the flexible fabric, Reed said. “The best thing is that wedding dresses have gotten more stretch,” Reed said. “It is like yoga pants in a dress.”
 
The fabric is as comfortable as it is complementing; the spandex-material under the dress makes it more approachable for a variety of body types.
 
There is no doubt that the low-back from years past is still a trend – but now, that back is covered in an almost perfectly-transparent netting. The benefit of the illusion is that it pulls the front of the dress to make for a better overall fit, while still giving an “amazing” low back, Reed said. English net can also be found on many of the newer dresses, and offers a softer, more romantic feel than tulle, Reed said.


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This year, sleeves aren’t getting the cold shoulder. The off the shoulder look has  slightly changed the strictly strapless style from years past, and long sleeves are still staying strong, Reed said.
 
Accessories are no longer strictly silver, and have been joined by gold and rose gold. Headpieces are transforming, too. Gold-plated floral headbands and hair vines take a new, elegant spin on the floral crown.
 
This year, it is all about details, Reed said. Dresses are more intricate than ever, being adorned with beading, lace, layers, texture or sheer netting. But don't worry – you're likely not paying more. Dress prices haven't spiked and are expected to be stay about the same this year, Reed said.
 
Trends: The Wedding Party
The next go-to color can’t be pinned down, and that's because brides are getting more creative. Pinterest has certainly changed things throughout the years, Reed said. With all of the inspiration, brides are finding more complex color schemes and specific shades. Although Pinterest can be a great tool for finding color palettes, she advises brides to keep an open mind, since finding an exact color from online can be difficult to find in the store.
 
These days, brides have been choosing upwards of three different colors for gowns, florals and accents. Merlot, navy, eggplant and softer pastels have been some of the more common colors, Reed said.

 
Her main advice for a bride-to-be in search of her colors? “Surround yourself with the color that complements you best and coordinate with the groom.”
 
The groom and bride should share a similar look, she noted. If a groom is wearing suspenders and the bride is wearing a ball gown, their aesthetic can look too different. “Follow the formality of the bride,” Reed said. Reed’s easy fix is to add a jacket on top of the suspender look, and take it off later in the night, when the formal photos and ceremony is over.
 
But her biggest advice for grooms is quite simple — “Listen to the bride!” 
 
Alicia’s Bridal & The Formal House is located at 1400 N State Street, open 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. throughout the week, and closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Brides can request an appointment in person, online or by phone at 360/733-2563. ​​​
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Moody Woodland Style Shoot

Decorated with crimson, emerald and oak, this woodland style shoot is something out of a winter fantasy. With a setting that you can only find in Washington, Pearl Photography by Elena captured the styled pair amongst a brilliant forest, with emphasis on the beautiful wood, berry reds and rays of light. Look at the photos below and continue for a note from the photographer. From the photographer: The richest of textures, like the roots of the strongest birch, begins in the verdant depths of this romantic location outside of Seattle. Fur and lace, Earth and sky, combine to create an ambiance like no other in this Modern Viking Inspired look. Like the many elements of this amaranth …
Decorated with crimson, emerald and oak, this woodland style shoot is something out of a winter fantasy. With a setting that you can only find in Washington, Pearl Photography by Elena captured the styled pair amongst a brilliant forest, with emphasis on the beautiful wood, berry reds and rays of light. Look at the photos below and continue for a note from the photographer.
From the photographer:
The richest of textures, like the roots of the strongest birch, begins in the verdant depths of this romantic location outside of Seattle. Fur and lace, Earth and sky, combine to create an ambiance like no other in this Modern Viking Inspired look. Like the many elements of this amaranth bouquet, every detail comes together perfectly to create this elegant woodsy setting.

Photographer: Pearl Photography by Elena

Event Planner: Added Details 
Dress: Frankie & Maude 
Tuxedo: Men's Wearhouse
Floral Designer: Pozie by Natalie
Hair and Makeup: Sierra Perry
Rentals: Wander Event Rentals
Calligrapher: Katelin Simons Design
Cake: Gathered Confections
Jewelry: Fringe
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