Becky + Deric: First Look and Portraits

Feb 23, 2010 | Weddings

Usually when I go back to Seattle, the rain fades and the sun starts to shine.  But not this time, oh no!  It was pouring with rain most of Saturday, and I have to say that although I wasn’t surprised, I was disappointed.  Indoor portraits can be beautiful, but they’re technically pretty tough, and I definitely stretched my gear to its limits this time.  Still, if you’re going to work inside, the Hyatt Olive 8 couldn’t be better; just outside the ballroom is a huge, bright space filled with natural light and cool, modern furnishings.  The perfect spot for a joyous first look:

First Look between Bride + Groom

While we took a few portraits, I had one of the bridesmaids round up the bridal party for some group shots.  Everyone was in great spirits and seemed more than happy to work with my silly suggestions.  🙂

Bridal Party Portraits

I loved the girls’ dresses, and just look (again) at those amazing flowers.  So pretty!

We were hoping to start in the ballroom area, then move around the hotel for a mix of backdrops and lighting – but it was pretty busy in the foyer, and the funky pool area was actually being used by swimmers (who knew?!) … so we stayed put and brought out the mustaches.  Thank you, Archie McPhee!

Bridal Party + Moustaches

Huge thanks to Becky and Deric and their fab friends for trusting me on this.  I hope you like the results!  Coming next: the ceremony.


  1. Oh. My. These are amazing! So so so beautiful!!!

  2. I love the wide space that you used for these. Also, those mustachios are hilarious!

  3. Thank you both so much for your comments. Leeann, mustaches are the way forward for rainy days 😀

  4. Again, these are so beautiful and so much fun! I love how you have captured everyone’s spirit! Kate you are the best!



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