DAR Capitol Hill Wedding: Laura + Alex

Jun 18, 2009 | Weddings

Arghhh … I am so behind on my blogging, and emailing, and everything else.  Too many trips to Boston!  Still, I’m home for a while now and determined to get caught up, and I’m excited to start with Laura and Alex’s gorgeous wedding from a couple of weeks ago.

This was a special day for me – it’s not often that I arrive at a wedding and get introduced as “Josh McElwee’s wife”, but I loved it!  My husband Josh was once a grad student on the Molecular + Celular Biology program at UW.  It was there that he met Alex, our British groom (yay, a fellow Brit!) and his gorgeous bride Laura.  Go pretty science lady!  The crazy thing is, that’s not how they found me …  I’m pretty sure it was a google search of their venue, the fabulous DAR Rainier Chapter House on Capitol Hill, that led Laura to my photos (and they were doing this search from Sheffield in the UK where they both currently live).

Anyway, when we finally met a few months ago, it felt like seeing old friends, and I was beyond excited to be photographing their special day.  There were so many things I loved about their wedding …  Laura’s amazing smile; Alex’s emotion during their first look; the three beers brewed especially for the day by their multi-talented officiant friend; the delicious food by Ravishing Radish; the fascinators worn by many of the ladies (we Brits love our head gear); the mini burgers and mini fish ‘n’ chips served during cocktail hour; the amazing first dance – yeah, salsa!  What I loved most was how they brought together such a fine mix of British and American traditions, and how well it all gelled.  And I guess most of all it reminded me of my own wedding day, and that alone is pretty darn cool.

Thank you so much, Alex and Laura, for your amazing patience with the teaser photos, and for including me in your beautiful celebration.  Oh, and be sure to check out your slideshow, over here.

Click on the thumbnails to view the full images, then navigate with the arrow keys.  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow!

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Kate, the photos are unbelievably, wonderfully, fantastically amazing! Just watching the slideshow made me tear up, I can’t wait to see them all! You are one talented photographer, my dear. We are so pleased and excited to see them!! Thank you so much for EVERYTHING!

  2. Aww, Kate, ya got the magic again!

  3. Aw, thanks guys 🙂 It was such a great day!

  4. Kate!!! I am in awe while crying like a baby. I could not have asked for anything better. You have THE eye that records moments that touch our souls. You also have an extremely right on keen sense of how to roll with the ” missing toothpicks” ;-). You are a dream maker! Thank you so much!

  5. These are truly beautiful pictures, Kate, a lovely record of a magic day.
    Valerie & Gareph

  6. Oh I’m so excited about my wedding now (also at the DAR). These are gorgeous!!


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