Nallayer Studios: Blog en-us (C) Nallayer Studios (Nallayer Studios) Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:45:00 GMT Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:45:00 GMT Waterfront Sunset Proposal | Dalton + Hailey | Tacoma, WA Planning is everything, until a boat almost ruins the photos! Dalton planned a beautiful proposal to Hailey on the dock at the Narrows Marina near Tacoma's Boathouse 19. But a few minutes before their scheduled arrival, a large yacht parked right in the way of my secret hiding place. I sprinted to another location to get these shots, and it was so worth it! Click any photo to enlarge.

The folks in the boat in the background were witnesses to the proposal!

Sending my best wishes to this wonderful, newly engaged couple!

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Incredible Modern Destination Wedding | Carlye + Casey | Kihei, Maui, Hawai'i When you get engaged in a foreign country, it's difficult to have a spectacular wedding that tops that. But Carlye and Casey delivered with a stunning destination wedding in Hawai'i. Welcoming their families from all over, they gathered for a multi-day celebration that included parties, brunch, a barbecue and the wedding itself. Their guests enjoyed many of the island's activities before and after the wedding, including a snorkeling trip to Molokini crater a few days after the ceremony. Many took side trips to different beaches and cities on the island. Some brave souls drove the road to Hana and camped under the stars. Everyone dreams of a stellar Hawaiian vacation, and a wedding gave the perfect excuse to make a trip! The barbecue before the wedding was a relaxed and fun affair, and I captured this silly photo of the groom and groomsmen goofing off. Click any photo to enlarge.

Congratulations to these awesome newlyweds! I'll bet that there are many more adventures in your future.

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Spectacular, Dignified Wedding | Thalia + Cruz | Sumner, WA They planned out the best day of their lives with their family and friends. Gathering everyone they care about, Thalia and Cruz married on a warm September day. The celebration was upbeat and a day full of love. You won't believe how they left the party--scroll to the end to see!

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Refined Maternity Portraits | Brittany + Anthony | Renton, WA Bringing a baby into the world is an exciting time. I was honored to shoot Brittany and Anthony's super fun engagement session in Disneyland in 2016. They asked me to photograph them and their dog Buddy before their family grew by one in July. We chose Kubota Garden in Renton as the setting, since it has so many varied landscapes for capturing a variety of backgrounds in one location. Click on any photo below to enlarge.

Baby Camden arrived July 28, 2017. Congratulations!

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Stately Northwest Wedding | Brandi + Brandon | Sumner, WA Brandi and Brandon are a perfect example of a cute, active Northwest couple who go on adventures and have lots of fun. They were a blast to photograph for their engagement session. They tied the knot in Sumner at Laurel Creek Manor, a wonderful venue. Take a look at their wedding photos and click on any to enlarge.

Congratulations to these two newlyweds!

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Totally Rad Backyard Wedding | Shauna + Michael | Bremerton, WA Shauna and Michael tied the knot in their family's backyard in a super fun ceremony and reception. We had a great time together shooting their engagement portraits last December so I was pleased to have more time with them and their guests at the wedding. They organized a giant barbecue with oysters, karaoke, and dancing. It was a perfect summer day for a northwest wedding!


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Multi-Cultural Waterfront Wedding | Irienna + David | Tacoma, WA David and Irienna had a civil ceremony before he was deployed, but always knew they wanted a big celebration and formal wedding in a church to complete their commitment to each other. This summer they gathered their friends and family, they married, and now they'll live happily ever after! ;-) They had quite the busy day with the church wedding, then photos at Tacoma's Museum of Glass, a reception at the Foss Waterway Seaport, and a spectacular firework exit! Irienna even wore three outfits for the big day - a beaded white wedding gown with a veil, a traditional Khmer wedding dress, and a cute and comfortable white dress that was perfect for dancing. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Congratulations Irienna and David! I wish you many happy days in your busy an bright future.

Reception venue: Foss Waterway Seaport

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Elegant, Upscale Wedding | Lindsay + Bryan | Sumner, WA Lindsay and Bryan's friends and family gathered together to celebrate their love and marriage on a very warm summer day at Laurel Creek Manor. They had a touching ceremony and a great reception afterward with amazing fireworks!


Wedding Photography: Nallayer Studios
Venue: Laurel Creek Manor, Sumner, WA
Wedding Coordinator: Blue Wings Events
Dress: New Beginnings Bridal Studio
Hair: Lounge 9 Salon
Flowers: Simplee Wendy Floral & Events
Catering: ACT3
Cake: Corina Bakery
DJ: Simon Sounds
Transportation: Diamond Limo
Rentals: Trendy Rentals
Minister: Pastor Dave Rhodes, Nazarine Church
Hotel: Courtyard Mariott, Tacoma

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Colorful, Fun Indian Celebrations | Navreet + Harleensban | Seattle, WA These two lovebirds contacted me originally for portraits that they could use for their wedding celebrations. I also helped them with photography coverage on the multi-day celebrations before their Anand Karaj (wedding ceremony). Check out their portraits and the photos from the mehndi (henna) ceremony, sangeet (pre-wedding party) including the choora (a ritual involving maternal uncles gifting red & white bangles to the bride).

