Gasworks Park Wedding: Janina + Joshua

Aug 20, 2009 | Weddings

After a strange, wet, gray week it was with a huge sigh of relief that I woke up last Saturday to see blue skies and sunshine, just in time for Janina and Joshua’s wedding at Gasworks Park.  It’s such an awesome spot, but it pretty much required beautiful weather – and the weather gods were smiling on us that day.

I started off with a few getting ready shots at the girls’ apartment in Ballard, then we scooted over to Discovery Park for Joshua and Janina’s first look. Once Joshua was in place, I asked Janina to head over, and on her way she spotted a perfect white rabbit in the undergrowth – we took it to be a sign of great things to come (she’d had a bit of a crazy time with her hair and makeup appointments) and we were not disappointed.  After the first look, we headed down to the beach at Discovery for some killer couples portraits, then joined the rest of the gang at Golden Gardens for group photos.  It was definitely a greatest hits photo tour of Seattle for me!

The ceremony was just before sunset at Gasworks Park on the little platform overlooking Lake Union and downtown Seattle.  What a view!  I was grinning like an idiot by this point!  I loved that they wrote their own vows, which were emotional, funny and down to earth, and the wine blending ceremony was a very cool touch.  After that, we enjoyed a yummy light supper, amazing cupcakes by Trophy (the best in Seattle), and then it was party, party, party all night long.  They ended the night with a beautiful sparkler exit.  It was perfect.  Thank you both for sharing your fabulous day with me, and I hope you enjoy the teasers below and the slideshow (click here).


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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Kate I’m speechless! These are so incredible. We had an amazing day and having you there was so wonderful. Thank you for capturing it all and for bringing your light and love to our weddng. You are a true gem.

  2. You always get the brides with the BEST shoes! 😉

    I freaking love love love love that first picture. LOVE it. These are all stunning though!!!!!

  3. As always Kate, I am just blown away by your work. Janina looks stunning and what a beautiful day for her special day!

  4. Okay that slide show just made my day. I had the biggest smile on my face the whole time with tears streaming down my face. All I can say is AMAZING!”

  5. Aw, ladies, thank you all for making *my* day. 😀 What a fabulous wedding! And yes, Corey, my ladies have AWESOME taste in shoes. 🙂

  6. Gorgeous!!! What an awesome place to get married! I love her shoes too. 🙂 Fabulous job as usual Kate!

  7. Breathtaking! What great shots these are, they are ready to be in a magazine. You all look so beautiful!

  8. as always a great set of images! how fun to go to all the hot spots in seattle- what a great photo tour!! i want one of those cupcakes right now!!

  9. Father of the Bride says, “Kate, ‘The Best Photos EVER!'[1] of ‘The Best Wedding EVER!'”[1]. Your portraits of J&J, Maids&Men, Adults&Kids and the Place&Action bring it all alive again. Thank you! … [1]:


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