Seattle Wedding at the Yacht Club on Lake Union | Kate & Peter

Kate and Peter's wedding photography at the Tyee Yacht Club sometimes called the Yacht Club on Lake Union as well as a stop at the beautiful Gas Works Park!

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Chinwe & Al | Wedding at Bellevue Hilton | Bellevue Wedding Photographer

Chinwe and Al had a beautiful wedding at Holy Family Catholic Church and reception at the Bellevue Hilton. Below is their slideshow. Individual images will be posted soon!

Cheryl and Gabe | Seattle wedding at the Sanctuary and Salty’s on Alki!

Cheryl and Gabe's wedding at the Sanctuary at Admiral with a Salty's wedding reception.

Seattle wedding photographer Cory Parris. Cheryl and Gabe's wedding in Seattle at the Sanctuary and reception at Salty's on Alki.

Diana & Brad | Wedding at Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle!

Diana and Brad had a beautiful and interesting wedding at Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle.  They combined beautiful flowers, couture gown, amazing shoes, the beautiful views at Ray’s, a Jedi to guide you to your seats and a R2-D2 robot for a cake.  How cool is that?

Venue:  Ray’s Boathouse

Officiant:  Rabbi Rick Harkavy

Wedding Planner:  Solomon Events

DJ:  Sound Source Seattle

Video:  Cabfare Productions

Red wedding shoes valentino with gold crystal bows by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
Red wedding shoes valentino with gold crystal bows by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Diana had some awesome red wedding shoes!

first look first glance by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
first look first glance by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
portraits of the bride in groom in seattle and at Golden Gardens
portraits of the bride in groom in seattle and at Golden Gardens

A couple portraits of the bride and groom.  The first one is on the street in the U district in Seattle, while the image on the right and below are at Golden Gardens.

portraits of the bride and groom at golden gardens in seattle
portraits of the bride and groom at golden gardens in seattle
bride and groom walking away through the tall beach grasses
bride and groom walking away through the tall beach grasses
bride walking through tall grass by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride walking through tall grass by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
kids at a wedding at Ray's boathouse in seattle
kids at a wedding at Ray's boathouse in seattle

I love little kids at weddings! 

ray's sign by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
ray's sign by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
r2-d2 wedding cake construction r2d2 cake
r2-d2 wedding cake construction r2d2 cake

Constructing the R2-D2 cake!

candid portrait of a bride in b&w by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
candid portrait of a bride in b&w by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Candid and portrait are two words that don’t always seem to go together.  In this case, I made this portrait of Diana while she was talking. 

red valentino wedding shoes with crystal set gold bows
red valentino wedding shoes with crystal set gold bows
wedding on the deck at ray's boathouse overlooking puget sound
wedding on the deck at ray's boathouse overlooking puget sound

I love how happy Brad is while he looks at Diana during the wedding!

wedding on the deck at ray's boathouse overlooking puget sound 2
wedding on the deck at ray's boathouse overlooking puget sound 2
bride and groom laughing after wedding
bride and groom laughing after wedding
bride and groom kissing in front of the ray's sign in seattle
bride and groom kissing in front of the ray's sign in seattle
R2-D2 in lego and cake
R2-D2 in lego and cake
girl and dad looking at the R2-D2 cake at the seattle wedding
girl and dad looking at the R2-D2 cake at the seattle wedding
bride laughing during toasts by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride laughing during toasts by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
cutting the r2-d2 wedding cake with a lightsaber
cutting the r2-d2 wedding cake with a lightsaber

Lightsaber and R2-D2 cake.  To steal a line from DJ Canon Snyder, “You may now cut your first piece of…robot!”

laughing guest at a seattle wedding
laughing guest at a seattle wedding
bride dancing with flower girl
bride dancing with flower girl
wedding guests laughing at seattle wedding
wedding guests laughing at seattle wedding
bride and groom wave goodbye to their guests at rays boathouse wedding in seattle
bride and groom wave goodbye to their guests at rays boathouse wedding in seattle

Diana & Brad waving goodbye to their guests!

Jenny & Lewis | Wedding at Shilshole Bay Beach Club!

