Harbor Club Seattle Wedding: Nikki + Zach

Sep 22, 2009 | Weddings

Remember a couple of weeks ago in Seattle, those torrential downpours on a Sunday?  Freezing cold, the roads like rivers?  Well, that was the day that Nikki married Zachton, and I woke up with a heavy heart – I had been very excited for their downtown portrait marathon and I was really quite anxious about what I was going to do with their big and very beautiful bridal party for two and a half hours.  There’s only so much time you can spend in the library before you get kicked out!  So off I set, a couple hours early, to do some last-minute rainy weather scouting.  I found a few places, nothing spectacular, and honestly I felt like crying I was so upset!  Luckily for me, Nikki and her fabulous ladies were in high spirits despite the gloom and doom outside, and as I photographed the girls getting into their dresses and jewelry, a small miracle happened … the sun came out.

After a very emotional first look (Zach bawled his eyes out, yeah!) the fifteen of us hopped onto a party bus and zoomed around some of my all time favorite photo spots …  Pioneer Square (love the shots of Nikki and Zach with the umbrella from Bella Umbrella) … City Hall (that red wall is rad!) … and last but most definitely not least, the sculpture park.  I was expecting the rain to start pouring down again at any moment, but it somehow stayed sunny right until we got back to The Harbor Club for the family photos – someone must have been smiling down on my last summer wedding in Seattle, that’s all I can think.

The ceremony was beautiful.  It’s a tough room to photograph – totally back lit with huge windows – but I love a challenge.  🙂  There were lots of tears and even more smiles as Zach and Nikki read their vows – a theme that continued throughout the evening.  Cocktail hour was busy and buzzy and dinner was fantastic.  I’d forgotten just how good the Harbor Club food is … yum!  After dinner we had toasts, including three of the best toasts I’ve ever heard from Zach’s three brothers, and yet more smiles and tears through the first dances.  Perfect!  We finished the evening with a very quick photobooth in the hallway while Brian from Good Times DJ got the party started in the main room (he totally rocks – check him out if you’re looking for a DJ).  Zach and Nikki, thank you both for an amazing day, and thank you for waiting so patiently for your teasers.  Oh!  And don’t forget to check out the highlights slideshow – click here.

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Kate!!! These are amazing! You captured our day beautifully. We worried and worried about the weather, but luckily we got a little sun and got some incredible shots around town. We miss you already and are so glad we found you to photograph our wedding day!

  2. Knowing how worried you were about the rain that morning, I am delighted to see how great the day turned out for photos after all. These are beautiful! I especially like the group shots down in Pioneer Square. Really fun. Great slide show!

  3. Oh, and the photo with the green umbrellas – just adorable!

  4. Lovely as always!! I love the shots with the umbrellas. You rock!

  5. Kate, it was such a pleasure meeting you at LensPro! Welcome to Boston and into our photogs community!I finally got a chance to visit your site, and I have to tell you – you ROCK! I’m in love with your work, it is amazing! I have no doubts that you’ll have hundreds of new clients here who will adore you and your images! I’m looking forward to seeing you at the end of October at the Opening Bash! Same place! 🙂

  6. Kate, I ran across you while looking through flickr’s wedding streams, and I LOVE your work! So so beautiful, especially this wedding series, totally romantic and perfect! Great work!

  7. Awesome work again Kate! You are always so much fun to work with, and always take amazing shots! I especially loved your reaction when I gave you a shout out on the mic! 😉


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