Last Sunday, I photographed Jenny and Jerrod’s wedding at Tyee Yacht Club. It was like photographing old friends – we’ve met so many times now – and I’m hoping they’ll be having babies so that I have a good excuse to keep on photographing them!
I started off the day at the Watertown Hotel in the U District, snapping away while Jenny, her mom and her maid of honor got ready. Jenny told me to “go crazy” with detail shots … I don’t need any more encouragement than that!
I loved Jenny’s perfect blue shoes. In fact, I loved them so much that I found a way to work them into one of the many ring shots …
Jenny was radiant – I love her pre-wedding glow. And here’s the fabulous Kate Crotty working her magic:
Jenny’s mom’s expression is just priceless in this photo:
We held their first look moment in the lobby of the hotel. It was actually our backup location in case of rain, but it was just scorching last weekend and we had another hour of outdoor photos to follow!
After the first look, we all jumped into a beautiful old British motor car and headed over to the arboretum and Madison Park waterfront for some couple portraits. First stop was my favorite bridge in the arboretum:
After a while, we were glad to leave the sun behind and head over to Tyee Yacht Club for the formals and rehearsal. I had fun with more detail and room overview shots, then all of a sudden people were arriving and the ceremony began.
Guitarist Asher Hashash played some beautiful pre-ceremony music:
The ceremony was pretty emotional – and then the readings started and half of the wedding party started really tearing up – it was really cute!
I love that they left the huppah up during the reception as additional decor – and it made a gorgeous foreground for the first dance shots later on.
One of the best things about Tyee (aside from it being right on the water and having the prettiest bathroom ever) is that it is catered exclusively by Ravishing Radish – yum! I love the buffet selection Jerrod and Jenny chose, and they even had a mashed potato bar – perfect!
This delightful cake was designed by Dan at Decadence Custom Cakes. The little birdy cake toppers were hand sculpted out of chocolate – they were so delicate and cute!
After the first dance, DJ Sean Denard held a generation dance where couples were dismissed from the dance floor according to how long they’ve been married. The last couple left, the couple married for the longest, are then asked to give some advice for a successful marriage to the newlyweds.
I think these guys said they’d been married for over 35 years – and they still look so happy and in love!
After the dances, we headed out onto the dock for some final couple portraits before sun down.
Sometimes it’s fun to just go for the cheesy shot!
It was really far too muggy for dancing, so for the last hour we had some fun with the photobooth.
Go jazz hands!
These guys were so much fun, and I have some vague memory of inviting myself to stay with them if I ever make it down to San Diego! Shannon’s brother Tuffer Harris is another amazing photographer – he does mostly fashion and fine art photography.
Congratulations to Jenny and Jerrod on a beautiful, emotional wedding, and thank you for introducing me to such an awesome group of people!