The Links at Olson Mansion Wedding: Sonia + Tony

Jul 16, 2009 | Weddings

Last weekend, I had my one and only double wedding weekend of 2009, and although it was exhausting – how did I get through last summer?! – I had such a blast, photographing two spectacularly different but utterly fabulous weddings.

Saturday was Sonia and Tony’s big day.  Remember their engagement session?  I do, most fondly – and after spending a couple of hours hanging out with this crazy couple, I knew that their wedding would be a TON of fun.  It did not disappoint!  These guys are mad Seahawks fans, and they managed to bring in so much of their love for the game and their team whilst still having a beautifully elegant wedding.  I was very excited to learn that their lovely officiant Lorin is the one and only Big Lo, “Seattle’s biggest sports fan” (check out his action figure at Archie McPhee’s!!)

Their venue was so pretty, and Sonia’s bright pink theme looked beautiful against the white tent and bright blue sky that we had all day.  There’s too much good stuff to give a rundown of the whole day, but a few of my favorite things included Sonia’s heartfelt letter to Tony which she gave him just before the ceremony … their awesome doggies that were included in the wedding … little Seahawks touches sprinkled throughout (love the ice sculpture groom’s gift!) … couples portraits just before sunset … craziness on the dancefloor (I have never laughed so hard in my life) … Fiona’s awesome job with the photobooth (loving those pics) … and watching Tony watch his bride come down the aisle.  It was beautiful.  Huge congrats, guys, and thank you for including us in your fabulous celebration.  Enjoy the teasers below, and the highlights slideshow, here.

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. You did an amazing job, Kate! Incredible photos!

  2. Kate, I will nevr begin to explain how happy I am that we found YOU to do our photos. You are amazing, and were so wonderful to have at our side during our very special day. The photos are absolutely incredible. We are on our honeymoon and I cdried looking at some of them. They are even better than I imagined. We LOVE YOU. Cant wait to see our photobooth pic together. THANK YOU for EVERYTHING. Your hugs during the day to help calm me down were the bestest 😉

  3. Kate, you are THEE BEST! Oh. My. Goodness! Absolutely stunning and breathtaking photos. YOU ROCK!!! The slide show was superb and Sonia liked the Katy Perry touch 😉 We eagerly look forward to the rest of the photos AND sharing them with all our great family and friends!

    THANK YOU VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY MUCH KATE!! Or as we are saying here in Excellence Playa Mujeres…mucho mucho mucho mucho gracias Kate! We are so grateful to have found you, such a fantastic photographer and an awesome, fun person, to share our special day with! We hope to see you soon! We love ya!

  4. You silly people, I think you just made me cry! 🙂 So, so, so happy to have been a part of your wonderful day. Now get back to that honeymooning!

  5. Kate, I just watched the slideshow, and it’s simply phenomenal! You captured every single essence of the wedding, from the intoxicatingly sweet, to the raucous and rowdy. Through that slideshow I vividly relived every moment of the wedding. I’m so glad Sonia and Tony found you to photograph the wedding, and none of us can thank you enough!

  6. Absolutely Beautiful Kate!!! Makes me smile all over again!! It was a beautiful day, with a beautiful couple and you captured it so well!!!

  7. OMG I totally adore the shoe shots from the guys and gals!!!!!!

    You are so talented!!! 🙂 Any client is suuuupper lucky to have your mad talent to capture their day!

  8. Kate what an awesome display of a beautiful couple on their special day, two years in the making! This was spectacular to watch and even made me cry! I certainly hope they hire you to capture the essence of my future grandbabies, ha ha. Yes, that was plural…..:)

    These photos brought the excitement of the day back to life. You did an awesome job – you are the BEST, thank you! I am soooo happy they found you to be their photographer and can’t wait to see the rest of the photos.

    Love ya guys!


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