Rikki Rivera | Photographer » Wedding & Portrait Photography

Last weekend was my beautiful momma’s birthday! We had a wet forecast, so we stayed where the sun was shining, which meant we wouldn’t make it to the ocean like planned. We decided to stay around Olympia and explore. None of us had ever really seen much of the city there, and we ended up having a blast!

Enjoy our journey…

Olympia is the capitol of our gorgeous state, and I love seeing what all it has to offer! Of course, we usually plan trips farther away, so coming here has been put on the back burner for awhile. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed at all! We started off our adventure with a walk around Capitol Lake. What fun! There was a constant view of the capitol building, beautiful flowers, and Olympians at their finest! I know some of you just laughed :)..

My sister is the greatest, most unique, crazy, fun, loving girl you’ll probably ever meet! She can be incredibly shy, but once you get her going, there’s no stopping her! Along the way there were random phone numbers written on the fences, so Shelby decided to leave cute little notes for people to find. Weirdo.

Toward the end of our trek around the lake, we headed toward downtown. At the end of the road we were on, it only allows city vehicles. So we were surprised when a random car headed toward us. Once the driver realized it wasn’t a public road, she began backing up… a little too fast, and she ran straight into a pole. I was a little concerned, so I ran over to her car to make sure she was alright. An elderly woman stepped out, visibly shaken up, so I offered to turn her car around for her and make sure it was alright. Her car suffered minor damages, then we realized her hand was bleeding, so while I cleaned her up. She mentioned that she was ‘just looking for a shady place to read before going home.’ Melt my heart! Poor woman! It’s times like those that really set you down and give you a pep talk about age, life, and family. I pray she has someone to take care of her.

Just stepped into downtown…

A little window shopping.

I love their theaters! History is amazing, and seeing how unaffected some places are by modern times completely fascinates me! So many stories can be told by just glancing at the intricate details, creativity, and longevity of places like this. I love to imagine what it was like in its prime days; the people from that time, the town, and all of the changes.

We ran into the cutest little guy! His name is Dinner. You wouldn’t have expected such a big guy, all dressed in black to not only be with such an adorable little dog, but to also be so friendly and share some of his time with us as we fell in love with his companion.

We loved being in the sunshine, enjoying some history, good company, and celebrating such a great day!

My sister loved the box office in front of the theater! She kept saying, “Get a picture! Get a picture!” I suppose it’s true, you don’t see one quite like this just anywhere.

When we came to the harbor, we saw this odd, yet interesting piece of artwork. The sign beneath this said, ‘Justice for All.’

The harbor area was adorned in beautiful flowers, some of which, I’ve never seen before! I couldn’t get enough!

Olympia had a city-wide project to decorate all of the benches. This was one of my favorites, but there were so many creative designs. There was one that was a collage of photos even! How cool!

On our way to find a place to sit down and relax, we passed a garage band playing. As we continued walking I spotted this hand-written sign outside the building neighboring the garage door where we heard music.

We stubbled across the neatest little worldly cafe, The Bread Peddler. Upon first entering and looking over the menu, we almost left because we couldn’t find anything that seemed to fit our taste, plus everything sounded very different. So, we took to the the bakery display and ordered about half of it! Hahaa, not really, but we all tried something different. This was chicken lentil soup my mom ordered, and truth be told, I wouldn’t have ever in my life asked for chicken lentil soup – but it was delicious! Everything we ate was incredible, and then washing it down with a vanilla italian soda that was out of this world mmmmm! It’s definitely something different, but a great experience. I can’t wait to go back!

The birthday girl! I’m so blessed for these times and memories with her. I know not everyone has such opportunities, or makes use of them, but I hope that some day my kids will enjoy time with me as much as I love time with my parents.

We were all taking bites of each other’s food and ‘oohing and aaahing’ over how good it all was! Alyx was enjoying everyone else’s quite a bit too! He’s so good at trying new things (probably even better than I am)!

After a few hours on the town, and a nice break, we were ready to head back home to let the rest of the festivities begin! I sure hope my mom enjoyed the adventure as much as I did!

I LOVE these flowers! Anyone know what it is?

How cute is that?!

The colors are incredible!

It wasn’t a super warm day, but certainly comfortable, so we were a little surprised to see people in their swim suits enjoying the water fountain. It was so cute to see people having so much fun just running through the water as it shot up.

I look forward to my next trip to Olympia. It’s funny how far I’ve traveled to see someplace new, take exciting pictures, enjoy different things, or to just get away – and I got all of that just a few towns over! Sometimes you can find just what you’re looking for right under your nose. New mission: get to know my own surroundings better. Have I mentioned how much I love this place?! 🙂

Carl and Katie have a love story you typically only see in the movies – they first met on a plane! How awesome is it to have met the love of your life in such a place and to hit it off enough that first time to not miss the opportunity that would later bring them together as husband and wife!

When Katie and I were discussing the wedding photos she wanted, she was very specific that she wanted a good shot of the their first kiss as husband and wife. So when it was time to kiss the bride, Katie made sure she got the kiss she wanted by pulling away so Carl could reel her back in. Perfect!

Katie and her best friend, Marlee.

Carl and Katie were up for every idea I could come up with, and we took advantage of everything we could find. I had no idea Roy, Washington was such a beautiful place!

Between poses, they weren’t afraid to take a few moments to enjoy one another. True love at its best :).

Carl was so great to appease Katie and I for all the things we asked him to do for the sake of a good photo. Can’t ask for better, right?!

The sun was shining right behind us as the storm rolled in in front, it was so beautiful. They danced in the field until we were chased off the property – Worth every moment!

There are so many great photos of Katie and Carl’s big day. I had a truly wonderful time capturing your wedding, thank you for choosing me! You two are an amazing couple and I look forward to following you along on your journey’s (we all know I love a good adventure). Enjoy your honeymoon to Croatia! Cheers to forever!

Lauren’s mom, Kirsten, really wanted her captured as she was – which meant to have fun, to really see her as she was, to see her in her element and record the moments in which she lives and plays every day!

For nearly 2, Lauren is an incredible little girl! She has wonderful parents surrounding her and teaching her the little ways of the the world that she can understand now. In the image above, Lauren has already developed a knack for organizing! Don’t we all wish for that?! Let’s hope it follows her into her messy teens :).

Brandon and Lauren have a wonderful relationship and was a true joy to see firsthand and capture. She wasn’t a big “cheeser,” but every now and again daddy got her going. Precious!

Brandon and Kirsten – you are wonderful parents, thank you so much for choosing me and allowing me into your home to capture your darling little girl. I had a wonderful time chasing her around!