DAR Rainier Chapter House Wedding: Sara + Tom

Oct 19, 2009 | Weddings

Last Saturday I had my final wedding of the season, back in a very sunny, crispy Seattle.  I had been looking forward to Sara and Tom’s big day since we first met – they are one of the loveliest, sweetest and most adorably geeky couples I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and their wedding was perfect.  I started off the afternoon at the Silver Cloud Hotel on Capitol Hill for some getting ready shots.  The room was filled with the beautiful flowers that Sara’s mom had arranged, and it was fun hanging with the ladies, and watching fabulous makeup artist Erin Skipley work her magic once again.  Sara was a crazy bundle of emotion – I adore all the shots of her shrieking with delight and then wiping away the tears.  She was a roller-coaster of all things emotionally awesome all day long!

After an hour or so, I met up with Tom and we headed over to the Seattle U campus (where Sara got her law degree) for the first look.  The sun was sparkling and the leaves were just beginning to turn.  Love!  Their first look was cute and emotional (of course) but it was the couples photos that followed that became my favorite shots of the day.  We stayed on campus for the bridal party and family shots, then just as it was getting too chilly to be outside we headed over to the DAR for the ceremony.

It was a gorgeous evening – Tom and Sara’s friends and family were friendly and fun (I loved the dancing to DJs Jeff Hill and Sean Denard‘s party mix); the details were picture perfect (check out the amazing program that Sara designed and hand-sewed … yes, there really are 3 shots of just the program in the slideshow!); the gorgeous cake was unique and delicious; the ceremony was touching and heartfelt.  Thank you both so much for having me back to Seattle to photograph your amazing celebration – I hope you enjoy the teasers below and the slideshow (click here).

Sara and Tom before their ceremony at the DAR Rainier Chapter House in Seattle

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© 2009 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Kate, thank you so much. You have documented our wedding day perfectly and brought me to tears. I have watched the slideshow twice and sent it to everyone I know!

  2. I love the photos Sara! Kate did a wonderful job! I can’t wait to see the full thing! 🙂

  3. Fun! Photo with the pink socks and umbrella – very cute. And very neat button bouquet. Was that used as the toss bouquet? Love the last picture at the end of the slideshow. Lovely work, Kate — as always.

  4. Kate…These pictures are fabulous! You made the day so much fun for us and these pictures will definitely remind us forever of the fun day. Sara…you made such a beautiful bride and I am so glad I was able to be there and part of it. Luvs to you both!

  5. Thank you all so much for the comments! It was such a perfect day. 🙂

  6. LOVE that 8th picture of them in the garden. Yummy light and such emotion! 🙂


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