In February of 2012 I met these two and at the time they had just only recently started dating. I am lucky to have been able to consider them great friends as well as colleagues in life and photography. They both have been a part of almost every step of my professional journey, starting from my school years, to when I finally started finding my vision with photography, to where I am now.
On April 6th of 2013 Houston called me. This day was probably the most stressful and exciting in my life due to opening my first showing of my photography at a local art gallery here in Seattle. That was the only thing on my mind. The stress of putting together the night's reception and opening party was something else, I was terrified that no one would show up, or the night was going to be a failure. But Houston called me. He called me on the worst day he probably could have, but asked me a question that I couldn't say no to. Would I document his proposal to Harley for marriage. All of my thoughts went immediately to that moment and I started crying before I could say yes to him. Houston and Harley were some of the first visitors to my show that night, and it was the hardest thing in the world not being able to say anything or show my excitement to Harley. Having their support at the biggest night of my life meant the world to me, and the night was a major success.
A week later I had climbed Rattlesnake Ridge with their closest friends in the rain, snow and extremely cold wind chill to capture the moment. And it was something I'll never forget.
A few months later they asked me if I would photograph their wedding.
In July of 2013, the three of us again climbed Rattlesnake Ridge to capture their engagement photos, all while trying to avoid looking extremely sweaty on a very humid day. And later ran over to catch a golden hour that never showed itself at Discovery Park. But we didn't care about the weather or if we had the perfect light, we still had fun spending the day together and taking photos. I will say it's hard to take a bad photo of these two.
One year later the wedding day was here.
My emotions were on high this day. I was happy to be a part of every moment of their day. And I've been happy to be a part of every big moment of their relationship. I am so happy to share these photos from their big day.
Some images were taken by my fantastic assistant Madeleine Robertson.
Houston & Harley Kraft
I can't thank these two amazing people enough for being in my life. They've helped me in my career and personal life a more than they probably know. I wish them a happy marriage.
I love you guys!