The Arctic Club: Kellie + Dan

Oct 4, 2008 | Weddings

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!

© 2008 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Gorgeous location, beautiful bride and groom. I’ve been dying to see wedding pictures from this location ever since I heard they were re-doing it. Great work, Kate!

  2. I am so impressed with the pictures taken of my beautiful granddaughter, Kellie and her wonderful spouse, Dan. You captured the intimate and yet, dramatic scenic background of where this weding event took place. I am sure that all of the families and friends, near and far, will enjoy and cherish these pictures for ever. Good job, Kate! You have to be proud of your accomplishments and what you have to offer others. Kellie and Dan chose wisely when they asked you to cement in pictures the beginning of their lives together. What a momentous responsibility and how well you fufilled your important role. Thank You,
    jackie Grandemange, Grandmother of Kellie Riggs

  3. Kate, you have perfectly captured the joy of Dan and Kellie’s wedding day. Your photo “art” is magnificant and amazing and your heart/kindness shows through your lense. Thank you so much for sharing in Dan and Kellie’s day and giving this beautiful couple photos that will be cherished by their family and friends for a lifetime. Annemarie Juhlian

  4. Kate,
    What a joy it was to meet you and observe the excitment and amazing talent you have for photography. You played such an important role in this wedding and it is evident by the artistic and beautiful photos that we now get to view. What a gift you have to give….Thank you for being part of our day!!
    Sincerely, Jeff and Gerry Riggs (Kellie’s Mom and Dad)

  5. WOW! These are AMAZING pictures, you certainly know your craft! The pictures of Kellie and Dan, the ceremony, the ambiance of the room, the wedding party, the hotel, the playfulness, are nothing short of stunning. As Dan’s parents, we would be interested in purchasing some of these photos oursleves. It was a great wedding of two wonderful people, and you have captured that perfectly. Our highest compliments!
    Pete and Susan Corcoran

  6. Kate, I have embarrassingly looked at these pictures to many times to count and I love them every time! Dan and I are back from our honeymoon and its so nice to take a moment and reflect on our magical day. It all went by too fast but thanks to your amazing photography we will have memories to last a life time.


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