Last Saturday I went downtown for Kellie & Dan’s wedding at the recently restored and utterly gorgeous Arctic Club Hotel. It was really exciting getting to photograph at one of Seattle’s newest venues, and from the beautiful bridal suite where the girls were getting ready to the huge and impressive Dome Room, it was everything I’d hoped for, and more.
I started the afternoon with some overview shots of the space, and I hung out with Kellie and her friends as they got ready. We had a special treat, too – one of her friends had just rescued a 4 week old kitten, and he joined us for the afternoon. Isn’t he cute?
Annemarie Juhlian, one of my all-time favorite officiants, was doing double duty as coordinator, and the whole day was perfectly timed. At around 4pm I met with Dan, his groomsmen and family, for their group shots, then when he was safely hidden back at the hotel I worked with Kellie’s side. We found some great outdoor spots in the neighborhood, and we had some beautiful weather to work with too.
Both ceremony and reception took place in the Dome Room – and how could you not take advantage of that beautiful space? During the room changeover, I headed back outside for some final group shots with the combined families and wedding party, then had fun playing with Kellie & Dan in the amazing lobby. I love all the rich colors and textures, those really cool blue panels in the bar, and of course we had to have some fun with the framed photos of all the original members of the Club.
After good food and some quick toasts, we finished the evening with lots of candids and dancing shots … and by home time for me, the party was in full swing. Congratulations Kellie and Dan, and enjoy your teasers!
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