KARRIE AND PAUL SAY "I DO" Kettle Falls WA

Karrie & Paul are amazing people and I feel so thankful to call them my friends. When Karrie asked me to photograph her wedding, she was nervous Id say no. The reason why, I told her that I was closing my business, I had too much on my plate and something had to go. I love photography with my whole heart and it was a very sad day when I decided to take a break. I said yes to her, how could I turn this down? I love her and her husband to be, Paul was so sweet! I told her I was only taking 1 wedding this year and it was going to be hers! Well, as the months went on  I started missing weddings so much and when her day finally came, I remembered how fun and exciting it is to be there for a bride and groom on their special day. Their wedding made me realize that I can't give it up... SO, I found other areas of my life to let go of so I could have my PASSION back in my life for good. Thats right, I'm back in the photography scene and I can't wait to see what the future holds! 
Their wedding was simple but beautiful. With trees, mountains and water as their backdrop; these 2 finally said "I do" after 9 years of a serious relationship. They are made for each other TRULY! I cried making their video because the song in the video is also the song she and I both walked down the isle to... My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary next week and it brought back so many memories. BEST SONG EVER!

KARRIE AND PAUL'S WEDDING VIDEO

Nick & Jessica say "I DO" Woodland Wedding in Colville WA

I seriously love this couple, they have been clients of mine for years and we finally got to shoot their wedding together this summer. Nick and Jessica have a special love, a once in a lifetime love... I have always seen how much they love each other in our shoots throughout the years. But to hear it from everyone at their wedding during toasts really showed how much they really truly do. It was an honor to be with them this special day in their lives and I can't wait for even more and more shoots together as the years go on. Their wedding was over the top perfect. Simple yet extremely elegant in the woods near Colville WA. It was basically was my dream wedding, and Im not going to lie... I kind of what to get married again now :)

hastings wedding 2016 colville wa
Source: www.shandellraephotography.com

Its Wedding Season AGAIN! Brianne & Marcus are Engaged

What a beautiful sunny day in May for an engagement shoot! Manito Park in Spokane WA is one of my favorite places to shoot. This was the first time I have ever shot inside the Greenhouse though :)  It was beautiful!

These two love birds were so fun to work with, if you know these two, tell them how much you love their engagement photos.

Brianne Comer Marcus Flemming Manito Park
Source: www.shandellraephotography.com

Nik & JayDee say "I Do" with a Masquerade Ball Wedding

Probably the most fun themed weddings I have been asked to photograph! Nik & JayDee's wedding this past Halloween was a blast! With a Masquerade theme, fog machines and "The Princess Bride" sprinkled through out the whole night. We shot all over downtown Spokane, WA... Do you recognize any of these places?

Second Shooter: Lacey Dugger from Candidly Me Photography, First Look: Hotel Grand, Posed Bridals: Revitalized Lighting Spokane & Magic Lantern Theater, Ceremony & Reception: Lincoln Center Spokane

Tara and Nick Say "I Do"

I truly don't know where to start. One of my friends from high school asked me to photograph her wedding and I feel so blessed honored to have done so. The day was simply beautiful. I arrived at this charming little home in Colville, WA the morning of Saturday September 26th, 2015. This home is special to Tara, as it belongs to one of her life long childhood friends. It was a beautiful setting for such a beautiful morning.

Hair: Tyra Brons, Catering: Julie Witten, Florist: CBEB Designs, Cake: Heather's Custom Cakes,                               DJ: Royal Red  Entertainment, Make Up: Terresa Clark of Blush Beauty Bar

Nick arrived and we jumped right into their "First Look Session" (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS IF YOU ARE PLANNING A WEDDING). I loved watching Tara walk down the front porch toward her groom. Powerful moments like these are why I love what I do!

The ceremony was super original, from taking shots at the alter to taking selfies mid ceremony... This was fun!  This quote from F*R*I*E*N*D*S Was read right before they said "I DO"

"We are gathered here today on this joyous occasion to celebrate the special love that Monica and Chandler share. It is a love based on giving and receiving. As well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving. We too can share and love and have and receive. When I think of the love that these two givers and receivers share, I can not help but envy the lifetime ahead of having and loving and giving and…"- Joey Tribiani

The reception was held at "Barman's Country Store" in Downtown Colville, WA! Seriously cute paper lantern decor with lights twinkling all around them. It felt magical especially on the dance floor with Red Royals Gorgeous party lights! So fun!!!!

Hugh and Kristin say "I Do" at the Foxwood House in Newport, WA

The Foxwood House in Newport, WA is gorgeous! A tea house, a wedding venue, a perfect spot for Hugh and Kristin to say their vows! This wedding was full of victorian charm with a shabby chic twist. 

It was POURING DOWN RAIN right as it was time to walk town the isle! Nobody panic, it cleared up after about 20 minutes :)  besides rain is good luck on your wedding day!! 

Nick and Mariah say "I Do" at St. John Episcopal Church Colville, WA

August 11, 2015 these love birds said "I Do". They met through church and hit it off at a dinner that Nick says was more like an interview. Mariah must have passed Nicks quiz with flying colors because he -put a ring on it- about 6 months later! 

