Last Saturday, I headed down to one of Seattle’s newest and coolest hotels, the Pan Pacific, to photograph Marcy and Kyle’s beautiful day. The venue had extra significance this time – Marcy was one of the architects who designed the hotel! And I have to say, she and her colleagues did an amazing job: it is such a beautiful space. There are huge windows throughout the hotel, meaning lots of lovely natural light, and the coolest zebra wood on the walls. I also loved the gorgeous curving staircase just off the lobby. It really was the perfect wedding venue.
I arrived early in the day to get some interior shots, and then I made my way up to Marcy’s room where the girls were getting ready. It was tons of fun in there – we had Marcy and her maid of honor Becky; the two moms; the delightful Kate Crotty (who did another amazing job with makeup); Barb from Cynderellie’s Closet; and few others popping in and out. You’d think it would be crowded, but Marcy had been reading The Bride’s Guide and she got a fantastic corner room with tons of space, and it was actually a really fun way to start the day.
I also popped in and out of the room where Kyle and his best man Ryan were getting ready. I got very lucky with timing in fact, and arrived just in time to document Kyle opening his wedding gifts from Marcy – a stunning set of Tiffany cuff links, and a super-cute concertina card of photos of the two of them together.
At 2:30pm, we hid Kyle on the second floor balcony (which has a great view of the Space Needle – and also unfortunately lots of big ugly cranes at the moment) and brought out Marcy for their first look. It was definitely a challenge keeping the cranes and construction out of their photos but we got some beautiful shots there. The plan was then to head to the library downtown but we had the most amazing weather so I persuaded them to head up to Kerry park and EMP instead. Kerry Park is such a classic spot, and I LOVE the backgrounds and all the crazy colors at EMP. I’m particularly liking the (intentional) lens flare shot. Thanks for putting up with the chilly breeze, guys!
Back at the hotel, we did some family group photos (with the best-behaved families I’ve ever met; we were done in just 20 minutes!), and soon after we had the ceremony, with one of my regular favorites, Reverend Ray. They used a lot of candles to decorate the venue, and my favorite part of the ceremony was when they had everyone light a candle mid-ceremony. It was so beautiful, and such a nice way to incorporate all of their friends and family. I also loved the music by Dan Purser – what a great find!
Onto the reception! I’ll just run through the highlights for you as I’ve written quite enough already! The awesome cake by Kelli Morse … Marcy’s dad’s speech, and her mom’s reaction, when he said that Marcy was the most important person in his life (there was a lot of laughter!) … Marcy and Kyle’s amazing choreographed dance to ‘Fever’ … great party music from Sounds Unlimited (those guys really do keep people dancing!) … and my absolute favorite part of the day: geeking out with Kyle’s dad Nate about cameras, lenses, lighting, Pocket Wizards and all kinds of good stuff!
Phew! I hope you’re still awake after all of that. One last thing: huge thanks to Trevin Chow for doing a splendid job assisting me. OK, now you can go enjoy the photos …