June 9, 2010

To Mike, From Tana: Engagement Photography Seattle, WA


Dear Mike,

I think we have lived the last 5 years in dog years…

When me met we had no intentions of settling down. A more than rowdy 21 yr old guy and a bitter girl who gagged at the thought of having another kid or being married! As our wedding day approaches I can’t help remembering how different things were. Look at us now with our kids, dogs, bills and more LOVE than either of us imagined was possible!

Mike, We have seen through some dark days. I was so worried that things could never be good again. Since you made the decision to stop drinking 2 yrs ago you have made all my dreams (even the ones I didn’t know I had) come true. You are the roots of our family tree and you nourish and protect us all. I admire your dedication to provide for your family in every way . You accept me for all my “quirks” and I know it’s not easy. Thank you for giving me the privilege of being home for our kids, it means more to me than I ever expected! Well babe, I can’t wait to be your ol ball-n-chain! Here’s to you Poppa… World’s best dad, friend, husband, lover and the perfect man to be my anchor so I can keep my head in the clouds.

All my luv forever,  T

Tana + Mike,

You’re passionate, fearless and fun – a dynamic combination that shined through in these images and why we enjoy getting to know you both!  Thank you so much for taking the afternoon to ‘play’ with us in downtown Seattle at Pike’s Place Market, thank you for being open to trying all our ideas and thank you, thank you for wearing your red fishnets!  Yeah, baby!

Can’t wait to see what you’ll brew up for your ’80’s themed’ wedding!

B + W

Wow, okay – this has everything: it’s iconic, relaxed, sexy, fun…love it!

A special, silent moment among the mayhem of Pike’s Place.  Funny, we even got the pigeon 🙂

Gorgeous Tana!

One of our favs – adorable 🙂

Only you two can pull this off – sweet and sexy.

Get a room you two… he he.

Definitely…ummm, see above.

Tana + Mike, thank you for being fearless.

This was a pre-wedding dance dip.  A warm-up really 🙂

Love the light on your hair here Tana!  This is the famous ‘gum wall’ under Pike’s Place.  We’re talking 60 years of gum here people…

King Kong coming ‘acha 🙂

Look at that glam smile – Mike, you’re a lucky man.

Here’s one of the first frames, kickin’ back having some fun!

Angela Castanon

Wow. Amazing photography… I haven’t seen Tana in years and hope to meet Mike, but in the photos I immediately feel the magnetism between the two!! Beautiful pics for a beautiful couple. Love Love Love the red fishnets and the sexyass shoes Tana!!

Lindsey Luoma

Hey Mama, my fave is the one where Mike is dipping you in front of the Post Alley sign… You guys look so great 🙂 – can’t wait to see the wedding photos 🙂

jared jefferies

HEEEEYYYY TANA. u look…sexy hahaha and u mike…ok i guress so glad u too old are together love jared the clown

Congrats, love the pictures!!!

OMG!!!! I cant belive how happy you two look together!!!!!! 🙂 Im so happy for you!!!! You the BEST you guys!!! Congrats. Love you!!

Terri Jefferies

Tana and Mike, I LOVE the pictures! You two look like you are best friends, and thats how it should be. Congrats and best wishes to you both.

Great photos guys. I am super excited for you both.

Jennifer Baxter

These pics are great!!! You two look very happy and I feel so special to be a part of your special day! Can’t wait till you get here with that bad baby! Love you so much!!

Tiffany Briggs

Wow! You’re getting married! Shreve and I are so happy for you. We’re really bummed that we aren’t here for the wedding, but want to spend some time with you while you’re here!

Jennifer Baxter

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! These pics are amazing! You guys look so happy. I am so excited to be a part of your big day. Can’t wait to see you!!!


Beautiful pictures of the both of you..The two of you look very happy…Congatulations..Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning…It is an amazing adventure

Carol Smith

I love these photos’ my daughter is getting married in two year….we haven’t seen any pictures this good yet…Good Luck

Connie Hitt Barrilleaux

Wow. I have never seen more beautiful pictures. These are ones to surely treasure for a lifetime. I don’t know these people but I wish them the best and may God let their love endure.

Friend of Dawna Holland

Dawna Holland

Beautiful pictures; you both look so happy!!! Your photographer did a wonderful job capturing the love between you two 🙂 And I am loving the letter because it is so you—-you did gag about the idea of marriage and now look at you, happily planning your gorgeous wedding. I am so very happy for you. Love you girl xoxo

Jessica Baxter

By far the most amazing engagement photos I have ever seen!!! I love you guys so much cant wait till the big day!

