Lauren & Brad – A Seattle Wedding

While traveling home from the magical land of Jamaica, I received and email inquiry, “I am putting together a wedding on the fly! Any chance you are available on September 22nd or 23rd of this year?” I responded to the initial email, and then didn’t hear back for a week or so. I kind of blew it off, I get random spam emails and text messages sometimes asking about dates and availability, and since I didn’t hear back immediately, I figured it was just that. But one morning I was checking my email and had a response. It was true, Lauren really was putting together her wedding with only a month to plan. I sort of loved that idea a lot and agreed to meet Lauren and Brad met me at one of my favorite local coffee shops where I shared with them my past wedding work with them, managed to not spill or burp my very carbonated kombucha while talking with them (note to self, kombucha isn’t the best drink while meeting new clients). Anyway, we talked about the plans,  how they decided to get married and learned a little bit more about the two of them. I walked away feeling hopeful, I really liked these two and felt like they would be an excellent fit to work with. Later that evening I had a text message saying, “If you are good with our dog being at the engagement session and wedding day, you are hired!”Yup, you bet I am okay with your dog being a part of the day! We met a week or so later at Point Defiance Park for their engagement session. I absolutely love taking engagement photos. It gives me a chance to get to know my couple in a relaxed and low pressure environment. I get to know more about them and hear what they are excited about or nervous about for the big day.  Lauren and Brad have a beautiful connection. Capturing them as they talked to one another was truly an honor.

Fast forward three weeks and I am in Seattle for the big day. Lauren had gone to Pike Place Market that morning and gotten piles of beautiful, orange dahlias for the center pieces. Her mother and sister helped arrange the flowers. Her brother and father loaded them up to take to the venue. Once we loaded everything up, I hoped in the car with Lauren to do a bit of scouting and also jumped in to help set up for later that night. The Marian Built Loft is gorgeous inside and it feels more like someone’s living room/dinning room/kitchen than a rented space. We headed back to the house and got the bride into her dress (I have said it before and I will say it again, I love this part of a wedding day!). And then, I headed over to the ceremony location at Discovery Park where I met up with the groom. Brad looked incredibly dapper in his blue suit as his sister pinned his boutonniere, followed by a shot of whiskey together to toast the occasion. The couple chose to have a very small ceremony. Only immediate family was present on the deck located in Discovery Park. We took some formal family photos and then we wandered into the trees for some images of the two of them before heading to the reception.


Much like the ceremony, the reception was intimate and the guest list meaningful. I watched as the bride and groom welcomed each new guest with the warmest smiles and the biggest hugs. There is something about a small wedding that really allows you to see the connection and support that a couple has in place. This was no exception. There was amazing food and the sweetest cupcakes. There was laughter, and visiting, and lots of catching up of friends. And once the dancing started, look out!

Lauren and Brad, I adored getting to know you both. I truly enjoyed documenting your day and I wish you nothing but the best in the many years to come.

All the best,

Vanessa

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