The moment I stepped foot into the house where Annie was getting ready, it felt like I had wandered into an old friend’s home. From that point on, I knew it was gonna be an awesome day. My conclusion was only further validated when I saw how easily and often Annie and her bridesmaids would laugh while getting ready. Once Annie put on her dress, it was game over…she was positively stunning. She and her bridal party were amazingly fun, too, as they were completely willing to sneak in to a nearby pasture so we could take some awesome bridal party shots.
Annie & Evan were married at Snoqualmie Point Park, and I’ll admit the thought crossed my mind briefly to buy a tent and bring my family out there to live after I saw how spectacularly beautiful and tranquil it was out there. Absolutely the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding. My second shooter for the wedding (and our third time working together), Karen Obrist of Karen Obrist Photography, took some incredible pictures of Evan and his groomsmen/groomslady and detail shots at the venue before all the fun started. HUGE thanks to her for her incredible eye and always pushing me to become a better photographer.
So here’s the part where the day reached an apex of sorts…not the ceremony, but the kiss at the conclusion of the ceremony. It was such an epic kiss that I couldn’t help but create an acronym for it, as labeling it as just a “kiss” would be doing it a massive injustice…somewhat akin to calling U2 (I’m showing my musical cards here) just a “band” instead of “one of the mind-blowingly best bands of all time.” Thus, for the very first and perhaps last time, I’m happy to unveil the aforementioned acronym : QPOOTMEKOAT (phonetically pronounced CUE-POOT-ME-COTE). Spelled out…QUITE POSSIBLY ONE OF THE MOST EPIC KISSES OF ALL TIME. Writing the entire phrase out every time I describe QPOOTMEKOAT would take far too long as you’ll see, but I can’t describe QPOOTMEKOAT any other way.
I’m not kidding.
Their QPOOTMEKOAT was unbelievably good, and not just because it was a good kiss (which it was). The backstory behind the QPOOTMEKOAT is what catapulted it to the stratosphere of epic kisses, as they had promised to one another and God that they would save the QPOOTMEKOAT for their wedding day. The tension|anticipation of their first kiss is what made their engagement session so much fun to shoot. You could sense the moment building throughout the ceremony, and when it finally arrived, QPOOTMEKOAT did not disappoint. It was an explosion of passion…a perfectly unchoreographed moment with an absolutely dramatic feel…a celebration of God’s faithfulness and provision for Annie & Evan.
Annie & Evan (and all of your bridal party, family & friends), thank you so much for taking care of us and making us feel like we were part of everything instead of just photographers capturing your special day. We are truly honored that you chose us to be your wedding photographer. Your story is unforgettably inspiring and your love for one another and God is undeniably magnificent.
Evan, if you ever write a book on how to execute QPOOTMEKOAT, I’ll be the first in line. GOOD JOB, good sir!!!!
QPOOTMEKOAT. So EPIC it deserves its own little moment in this post.
QPOOTMEKOAT. So epic that even though I wasn’t involved, the shockwaves from its aftermath made even my knees buckle a bit…
The image below is quite possibly one of the favorites that I’ve ever shot. Thank you, Evan, for being a QPOOTMEKOAT (II) master.
I really don’t know what happened below, but I love it.
There must’ve been something awesome in the food, cause uncontrollable jumping ensued and I was completely helpless to stop it. Nor did I want to.