I’m excited to see Jocelyn & Chris’ wedding getting so much wonderful attention. Photos from their day are featured in the current issues of both Seattle Bride and Bride Ideas. Jocelyn was the lead architect in charge of restoring Seattle’s famous Washington Hall. At the close of the project she and Chris were married in the space just before it officially opened to the public. Jocelyn and Chris’ fingerprints were all over the day, from the 1,000 origami paper cranes, strung up and hand dyed to make a vintage american flag, to Jocelyn’s architectural blue-prints and schematics as wedding details. Topping this off was a dream team: coordination by Kristen Tsiatsios at Jubilee Events, floral by London Plane, catering from Madres Kitchen, Hair by Rayna Hart at Charbon Salon, Makeup by Chelsey Matley, and a throw down party DJ’d by Bamboo Beats.
2016 is the year I got engaged and married. After years of documenting weddings and engagements with my girlfriend Mary, the two of us finally got to have our own first hand experience of it all. The biggest surprise is how changed I feel by it. I didn’t expect that. This year has expanded my world, and in turn my heart. I feel so grateful to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, sharing meals, dreaming up plans, photographing our travels, stealing the covers, outdoing the other with interpretive dances to T.V. theme songs, and laughing at each other’s burps. Every little thing becomes invested with meaning when it’s shared. It’s changed the way I feel when I wake up in the morning. It’s also changed my photography. The choices that are made. What to shoot. What to show.
The more I learn about love and how to photograph it, the more I realize how little I know about either. Every year in this business is like a new year of school, each year building upon the lessons from the last. I am so thankful for the couples and families who have trusted Mary and I to make a document of their lives this year. We’ve learned so much from collaborating with you. I hope these images we’ve made for you serve as a springboard, sparking memories, reminding you always of the love you have for each other, the places you’ve been, the lengths you’ve travelled, and how precious and ephemeral all of our moments together can be.
Here’s a look back at some of my favorite images that appeared on the blog this year. Weddings, engagements, family, and personal work from Iceland, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, California, Oregon, and Washington state. Between getting engaged, getting married, all of the travel, and the weddings we photographed, it’s been quite a year! We are so grateful to everyone who helped to make it happen.
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Americanvirus is the personal photo blog of photographer Jonas Seaman. His work has appeared on television's The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Inside Edition, as well as numerous magazines and blogs from around the world.
"Best Wedding Photos of The Year!" – Huffington Post
"World's Best Wedding Photographers!" – Junebug Weddings
"100 Best Wedding Photographer's In The World!" – School Of Wedding Photography