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    I am in love with photography & I'm in love with being in love! There is something about capturing moments of love that makes me incredibly happy. I put a lot of care & hard work into photography & I continually look for moments that will make your heart swoon when you look at your images. I have a lot of fun with my clients and I focus on making them feel comfortable & beautiful! I look forward to working with you and capturing your moments :)

Kelly + Teddy | Boettcher Mansion Wedding in Colorado

Kelly & Teddy are the epitome of love. They have been together for 8 years and they still look at each other with dreamy eyes and smile in the sweetest way when they talk about one another.

Their wedding took place at the Boettcher Mansion, which is nestled in the mountains of Golden, CO. It was absolutely beautiful!

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The jewelry that Kelly wore has been in Teddy’s family for many years. It was so special to Kelly’s new mother-in-law, Jeanne, that Kelly wanted to wear it on her wedding day.

Kelly has a “village” of women who adore and love her. And when I say “village”, I’m not exaggerating one bit. From her two sisters to her girlfriends to her mom and mother-in-law, aunts, cousins, and the girls in her neighborhood who she grew up with — they all surrounded Kelly on this day with light and love.

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Kelly and Teddy chose to do a “first look” before their ceremony. Just the two of them (and me;)). Kelly wrote Teddy a letter and I gave it to him to read as she was walking towards him. It was the sweetest moment in the world.

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Kelly gave her girls a color scheme and told them to pick out whatever dress they wanted. My jaw totally dropped when I saw the dresses. I mean, I LOVE mismatched bridesmaid dresses as it is, but this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

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Every girl was able to rock her individual style and be comfortable in her own dress. I love that so much!

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I also love that Teddy had the guys where traditional tuxes. My husband happened to be one of the groomsmen and I don’t get to see him in a tux very often! They all looked so handsome.

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Kelly’s dad made these amazing table numbers! What a crafty guy he is. People talked about them all night.

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That’s my husband winking at me. I had to throw it in here. haha

Kelly’s BFF, Leanne, was her gorgeous Maid of Honor. I loved how she was so emotional watching her very best friend walk down the aisle.

boettcher mansion wedding photosmichigan wedding photographersfirst kissThey had some serious moves during their first dance. It was such a magical night!
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Then Kelly danced with her sweet dad.

And Teddy with his darling mother.

Venue – Boettcher Mansion

Wedding Planners – Seize the Day Event Planners 

Florist – Somerset Floral

Catering – Three Tomatoes 

Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer | Michigan Wedding Photographer


September 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Claire Nordloh - Nikki! These photos turned out so beautifully…great work as usual :)

September 16, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Rachel Trudelle - Wow! Every single one is so beautiful! Great job Nikki!

Donate for a Chance to Win a Photo Shoot

UPDATE: The winner of the photo shoot is…. The Mathews Family! (Ashley & Wesley). Congrats!! Can’t wait to meet you!

As some of you may know, our beautiful, loving, quick-witted Katie Douglass has cancer. After suffering horrible back pain and numbness, a Sarcoma tumor was found wrapped around her spine and there are also spots on her liver and lung. She underwent spinal surgery to remove the tumor and some of her vertebrae and to have titanium rods implanted along her spine. Katie’s nerves around her spine were severed during the surgery. As a result, she lost the use of her hands. This is only temporary — she is continually improving — but, it could take up to a year for her hands to be back to normal. She is also receiving aggressive chemotherapy. Katie is staying positive and she is making great progress towards being cancer-free every day! But, because of all of this, she is obviously unable to work right now. On top of the physical and emotional struggles that come along with fighting cancer, there are crazy medical bills that pile up.

Katie and her husband Matt have two beautiful children, Shea & Everett. Katie is an incredible mother, wife, friend, daughter, niece, cousin, coworker — the list goes on. Katie was my Maid of Honor in our wedding and has been my BFF for 23 years. She is one of the most important people in my life. I HATE that she has to go through this and I have no doubt that she will completely recover from cancer — my girl is a fighter!

