I’ve just spent two weeks in Seattle, photographing two very different yet both intimate weddings. My first was Kathleen and Larry’s wedding at Urban Light Studios in Greenwood, north Seattle. My old neighborhood, in fact. 🙂 I’ve known Kathleen for several years, and she introduced me to the Seattle Flickr Meetup group when I was just starting out with my photography. She followed my progress from my first ever class at PCNW (you can see some of my earliest work from that class here – yes, you’re allowed to giggle), and hooked me up with my first ever paid gig as a wedding photographer (Pam + Scott’s – you’ll see them below, standing with Kathleen). I was both surprised, therefore, and delighted, when Kathleen asked me to photograph her own marriage to Larry.
After a season of mostly soft blues, purples and black in 2010, I was thrilled to see the bright, bold color palette that Larry and Kathleen had chosen. Orange! Green! Gold! The florals by Midnight Blossom in Ballard were spectacular:
Kathleen’s hair and makeup were done at Vain in Belltown, by William and Belinda respectively. They did a great job and were super fun to hang out with.
Kathleen’s dress was a gorgeous silk champagne number from I Do Bridal. Love this color – universally flattering and totally rock ‘n’ roll.
The girls ended up being ready well ahead of the guys (that never happens!) so we headed down to the lobby of The Maxwell Hotel for some group shots and details with the girls.
Love the gold Kate Spade bridal shoes and custom clutches for all the girls by Laura Bee Designs out of Ballard:
The veil and hairpieces were by Deeds & Petunia – an Etsy artist from Tacoma, WA.
The girls’ jackets and guys’ vests were custom made by talented up and coming designer Meg Konkol. I especially love Larry’s bumble bee vest …
Once the guys were ready, we held the first look in the lobby. Love Larry’s expression here.
Working for photographers and artists (both the bride and groom and in fact also most of their guests) is completely nerve-wracking but has some upsides – I loved that they wanted to get some fun portraits with a couple of Seattle’s many Henry murals:
Then we hit up Old Ballard. I love the awning in front of Staple & Fancy:
… and I love pretty much everything about oyster bar The Walrus and The Carpenter:
Love this little series of oyster-feeding. 🙂
Part two – the ceremony and reception, choreographed by the delightful Carna Lapping of Very Important Events – will be along in a few short days … If you’re a newly engaged couple wanting some kick-ass wedding and engagement photos, view my portfolio here … and yes, I love to travel 🙂 ; if you’re more interested in kids and pets, click here; follow me on Facebook here … or contact me here!
Kate – thanks so much for these wonderful photos. I love them and I can’t wait to see more.
Thank you Kathleen 🙂
LOVE all the color they chose! Absolutely gorgeous! great shots Kate!
This picture of Mike and Beth made me cry (like I didn’t do that all weekend) (only happy tears)………..it is soooo sweet and loving. You captured every bit of the wonderful feeling that day. Thank you so much.
Karen (Beth’s mom)