A Perfect White Christmas Wedding: Rosemary + Ray

Dec 23, 2008 | Weddings

Saturday December 20th was my 30th birthday … You may think I’m crazy, but I agreed to photograph a wedding that day, and you know what?  I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did!  Rosemary and Ray had the perfect Christmas wedding, complete with cozy wood fires, candles galore, gorgeous red rose petals and even a fabulous flurry of snow.

The entire event took place at the beautiful Sorrento Hotel on First Hill, and I arrived early in the day to cover Rosemary and her sisters getting ready in the magnificent penthouse suite.  It was fun hanging out with the girls, and watching Erin Skipley work her magic.  Of course, the highlight of the day for me was when Rosemary presented me with a tray of birthday cupcakes – I had to fight back the tears!  They were utterly gorgeous and very tasty (in fact, I’m still working my way through them!)

After a very sweet first look and some family formals in the penthouse, it was time for the ceremony.  It was incredibly emotional and I’m so happy that I caught so many wonderful tear-filled glances from Rosemary to her new husband.  During the cocktail hour, we snuck outside and had a quick play in the snow (freezing cold but so pretty) then it was back inside for the party.

Thank you Rosemary and Ray for a beautiful, warm and emotional evening.  It was also a huge honor being able to work with what can only be described as the A-list of Seattle wedding vendors: Aria Style (who provided the amazingly sumptuous decor – check out all those flowers), Merry Beth Turpin of Aisle of View (she is a phenomenal coordinator AND the most delightful lady to hang out with!), Aaron Horton (videographer extraordinaire and total sweetheart), and my favorite musicians in town, The Michael Benson Band.  I also want to give my assistant/second shooter Fiona a big shout-out – most of the photobooth photos below are her work and she has been an utter delight to work with over the last few months.  Thank you Fiona!  And finally … here are some photos! Be sure to check out the highlights slideshow at the end too. Enjoy!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Kate! How sweet of her to get you cupcakes for your birthday. I adore the first one with the snow flurries…perfect winter wedding is right!

  2. YAY! Rosemary all of your hard work most definitely paid off. I am in love with that cake! It’s GORGEOUS, and perfect for the beautiful snowy night it turned out to be. Congratulations!

  3. Kate – LOVE the snow flurries ones! I also love the cake shots – as I said above. 🙂

  4. Absolutely AMAZING pictures! You captured the mood of my cousins wedding perfectly. Thank you very much.

  5. Kate, words can’t capture how I felt when I saw your pictures. I think I’ve sent a link or called every person I’ve ever met.You captured the night perfectly, every picture is my favorite. Thank you for giving us pictures that my family and I will cherish forever. We feel honored to have had you as our photographer!

  6. Beautiful!

    Love the snow flake photos(:

  7. What amazing photos!! You two managed to make every shot a great photo, what artists! The composition and lighting in the photos are amazing and perfect. I feel like I’m looking at magazine ads! I love all of them and thanks for the pic of my dad and I!!!!


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