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Sara and Kevin's Wedding at Bell Harbor

It was so great to be a part of Sara and Kevin's summer wedding on the waterfront in Seattle, My wife and I have been friends with Sara's mother for many years and I've done family photography for them previously. It was great to be Sara's photographer and get to know her and fiancé Kevin more during their engagement shoot and now on their wedding day. They couldn't have been more laid back and happy, a perfect combination for enjoying your wedding day. The girls started their day with mimosas at the waterfront Marriott pool then moved upstairs to meet with makeup and hair stylists. The guys, always the quick dressers, were ready and waiting at the top of the glass elevator just south of the hotel. The bridesmaids joined them and waited for Sara to ascend and meet her groom for the first time that day. We did a few group photos up top there then headed to the hotel bar for more fun photos of the bridal party. Some of my favorite shots of them was out on the Seattle Trolley tracks in front of the hotel. We did family photos over at Pier 66 with the Seattle cityscape in the background then let them all relax to prepare for the ceremony.

Guests arrived at the rooftop ceremony above Bell Harbor and Sara walked down the isle with her mother and father. The sky was clear and the sun was setting as the ceremony progressed. To make it even more dramatic, to the West in the Olympic National Park, a forest fire filtered the waning sunlight to cast an amazing red glow on the city buildings including the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests walked downstairs to the Maritime Event Center which doubles as a marine museum. Many of the details in the large event center were nautical, but the pink uplights and zebra-striped rented couch were Sara's touches. They had a photobooth that allowed guest to clip and mount images to a scrapbook with a little blurb plus Dante's Inferno Dogs was onsite towards the end of the evening serving delicious gourmet hot dogs. Sara and Kevin ended their night as they walked across the street back to their hotel.

Ingredients

Venue / Bell Harbor / Waterfront Events Center
Photographers / Affinity Photography
Planner / Taryn Halleran
Hair & Makeup / Salon Madison