I had my first crazy summer wedding marathon weekend last weekend, and it all started on Friday evening with Sara Anne & Brendan’s rehearsal dinner. I’ll hopefully get to post a few teasers from the dinner at some point, but I was too excited about their wedding to delay posting their teasers any longer!
I started off with the girls at the Marriott Springhill hotel downtown for some getting ready and detail shots.
The light was crazy bright all day, and I had a lot of fun playing with it.
The ceremony was at the tiniest park I’ve ever seen, Sunset Hill Park which overlooks the Sound. I was initially concerned how such a tiny area would work for wedding photos, but I needn’t have worried …
They rented a porta potty for the ceremony, and I couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots of Sara Anne paying it a visit!
They also had a very fun school bus for transporting their guests between locations – such a cute idea!
After the ceremony, my assistant Mike and I rushed straight down to Golden Gardens Bathhouse for the reception to grab some detail and room shots before everyone else arrived. The yellow disks on the seats are frisbees! They had stick figure drawings of Sara Anne and Brendan – awesome!
Keeping with the unusual wedding theme, how’s this for a wedding cake? I’m afraid the photos don’t do it justice – it was easily the most amazing cake I’d ever seen, a cupcake replica of Mount Rainier, where Brendan proposed to Sara Anne. It was quite the crowd-drawer! Huge props to Cupcake Royale for pulling off such an amazing work of art – and of course all of the cakes were delicious too (not that I had too many, just the two … or three …)
And aren’t these the cutest cake-toppers ever?
Once everyone had arrived, we headed outside for some quick group photos. I like the red brick as a backdrop – and it was pretty much the only space in the area that wasn’t filled with sunbathers.
The first dances were great – Brendan and Sara Anne did a salsa number, and Brendan and his mom did a very entertaining dance …
There was a basket of flip-flops next to the guestbook so that people could enjoy the beach.
Brendan, performing sound effects for his new wife’s speech:
For any photographers reading this: check out the challenging light! There were about four stops difference between the window area and the back wall, probably the toughest lighting I’ve ever had to deal with at a wedding (and I was so determined not to use flash!)
Brendan is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met – he had Sara Anne (and the rest of us) in fits of giggles all day.
They had the Emerald City Throwdown playing all evening and they were phenomenal. I’ve seen them play before, but they really came into their own at the wedding. If you can afford to squeeze them into your budget – and if they aren’t already booked up – this is without doubt the best thing you can do for your reception.
Despite the crushing heat – and the lack of AC – the band had everyone dancing up a storm all evening.
I snuck outside with this lovely family for a mini portrait session – at the request of the bride, of course! We took some shots up at the bathhouse, then later on went down to the beach.
Then, at sunset, it was the bride and groom’s turn …
It wouldn’t be a Kate McElwee wedding without a feet photo …
A perfect golden sunset to end a perfect day. Congratulations to Sara Anne and Brendan on a beautiful and utterly unique wedding.
© 2008 Kate McElwee Photography