My 100 favorite wedding photos of 2016 : Best Seattle Wedding Photographers

My 100 favorite wedding photos of 2016

It’s that time of the year again to showcase my favorite wedding photos of 2016! Where did the year go?

2016 has truly been a mixed bag. While I’m grateful for all the couples and families with whom I’ve been able to share my vision, it’s also a year full of sadness. Like many, I’ve been following the Syrian war, the Syrian refugee crisis, the water protection situation at Standing Rock (which is happily resolved – for now), and I cannot help but think – what the heck am I doing? I should be out there doing something useful for these people instead of photography.

Recently, on a plane ride back home from Mexico, there was a medical emergency on board for one of the passengers. As usual, the crew called for a medical professional. There were none on board. I was so desperate to help but could not. I’ve been feeling this way all year, just a general sense of helplessness.

Fortunately for the lady, the flight was almost done and she got help. As for me – and the rest of us – we are now going about our lives. I’ve donated, I’ve sent things to the refugees. I’d love for 2017 to be the year where I can actually put my hands – next to my money – to work.

Back to 2016, where I shot something like 33 weddings. Most of these I’ve not even blogged (which I promise to do slowly but surely in the new year), but I’ve shared a lot of these sneak peeks on my instagram @weddingsbyjenntai (follow me there if you haven’t for the latest and greatest).

How do I pick them? I don’t know. I love so very many of them, hundreds literally, so narrowing it down to 100 has been a major stress point. I will share more in the weeks and months to come in individual blog posts of the weddings.

A big thank you!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I truly am a lucky gal to be doing this as a job. It’s been such a privilege and a pleasure to have been a photographer for my couples.

More than ever, I want to thank all my fellow Seattle wedding vendors. You know who you are – venues, planners, makeup artists, florists, gown designers, bakers, caterers, jewelers. musicians, DJs, officiants. Without y’all, I could never have done my job well. Since there are over a 100 photos and 30 weddings here, I can’t credit everyone but I hope I’ve reached out to each and every one of you with photos, kudos and thanks to show you my true appreciation!

The people I’ve met doing this job, the friendships fostered, the experiences I’ve been a part of – it’s made me a better photographer, mother and friend.

Here’s to a more socially and photographically meaningful 2017 to all of you!

