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Meet the smarts behind the newsletter :: Kat Speyer of Persimmon Images

Do you get our newsletter? If not, man should you!!

This year, we have had the talented Kat Speyer of Persimmon Images crafting all the knowledge you not only want, but need of what we are doing over here at Get Hitched Give Hope. What to expect next, how amazing our event will be, and how to get involved if you are interested.

We love Kat and her radiating smile, her willingness to do just what is asked, and to go above and beyond. She is quite the addition to our team! If you aren’t on our newsletter list yet, just subscribe to the right and you will be all set!

Interested in just what makes Kat tick? Check out our team interview below!


 
What do you do for GHGH and how long have you been involved?
This is my fourth year on the Get Hitched, Give Hope PR and Marketing team and I am the Guest Relations Manager for this year’s event. What that means is that I will be sending out awesome newsletters and announcements to our guests, vendors, and sponsors, so that all of you can hear our big plans as they are revealed!
 
What brought you to GHGH?
I got involved with Get Hitched, Give Hope for the same reason I became a wedding and portrait photographer: because life is short and love is sweet. My life’s goal, more than anything, is to use my creativity to bring joy to other people. Photography helps me capture and preserve that joy while volunteering with Get Hitched, Give Hope enables me to give some of that joy back to the world.I also joined GHGH to find a community of like-minded, giving people in Seattle’s wedding industry. Get Hitched, Give Hope has allowed me to get to know the best, brightest, and most kindhearted of Seattle’s wedding professionals… to say “thank you” to them for their camaraderie while helping make a difference for those who need a little extra joy in their lives.
 
What is your favorite part of your experience with GHGH?
It’s really inspiring to watch so many passionate people take their great ideas from concept to execution. There’s so much work that goes into putting together an event like this and a lot of it seems to solidify from thin air, like magic, at the last moment. Yet it all fits perfectly together into an impeccably styled party for a great cause. There are a lot of incredible minds at work here. It’s a crazy, fun, wild ride of madness and creativity!
 
You own  :: Persimmon Images, a Seattle based wedding  and engagement photography company. What drew you to your job?
I am the owner/head photographer for Persimmon Images.I became a photographer because photography is the closest thing we have to time machines. I’m addicted to new and exciting experiences: traveling to new places, seeing traditions come to life, watching emotions unfold. Photography is the singular way to capture all these little moments and make them come to life again… not just for me, and not just for the couples I photograph, but for whoever comes after us.Life is short. There’s a tender sweetness to realizing that our time here is temporary. The best thing we can do is fill that time with love — and that is what I aim to do. I still time and capture love so that sweetness can linger just a little bit longer and make the world that much more joyful.
 
 All photos credited to : Persimmon Images
 
 
 
Tell us the most unique thing you saw at a wedding / were asked to do for a wedding?
Even in August in the Pacific Northwest the weather sometimes refuses to cooperate. One of my favorite weddings was held under umbrellas. The bride and groom had chosen a beautiful outdoor space at Evergreen Gardens near Bellingham for their ceremony and it was just POURING down rain all day. The coordinator kept asking them if they wanted to move their ceremony under the pavilion. “No,” the bride insisted, “we want an outdoor ceremony.” Despite the rain, the bride never lost her cool, and their wedding was even more beautiful for it. Each guest was given an umbrella to hold and it made their audience a mosaic of colors the likes of which I’ve never seen before or since. The bride’s father walked her down the aisle under a pink umbrella (her favorite color) and she met her groom at the rustic altar where they both said their vows with the warm pitter-pat of a summer downpour.

 

Do you have any insider secrets to tell our brides to make their planning / enjoying of their wedding easier?

Four things!

1-leave extra time… in everything you do. You will need it. And, if you don’t, then hooray… you have time to relax!

2- keep a sense of humor. Things will go (varying degrees of) wrong. It won’t matter in the end.

3- hire a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator. Their expertise and services are completely worth it. They will save you time, money, and sanity in the long run, and your family (who might otherwise be doing those last-minute tasks) will thank you when they can enjoy your wedding.

Finally, remember that your wedding is a celebration, so have fun at your own party!!!

 

Are you married? And if you are, what was your favorite part of your wedding or what would you have done differently?

I am married. My husband, Justin, works with me as a photographer, too!

I loved everything about my Montana wedding in 2008, from the tiny town we took over for our celebration (Polebridge) to the vintage Americana that was everywhere. I even loved that it rained and stopped raining in time for our bluegrass band to play in the outdoor amphitheater.

If I could change on thing, I would have decided to do a “first look” before our ceremony instead of waiting until afterward for portraits. We had been together for so long that we thought waiting would add to the impact of the moment we saw each other down the aisle. Instead, I ended up with extra time (almost unheard of) before the ceremony where I had to hide awkwardly from guests, which I spent getting nervous. Then, that “aisle moment” passed so quickly under the eyes of so many people that I wished I got a do-over to be present again. I wish I had more intimate photographs of the two of us together, in a quiet moment, still fresh and away from our guests, really soaking it in. We do have amazing portraits afterwards, but those “first look” images would have been an emotional keepsake I could have treasured. And I might have got to attend my own cocktail hour!

 
What color shoes do you plan to wear to this year’s event?
Silver high-heels with zippers or sparkles!

 

Thanks Kat!
 
 
Keep in touch with Kat

website: www.persimmonimages.com

email: kat@persimmonimages.com

twitter: @persimmonimages

facebook: Persimmon Images

If you are you still looking for the perfect photographer for your wedding or engagement , jump on over to www.persimmonimages.com to check out all the fun and details. Their packages start at $3,500.

 
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