Today marks Sara and Daniel’s one-year wedding anniversary! We had such a great time at their intimate, beachside wedding last year. I’ve been photographing weddings for over 16 years (and I’ll be celebrating my own 9th wedding anniversary next month!), but it still always amazes me how much goes into planning even the smallest details to make the day special and beautiful. I love it.
Small, intimate weddings are my favorite. As a photographer, I can focus on you and your partner and all of the fine details while you can focus on each other and your closest friends and family.
Sara was able to change into a short cocktail dress for the reception which made dancing with her family and new husband a lot easier!
If you’re in the process of planning a small wedding, I would love to chat with you about your plans and your dreams of how you want your day documented.
It’s their 1-year anniversary, so I figured it was only fitting to share Ciana and Chris’ rainy day elopement!
I’ve known Ciana for many years. I believe we met through Megan one night at someone’s party… in some apartment… where all I remember is that they were drinking terrible beer. Anyway, those details don’t matter! I don’t see Ciana very often except for when we’re celebrating something or hanging out with Megan. (I’ve met A LOT of people through Megan!)
About a year ago, Ciana emailed me saying she was engaged to her long-time friend Chris and they were planning an elopement at Kubota Gardens in Seattle. I knew it was going to be simple, laid back, and colorful. I wasn’t wrong! She showed up in a red swing dress and petticoat with polka dot tights. How freaking adorable!
We were slightly bummed that the weather decided to rain on us, but it didn’t spoil Ciana or Chris’ moods. They just wanted to get married already!
About 20 of their closest family and friends huddled under the shelter as they said their vows. The ceremony lasted 15-minutes and had everyone in tears by the end. The tiny reception consisted of cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, sparkling cider, and kids running around and through the trails. It couldn’t have been more perfect for them.
I hope Ciana and Chris have a wonderful one year anniversary today!
Did you know that Seattle is a top destination for elopements? I didn’t until just recently!
Khloe (whose Chinese name is Fung Ha) reached out to me in May last year by email. She and her fiance Vincent are from Hong Kong and were planning on having their ceremony at the Downtown Seattle Courthouse in September. It seemed odd at first, but after a few more weeks of emailing back and forth, I agreed. Khloe had to make a few changes to the location and date because of trouble getting the marriage certificate. