Last weekend, I travelled cross-state to Spokane for one of my most eagerly anticipated weddings of the year, with Mandy and Josh. They went to school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, and were excited to show off this very special place to all of their family and friends.
The girls got together on the huge bed for the first of the day’s many toasting sessions. I love Mandy’s vintage-style dress – it was the perfect anchor for her beautiful European vintage theme.
I borrowed the donut holes they were munching on for a couple of fun ring sots.
Michelle had sent a copy of the day’s paper in with amazing coordinator Lindsay Flagan of Polished, so I had to sneak a couple of date-based ring photos in too:
Mandy was all smiles as she began to get into her dress:
While Mandy was standing at the window looking perfect, Josh and his best man were prepping their ties:
And smiles quickly turned into watery eyes for Mandy as she took a couple of moments to think about the day ahead:
After an hour or so, Michelle and I raced across town to Gonzaga campus to set up for the formals. Mandy had chosen this fantastic stairway at College Hall for the photos. I love the old stone, and the wrought iron in the beautiful archway.
Mandy’s mom doing what she does best – being utterly fabulous. I think Michelle might have had a teeny tiny crush on her. They were both hilarious and kept me fully entertained all day!
The girls arriving for round one of the formals. Lindsay and Mandy devised a very intricate – and surprisingly successful – series of rounds for the formals, so that we could complete the majority of group photos before the ceremony, but without Mandy and Josh having to see each other.
The guys were so much fun to work with …
I’m going to get myself some kind of a shoe fetish reputation if I’m not careful!
Josh and his brother and sister:
What a handsome – and happy – chap!
The ceremony was held at St Aloysius Church on campus. It must be the most spectacular church I’ve ever photographed.
Michelle caught this wonderful moment just before Mandy and her dad walked down the aisle:
The priest was great – very down to earth and entertaining.
A full Catholic mass and the freedom to roam the balconies made for some great photographs. I love having this kind of time and freedom to play with.
Mandy and Josh told me later how much they enjoyed watching their friends and family come forward to receive blessings and take communion.
At the end of the service we took a few group photos from the back balcony. I am so relieved this worked out – the lighting was … scary!
After grabbing a few detail shots in the Globe Room during cocktail hour, I headed back to College Hall for some final wedding party shots.
Then Mandy and Josh took me on a little tour of campus for the first round of their couple portraits.
I love it when Mother Nature lends a hand and the wind gusts at just the right moment …
How about a little mid-wedding trash the dress fun?
We returned to the Golbe Room for the end of cocktail hour and I spent some time taking candids.
After dinner there was a slideshow, and then some very emotional toasts.
Such a beautiful cake!
I love the place markers:
After the main reception events had finished, I took Mandy and Josh outside for a few last photos, this time barefoot (well, Mandy was at least) …
Then it was back inside for a ton of photoboothing fun – thanks to Michelle for capturing some of these fantastic images!
Thank you to everyone who made this day so beautiful and fun, and huge congratulations to Josh and Mandy!
© 2008 Kate McElwee Photography