favorite wedding photos of 2016: Spring at the University of Washington Quad, spring 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Angie and her bridesmaids get her ready for her wedding day at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie and Joe share a tender moment before their wedding ceremony at Delille Cellars, a winery and wedding venue in Woodinville WA, summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Ilana and Christoph during their professional wedding portraits at Corson Building, a wedding venue in Georgetown WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bride Katherine and groom Graeme share a tender moment before their wedding at Kingston House, a wedding venue in Kingston, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katherine and Graeme's portraits during golden hour at Kingston House, a wedding venue in Kingston, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Rachel's grandma helps her get ready for her wedding at the Heritage Room, a wedding venue in Olympia WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Anna and Kevin during their engagement session at Discovery Park, summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bela's bridesmaid giving her something old and something new on her wedding day. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Frank excited to see his bride for the first time, at Alderbrook Resort and Spa, a wedding venue with the best service I've ever seen, at the Hood Canal in WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Carly and Shannon share a laugh during their professional wedding portraits at Hotel Ballard, Seattle WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Kevin sees his bride Noor for the first time as she walks down the aisle. Chapel at Echo Bay on Fox Island, WA, Winter 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Maggie and Matt prepare to enter their reception as Mr and Mrs. Lord Hill Farms, a wedding venue in Snohomish, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Zoe and Daniel's wedding rings. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Models for the Union Showcase. A busy scene during wedding party portraits at Lord Hill Farms, a wedding venue in Snohomish, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Seattle Greek Orthodox Weddings: Amanda and John (3)Caitlin getting ready during her wedding day, at the Great Hall at Green Lake, a wedding venue in Seattle, WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Joelle and Ryan enjoy the sunset and a view of Mt Rainier at the Seattle Tennis Club, a wedding venue and private club in Seattle, WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bride Katie getting into her wedding dress assisted by her mom and bridesmaids, at Delille Cellars, a winery and wedding venue in Woodinville WA (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bela and Nick see each other for the first time right before their wedding ceremony at Nick's childhood home in Lakebay, WA (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Taryn and Jake embrace for their professional wedding portraits through a tree of origami cranes folded by the bride herself for their wedding at the Rainier Club, a wedding venue in Seattle WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Kristina poses by a window for her bridal portraits. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bela's bridesmaids getting her gown ready at the groom's childhood home right before their wedding, Lakebay WA, Summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Model Shayna Edwards showing off a Le Salon Bridal gown at a styled shoot for a new wedding venue, the Sweet Briar in Fall City, WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Cindy and Frank share a private moment after their reception at Novelty Hill Januik, a winery and wedding venue in Woodinville WA, summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie and Joe celebrate their wedding with a little dance at Delille Cellars, a wedding venue and winery in Woodinville, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Models show off some Wai Ching Bridal wedding gowns at a wedding venue in Duvall, WA. The DragonFly House is a new wedding venue in a private, secluded property. Wai Ching is a local Seattle gown designer with a unique flair for color. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Emma and Jesse embrace for their wedding portraits at Marymoor Park, a Redmond state park. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Anna and Kevin with their wedding party at Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue in Poulsbo, WA, summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Angie and Jon share a tender moment against a background of fall leaves at the Rosehill Community Center, a convention center and wedding venue in Mukilteo, WA, shot fall 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Julie and Neel on their wedding at the Harbor Steps, against the backdrop of a beautiful Seattle day, summer 2016, Seattle WA (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Andrea and Rod pose for professional wedding portraits at their Whidbey Island home on the bay, in Whidbey WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie and Joe share their first kiss as husband and wife, at Delille Cellars, a winery and wedding venue in Woodinville, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Caitlin and Jacob preparing to see each other for the first time during their wedding day, at the Great Hall at Greenlake, summer 2016, Seattle WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Angie happily poses for some photos by her bridesmaids on their phones at the Red Lion Hotel in Mukilteo, WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Model Hailey Mattison in a beautiful Le Salon Bridal wedding gown, photographed for Seattle's premier wedding show, Union Showcase, at Carnation Farms, a wedding venue in Carnation, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Groom Jeremy applies lipstick as part of the Chinese tradition of a series of "obstacle games" the groom and his party has to engage in to get to his bride. Seattle WA, summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Keri and Brian, wed at the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls, a beautiful place for elopements and intimate weddings. Spring 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Julie and Neel at their Hindu Wedding Ceremony at the Four Seasons, a hotel and wedding venue in downtown Seattle, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bela and Nick in the forests of Nick's childhood home at Lakebay, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Children making themselves at home at the St Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church during Amanda and John's wedding in the summer of 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Ilana and Christoph share a tender moment after their wedding at Georgetown Ballroom, a wedding venue in Georgetown, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Caitlin and Jake seconds before their first look at the Great Hall at Green Lake, a wedding and events venue in Seattle, WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Guests and their kids kill time as their wait for an orthodox Greek wedding to begin at St Katherine's Orthodox Church in Kirkland, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bridesmaid grab for the bouquet at Zoe and Daniel's wedding at the Woodinville Lavender Farm, a wedding venue in Woodinville, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Kathy and Paul share a quiet moment during their reception at the Robinswood House, a wedding venue in Redmond, WA. summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Model Kaila Briann models a beautiful Wai Ching Bridal dress. Wai Ching is a gown designer in Seattle, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Anna and Kevin during their professional wedding portraits at Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue by the Sound in Poulsbo, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Brooke and Josh share their first kiss at their wedding ceremony at Hotel Ballard, a hotel and wedding venue in Ballard, WA, summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Robert and his fiance Wilson share a private joke during their engagement session at their home in Bellevue, WA. Winter 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Caitlin has her veil affixed as she gets ready for her wedding day at the Hall at Green Lake, Seattle