In the meantime, to help lessen the burden of her medical bills, I decided to raffle off a photo shoot. If you would like to enter to win, or if you would just like to donate a few bucks to help with Katie’s medical bills, please complete the following steps:

(You can donate directly to Katie HERE if you aren’t entering the raffle)

YOU HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 26TH TO ENTER – The raffle will close after September 26th.

1. Click on the GIVE NOW button on the photo below. This will take you to a donation page. (The donation page is a separate page that I will be viewing to get the names of the people who have donated to enter the raffle.)

2. Enter the amount that you want to donate. For every $20 you donate, you will receive one entry into the raffle for the family photo shoot. (For example, if you donate $100, you will receive 5 entries. The winner must be willing to travel to within 30 miles of either 48170 or 98103 for the photo shoot — more details below.) Click continue.

3. Enter your name and email address, (message is optional). The amount you donate and your name must be PUBLIC in order to enter the raffle. If this information is not public, you will not be entered. Click continue.

4. You will be redirected to Matt & Katie’s Paypal where you will make the actual donation.


Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I can’t wait to throw a huge bash to celebrate when Katie is cancer-free!!!


* The contest will run from September 18-26, 2014.  The winner of the photo shoot must be willing to travel to within 30 miles of 48170 (Plymouth, MI) or 98103 (Seattle, WA) for the shoot. Scheduled photo shoot date will be coordinated based on photographer’s current bookings and availability.  The prize is a 60 minute portrait session for up to 5 people and 25 edited high-resolution digital images. The winner will be announced by September 30, 2014 via facebook and on my blog.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

September 12, 2014 - 1:21 am

Lisa Campagna - Nikki… you are an amazing friend to so many. Your generosity is beyond words. Xoxo


September 12, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Janine LaPorte - God’s blessings for a speedy recovery!! Ask and it is Given!

September 18, 2014 - 2:24 am

Melissa Werner - It is absolutely beautiful to see how much love and support Katie and her family is receiving. I feel so lucky that we know so many amazing people out there. thank you to everyone!

September 18, 2014 - 4:12 am

Kitrina Sullivan - Love you Katie, you are a wonderful niece and mom.
Keep smiling you will over come this and we all love you.
Aunt Kit

Glamour Party | Seattle Bachelorette Party

Jaime and her bridesmaids came to my studio for part of Jaime’s bachelorette party. It was such a fun girl’s day to celebrate their wonderful friend. They each got their hair & makeup professionally styled and then they did individual photo shoots. At the end, we did a group photo. How special for Jaime to have all of her best girls, who live all over the country, together for such a fun day.

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Jaime is in the black dress and the gorgeous blue sparkly earrings. She was the star of the day, seeing as it was her bachelorette party, so I asked her to write me a list of 10 things about her. I loved reading her list! She cracks me up.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Jaime

1. I am trying to learn all the lyrics to ‘Regulate’ because it is the hubby’s favorite 90′s rap song.

2. I am horrible at learning song lyrics! I have to hear a song at least 100 times before I even know the chorus!

3. My favorite meal is Korean food: Korean BBQ, bulgogi, japchae, kimchi jigae…

4. I really enjoy hockey and am a loud supporter of the Seattle Thunderbirds. I need Seattle to get a NHL team.

5. I love ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and wish I could do comedy improv.

6. I saw Nikki wearing a pair of TOMS wedges last summer. Since then, I’ve bought/been given at least four pairs of them because they are so comfortable!

7. My hubby and I wanted to honeymoon in a place that started with a B so we could be the Bongards in B…We just returned from Banff.

8. I have huge calves, but I appreciate them. I grew up dancing ballet and swimming competitively so they’re nice reminders of those times.

9. I adore going to the movies and will even go by myself if I can’t find someone to go with me!

10. I have a younger brother who is also adopted. He’s really cool. I joke that he is everyone’s favorite…and totally mine too! He’s also single

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Here is Jaime’s cousin, Anna, who traveled from New York for the wedding festivities.

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This is Kim. Jaime’s mom had a dream that Kim had her baby on the day of Jaime and Jonathan’s wedding day! She didn’t;)

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Amy and Jaime grew up together on a military base in Okinawa, Japan. They have remained close friends for all of these years!

