A New Wild Adventure

Monroe, WA

We have been a little MIA lately in the Compass Arrow world. The past few months have been packed with moving to a northern suburb of Seattle, my husband starting to pastor at a different church, launching a new blog, & did I mention baby baby baby things? Our little guy will be here in a few short months!

I am now almost 34 weeks, which makes my tummy gigantic, short winded breathing to do even the simplest of tasks and sweet, well lets be honest – sometimes painful kicks and jabs constantly from baby. I’m growing a part Japanese mini-ninja. I seem to be waddling more than walking, and misjudging my circumference as I bump into counters and knock things over on tables. I have the bruises to prove it. Lets not forget that unfortunate peeing-when-you-laugh-or-sneeze phenomenon or feeling like you can take a nap in just about any situation.

Pregnancy is a really unique experience, but life is a joy and I can’t imagine it any other way. Baby is super healthy and that is all this new mom can ever ask for. He is almost full term, weighing in at a little over 4lbs and 17inches long! What a champ.

Now that we are getting settled into our new home, a nursery area was undoubtedly in the works. We themed his space from the book, “Where the Wild Things Are” and anticipate a whole new adventure ahead for our family has he enters this world soon. Any guesses on his name? I’ll give you a hint, it starts with an “E”.

So with that, we will continue to be a little MIA until baby “E’s” arrival as our family adjusts with this precious gift of life and new season in our life. Feel free to e-mail us for inquiries as we will continue to schedule photography sessions for the upcoming spring (starting in May) and into the summer/fall. You can still follow us for more constant posts on our facebook page and be on the look out for updates with our growing family!

I am sure I will start to be THAT mom who posts a scary amount of adorable newborn pictures, but I’ll try to keep it contained. Maybe. If he looks anything like his dad, you all just may want to unfollow me now if you can’t handle the abundance of cuteness about to be posted. Watch out for those cute almond asian eyes and sleepy funny faces.

Happy love month from ours to yours. May you take this time to celebrate the precious gifts around you.
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Lopez Wedding

Long Island, NY

Javie & Christie were married on October 24 on a beautiful property on Long Island. It was a crisp fall day full of joy, immense love and beautiful reunions. These two are world changers; together they will continue to do mighty things. Congratulations Javie & Christie!

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Brieske’s Getting Ready

Tacoma, Wa

Some of my favorite moments are when the bride and groom are getting ready for the big day. This time of the day is typically more relaxed and the moments between family and bridal party are precious.

“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.” – Jennifer Smith. Such peace and happiness flooded Tom and Kaitlyn this morning! Here is a start of the beautiful picture that they are continuing to build upon.

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Shiner Wedding

Olalla, WA

Beth & Doug were married at the Edgewater House a few weeks ago on a beautiful September day. This was a stunning venue right on the water. Their decor was nothing short of intimate details and stunning florals. I was obsessed with the succulent in her bouquet! This was such a fun day – from writing vows in a giant tub, many sentimental tears with family, a sassy flower girl, such close attention to details throughout the whole day, delightful food and dancing. This wedding truly was a magical day – congratulations Beth & Doug!

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Layla Turns One

Tacoma, WA

Sweet Layla turns ONE at the end of this month! Her parents gave her a big cupcake that she got to have all by herself! I love watching the curiosity, suspicion and joy as these littles figure out what to do with their cake. Happy Birthday Layla! Can’t wait to watch you grow and continue to take big steps all by yourself. CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0010CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0001 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0017 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0021 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0039 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0042 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0052 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0066 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0070 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0073 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0077 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0079 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0080 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0082 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0089 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0092 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0103 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0107 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0113 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0115 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0116 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0120 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0135 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0138 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0150 CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0170CompassArrow_Layal1yr_0152

McCarville Wedding

Des Moines, WA

Kelly & Bobby were married August 8th at Des Moines Beach Park. Overlooking the beautiful Puget Sound, it was a perfect setting – despite the slight rain! They braved the fluke rain that happened during our summer heat stroke and just as their ceremony began, the rain stopped! A miracle to start off a happy marriage! Congratulations you guys!

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Marry Me Weekend 2015

Tacoma, WA

Marry Me Weekend is wild. This is my second year photographing for free at this event and this packed weekend is unforgettable! Life Center Church puts on an incredible weekend for a handful of couples (this year 8!) who want to get married and fully understand the commitment, but for various reasons, can not plan their ceremony. They offer a beautiful free ceremony, flowers, photography and small reception with cake for all the couples that partake in this weekend. Photographing these couples was a complete joy and I wish you all much happiness as you continue your life together in this new covenant and journey! Congratulations Marry Me Weekend Couples!

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Schallert Family

Seattle, WA

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu.

Family is one of the most precious things in this world and the gift of being together is a joy to watch. The Schallert family ventured to Seattle this past week for a family reunion. Four sets of families from across the country from various states came to see each other. It was fun to see old friends, Dianne and Steve, who have been serving in South Africa for a few years with their adorable kids and are now back in Kona, Hawaii. Blessings to you all as you enjoy your family vacation! Thanks for letting me capture some of your day in Sodo. I hope you made fabulous memories together as you explored our beautiful city and State and go back refreshed and full of joy as you celebrated being together.
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Amber & Josh’s Snoqualmie Falls Wedding

Snoqualmie, WA

Amber and Josh had a very intimate wedding at Salish Lodge that overlooks the Snoqualmie Falls. It was a breathtaking day as they said “I do” in an elegant room that overlooked the falls with their close family and friends. It was such an honor to be a part of their wedding day and I am so happy for them! Joy radiated over Amber and Josh and you can’t help but smile and laugh with them as they dedicated their life together – a life I know that is promised to be laced with happiness. Congratulations Amber & Josh!
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