WA, fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Hannah and Ben celebrate their wedding with a dance to their favorite Disney song at Delille Cellars, a winery and wedding venue in Woodinville, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Karyn and Jason during their rainy wedding day at Sodo Park, a wedding venue in downtown Seattle WA's Sodo district, winter 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Zoe and Daniel embrace in a field of lavender at the Woodinville Lavender Farm, a wedding venue in Woodinville WA, summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Rachel's bridal portrait during her wedding at the Heritage Room, a wedding venue in Olympia, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Brooke and Josh share a tender moment for their professional wedding portraits during their big day at the Hotel Ballard and Olympic Pavillion, a hotel and wedding venue in Ballard, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)A little girl admires the bride and groom during their first dance at the Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue in Poulsbo, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Kristina and Jon during their professional wedding portraits at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle, WA. Sprint 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bride and groom Emmerline and Alex share a tender moment during their professional wedding portraits, made in the summer of 2016 at JM Cellars, a wedding venue and winery in Woodinville WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bride Emma and her sisters and nieces get her ready for her wedding at the Hyatt Redmond, a hotel and wedding venue in Redmond WA, summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bride Andrea takes a peek out of her window at guests being seated for the wedding ceremony at their private property on Whidbey Island, WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie and Matt during their professional wedding portraits in downtown Seattle, right before their wedding at the Palace Ballroom, a wedding venue right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)All the single ladies grabbing at the bouquet toss, Heritage Room Olympia WA, a wedding venue in Olympia WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Anna is embraced by her maternal grandfather right after he officiates her wedding to Kevin at Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue in Poulsbo WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Hannah and Ben pose for their professional wedding portraits at Delille Cellars, a winery and wedding venue in Woodinville, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Julie and Neel pose for a sunset wedding portrait at the Four Seasons Seattle, WA, a hotel and wedding venue right in downtown. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie is emotional at seeing her groom, Paul, for the first time right before their wedding at Robinswood House, a wedding venue in Redmond, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie and Matt at the end of their wedding day at Palace Ballroom, a wedding venue in Seattle, WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Joelle and Ryan pose for their professional wedding portraits at the Seattle Tennis Club, a wedding venue by the water on the Puget Sound. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Amy and Jeremy during their professional portraits at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, an iconic event and wedding venue right in the heart of Seattle, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katherine and Graeme pose for their professional wedding portraits at Kingston House, a wedding venue in Kingston, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Joelle and Ryan share a quiet moment together during their reception at a dock at the Seattle Tennis Club, a wedding venue in Seattle, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Amy and Jeremy embrace during the last song of their wedding reception at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, an event and wedding venue as well as an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of Seattle, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Model Hailey Mattison walks down a beautiful woodland oasis aisle designed by True Colors Events' Travis McBurney and Chambers & Co's Lisa Chambers for Union Showcase 2016. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Cindy and Frank pose for their professional wedding portraits at Novelty Hill Januik, a wedding venue and winery in Woodinville WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Angie waits in a garden to meet her groom Jon during their wedding day, at Rosehill Community Center, an events venue in Mukilteo, WA. Fall 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katherine and Graeme during their engagement session at Carkeek Park in the summer of 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Flower girls react to the bride walking down the aisle at Maggie and Matt's wedding at Lord Hill Farms, a wedding venue in Snohomish, WA. Spring 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Taryn and Jake embrace at their First Look, which they shared at the grounds of the Rainier Club in the heart of downtown Seattle, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Anna and Kevin at their wedding sendoff at Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue by the water in Poulsbo, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Anna and Kevin walk to their getaway boat after their wedding reception at Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue in Poulsbo, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Lesley and Jon fight the cold with giggles during their engagement session at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA, on a brisk but sunny Winter day 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry).Noor and Kevin on the beach at the Chapel on Echo Bay, a wedding chapel on Fox Island in the South Sound, WA. Winter 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Katie is emotional at seeing her groom, Paul, for the first time right before their wedding at Robinswood House, a wedding venue in Redmond, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Zoe tears up while she and Daniel exchange rings at their wedding to Daniel at Woodinville Lavender Farm, Washington, summer 2016Models Hailey and Greg share a laugh at the Union Showcase Styled Shoot featuring their theme, Woodland Oasis, Spring 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Models Hailey and Greg show off a gown by Le Salon Bridal for the themed shoot Woodland Oasis by Union Showcase (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Flower girls and ringbearers share a secret right before Maggie and Matt's wedding ceremony at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish, WA (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Maggie and Matt during their professional wedding portraits (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry).Flowergirl gets her hair sprayed while getting ready fro a wedding ((photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)A teardrop dangles from groom Joe's chin at his wedding ceremony at DeLille Cellars, a wedding venue in Woodinville WA, Spring 2016 ((photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Rachel and her mom share a tender moment right before the wedding ceremony at the Heritage Room, a wedding venue in Olympia, WA. Spring 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Jon and Lesley during their engagement session at Olympic Sculpture Park on a brisk winter's day in Seattle, WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Bela and Nick walk down the aisle as lavender is thrown over them to celebrate their nuptials. Lakebay WA, summer 2016 (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Amy and Jeremy dance a little dance at the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle WA, summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)A little girl watches the bride and groom dance their first dance at Kiana Lodge, a wedding venue in Poulsbo, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Dana and Christian on their wedding day at the Landmark Theatre in Tacoma, WA. Summer 2016. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)Karyn and Jason in a moody composition for their professional wedding portraits at Sodo Park, a wedding venue in Seattle, WA. (photo by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry)

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