You may remember Kipper and Andrew from one of my very first engagement sessions. Well, on Saturday the time finally came for their wedding, and it felt like I was being reunited with old friends. I’m now offering a complementary engagement session with my main wedding package – I feel it’s so important for us to all get to know each other, and it does wonders for your wedding day nerves if you’re already used to being in front of the camera.
I started the day with Kipper and her bridesmaids at the Mayflower Park Hotel downtown. They were having their makeup done there by the lovely and super-talented Kate Crotty … and yes, they were already drinking at 10:30am when I showed up! It was probably just as well – my fabulous second shooter Amanda Shea was greeted by a lively group of Rolling Rock-swilling groomsmen in Andrew’s room! Beer was even a theme for the wedding; Andrew’s from Australia, so they used the names of Australian beers as their table markers – such a cute idea!
After some detail shots and portraits with our respective groups, Amanda and I met up at Blessed Sacrament Church in the U District. It’s a gorgeous building, and I love photographing Catholic ceremonies. We spent some time doing the formal photos, then onto the ceremony itself at 3pm. The reception was over on Capitol Hill at DAR Rainier Chapter House, another splendid building. I arrived with the bridal party just in time to catch the end of cocktail hour and to get everyone in place for a huge full-group photo. Lots of fun!
The rest of the evening was a mixture of fantastic food by Ravishing Radish – including a curried butternut squash soup that I am still craving almost a week later – fun speeches and a whole lot of dancing. Kipper and Andrew hired the Michael Benson Band for the entire event and they were outstanding. Best live band I’ve ever seen, period. The way they mix up everything from big band and swing to Andre 3000’s ‘Hey Ya!’ is extraordinary, and my toughest job was not getting caught singing along. Luckily everyone else was far too busy on the dance floor to notice! And I want to add in a special thanks here to Kristin Pittman of Focus Events who made my life so much easier – it was great working with a coordinator, and Kristin is not only a fantastic coordinator but she’s also a sweetheart!
Anyway, here are some of my favorite photos, including a couple of Amanda’s shots of the guys and their little ring bearer Lohann. Enjoy!