Hi sweet friend- What beautiful pix! Love them all! And the photographer captured such beautiful moments! You haven’t aged a bit:) Beautiful as ever. So happy for you and wishing you many years of happiness:) ! XOXO Mandy

Soozi Lambert-Roush

Tana, I have known you for so long and you were always so special to me. I can’t even tell you how beautiful you are. You have a georgous man. With all that love that you hold, you’ll have a wonderful life. I’m so happy for you.And I thank Mandy for having you for her friend.

Betty Kemp

Tana and Mike the pics are great . You two compliment each
other so well. Can’t wait to see you and the boys. Love you much, Betty

Tana and Mike the pics are great!!!!! You compliment each other
so well. See you and the boys soon. can’t wait…. Love Betty K

WOW!! You look as hot as you did 15 years ago!! You two look truely happy and I am very excited for you. Congrats!

Kate Villella

You two are adorable! We are so excited for the big day! 🙂

Kate Villella

You two are adorable! I can’t wait for the big day! 🙂

Deby Molnar

Thru the haze of some very dark days into the bright sunshine of love. The last picture captures a smile seldon seen on Sweet Tana until she found someone called Mike Flath. We love you both, Aunt Deb and Uncle Dan

Faye Brewer

these pics are perfection. Tana you look like a model

WOW! These pictures of you 2 look amazing, So happy for you guys!!

Mary Ann Martinez

Tana and Mike those pictures are so fun and very creative..
I am happy for you Tana you look amazing.. Just to think how long Ive known you makes me cringe..
Be Happy and God Bless
Mary ann Martinez

shizzit good pics

Cindy Sellers

Girl, Those pictures are amazing. I bet they were fun taking too. Can’t wait to meet Mike, you guys look so happy. Love you, Cindy

Julie Wilkinson

Love the pics, guys! So excited for the wedding and so proud of you two! Love you both!


Casey Thrush

Wow these are GREAT photos!

I love the one of just you with the BEAUTIFUL smile Tana.

The one of the two of you with your arm on Mike’s shoulder looks like a cover for a band. I love it.

They are simply beautiful!!!

Congrats you all.

Huge Hugs,

Love, Love, Love these pictures! Can’t wait to see the wedding pics!

uncle char


These are such great photos! Thank you for sharing them. So lovely to see you so happy. I agree with one of the photo comments, Mike, you’re a lucky guy. My favorite is the one with you sitting, knees in-fee out looking up at him with such a sweet smile. Congrats girlie.

Dawn Nason

I Love the pics!! They are beautiful….What a sweet couple…Can’t wait for the BIG Day!!

Dawn Marie

Jen Lopez


Oh my gosh! Tana and mike I am so happy for you both the pictures look amazing. Tana you look so beautiful and you photograph soooo well. I wish I could have been there it looks like you two had a lot of fun. I love the picture of tana alone…just for the fact that your eyes look bitchin’. And your outfits were so perfect for you both of them captured you personality soooo well. Hope you two had fun. Once again wish I could have been there. I’m so happy for the both of you, you two are a couple that can make it threw anything. From easy to hard days you two are always there for one another and I think that is amazing! I love and miss you guys so much! I hope all is better then well! Love you tana!

From, your one and only washington friend,
Jessica Carpenter

Thanks Faith! I felt like I could really connect with both Tana and Mike and found them to be super cool and just plain fun to be around.

Great pics! She is going to be a fun and funky bride! Looking forward to working on this one together!

These photos are terrific! I can’t decide which ones I like best. Let’s see…the one of simply Tana is great, the dip for the “first dance” is great and the close up of Mike holding Tana with the red fish nets is wonderful too. Go Mike for giving up drinking. Only good can come out of that, as you can already see. Byron and Wendy Roe do amazing work; I’m sure their wedding photos will be a treasure too.

Tana these photos are truly amazing. You are beautiful! Hell, even Mike is beautiful! We’re really happy you have found such happiness together. Love, peace, and kisses kisses kisses.

Tana & Mike

Thank you Jill…
Love is grand huh?

I want to see more pictures! Love them!! 🙂 So excited to see how the wedding photos turn out!

Tana & Mike

Byron & Wendy,

Thank you for going above & beyond, making the trip from Bend to Seattle for these pix! Something about the photos you 2 take are magnetic! After our meeting I had NO doubts I chose the dynamic duo to document the biggest day of our lives! The world DID melt away for us & we were reminded of all the reasons we fell for each other. Those few hours have left a glow of love around the house all week! Mike & I trust you will capture our memories like no one else.

Looking forward to some more fun…

See you in July

This has the be the sweetest and most honest letter I’ve read. Tana, it’s fabulous! The pictures look amazing…my fav is the one with all the gum in the background, fabulous.