And here's a few bonus photos of Navreet's red chunni, or ceremonial outfit for her religious ceremony.

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Modern, Opulent Monte Cristo Wedding | Nikki + Armando | Everett, WA Nikki and Armando were crazy in love when Armando decided to make it official and propose. I was lucky enough to be there when he asked Nikki to marry him on Tacoma's waterfront. Less than a year from that date, they gathered all their (many!) extended family members and friends for a wonderful day of celebration, great food and drinks, and lots of love! Click any photo to enlarge.



Congratulations Armando and Nikki! Cheers to you and your two precious daughters—I wish your family many good years in your future!

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Tender Newborn Photos | Sarah + James | Graham, WA James and Sarah had me capture their elopement photos last fall in one of my favorite sessions at Nisqually Refuge. I was so honored when they called me again this spring to capture baby Liam's first portraits. Click on any to enlarge.

Congratulations Sarah and James on your precious son.

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Winter Family Portraits | The Arias Family | Seattle, WA I just love Steven and Bianca and their cute family. I've had the honor of capturing their vow renewal ceremony and re-engagement portraits. This time around we got the whole family together for some wintertime photographs. Despite the occasional rain shower and winter breeze, everyone was a good sport as we visited multiple locations in Seattle before heading to their home for some pre-Christmas portraits.

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Surprise Great Wheel Proposal | Patrick + Melissa | Seattle, WA Melissa didn't know it, but a quick weekend trip away from the California sunshine (and into the Seattle drizzle) with her boyfriend and son would also be the weekend Patrick would propose!

Patrick contacted me in advance of their trip and we made arrangements for the photographing and videorecording of the proposal as surreptitiously as possible. Towards the end Melissa may have started to suspect something but luckily a busy week at work helped distract her. Check out the video I made for them using a song that was meaningful to them—Maroon 5's Sugar. Scroll down for the photos and click on any to enlarge.


Congratulations to Melissa, Patrick, and Jameson! I hope you have a wonderful life together! Your future is bright despite the grey, chilly, totally Seattle December day of your engagement! ;-)

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Clear, Crisp Engagement | Shauna + Michael | Silverdale, WA I was invited out to the peninsula to capture Michael and Shauna's engagement photos. If you're having a summer wedding like Shauna and Michael, a fall or winter engagement session provides a great contrast to the sunny photos that will be taken on your wedding day. The overcast sky during this session was perfect—it provided soft light that I love so much about outdoor photography in Washington.

Congratulations Michael and Shauna! Summertime—and your wedding—can't get here soon enough!

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Downtown Senior Photos with Juliana | Tacoma, WA I had the pleasure of meeting Juliana at her mother's wedding earlier this summer. I was glad they asked me to photograph this session so Juliana had a chance to be the star of her own show. Juliana is fashion forward young lady and her multiple outfits added another layer of creativity. We had a great time shooting around Downtown Tacoma with a quick jaunt down to Olympia to get a dose of nature in too.

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Autumn Family Photography | The Trinh Family | Mercer Island, WA This stinking cute family asked to have fall familiy portraits taken at a location that would showcase all of fall's colors—so how could I say no? I took the Trinh family to Luther Burbank Park on the northeast side of Mercer Island for an afternoon of fun. Check out their photos below!

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Mystical Fall Elopement | Sarah + James | Olympia, WA James and Sarah contacted me to arrange photos to commemorate their elopement and I was more than happy to do so! The timing worked out perfectly to schedule this session. At my recommendation Sarah had a bouquet made just for these photos and I love the bright colors she chose. They stand out against the stately nature preserve location. Towards the end of the afternoon, the clouds rolled in, bringing light showers and a darker environment that helped us take stunning photos with a clear umbrella.

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Sarah and James, thank you for trusting me with these photos and allowing me to capture this important moment in your lives! I wish you every happiness.

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Romantic Mt. Rainier Estate Wedding | Trish + Greg | Enumclaw, WA I was so thrilled to make it back to the gorgeous Mountain View Manor this year after I captured Bre & Josh's fun Harley Davidson-themed wedding there last summer. Trish and Greg's wedding featured a pink, green, and white color palate, sparkling details, and of course the fabulous view of Mt. Rainier that made their wedding a really fun one to document.

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Perfect Summer Elopement | BT + Nam | Chambers Bay, WA BT and Nam were excitedly waiting for the arrival of their first child when they decided to "go legit" with an intimate marriage ceremony at Chambers Bay in Tacoma with their closest friends and family. It was the most perfect Washington summer weather you could ever ask for—warm but not hot, a little breeze coming off the water, and beautiful cloud formations in blue skies. I can't wait to meet their little bundle of joy!


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Classic Pacific Northwest Engagement | Brandi + Brandon | Tacoma, WA Brandi and Brandon are an active couple who enjoy all the great outdoor activities the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. For their engagement session, they asked me to capture them in their element near Tacoma's Point Defiance and Ruston Way.

Congratulations to these two crazy lovebirds! Shooting your wedding next year will be a blast--it'll be hard to wait that long!

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