Stories about love at first sight are so sweet. Two people lock eyes across a room… and BAM. That’s it. They know. Those kinds of stories are nice… but the kind of stories I like have a lot more complexity to them. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love the story of Tobin and Amanda. When mutual friends introduced them one 4th of July, there wasn’t so much love at first sight as much as… she thought he was a jerk and he thought she was dumb. They quickly realized that they were both waaaaay inaccurate in their first impressions of the other. I’m so thankful for that, because both of these people are exceptional, smart, and passionate. After a double date one evening, Tobin put the XX record Amanda had given him for Christmas on the player for the first time. Tobin told her he saved listening to it because he wanted every first for the rest of his life to be shared with her. He proposed with an absolutely gorgeous ring (check it out friends, this guy has taste), to the sound their favorite song on the record player, in a room full of twinkling lights… I’d tell you more but I think you get the gist that he hit the trifecta of nostalgic romance. I was thrilled to get a call from Amanda about documenting their wedding not only because I enjoy them as people, but I knew how beautiful and fun it would be because they both have a top notch sense of style. I just love it when creative people get together… Amanda is an amazing hair stylist and Tobin is a cinematographer, and it seems like everything they touch becomes even more beautiful.
Their wedding day was a warm, lovely, bright August day, and any reasonable person would call it pretty much perfect. They were surrounded by a wedding party of amazing people who were a complete joy to spend the day with, and family and friends who couldn’t have been happier just to be in their presence that day supporting them with love. I can’t describe to you how happy Tobin and Amanda were that the time had finally come that they were about to be Mr. and Mrs. Risser. I think everyone’s faces hurt from smiling too much at some point. Every element of the ceremony and reception was crafted by someone they loved. Their dear friends played music, Tobin’s mother and family made all of the amazing desserts, and his sister created all of the gorgeous flower arrangements with blooms that came straight from Pike Place Market. Friends and family made certain that every detail amazing for them. Now, because Tobin is also a musician, it was only fitting that he play in the band at the reception along with some of their best friends while Amanda danced to her heart’s content, loving every minute of it. By the end of the night the air was left buzzing with energy and happiness. There are wonderful things in store for these two in marriage and as they work to build their life together. Their way of loving and interacting with both each other and the world around them has given them a place among the most beautiful people I know. Check out some photos from their first day of marriage shot using both Kodak Portra 400 film and digital mediums.
Venue: STATION HOUSE 726
Photographer: LAUREN KELLEY
Makeup: MANDY BURDEN OF SALON MOGANO
Officiant: GEORGE BEDLION
Wedding Dress: ESSENSE OF AUSTRALIA
Cocktail Dress: ADRIANNA PAPELL
Groom’s Suit: SUIT SUPPLY
Videography: MICHAEL RABB OF AM STUDIO FILMS
Catering: CHIPOTLE and SEFO FISO
Dessert: HEATHER RISSER
DJ Extraordinaire: SAM WOLCOTT