A Wedding Voyage on the Virginia V: Lanaya + Zach

Sep 4, 2008 | Weddings

Here’s another wedding I’ve been looking forward to since the moment we first met – and not just because it was my first boat wedding!  Last Saturday, I met with Lanaya and Zach for their amazing wedding on the Viginia V steamboat.  I started out with some getting ready shots of the girls and guys, first at the salon (where I almost cried as Lanaya was helped into her perfect little birdcage veil), then at their respective hotels.  I love the photo of the groomsmen in black and white – Zach was giving them a detailed lesson on tying the perfect tie, it was hilarious.

We held the first look and group photos in a shady area of Volunteer Park, then headed into the conservatory for some couples shots.  By late afternoon we were all excited to board the Virginia V, which had been beautifully decorated by Jennell and Lily of Luminous Event Design (I just love working with those guys!)  I ran around like a headless chicken grabbing detail shots for a few minutes, then enjoyed watching the guests board from the top deck with Lanaya.

We set sail around Lake Union, and just as the evening began to glow the ceremony began.  It was wonderful and warm, full of deep gazes and many giggles.  My favorite shots are those of Lanaya and Zach coming back up the stairs during the recessional – those steps are not made for long wedding dresses!

The rest of the evening was a whilwind of on-deck drinking and sightseeing, delicious food, dancing and even a little photoboothing towards the end of the evening.  Thank you Zach and Lanaya for an awesomely fun wedding – enjoy your teasers!


  1. Great job, Kate! You definitely captured all the warmth and funky originality that is Lanaya & Zach. Thanks, as ever, for your amazing eye!

  2. you got sweet sun flare!! beautiful photos kate 🙂

  3. Beautiful job, Kate. The three that I remember are 1) the guys putting on their ties – beautiful timing and I love that you’re able to shoot mostly ambient, the lighting works 2) the portrait by the sculpture, just because I can see the light on them, even if it is a little bit heavy, great effect, 3) the very last, drag-shutter flash shot. The kid in the right is awesome, it has a feeling of great spontaneity, and I love that you kept it. Detail stuff is superb as usual (the table settings shot was nice) and the long-shots of the bride are great. Miss you.

  4. These photos look great! It’s this sort of work that makes me wish I were more into photography. I’m going to recommend you to some coworkers of mine who are getting married next year!

  5. Kate!!!!
    OMG a boat wedding, a demi-veil, and henna….best wedding ever!
    Oh, I forgot photobooth….
    So many brilliant shots, the group shot in the bow….genius!

  6. Kate-
    you are awesome! these are beautiful and you really did capture the love they have for each other. and you are cool to have around..:)

  7. Kate! These are so beautiful! I am still so sad i could not make it up to come hang out at this one. (hello bird cade veil gah!) You did a stunning job, I just love this whole set.

  8. Kate! How do I choose a favorite?? At first it was always your details that drew me first in but I love ALL of these shots! The group photo on the bow is the best group shot I have ever seen. And you just cannot go wrong with a birdcage veil. Now I want to have a wedding…

  9. Kate, these photos are beautiful! I’m so glad you were there to share the day with us. Thank you.

  10. Hi Kate! Lanaya just sent me the link to this post, and I’d love to nab a few flower shots and post them on my blog (with lots of links and love to you of course!). BEAUTIFUL work, and hope to work with you again soon!

    Alexa JOhnson, Fiore Blossoms


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