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Do you still believe in love stories that happen by chance, the way they do in the movies? Guy takes a cross-country road trip from the east coast to the west coast, meets a girl in Seattle, falls in love, and he moves across the country to marry her?
I hope you do because that incredible love story is how Micah and Amy met!
The women spent the night before the wedding in a rented cabin with huge windows and a beautiful view of the water. While everyone else was still sleeping, the bride-to-be woke up early and had coffee on the porch, reflecting on the beauty of nature and preparing for the day’s excitement.
After the rest of the bridesmaids awoke and began getting ready, Amy left for her hair appointment at a local salon, Studio Six. When she returned, her bridesmaid and friend Lana did her makeup, and her mother helped her into her wedding dress.
Every woman’s wedding day personality is different. Some brides are ALL smiles and laughs on their wedding day like I was. Other brides are so excited to be with their friends and family that they forget the camera is even rolling. And the rare bride, like Amy, focuses on the moments, tears up at every milestone, and quietly savors being surrounded by the people she loves so dearly. Truly, I have never seen a bride love and appreciate her friends on a wedding day the way that Amy did.
While the women were getting ready, the men were eating omelets at Sunset Grill. When they returned home, Micah put on his suit and prepared to go meet his bride. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shoutout to my husband Paul for doing such a great job as both a photographer and a groomsman. (He captured these shots of Micah on his own while I was with the girls! #proudwife)
With Amy as the pensive bride, in true ‘opposites attract’ fashion, Micah is the gregarious, outgoing, and extroverted groom. An avid runner, outdoorsmen, and jokester, Micah was a great friend to Paul all throughout college, and afterward was one of the few friends who constantly kept in touch with Paul and me.
Once both the bride and groom were ready, they set off for the newly renovated Ancich Waterfront Park in the quaint downtown of Gig Harbor. Micah and Amy opted for a First Look, which allowed them to see each other privately on their wedding day and enjoy a few minutes together alone before heading to the ceremony site to meet their friends and families.
Some couples are worried a First Look will somehow ‘diminish’ the moment of seeing each other on wedding day. As you can tell from Micah’s face above and their sweet embrace, First Looks do anything but that! Instead, First Looks allow couples to actually be themselves and enjoy the moment without hundreds of people watching. The emotional black and white photos below are my two favorite photos from their wedding day.
After Micah and Amy were ready, we took a few more portraits of them together and individually. Micah and Amy were all giggles around each other and the laughs were so genuine! Their joy and excitement from seeing one another help create beautiful individual portraits of each of them.
Micah and Amy were eager to arrive at their ceremony site, the Chapel on Echo Bay, (also known as the Fox Island Chapel), to visit with their family and bridal party before the ceremony. Amy’s bridesmaids each wore a blush pink dress in a style of their choice, while Micah’s guys rocked the navy suits. The chapel’s grounds provided multiple settings to take bridal party and family photos, which highlighted the beautiful Echo Bay skyline. We were able to finish the photos and head to the chapel before a small rainstorm came!
Before the ceremony, Amy’s sister in law, Megan, placed the family pearls on Amy, while Micah’s men prayed over him for his future marriage.
The couple’s ceremony was short and sweet, containing a blessing by Amy’s grandfather, reading of Scripture by Micah’s brother Caleb and Amy’s brother Nathan, the exchanging of rings, the saying of vows, and sealing it with a kiss at the end!
After the ceremony, the couple privately signed their marriage license, then proceeded to the downstairs and patio of the chapel to enjoy the reception with their guests.
Since Amy and Micah opted for a first look, they had all of their family and bridal party photos finished and were able to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests!
After speeches and the prayer for the food, everyone enjoyed their meal while Paul and I captured some of the details of the venue.
The couple shared their first dance, then opened the dance floor up to everybody! The rest of the night was a beautiful celebration with friends and family of Micah and Amy’s first day as husband and wife.