Holy Names and Court in the Square Wedding: Andrea + Andy

May 13, 2009 | Weddings

OK, so I know it’s been ages since I last posted (well, a week and a bit feels like ages to me) but Andrea promised me that they’d be spending their honeymoon doing what they should be doing (relaxing) and not checking the computer every fifteen minutes to see photos.  So I figured I should take the time to have something super awesome ready for when they finally return to Seattle.

Andy and Andrea got married last Saturday, May 2nd, at a beautiful Catholic church on Capitol Hill, Holy Names Academy.  The day brought dark clouds and bucket loads of rain, but we refused to let our spirits be dampened.  A rained-off rooftop first look became an ultra-romantic meeting under the arches at Court in the Square … photos around Pioneer Square turned into a mad dash around the public library, with reds, yellows and blues replacing the dull gray sky … and the church became a hive of pre-ceremony activity.

The ceremony was gorgeous – family and friends personalized each reading and song – and there was so much warmth and love in the church that afternoon.  I love how many children Andrea and Andy invited; it was definitely a family affair.  At the end of the ceremony we walked out into sunshine – yeah!  So we took a little detour through Pioneer Square and finally got those gorgeous old cobblestones into some photos.  Oh, and red brick alley too …

The reception flew by for me, and there are too many highlights to mention them all … but my favorite things from the day included Andrea’s mom and dad crying as she put on her veil … Converse sneakers for Andy and the boys … Japanese students hijacking the wedding party photos (and stealing Andrea’s bouquet – that was not so cool!) … mini burgers for dinner and a pizza station for the kids … three perfect first dances … the most amazing dessert table filled with pies and cupcakes and all kinds of good stuff … a basket of thongs for dancing … a fab live band … aunties getting crazy in the photobooth … it was a fun, fun time.  Huge thanks to Andrea and Andy for including me in their beautiful celebration – I hope you enjoy your teasers below, and your highlights slideshow here.

Click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized images … and don’t forget to check out the slideshow!

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Finicky Seattle weather!!! The bane of Puget Sound photographers! You handled it marvelously! The pictures rock, and I’m sure Andrea and Andy loved them.

  2. Love the series of pictures you took under the canopy of trees. Beautiful job, as always! 🙂

  3. How awesome they went to the library!!!!!!!

    I’ve wanted to do a session in the library for quite a while(:

    So pretty kate!

  4. Congratulations Andrea and Andy! Andrea you look stunning in every single photograph. Kate, another job amazingly well-done. You are the most amazing photographer on the planet…Teri and Ray…that photo of you hugging made me tear up. What a moment and day it must have been! – Mandy

  5. We LOOOOOVE the pictures! Amazing Kate! You truly captured the love, happiness, and fun of our wedding day! This was such a treat to come home to 🙂 Not only are you incredibly easy to work with, you are also a ton of fun. You felt like a natural part of our wedding day. We trusted your work from day one and it has paid off. These pictures will be cherished for always. We honestly couldn’t be happier!!


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