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One year later, Justin Forsett’s gift to his wife Angela

For their one year anniversary, Justin (whose wedding Janet Klinger Photography photographed last year) wrote a love song for Angie and recorded a video of it:

How great is he?! Congratulations to the them both! And to all of those who are celebrating their 1st year of marriage. May this be the 1st of many great years to come!

Military Stolen Moments in Olympic Sculpture Park

When your love is far from home moments together can be intense. Andrew surprised Shannon with a romantic photo session in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. And on a sunny New Years Eve afternoon. Andrew is charming, that’s for sure. No one has ever thought to arrange a secret photo session for me- at least not yet.
Shannon and Andrew certainly made the most of their short visit.

Two lovers kiss good-bye

Contemporary Military Photography

Now that's a kiss- Good-bye military man

Now that's a kiss

Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park photography

In Seattle's sculpture park he glows more than the art

Holding on to her man

Seattle urban couple portraiture

Laila and Bassam at Newcastle Golf Club

A dreamy Seattle Sunset is supposed to be the shining star at Newcastle Golf and Country club. True to form, it was at the picture perfect sunset that made our Grand Finale photograph. Equally glowing were the joyful faces participating and listing to the rhythm of drums, clapping of hands, dancing and laughter coming from the dance floor in celebration of the Taji’s and Saliba’s wonderfully Arab-inspired reception.

The chocolates were unbelievable, made by Seattle’s own Theo Chocolates

The Engagement Story, from Laila’s perspective…
Bassam had told Laila that since his brother George and his sister-in-law Cina were in town that they should all go out for a fancy lunch. “I’ll pick you up at 1pm. Be sure to dress up,” Bassam told her. (Clue #1) He picked her up at 1:30pm, which is 1pm BST (Bassam Standard Time) and casually mentioned that Cina wanted them to pick up some Theo chocolate for her. “Remember I brought her some last year when we visited in October. I am so glad she liked it.” Not remembering at all Bassam quickly responded, “Oh, right . . . yeah she loved it.” (Close call #1)

As they walked towards and into the factory Bassam wondered a loud if the owner, Deb Music was there. Deb was friends with Bassam’s friend Alma and had previously met her at a party . Laila was doubtful. “I’d love to meet her but it’s Sunday. Do you really think she’ll be here?” The factory show room was bustling and sure enough Deb was there. (Clue #2). Despite having a whole script planned, Bassam jumped to the next phase of the surprise and asked. “Do you guys do tours?” “Yes, but we’re really full,” Deb began. “But, I’d be happy to give you a private tour.” Deb grabbed some stuff for us handed them hairnets and escorted them into the factory. She gave a cursory description of the chocolate equipment before saying, “Laila, I know a place you haven’t seen before. We just opened our dinner-theater space. Let me show you.” Suddenly, Deb realized that she forgot to do something very important. “Here take these chocolates,” she said as she handed Laila a rectangular Theo chocolate box labeled with a nice brown ribbon around it. “I have to run. Go ahead and peek into that room. They are setting up in there so you can’t stay long but, I’ll be right back to come and get you.”

Bassam and Laila walk into this space that is set up in a warehouse. “Wow what a beautiful space,” Laila remarks. “Where do you think the acting happens?”, Laila pondered as she scanned the room. “I’m not sure, but let’s have some chocolate.” (Clue #3) Bassam does not have much of a sweet tooth but his desire for chocolate was not of any concern. Laila’s concern was that if they ate from this box of chocolates than they would have to go pick out and buy another box of chocolates. And why do that when they had a perfectly good box of chocolates right here. So she said, “Let’s not and just give this one to Cina.”