Jenny & Lewis are a very fun couple that were married at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle. 

wedding dress and shoes by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding dress and shoes by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride laughing as she gets ready for her seattle wedding
bride laughing as she gets ready for her seattle wedding
photo of bride's ring and dress and a flower girl with an empty basket
photo of bride's ring and dress and a flower girl with an empty basket
bride with dramatic sky and strobist lighting by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride with dramatic sky and strobist lighting by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
groom and groomsmen at shilshole bay beach club in seattle
groom and groomsmen at shilshole bay beach club in seattle
view from the shilshole bay beach club
view from the shilshole bay beach club
tough to be a flower girl by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
tough to be a flower girl by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding at the shilshole bay beach club lawn in seattle
wedding at the shilshole bay beach club lawn in seattle
images of a wedding at shilshole bay beach club in seattle by wedding photographer cory parris
images of a wedding at shilshole bay beach club in seattle by wedding photographer cory parris

Here are a few images from Jenny & Lewis’ wedding at Shilshole Bay Beach Club.  On the left is local Cellist and composer Shaun Paul

couple portraits on the beach at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle
couple portraits on the beach at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle
bride and groom at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club by Seattle Wedding Photographer Cory Parris
bride and groom at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club by Seattle Wedding Photographer Cory Parris
bride and groom together at Shilshole Bay Beach Club
bride and groom together at Shilshole Bay Beach Club
bride and groom together by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom together by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bridesmaid and bride during the toast by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bridesmaid and bride during the toast by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride and groom portraits at sunset by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom portraits at sunset by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Jane & Chris | Comment on their wedding photography!

Jane sent this comment over the other day, and I had to post it because it makes me happy!

We've been showing our pictures to friends and family and they'll make comments like "Oh wow, I didn't notice how beautiful the church was" and we'd respond "It wasn't! Our photographer, Cory, just has some magical powers to make everything look like a million times better!"

bride, groom and dad in the Japanese Baptist church for a wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Carly & Brian | Comment about their wedding album!

Here is the compliments that I received from Carly and Brian yesterday. Very cool of them to send this over!

Cory,

Thank you for doing such an amazing job on our wedding albums!! You really are the best in the biz and we could not be happier with what you put together!! :o) We appreciate your attention to detail and care... it definitely shows. Wedding photographs are so special and important to have done right. You captured our wedding perfectly and with a beauty and grace that only you could create. The best part is that we get to relive the day over and over again because you did such a lovely job!! My mom took the parent photo album to work today to show off because she couldn't resist!! Her friends and colleagues are so impressed with what a fab product you put together!

We appreciate everything you put into being our wedding photographer and could not be happier that we found and hired you for the big day. Please know that we will absolutely recommend you to others as the best wedding photographer in Seattle!! You will always be a part of our special day and we sincerely thank you for absolutely everything. :)

Take care and hopefully talk to you soon, Cory!

Carly and Brian Twiggs

Here is my favorite image from their wedding during the toast that Brian's brother gave! You can see their wedding images from Shilshole Bay Beach Club at the original blog post here! bride and groom react to best man speech at shilshole bay beach club

Carly & Brian - A Seattle Wedding Album!

Here are a couple of quick photos of Carly & Brian's wedding albums. The large one in the back is a 16x12 album with clear cover revealing a metallic print. They also have 12x8 parent books and a pile of 5x4 softcover duplicate books to give to family and friends! You can see the album design here. graphistudio album of Cary & Brian at magnolia united and shilshole bay beach club graphistudio album of Cary & Brian at magnolia united and shilshole bay beach club

Jane & Chris–Wedding at the Japanese Baptist Church and Around the Bellevue Westin

Jane and Chris had a great and heartfelt ceremony followed by a night photoshoot in downtown Bellevue.

Wedding:  Japanese Baptist Church

Hotel:  Westin Bellevue

Day of Wedding Coordinator:  Amy Pak Weddings

groom and groomsmen portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
groom and groomsmen portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Chris & the guys.

holy bible by seattle wedding photographer alyssa parris
holy bible by seattle wedding photographer alyssa parris

This is an image taken by my amazing daughter Alyssa Parris. 

back of the wedding dress by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
back of the wedding dress by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
maid of honor writing by seattle wedding photographer alyssa parris
maid of honor writing by seattle wedding photographer alyssa parris

Another great image by Alyssa. 

bride showing the peace sign by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride showing the peace sign by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
groom's hand during the ceremony at the Japanese Baptist Church by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
groom's hand during the ceremony at the Japanese Baptist Church by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris

Chris’ hands during the ceremony as he waited for Jane.

wedding at the seattle japanese baptist church by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
wedding at the seattle japanese baptist church by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride laughing as the groom raps her a wedding song by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride laughing as the groom raps her a wedding song by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris

Jane laughing as Chris raps her a wedding song.

groom rapping during wedding ceremony by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
groom rapping during wedding ceremony by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris

Chris raps for Jane during the wedding.  He was good, too!

wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding at the japanese baptist church by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding at the japanese baptist church by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding couple holding hands by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
wedding couple holding hands by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris

Chris and Jane holding hands after the wedding.

bride after wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride after wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride during wedding game by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride during wedding game by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris

Jane playing a wedding game.  She was able to figure out who was Chris by feeling his shoulders!

wedding guest laughing by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
wedding guest laughing by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride and groom kissing in their Korean outfits by seattle wedding photojournalist
bride and groom kissing in their Korean outfits by seattle wedding photojournalist
wedding guest singing by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
wedding guest singing by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris

One of the groomsmen singing to the bride and groom.  Jane and Chris had to kiss every time anyone sang the word “love”. 

groomsman toasting the bride and groom by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
groomsman toasting the bride and groom by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
groom break dancing in his korean clothing
groom break dancing in his korean clothing
bride during wedding reception by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride during wedding reception by seattle wedding photojournalist cory parris
bride and groom kissing by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom kissing by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom at the Westin in Bellevue by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom at the Westin in Bellevue by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris

This is actually a candid moment.  I walked into the hotel and they were hugging in from of this wall at the Westin in Bellevue.

bride and groom under the night sky by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom under the night sky by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
bride and goom walking in the lights in downtown bellevue by photographer cory parris
bride and goom walking in the lights in downtown bellevue by photographer cory parris
bride and groom kissing with the lights of bellevue behind them by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom kissing with the lights of bellevue behind them by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
bride in a hotel room window by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
bride in a hotel room window by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris

This image was taken in their hotel room on the 15th floor of the Westin with the lights of Bellevue below.

wedding party portrait in the streets of bellevue by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding party portrait in the streets of bellevue by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding portrait at the Bellevue Art Museum by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding portrait at the Bellevue Art Museum by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding portrait at the Bellevue Art Museum by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding portrait at the Bellevue Art Museum by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding portrait at the Bellevue Art Museum by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
wedding portrait at the Bellevue Art Museum by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris

Vlada and Andrey–Wedding at Heritage Hall and Hotel Bellevue!

Vlada and Andrey had an amazing day for their wedding! Beautiful blue skies after almost two weeks of straight rain.  Vlada and her bridesmaids got ready in her suite at Hotel Bellevue (formerly the Bellevue Club).  Their wedding later was at Heritage Hall in Kirkland with the reception back at Hotel Bellevue.

hotel bellevue formerly bellevue club exterior view by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
hotel bellevue formerly bellevue club exterior view by bellevue wedding photographer cory parris
dress hanging in room at hotel bellevue
dress hanging in room at hotel bellevue
bed of rose petals at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bed of rose petals at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
lace wedding shoes by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
lace wedding shoes by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and bridesmaid getting ready at hotel bellevue
bride and bridesmaid getting ready at hotel bellevue
wedding ear rings by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding ear rings by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride at a window at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride at a window at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
heritage hall in kirkland by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
heritage hall in kirkland by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride in limo by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride in limo by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding negotiation at heritage hall in kirkland
wedding negotiation at heritage hall in kirkland

Wedding negotiation and games.

adding money to water by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
adding money to water by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride watching through one way glass by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride watching through one way glass by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Vlada watching the activities through the one way glass of the limo.

bride and dad walking into heritage hall for wedding
bride and dad walking into heritage hall for wedding

Vlada walking with her dad to the wedding

bride and groom kissing during ceremony at heritage hall in kirkland
bride and groom kissing during ceremony at heritage hall in kirkland
bride and groom walking out of heritage hall after their wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom walking out of heritage hall after their wedding by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom kissing at the kirkland waterfront by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom kissing at the kirkland waterfront by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom on a hilltop in kirkland by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom on a hilltop in kirkland by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bridal portrait on a hill top by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bridal portrait on a hill top by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
The reception hall at hotel bellevue
The reception hall at hotel bellevue

The newly renovated ballroom at Hotel Bellevue.

bride by window light at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride by window light at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride by window light at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride by window light at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding cake by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding cake by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom sweeping up cash by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride and groom sweeping up cash by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Cleaning up a pile in cash!

bride and groom first dance at the bellevue club hotel bellevue by photographer cory parris
bride and groom first dance at the bellevue club hotel bellevue by photographer cory parris
wedding dancing at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding dancing at hotel bellevue by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

When wedding guest attack!  The guests decided the wedding photographer in the middle of the circle was a good target!

wedding limbo at hotel bellevue by seattle photographer cory parris
wedding limbo at hotel bellevue by seattle photographer cory parris
wedding guest bobbing for apple by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding guest bobbing for apple by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding guests dancing by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding guests dancing by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding cake and lights by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
wedding cake and lights by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride listening to toast by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride listening to toast by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride celebrating by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
bride celebrating by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L–A Gear Review-Seattle Wedding Photographer

I have to start by coming clean.  I’m a geek.  I love stuff, electronics, gear, and feel out of sorts if I’m not in possession of the remote control (preferably matched up to a nice HD TV).  When I complete my taxes and it asks for my position at the company, I write in “Photogeek in Chief”.  So…I love photo gear.  With a rather unhealthy passion.