Mariah and Nick's wedding was beautiful, we started the day off with photos in Yep Kanum park in the brides hometown Colville WA, and the ceremony and reception was held at her church St. John Episcopal Church about a mile away. Wine and cheese were served at the reception and the bride and groom had a large wheel of cheese in place of a wedding cake! I loved photographing this wonderful couple, Enjoy some great shots from their engagement session and wedding last month!

Devon and Brooke say "I do" at the Spokane Convention Center Terrace

What a beautiful day for a wedding by the Spokane River. Devon and Brooke said "I do" on July 19th 2015, at the Spokane Convention Center Terrace. One of the hottest days of the summer, but that sure didn't faze the beautiful couple! The building is beautiful and we took advantage of the wall of windows by the river. 

This couple was so fun, their wedding cake topper was a hilarious football bride and groom and their wedding colors were green and yellow! Any cheeseheads reading this? :)

CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. COMER!!

 

Erich & Heather say "I do" at Dominion Meadows Golf Course in Colville WA

Heather and Erich have a different love story than most of us, her and her fiancé lived over 4800 miles apart and he was finally granted a visa to come marry his soul mate! From the Netherlands to Washington. The wedding was very sweet and you could feel the love beaming from both our bride and groom. The decorations were adorable, twinkling lights, birds, cages and nests all over the place and a even a Sasquatch cake! These two were truly made for each other and I'm so blessed to have met them and photographed their fun wedding!

Genna & Colby say "I do" Eastern Washington wedding

These two are one of my newest favorite couples! Simple, sweet and seriously in love!

Genna and Colby met me in a field in Kettle Falls Washington for a "First Look Session". For those of you thinking about doing a first look, I highly recommend it! It's a private setting, just you and me.... I capture the incredible moment of you and your fiancé seeing each other for the first time all dressed up. Usually this session is the day of your wedding, way before guests arrive. In this case, Genna and Colby didn't have a lot of time on the day of their wedding to squeeze in a "First Look" so we went ahead and did it 2 days before their actual wedding. It was perfect, I almost think this is the way to do it! We had so much uninterrupted time to really focus on them and their deep connection. It was a beautiful night walking through gorgeous fields, into the forest, and even down to the water front at Lake Roosevelt. More brides should do this :)

A few days after the "first look session", Genna and Colby said "I do" at the LDS Temple in Spokane Valley, Washington; they made their way up to Chewelah Washington for some fun photos with the bridal party in the country, THEN we headed to our final destination of Colby's parents home in Arden Washington for the ring ceremony and reception. I am so excited and blessed to have met such a wonderful young couple, here are a few of my favorites of these love birds!

"THE VOCALIST MAGAZINE" photoshoot with the talented Savannah Blain

Last month Savannah and I put together a Rock & Roll Americana themed photoshoot for her Interview and feature in the Summer 2015 issue of "THE VOCALIST MAGAZINE"! We wanted to show off her home town of Chewelah Washington and her american pride. She is only 17 and she already has an EP produced by the famous Justin Armstrong! She is a rising star, and is an an amazing person. Her interview and my photographs span 8 pages inside and she is surrounded by the best of the best... Janet Jackson on the cover, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson...Too many amazing stars in the magazine to mention!  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to photograph her; I'm thrilled beyond belief that the photos I took are featured in an international music magazine!  I have a very good feeling this is just the start of amazing things to come for the both of us! Here is a look at some more photos from our session that day!

We wondered through THE STREET in Chewelah, haha... Its a pretty small town that we live in here in Washington. We wanted to feature her home town in a fun way. Skipping down the crosswalks, singing on street corners, posing by dumpsters and hair salon alleys... We even did half the shoot on her families property in a field with their big red FORD. I had so much fun! A BIG THANKS goes out to my 2 assistants of the night, Savannah's oldest sister Lacey and Lacey's best friend Kaitlyn. They were my reflector holders and our personal cheerleading squad! 

ENGAGEMENT SHOOT ON LOCATION IN PORTLAND OREGON

Tara and Nick invited me to Portland for engagement photos. This was one of the coolest places I have ever photographed. We walked through Cherry Blossoms, the Farmers Market, city streets and docks... We were hoping for some rain because Tara found the cutest umbrella, and guess what, IT RAINED! It rained for 10 minutes and we got some adorable photos. If you LOVE this photoshoot please "like" me on Facebook! www.facebook.com/pixelperfectphotography509

 

portland engagement shoot

 

Insanely gorgeous winter Chewelah WA photoshoot!

This is Lacey, insanely gorgeous right?! She is a major trooper too! We were shooting out in the snow for 3 hours yesterday, never complained! Eastern WA is so beautiful and I feel incredibly blessed to live here. Prepare yourself to go "ohhh and ahhhh" as you look at the photos below! I am super proud of this shoot. I already can't wait to go out and photograph lacey again :)

Chewelah WA model session

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Raven and Nate said "I do" Dec 27th 2014, it was the most beautiful snowy day at the LDS Temple in Spokane WA.  Look at all the love this young newlywed couple has for each other, it really shows in every photo.

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