I first met Chris when I was working at the City of Bellevue as an engineer in their transportation department. When he sent me an email asking me to be his wedding photographer, I was very excited! I knew that I was going to be able to see my former coworkers again and capture fun moments of Chris and Yulia’s big day.
I met Yulia for the first time when I photographed their engagement session in Bellevue. After spending a couple hours with both of them, I thought Chris couldn’t have picked a better woman to marry than Yulia. I was happy that Chris found the love of his life.
Chris and Yulia’s day started off at the Echo Falls Golf Club in Snohomish, WA where they both got ready. Once they had their formal attire on, it was time for Chris to see Yulia in her dress for the first look.
After Chris was wowed by her dress, we headed across the street from the clubhouse to get more photos by the mini waterfalls close to a tee area on the golf course. Once we finished photos there, we headed to Rhododendron Park in Kenmore to get photos of the bridal party. It started to rain as we were driving there but fortunately, it stopped just in time for photos.
After some of the wedding party members slurped on slurpees at the park (after all, who could resist free slurpees from 7-Eleven on 7/11?) , it was time to head to Canyon Hills Community Church in Bothell for the big ceremony. They said their vows and tied the knot, then it was time to head back to Echo Falls Golf Club for the reception where they mingled with friends and family with plenty of good food, danced the night away, and had a grand sparkler exit.
I’m glad I was able to catch up with some of my former coworkers at the reception. It was good to see them again, especially seeing them having fun. I used to work with their DJ at the City of Bellevue and wondered when I was ever going to work with him at a wedding. It was great to see him work his talent at the DJ booth. If you ever need a good DJ, Tim Stever with Beautiful Noise is your guy!
I also had a lot of fun capturing Yulia’s Russian dancing with her family and learning the word “salo”. From what I understand, salo is basically like a fatty piece of bacon they enjoy in Russia. The word works really good for capturing smiles, all thanks to Yulia’s dad for giving me this valuable secret information.
A big thank you to my second photographer, Jared, for his hard work in capturing some incredible moments and giving me his idea and technical knowledge for the first photo below!
Congratulations to Chris and Yulia!!! Thank you again for having me as your wedding photographer for your big day!