Heather is also one of Jaime’s best friends from Okinawa. It was so great seeing the three girls together continuing their beautiful friendship!

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Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Seattle Glamour Photographer, Seattle Senior Photographer

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Ivy | Glamour & Boudoir Photo Shoot

Ivy traveled to Seattle from Iowa for her glamour & boudoir photo shoot. She and her husband made a long weekend out of it and they explored the city, just the two of them, before heading home to begin a long road trip across the country with their four children.

I love that Ivy took a day to pamper herself with a makeover and photo shoot. It is so important to treat ourselves to something special, to rejuvenate, and to feel beautiful. Not to mention, she now has gorgeous photos of herself that she and her children and husband love.

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The second I met Ivy I knew that we would end up becoming friends. She is sweet and funny and she doesn’t take things too seriously. I have to say that I’m bummed she lives in Iowa!

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I asked Ivy to write a list of 10 things we might not know about her. She gave me 12, which made me laugh because I tried narrowing down my own list of things about me on my website and I couldn’t get it less than 14 — I’m glad I’m not the only one!

One thing she didn’t mention in her list is that she is an amazing photographer in Iowa! You can check out her work here.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Ivy

1. For as much as I talk and enjoy being around people and eating up positive attention, I’m actually quite shy and filled with insecurities that try to keep me down. Never the less, I push through–I don’t want to miss a thing–lifetimes are too short and pushing aside fear reveals some of the greatest adventures!

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2. I love crispy bacon but I don’t eat it as often as I should;-)I also love pens and parchment and anything in an office supply store, coffee, puppies and the smell of babies. In fact my “love” list is long because I’m truly a lover of life.

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3. My mom passed away 3 years ago from cancer. She was just 59 years old, way too young to leave this earth. She was vibrant and so full of life. Everyone loved her. A piece of me is forever gone now too and learning to stay true to myself without that piece has been a challenge.

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4. I sleep with a woobie– that’s what my husband calls it. I just need extra covers and my soft blanket fits the bill.

5. I also pull a swath of hair over my ear before going to sleep– cause you know– SpIdErS

6. I have lists for my lists and then back up lists too all on paper of course {none of those lost forgotten-because-I-can’t-see-them lists on a techy device for me}

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7. I met my husband at the beginning of my freshman year of college. We’ve been together ever since (22 years!) He truly is my everything

8. I have 4 children. That statement sounds trivial but I assure you there is nothing trivial about being a parent! We are making 3 great husbands and one smart and beautiful young lady who will stay locked in a tower if her daddy has anything to do with it;-) {I’m sure to get an eye-roll when she sees I said “daddy”, teenagers!}

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9. Toads make me nauseated, just thinking about them and all those bumps– gag-*shiver*-ick!

10. When I was younger and we were watching Doogie Howser there was an episode where the captain of the football team beats Doogie up and then goes to his hospital and asks him to help him with his premature ejaculation problem.  I almost died in front of my parents, they couldn’t stop laughing and discovered in the retelling that I cringed each time they said those two words. I will never forget the torment.

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11. MMMmmm, the smell of bookstores is so yummy and holding hard cover books while devouring the story is my favorite– the books are like trophies on my shelf, I’m afraid that some day bookstores and new books will all be gone and it will just be electronic virtual shops, that is really sad to me and I hope with fingers crossed and eyes squinted shut tight that it doesn’t happen.
12. I love hot romance novels and listen to them continuously while doing mindless chores or while driving– it’s why the bookstores are dwindling, I’m contributing to the sadness!
Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Michigan Wedding Photographer, Michigan Glamour Photography
August 19, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Ivy - Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel special all over again!

You are a light that everyone should see. Truly a good friend to all that know you.

I may need to head up to Michigan when you come this way!!


August 19, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Dale Hartshorn - I thought that it was Amber who didn’t like to hear about premature ejaculation. I do remember being “tormented” by the two of you when you ratted my hair and put in about 20 or so barrettes.

August 19, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Lisa - Simply beautiful, Ivy. Inside and Out.