Queen Anne Lutheran Church and The CUH: Shannon + Dru

Jun 6, 2008 | Weddings

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Shannon and Dru’s wedding at Queen Anne Lutheran Church and the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington.

Everyone was getting ready at the church, which meant I was able to use the sanctuary for many of the detail shots – and how could I not take advantage of such a beautiful church? I especially love the modern stained glass windows.

Dru is a self-confessed camera-hater, so my mission for the day was to make the formals as informal and fun as possible. On a side note, how cool are the guys’ suits? I love that Dru mixed it up and went for something completely different for him and his guys.

Dru’s mom and dad, on the other hand, seemed to quite like the camera!

The girls were a lot of fun to photograph – despite having the paparazzi on them most of the day!

I wasn’t able to take photos during the main ceremony, but I had plenty of time before and after to take photos of guests arriving and going through the receiving line.

After a few receiving line photos, I headed off to the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). Shannon and Dru chose to have individual cakes for each table, which was such an awesome idea. Although it was very tough photographing all those lovely cakes without reaching in for a little taste! They had all kinds of yummy flavors … raspberry, vanilla, lemon, chocolate …

The reception music was perfect – of course, since Dru is himself a musician – there was a quartet from the Parkland Youth Symphony playing gorgeous jazz throughout the evening.

I set up the photobooth for part of the reception, and it was a huge success, as usual. I generally ask for “one cute photo, then one goofy one” – the goofy ones are always awesome!

Towards the end of the evening, the sun finally came out and the light was magical – so I headed outside and took a few final group and couple photos.

Congratulations to Shannon and Dru, and warm thanks to you and your friends and family for making it such a fun event for me to photograph.

© 2008 Kate McElwee Photography

Ceremony Venue: Queen Anne Lutheran Church
Reception venue: Center for Urban Horticulture
Officiant: Wayne Bacus
Music: Parkland Youth Symphony
Cakes: Angie Brockopp
Dinner: Farestart
Rings: Carlson Brothers MFG Jewelers
Bride’s Dress: J Crew
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Wedding Bell
Guys’ Attire: Formal Image

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for making everything so relaxing, Kate! It was a blast having you as a photographer. Major kudos. I love the pictures, and so does everyone who has seen them. Thank you so, so much!!


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