Sanders Mansion Wedding: Ophelia + Jeremy

Jul 9, 2009 | Weddings

On Saturday I headed down to Auburn to a beautiful countryside villa, Sanders Mansion, for Jeremy and Ophelia’s wedding.  It was a long day for me, over ten hours, but there were so many events – and so many people! – that it was *just* enough time to capture everything.  The mansion is gorgeous inside, and both guys and gals got pretty, bright rooms to get ready in.  The sun was burning down on us, so we held the first look on the veranda, then group photos under the shade of a huge tree next to one of the ponds.  I was so thankful for that tree!  It was a bit of a mission corralling 50+ guests for the group photos, but the bridal party served as my translator and we got some great photos.

The ceremony was picture perfect.  I loved how Kaycee of Parker Events had decorated the aisle, and the colors were awesome.  So vibrant!  The ceremony was nice and long for an outdoor service, and there were many big hugs and teary eyes throughout.  After the Christian ceremony, we moved down to the lower terraces for the Chinese tea ceremony (cheerful commotion!) and cocktail hour.  Then it was toasts, dinner, portraits, more toasts, cake cutting, dancing and photoboothing … oh, and at least a handful or two of mosquito bites thrown in too (darn ponds in the the countryside!)  For a better overview of the day, check out the slideshow, here … the photos below are just a tiny sampling of my many favorites.

Click on the thumbs to see the full images, and don’t forget the slideshow!  🙂

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Ah- so many sweet moments! I love the wedding party shot in front of the trees. And I dig your new colors! Change is good 🙂

  2. lovin’ the new look!! i love green!

  3. Thank you so much, awesome ladies. 🙂

  4. LOVE the second image in on the pics… LOCVEEEE it. Such a pretty location. They were lucky to have you!!!

  5. Kate! The pictures turned out AWESOME- as usual. I’ve watched the slideshow 4 times already. I just got out of work, and I watched it again. hehe. I’m obsessed with your obvious talent. All my friends are jealous and want to follow you to Boston when they get married. =)

    Thanks again for shooting our wedding. We remain impressed with your photography skills, and we are so happy you agreed to photograph our wedding day!

    Ophelia and Jeremy

  6. Lovin the new look Kate 🙂 The second pic, I have to agree, it is RAD!

  7. Kate, these pictures are wonderful. I am so jealous of your talent, and I love your style!



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