c.pelland doesn't really blog. anymore.

If you're visiting this blog in search of the newest new from c.pelland photography - unfortunately, you're not going to find it. Yet you will find it via Christy Pelland's Facebook - it's chalk full of the most recent weddings and adventures you'll surely enjoy!


Click on over and let's be friends.

Thanks Again Tacoma! :: Best of 2011

Wanted to extend a big THANK YOU TACOMA & The Tacoma Weekly for voting me best photographer for the second year in a row. It's a true honor!

Photobucket

storybooks by Ada Rosman

custom storybooks are the most popular way my clients choose to showcase their wedding experience and now they're even better! Thanks to the endlessly talented metal smith, Ada Rosman, these pieces have even more character and make the story of your love that much more special.

Photobucket

visit adarosman.com for more information on this amazing local artist.

Shall we? :: Let's make it Facebook Official

for the latest photo stories from c.pelland photography become friends with principal photographer, Christy Pelland. it's simple, it's fun and you probably won't regret it. heheee!

Photobucket

Come now, let's make it Facebook official!

Photobucket

samantha + matt :: teaser

last saturday, i had the pleasure of covering the wedding adventures of samantha and matt - a local (and i mean real local to me - living just down the way in Graham!) couple who's simple ceremony and private dinner party reception were SIMPLY PERFECT!

Photobucket

Photobucket

talk about a GORGEOUS group of women! and if you can believe it - they're all related! everyone of the bridesmaids were samantha's sisters and the lovely woman in red featured above - her stunning mother! i think it's safe to say we know where the girls get their looks! fabulous ladies! simply fabulous!

Photobucket

Photobucket

really, could a first look be any more perfect!?! these two are just adorable and every bit of the excitement and build up was soooo worth it!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

even the wildlife couldn't get enough of these two! this lil' bugger got a bit too close though - i had to run him off!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

the Wright Park Seymour Conservatory is so perfect and usually off limits to shoot in unless you have a permit (teheee or a really charming smile!) It was an ideal location for the two's very intimate vows in front of immediate family.

Photobucket

after the short and incredibly sweet ceremony - we took off toward the reception on Tacoma's waterfront gem, C.I. Shenanigans. we stopped off at a few spots on the way there - couldn't have asked for more perfect shooting conditions on this early spring day especially since the forecast was for solid rain!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

a big thanks to Melissa Anderson of Che'mel Salon for completely rockin' out samantha and the rest of the bridal party's makeup! having perfect, photo ready makeup done by a professional is a MUST for your wedding day and Melissa is truly one of the best!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

these two were an absolute delight to photograph - every part of this blissed out day was filled with the carefree, loving attitude that they exude. i can't wait to share the rest of this moment in their life with you! stay tuned my friends!

oh and if you just love teasers - my facebook friends get the advanced peek at all my weddings - so get in on the buzz and LET'S BE FRIENDS!

GLAM NIGHT :: teasers

what's a friday without a teaser!?! so i'm still not back to the routine of blogging on a daily basis but that's only because there is so much cool stuff going on right now! one of those is Stand Out Prom and all the sweet projects we've done to raise this year's scholarship funds. GLAM NIGHT Masquerade was truly a creative explosion utilizing the best makeup artists, hair stylists and other creative artists we came up with incredible looks and had every beautiful lady feelin' like the vixen she is!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

don't let this dark ring leader scare you - i promise, she's quite a pleasant lady. wink wink. hahahaa.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

enjoy these teasers - i've got to get back to editing the rest!

becca + chris :: celebration

there are some very special people in this world that naturally carry the ability to make others happy. the sound of their voice brings joy and the comments they share are both humorous and uplifting. miss laura thompson is one of those people - this North Dakota native has such a charm about her that draws you in and keeps you laughing.





becca and laura met their first year of college at Pacific Lutheran University where they lived in the same dorm. their were many memorable stories laura could have shared about those first few years but she chose one that truly showcased becca's heart of service. you see miss laura contracted lice that first semester of school and was sure this revelation would seal her fate as the odd one out in the dorm. as she returned from the nurse she stopped at becca's room and burst into tears telling her of her plight. becca sprang into action, calling her mother for advice and concocting a homemade cure from mayonnaise, butter and lemon. that foreseen catastrophe turned out to be an humorous exercise in floor unity as all the girls sported shower caps and killer blend for a few hours.





laura emphasized different parts of the story in her signature Fargo accent that kept the entire party in stitches yet when she got to the core of her speech those giggles turned to genuine tears of admiration for the greatest friend in her life. she opened up about all the reasons she loves becca from her constant support to her absolute heart of service. she focused on the person becca was thanks to her amazing family and the person she's grown to be due in large part to her new husband, chris. it was an intimate portrait of the most genuine person i know and it completely had me sobbing - laura's words said everything that a best friend would want to express on a day like this and more. it was truly a gift to witness.