“Well, I want to try one” Bassam said as he undid the brown bow. Seeing that it would be impossible to return the ribbon to its original state, Laila happily conceded to eating some chocolate. She lifted the top of the box revealing the protective top layer of crinkly white paper which Bassam then removed with his other hand. Laila’s eyes, immediately went, not to the beautiful diamond ring in the center of the box, but the oh-so-precious piece of chocolate that had stuck to the white paper in Bassam’s other hand. She stuck her hand out to catch it as Bassam said, “why don’t you pick a piece of chocolate”, as he delicately shook the box. She finally turned to him and then the box where she saw the ring sitting in a rose petal amongst 11 truffles. Laila still did not realize what was happening. She stared at the ring as these thoughts ran through her head, “It’s not my birthday, Christmas is still a month away, that’s a really nice ring for just a random present . . .” Until Bassam said, “So . . .?” “So . . .?,” she replied when it suddenly clicked. And she screamed “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

Vendor Details with Laila’s comments:
Venue & Catering: Golf Club at Newcastle: “Great at letting us add a few of our Middle Eastern spices and foods to help make the food unique to our families and culture.”
Florist: Aria: “John was great at utilizing a few of my crazy ideas while keeping everything sharp and beautiful. The arrangements were perfect and the purple runners really made the room!”
Favors: (organic, fair-trade chocolate-dipped-and-stuffed figs) Theo Chocolates
Cake: Creme de la Creme Cakes
Photography: Janet Klinger Photography
Ceremony Music: Seattle Strings
Reception Music: DJ Saed from Los Angeles: “He was great at mixing Arabic and English and Latin music – he even got out on the dance floor and did dabkeh (a Lebanese dance) with the guests.”
Bridal Gown: Belltown Bridal
Stationer: Paper Moxie: “Sheryl did an amazing job of creating a unique design that matched our personalities exactly. We could not have asked for a better design and received so many compliments from everyone”
Makeup: Areen Al-Attal
Video: Bogle Productions

Pressey/Forsett Wedding Sets the House on Fire

Used to teamwork, Angie Pressey & Justin Forsett became the star players in a game more important than the national championships- their wedding ceremony and now, marriage. The ceremony, held at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, filled the sanctuary with jubilant energy which I could feel deep-down to the core — and I clearly wasn’t the only one.
In a sacred, surprising ceremony, two talented souls shared laughter, God and tears. OK, maybe no tears for JUSTIN!- Psst, Justin, if you want to admit it or deny it just leave a comment :-). Sneaky Justin completely surprised Angie when her favorite singer, Avant, showed up to sing during the emotional ceremony, then again when Avant performed several encores during the reception stoking the house-on-fire! With so much celebrating, it’s a good thing the Omni Park West Hotel had a huge dance floor, made all the more spectacular by enhancements from AVT Event Technologies. Yolanda Haley coordinated this high energy event, putting together a fabulous team.
Thank you, Angie and Justin, for making the inquiries that allowed me to join you in Dallas. I feel completely honored to have photographed your portrait session and your wedding celebration. On top of that, I couldn’t have had a better time. You make it easy to love my job!

Surprise, surprise. Justin arranged for Avant to grace his union with Angie. Clearly she was hugely surprised and Justin received his well-earned look of love and gratitude from Angie as she realized Avant was indeed singing, in flesh and blood.

See reception photos, including more of musician Avant
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Seattle Mixes it up- a Worldly Wedding Reception at Columbia Tower Club

Vietnamese and Filipino cultures merge beautifully at this Seattle wedding of Minh Hua and Joel Gavino. They held the ceremony at lovely St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way, WA. The light in the sanctuary made it easy to take photos, even for amateur photographers. These two really love each other and had many moments and symbols that represent their blossoming relationship. At Minh’s home, Joel asked permission to marry Minh, which her father granted. Phew! The traditional Vietnamese ao dai (attire) and tea ceremony waited until we arrived at Columbia Tower Club which was glowing gold in the Seattle’s late afternoon light. What a picture perfect setting for the rest of the evening.

First kiss on the wedding day

An attempt at making their first glance a private moment

Blue bridesmaids dresses from I Do Bridal stand out.

