Hello and welcome, friend! We are Stormy and Michael, husband and wife photographers living in Bellevue, Washington, serving Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and wherever love stories take us. Michael and I are college sweethearts, HUGE coffee lovers, and fur parents to our three fluffy cats.
We're not here to tell you that we were born with cameras in our hands and photography has always been a passion of ours. Photography is one of those things that we didn't know we loved until we combined it with our passion for building meaningful relationships with madly-in-love couples and our passionate beliefs about the holy bond of marriage. For us, photography is more than just taking pretty pictures; it's documenting the sweet memories of life as heirlooms to be cherished and passed down to future generations.
Birthday cake pops from Starbucks are my love language!
Real talk, if you live on this planet and haven't tried a cake pop yet, then you're missing out on one of G-d's greatest gifts. Obviously I'm obsessed; we even served them at our wedding.
Once upon a time, I used to be a barista AKA the start of my coffee obsession. One of the things Michael and I bonded over when we started dating was our love for black coffee. In an effort to have mercy on my white teeth, I now prefer to drink either an oat milk or chai latte!
I went to Disney World with my family for the first time in January 2020 and I fell in love! Michael and I are already planning our next Disney Land trip!
Give me my sparkly pink Minnie ears and I'm in childhood bliss all over again.
Lead shooter, boss babe, inventor of the "photographer shuffle" at receptions
Second shooter extraordinaire, candid photo master, water boy and voluntary pack mule
Cuddle bug with main task of telling Mom it's dinner time and the work day is over
Professional lap cat with a skill in rearranging Mom's desk at 4am
Aspiring model kitty who alerts Mom when any birdies are near the window
We first met at the end of our freshman year at UW Seattle while taking a calculus class together. Our first interaction is more of a funny memory than something out of a romance novel. During one quiz section, Michael approached me in an almost empty classroom and said, "I just want you to know that I did really well on the last midterm and if you need someone to study with..." and shrugged and walked away. Stunned by his overconfidence, we actually didn't speak again until that summer when we were taking the next calculus class in the sequence. I recognized Michael's face and finally learned his name while also remembering the time that we first met. They say that the best relationships begin as friendships and we are a testament to that. We became friends that summer and spent Sundays together making brunch and Michael even consented to go shopping with me more times that any guy friend should have to.
Our relationship became official when I invited Michael to my work party in January 2016. All of my coworkers knew about my crush on Michael and that he would be accompanying me to the party so I was giddy the entire night while I introduced this handsome man to everyone. Our date ended with us walking along the dock on Lake Washington. All I remember thinking was how perfect of a moment it would be to have our first kiss while looking across the water at the twinkling lights of Seattle. Michael must have thought something similar in that same moment because the next thing I knew, we were sharing our first kiss! *Insert all the butterflies in my stomach* <3
Our first trip together was in our first year of dating to Peru! I had already had my plane ticket and I wanted Michael to go, too, so I surprised him with his own plane ticket to join me! As someone who grew up watching History Channel documentaries all about the Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, and all things Peru, visiting this country was a childhood dream of mine.
Our trip lasted two weeks and while in Peru, we tasted coffee and tried new food dishes. We hiked up to Machu Picchu at 4am to watch the sunrise and spent the following day eating chocolate cake in bed, haha! I almost cried seeing the Nazca Lines and we smile every time we think about the cooking class and whitewater rafting tour we did. We absolutely loved exploring Peru and creating those memories together :)
Michael and I probably don't have the over-the-top romantic proposal story that you came for. Rather, we started talking about our intentions for marriage even before we started living together and had been looking at engagement rings 6 months before Michael's "proposal." November 2017 rolled around and I fell in love with what is now my engagement ring. After we picked up the ring, we mutually decided that we were ready to be engaged. That was that! I did ask Michael to give me a cliche proposal, which he did twice at the dock where we had our first kiss.
Fast forward to 11.11.18... Our wedding day at the Burke Museum in Seattle!
We started the day bright and early getting ready together in an Airbnb. Later in the morning, Michael and I shared our first look together in front of UW Seattle's Denny Hall before our ceremony started. When it came to our reception, we wanted to celebrate our marriage with something that felt true to us, so we had a brunch wedding! Not only the yummy brunch food, but the espresso cart caterer, mimosa bar, and cake pops were our favorite parts.
As crazy cat people, we did arrange for our two cats (at the time) to arrive for our husband and wife portraits. Hilarious? Yes, but we cherish those photos so much!