Cat Ruchalski Photography

Bellingham, WA, Wedding & Engagement Photographer

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Catrina Ruchalski

Fifty years from now the bouquet will have withered and the kids will have families of their own, but the moments will live forever inside of your memory. And you'll tell your kids about how the rain stopped just long enough for you and their dad to say, I do” on that one blustery day in September, or how you can remember the day you first held them in your arms and whispered, No one has ever loved anything more than I love you.” Those beautiful memories don't have to stay locked inside your head - you can hold them in your hands. I believe in the power of imagery to tell that story in a way words just cannot. Hi, I'm Cat! The super outgoing girl, wielding a camera. A lot of the photographers I know are introverts, but not me - no sir. I am a TRUE extrovert. In fact, my husband and I have to consciously make time in our week to hang out just the two of us because we both LOVE people so darn much. I began taking pictures really early on, in high school, with a little point and shoot. Then in college, I studied photojournalism and invested in a DSLR and the rest is history. After college, I pretty much fell into the wedding photography industry. A few friends asked me to shoot their weddings and then when I realized how happy it made me, I hustled to turn my little hobby into a business. I specialize in photojournalistic, true-to-life photography, capturing intimate weddings. When I'm not tripping over tree branches to get the perfect shot, I'm probably hanging out with my toddler or belting folk music at the top of my lungs. I'm a lover of cats, beer and anything that contains sugar. I can't wait to meet you and hear your story!

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Cat Ruchalski Photography's From Getting Ready to Send-Off (Wedding Package) Family Photo

Cat Ruchalski Photography's From Getting Ready to Send-Off (Wedding Package)

$

4500

If you've envisioned a moment-by-moment recap of your wedding, this is the one for you. I will show up before you've even brushed your teeth (just kidding) and stay until the ending. I will deliver your finished album in 4-6 weeks, but I love to give my couples sneak peeks! I try to deliver 7-10 within 48 hours of your event.

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Ceremony & Reception Coverage (Wedding Package) Family Photo

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Ceremony & Reception Coverage (Wedding Package)

$

2700

This package is for couples who are primarily interested in capturing the main event. It includes the classic combinations with wedding party, family and of course, you and your loved one. If you choose this option, I recommend front-loading your reception, so that you have photos of your first dance, cake cutting, etc. I will deliver your finished album in 4-6 weeks, but I love to give my couples sneak peeks! I try to deliver 7-10 within 48 hours of your event.

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Intimate Elopement Session Family Photo

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Intimate Elopement Session

$

1800

This package includes bridal photos and combinations with attendees, if desired. Additional hours are optional for adventurous elopements. I will deliver your finished album in 4-6 weeks, but I love to give my couples sneak peeks! I try to deliver 7-10 within 48 hours of your event.

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception (Wedding Package) Family Photo

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception (Wedding Package)

$

3600

This package is normally selected by couples who want heavy coverage in the beginning, to capture the buildup of the event. You can use the hours whichever way you like, but most often couples choose to have me come as they're finishing up hair and makeup to capture them getting ready and then I stay until about mid-reception. I will deliver your finished album in 4-6 weeks, but I love to give my couples sneak peeks! I try to deliver 7-10 within 48 hours of your event.

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Engagement Session Family Photo

Cat Ruchalski Photography's Engagement Session

$

450

A chance to get comfortable in front of the lens and figure out what to do with your hands before the big day. I love couple sessions because there's literally no pressure. I carve out plenty of time for us to get hundreds of beautiful photos. We can mosey along a weeded path or jump in a lake. "But we're super awkward in front of the camera." No, you're not -- I promise! It's my job to help you look and feel comfortable. I'll observe the way that you interact with each other and if you are doing your thing and looking all in love, I'll let it happen, but if you need a little posing guidance, I have all sorts of tricks to help facilitate connection between the two of you!

FAQs

Do you travel? I love to travel! If you're eloping, having a destination wedding, or just not from around the PNW, I'd love to chat! All travel costs, including mileage, airfare, hotel & rental car are covered by the client, and travel fees are calculated depending on the date and location of your wedding or session. Email me for a custom travel quote.; Can we meet you before our wedding? I prefer it! I highly recommend that we meet up for coffee before you book me and do an engagement session before the wedding! That way it's more like we're old friends when your day finally arrives!; Do you bring backup gear? Yes! I shoot on two cameras with multiple lenses. Should something happen to one, the other is ready to go!; Can we have access to .RAW files? Each of my packages comes with a full resolution image download; however, I typically do not provide .RAW (unprocessed) files from my shoots, because I believe in delivering a finished product. That said, on occasion, I may provide .RAW images along with my post-produced JPG's for an additional fee and restrictions.; Do we need a second shooter? Need? No. I am fully capable of shooting an entire wedding solo. I've done it a bunch! But if you want a different angle during the ceremony or your timeline is jam-packed, you may want one! And it's always fun for me to bring a friend!

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