Rikki Rivera | Photographer » Wedding & Portrait Photography

Sweet Myles turned one on the loveliest day in March. He was blessed with two wonderful parties at their family church and at home with extended family and friends. The Hawaiian theme was so fun! They’ll be ready for their family trip to Hawaii now! Myles and Brooklyn have grown so quickly, it feels as if I was just taking each of their newborn pictures. Now, they’re sporting the best head of curly hair I’ve ever seen, along with having the sweetest personalities, and amazing parents. I’m quite certain I’ve documented the Smith family more than any other family I work with, and I’ve literally been able to watch and capture everything from their wedding, to babies, and birthday parties – it’s been so amazing! Although I say that every single time, I am genuinely honored.

Happiest 1st birthday Myles Robert, I can’t wait to see what more is in store for you and your whole family. Quite a tribe!

A sunny engagement session in downtown and West Seattle with Seattleites, Marlyce and Seth.

We couldn’t have asked for a better, warmer day in February to celebrate the engagement of Marlyce and Seth. We squeezed through the crowds at Pike’s Place, warmly greeted by throwing fish. We tucked into their apartment just after that to rest our smiling faces and get ready for a run – them, not me, of course, that would’ve looked funny with my big camera in my face trying to run! They are so cute and it was so fun to talk about Seattle living and their running life. He proposed to her on a run, so you could say it’s a big part of who they are and will even be included in their wedding – so exciting!

Thanks Marlyce and Seth for having me document this time for you. You’re both quite an inspiration in your active life and as a couple. I am very much looking forward to your wedding in just a few short weeks! I’m going to go run now.

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Planning a wedding can prove to be quite challenging. Planning a wedding across the country even more so. Then, letting your sister plan all the things proves to unnerve you. Haha. There has never been a time where I was more involved in a wedding than this one. Of course, my brother got married and this is what I do, so naturally… After months of trying to talk him into getting married in Washington, it finally worked, and my new sister-in-law put all her faith in me, but she had her doubts! Thankfully, despite all the traveling and holiday business, the wedding came together so beautifully and I’m telling you, I would do this day over and over and over again if I could. Part 1 today features the sweetest intimate wedding ceremony, my first and only time officiating a wedding. Stay tuned tomorrow for the adventures we went on to take beautiful photos of the bride and groom.

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