Filipino flowergirl holding wedding flowers

Seattle Bridal party in blue dresses carry White Parasols from The Knot

Brides gift to Groom, engraved silver calendar from E. E. Robbins Jewelers

Two Filipino ring bearers in Seattle wearing pink bow ties

5 handsome Asian groomsmen at Seattle cross-cultural or inter racial wedding

Vietnamese American Bride in western tiara and veil Seattle

Filipino American Groom exits stately wood doors at St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way WA

Occasions LLC designed this candle glowing wedding ceremony at St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way WA

Vietnamese American Bride calmly awaiting her Western wedding ceremony at St Vincent De Paul Church in Federal Way WA

The playful bubble-blowing recessional exit of the Bride and Groom from St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way WA

The playful bubble exit of the Bride and Groom

Ah the amazing kiss among blowing bubbles. Two cultures marry and celebrate at St Vincent De Paul Church in Federal Way WA

There are so many fun photos. Keep you eyes open for part two which will feature more photos from St Vincent De Paul and the Columbia Tower Club, including the fabulous views.

Some of the Stand-out vendors include:
Wedding Planner and Coordination: Janel Schlitt of Occasions LLC, one of my favorite coordinators- and Seattle has so many. Janel is goes above and beyond.
Wedding Flowers: Anna’s Flowers
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: I Do Bridal
Wedding Cake: Cakes of Paradise
Wedding Videography: Bogle Productions

Meridith & Tommy at Snoqualmie Ridge

Meridith and Tommy’s spectacular wedding at Snoqualmie Ridge was a joy to photograph. These two are beautiful inside and out.

Vendor List:

Photography: Janet Klinger for Janet Klinger Photography
Coordinator: Melissa Parker for Amazing Events
Venue & Catering: Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club
Officiant: Rev. Charles Salmon
Decor & Floral: Aria Style
Cake: Sharon’s Cakes
Musicians: Bob Pajer, Solo Piano (pre-ceremony) and Andre Feriante, Guitar (dinner music)
Ceremony Music/Reception Entertainment: Beautiful Noise
Videography: Aaron Horton Productions

Celebrating Sisterhood at The Olympic Sculpture Park

Tricia won this two hour photo session while modeling gorgeous Luly Yang gowns during our Bridal Fashion in Fusion photo shoot. She invited her four close sisters to share in an opportunity to play together and show off their glamorous sides. One sister just had a baby (you’d never know) and one is about to have a baby. See. Glamour during and after baby IS possible. I feel so lucky to have met each of these five energetic, adorable women. We had so much fun giggling and collaborating on this sunny, warm Northwest wonderful day.

To see Tricia in Modeling action, visit our website, choose “Weddings”, then “Bridal Fashion”.




Wedding Slideshow: Rashada and Scott

Rashada and Scott met doing relief work after Hurricane Katrina, and we were honored to photograph their beautiful wedding day.

Pre-ceremony photography: Pike Place Market
Venue: Pravda Studios
Live Music: Jason Parker Music
Cake: friend of the couple
Coordinator: Kelly Simants of Sweet Pea Events
Decor: Rented Elegance & Chic Celebrations (lanterns & fabric draping)
Florist: friends of the couple
Officiant: Allen Belton of University Presbyterian Church
Catering: Seasoned in Seattle

Jocelyn at the Seattle Central Library

Beautiful woman laughing

In front of the Yellow Escalators

Jocelyn is Engaged! Just because Clive is thousands of miles away didn’t stop Jocelyn from having an engagement session. I can’t wait to meet the mystery man, and share with him how lucky he is. Jocelyn, thanks for choosing me. I had a ball working with you. Now you know first hand why it’s easy to love my job.

For a fun urban location, we chose the Seattle Central Library, which was the building voted #108 on the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) list of Americans’ 150 favorite structures in the U.S. It provides a stunning setting, both inside and out!





Jocelyn inside the Seattle Central Library


In the spotlight

Slideshow: Emily & Shyam at the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park

Emily & Shyam had a fabulously fun urban wedding at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavilion:

And now they are off to South Africa to do it all over again!

Their vendors: