St Joseph’s Church and Ray’s Boathouse Wedding: Anne + Peter

Jun 30, 2009 | Weddings

Last Saturday, I met up with Anne and Peter for their beautiful wedding at St Joseph’s on Capitol Hill and reception at Ray’s Boathouse (yum!)  I started at the church with some quick getting ready shots in the basement dressing room.  There were some access problems with the dressing room at first, but Anne was so calm and cheerful about it that I knew right then it was going to be a very relaxed and fun day.  Possibly my favorite image of the day was a quick grab shot I made as Anne walked up the stairs from the dressing room.  Something about the light, and the mood …

Our next stop was Volunteer Park where we held Peter and Anne’s hilarious first look.  As I was setting up, Peter asked, “is she gonna run up and scare me?” to which I laughed and said “no, she’ll give you some kind of signal like a hug, or kiss, or say your name”.  Wrong!  I almost died laughing as Anne did exactly as predicted by Peter.  Too cool.  🙂  We took full advantage of the shade at the park for the family “formals” (I really must find a more suitable term for these) and the wedding party shots.  Hello amazing parasols!

The ceremony, a beautiful Catholic mass with communion, flowed seamlessly into a fun departure, followed by couples photos at Golden Gardens.  I love how relaxed and happy Peter and Anne look in these photos, and we had a fun time clambering over the dunes.  Meanwhile, my assistant Fiona did a phenomenal job getting detail shots and guest photos during cocktail hour at Ray’s … thank you Fiona!  The reception was a whirlwind of fabulous food, great speeches, unusual first dances, kids with cameras (it was like having a miniature entourage!) and beautiful views.  Thank you to Anne and Peter for including me in your gorgeous celebration, and I hope you enjoy your teaser photos and of course your slideshow … click here.

Click on the thumbnails below to see the full-size images – and don’t forget to check out the slideshow!

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. LOVED the shots of the dad, and her with the parasols behind her. GORGEOUS! And they are soooo cute! As always, WELL DONE!

  2. I *love* all the photos with the umbrellas in the slideshow (!)– the one with the guys & umbrellas was especially cute!

  3. Kate – these are amazing as always!!! Love the shots of the umbrellas

  4. We love the photos Kate!! What great candid shots you caught at the reception, they made us laugh all over again, remembering how much fun we had.

  5. Beautiful!

    Love her colors, your style blends so incredibly(:


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