As the 2016 wedding season is nearing its finish with only a handful of weddings left for the year, we are looking back with thanksgiving at the amazing couples we’ve gotten to celebrate with, new places visited, and the provision photography has brought to our family.

The amazing wedding site, Borrowed & Blue, reached out and asked if they could do an online interview with us.  the interview will appear on their site and we are also posting it below in case you would like to read it.


Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s Seattle Market Specialist:

“One of the most important people you’ll hire to help pull off your wedding is your photographer—and golly, are locals spoiled by the amazing selection of Seattle wedding photographers! Your photographer’s work on your wedding day isn’t just to take the pictures that you and your partner will have for the rest of your lives: wedding photographers are amazing resources because they understand the timing of your day, plus they help to keep you cool, calm, and collected in the face of one of the biggest days of your life! Great wedding photographers, like our friends Gabriel and Jaci at Van Wyhe Photography, are going to feel more like friends than vendors, on your wedding day and beyond. I was so glad that Gabriel was excited to touch base with me about their photography business, and I learned a little bit about Seattle in general in the process!”


  1. How did you end up working in the photography business?

I took a photography class way way back in high school.  I learned on film and fell in love with photography.  For a decade after that, I carried a film SLR camera and took pictures of everything.  Life took me on lots of adventures and in many directions, but my love for photography stayed with me.  Years later the door opened to do some paid photography gigs and the next thing I knew, I was a full time wedding photographer with hundreds of weddings under my belt.

  1. Describe your photographic aesthetic in five words.

Natural life-style moment capturing.

  1. Do you have a favorite moment in a wedding day to photograph?

I love the father daughter dance.  I have a little girl and seeing this moment shared between a bride and her father is very powerful!

  1.  What are some of your favorite areas to photograph in Seattle?

There are so many amazing areas and spots.   The best spots to shoot are those that fit a couple’s personality.  For the right couples, the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market, with its sights, sounds and crowds, is the perfect fit.  For another couple, finding a quiet park or small beach on the Sound is a perfect fit.  When the location fits the couple, the images can capture their personality and their love story.

  1. Give our readers one suggestion for something they should do after they get engaged.

It is so easy to get caught up in the many details of planning a wedding and to quickly lose sight of the real reason a couple is getting married.  Before diving into wedding planning, I suggest a couple sits down together and really talks through what’s most import to them and what fits their personality.  There is a pressure, I think, for many couples to have the same type of wedding as they see in magazines and online.  But this is a love story and the perfect wedding is the one that fits the couple the best and tells their story.  For one couple, it may be a wedding with hundreds of people at a beautiful venue in downtown Seattle.  For another couple it might be having 20 of their closest friends and family for a campfire wedding near a lake away from the city.  The wedding is a celebration of the couple’s love and should reflect who they are.

  1. What makes a Seattle wedding different from a wedding in another part of the country?

To have mountains on one side, the Puget Sound on the other, so many amazing cultures and arts – a wedding in the Pacific Northwest can truly look and feel however a couple wants it to.  There are industrial areas with incredible spaces for weddings, there are sandy beaches, deep woods, and even waterfalls in and near the city.  Unlike some parts of the country where there is a limitation on the backdrops and settings, Seattle couples have endless options to have a wedding that will fit them and their story perfectly!

Thanks for the questions, Helen! Borrowed & Blue is a great place to find Seattle wedding vendors—be sure to check them out.

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