That being said, I also used to be a Finance Director for a small non-profit.  That means, there has to be a reason for every purchase, and the reason has to be more than “I REALLY want it!” (say it in again your head with a nasally whine, it will sound more realistic – “I REALLY want it!”). 

So here is some of my gear buying criteria…

  • -How does it help me create better photographs, and does it let me do something that my current gear doesn’t allow me to do?
  • -Will the difference that this piece of gear will bring to my photography allow me to increase my sales and profits?  This usually takes the form of allowing my to create more dynamic work and increase the demand for my services.
  • -Will the new piece of gear inspire me to create new and better work?  A common thing that happens with gear for me is that it will make me find new ways to use that particular piece.  That, in turn, gets me to use the gear in different ways than I normally do.
  • -And finally, is it cool?  Of course it’s cool, otherwise I wouldn’t have wanted it in the first place!

Once I have all that information, I make a presentation to my Chief Financial Officer.  More commonly referred to by myself and others as “Leslie”, or (mostly by me) “hey, beautiful wife". 

This normally comes in the form of, “Hey, I was looking at this (lens, flash, etc.) today…” 

“Oh.  No…” says the Chief Financial Officer.

“…and I’m thinking…” says the Photogeek.

Conversation continues with the big, mean CFO grilling the poor Photogeek (Leslie, I’m kidding!).  Then it ends with…

“You know your going to buy.  Just do it now instead than worrying about it for a month!”  says the beautiful, loving CFO.  About a month later, Photogeek buys said piece of gear.

Anyway, that was quite the revealing tangent, wasn’t it?  Here is my first in a new series of articles that I’ll call, “My Favorite Toys!”

My first toy that I’m going to talk about is the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L.  This may be my most loved lens, and that is really saying something.  I use this lens constantly.  It makes up about 40% of all the images in my portfolio.  I should mention that I use a full-frame camera, so this quite a wide lens.

Canon 24mm 1.4L lens review by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Here is a photo of the lens itself.  (Lovely studio product image taken with a couple of small Canon strobes and a piece of white posterboard).

It is a medium sized, but very dense, rather heavy lens.  It is a polycarbonate body that can take some abuse.  You can see some signs of past little incidents on the lens hood.  I think the lens hood is actually designed to show every time it’s touched by anything.  I have the version one of the lens, but there is a version two out.  If you look at my criteria for buying above, I can’t come up with a reason to sell my version I and get a version II.

This lens has the rather unique characteristic of being both a wide angle lens and having the ability to have very shallow depth of field.  If you don’t know what depth of field is, you can look below and see how the subject is sharp and the background is blurred and out of focus.  That is called shallow depth of field while if everything was in focus, that would be a deep depth of field or greater depth of field.

Another great benefit is the amazing low light capabilities.  To give you an idea, with each full stop, the lens cuts the amount of light in half.  This lens has an aperture of 1.4 which allows you to take images in one-fourth of the amount of light of a lens with the aperture of 2.8.

Now for what everyone wants to see…the samples!

wedding couple praying during mass at blessed sacrament by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

This is an excellent example of what this lens can do.  This couple was married during mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seattle.  Because the couple was married during mass, they did not know most of the people around them.  I wanted them to stand out from the crowd, so I made this photograph with a shallow depth of field with the couple sharp and the surrounding background soft.

wedding photograph at SODO Park by Herban Feast in Seattle made with a 24mm 1.4L by photographer cory parrisgroom and beer at woodmark hotel by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

This smart groom is watching his waistline on his wedding day.  This is another example of the sharp subject and shallow depth of field that I love from this lens.

wedding shoes at newcastle golf club by seattle wedding photographer cory parriswedding couple in front of the seattle fire station by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisgroom waiting to see bride on the dock at the woodmark hotel by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Groom waiting for his bride to see her for the first time that day.  I love the sharpness on his face and the out of focus detail of the bride coming up behind him tells the story.

wedding portrait in u district in seattle by photographer cory parris

Wedding couple kissing in an alley at in the U District.  I love the

back of bride's dress as bridesmaids help her get readywedding couple strobist with sky and clouds behind them at the woodmark hotel by kirkland

With this image, I used the 24 and a smaller aperture to make the clouds and background sharp.  I also used a flash to light up the couple.

engagement portrait of a couple at olympic sculpture park by seattle wedding photographer

This image was taken from a viewpoint at the Olympic Sculpture Park.  I used the shallow depth of field the 24 1.4L creates to make the background beautifully out of focus. 

couple kissing after their wedding at the main post chapel at Fort Lewisgroomsmen at the seattle court house by seattle wedding photographercouple kissing beneath a tree by seattle wedding photographer cory parrisgroomsmen on the dock at woodmark hotel by kirkland wedding photographer cory parris

Another image using the shallow depth of field to make the groom stand out.

bride drinking tequila at willows lodge by woodinville wedding photographer cory parris

This image uses the great light-gathering of the 24 1.4L.

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