another very unique aspect to the day was the changing of becca's sash throughout the evening. i overheard one table who finally caught on to the change exclaiming about the creativity of it and everything else that took place that day.









there are some moments that stop reality - you know they're coming, anticipate what they'll feel like, try to prepare and then without a whisp you're in them - caught up in every overwhelming memory and uncontrollable feeling. the father daughter dance is one of those - and not just for the bride but for her family too. a family experiences all of life's joys and trials together which is what makes them so rich and strong - in celebratory times like this, all those memories collide with hopes for the future and it's just too much to hold in.











becca's sisters switched up the playlists on the ipod and the party really gotta movin! there's nothing quite like a country party in the great wide open amongst the stars.







as the couple thanked their departing guests i grabbed a few of the girls and prepared the couple's suite for them. the bridal suite transformed into a rustic cabin getaway for these two thanks to many candles, flowers and their favorite tunes.

this wedding experience could not have been more perfect - oh but wait - there's more. get the full Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast experience on monday. have a great weekend friends and if you're up for some artsy fun check out the opening of my good friend Ada Rosman's show at the Bellevue Arts Museum - i'll be up there on saturday and strongly encourage you to check it out - for more info click here www.bellevuearts.org/indulge.

becca + chris :: party time

if you know me at all you know i'm gonna start this post with food details! ohh how i adore the culinary arts and love to see how each couple chooses to display their feast. let's kick things off with the centerpiece to the celebration - THE CAKE!



becca's sister-in-law, Rebecca, decided long ago that she was going to treat the couple to a homemade masterpiece. thanks to a good friend at New York's Magnolia Bakery located in the village on Bleecker Street - which you may recognize from a lil' show called Sex in the City - she gathered professional tips and through many baking trials came up with the perfect blend for becca and chris' big day. the multiple layers consisted of white cake with a lemon curd filling and butter cream frosting and were absolutely to die for! i usually don't partake in the cake feasting but i had to try this one a few times - magnificent!

as for the delightful cake topper - that was a special piece hand crafted by becca's father, Jay Stewart, who is a professional potter out of Cannon Beach. the two love birds were a surprise to the couple and are reminiscent of many of the playful creatures Jay has crafted the children throughout the years. talk about a personalized touch huh?





oh and don't even get me started on the buffet! perfect Northwest flare featuring baked salmon, fresh salads, perfect red potatoes, fire roasted and raw vegetables and a variety of seasonal fruits.











as a gift to their guests, chris hand crafted each of the personalized tumblers which commemorated the day with their names and wedding date. the couple got the idea from becca's parents who gave away similar cups at their wedding - in fact, at Jay and Laura's celebration the cups were so popular that people were hiding away extras in their purses! i have to admit, i some how ended up with a full set - tehehehe! due to the generosity of becca and chris though - not the size of my camera bag - haha.





as a special tribute to those who could not be there with them to celebrate - becca and chris chose to salute his brother, michael, and becca's dear family member, bob, with chocolate starfish which brought in their love of the ocean and the symbolic 'falling star' - the table card read, 'For our fallen stars and the sweet memories that we have.'













how a couple chooses to record the guest who attended always excites me - there have been so many great ideas throughout the years. becca had multi-faceted card that contained many of the images from their weekend long engagement session we had months prior to the event. it was a very unique solution and fit the feel of the event - casual, colorful, crafty and of course, creative.





both becca's father, Jay and Chris are professional potters which brought the arts to a forefront at their wedding. their pottery was displayed throughout the event which incorporated such a familiar feeling of home and what the livelihood of the Stewart family has been and what the future holds for becca & chris. it showcased a truly honest craft that has been passed from one generation to the next which is quite a rare thing these days. see more of Jay's work at www.houseofthepotter.com and Chris' at potterchrisjohnson.com.









becca thinks of everything - that's why she is the greatest assistant i have ever had. when it comes to taking care of the ones she loves - she's absolutely got it covered. what's better than rounding off a perfect day of watching two people you love unite as one through marriage? the answer - slipping into a pair of flip flops and enjoying a glass of wine! each of her bridesmaids received matching flip flops to go along with their color gowns, the perfect addition for all that dancing about to happen!





it's time for dinner but when we return you'll hear the accounts of becca and chris' closest friends and see how this party unfolds. laura's maid of honor speech is hands down the best i ever heard, you'll want to be part of this!