Fall Flavor at The Lake Union Cafe: Kris + Chris

Oct 18, 2008 | Weddings

My second wedding last weekend was at the utterly adorable Lake Union Cafe on Eastlake, with the utterly adorable Kris and Chris.  I was so excited about this wedding, and it was every bit as emotional and raucous as I had hoped!

The already beautiful space was transformed in a fall wonderland with pumpkins and leaves and tea lights galore.  After spending some time photographing the setup, I headed down to the bride’s room to hang out with Kris, her mom and sister, and various friends and cousins while they sipped champagne and dressed (twice!)  Chris and Kris chose not to see each other before the ceremony, so we did two sets of family photos in the gorgeous but very small living room space upstairs.

The ceremony was amazingly short (less than seven minutes from start to finish) but it was filled with laughter and teary eyes.  We headed out for some couple portraits at Lake Union Park afterward, and I was highly amused to see how well the newlyweds responded to my request to “get it on”!  Before and after dinner we were treated to some beautiful toasts – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after Kris’ father was finished – and then it was off to the after-party at Clever Dunne’s for an evening of drinking and debauchery.  Thank you all for a wonderful afternoon, and for inviting us to party with you into the night.  Enjoy the teasers!

© 2008 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Kate….you were truly a gift at our wedding. I absolutely love the pictures and am so glad you were part of our day. Thanks so much for everything.


  2. Because I couldn’t be at the wedding, I couldn’t wait to see pictures. What a wonderful “teaser”! I LOVE the photos!! Kris, you look SO beautiful and so very happy. I’m just thrilled for you. 🙂

  3. I loved every picture – Kris and Chris I have never seen you both look so happy – every picture brought a smile to my face. Love you guys. Teddi

  4. Kate, the pictures capture every moment perfectly. I’m so anxious to see them all. Thank you!

  5. kate – that ring shot is to DIE for!!!
    love the roundabout door shots too – so very cool.

  6. So beautiful that I teared up all over again! If the OsFatas were any more luminous, they’d be on fire. Well done.

  7. This screams of fall! The warm fall tones are so beautiful. These guys must be thrilled! LOVE that last shot. Too much fun.

  8. SUCH a creative wedding! I love the location for the ceremony + reception. This whole series is eye candy! This couple looks so beautiful together. You got some of the best expressions in this series.


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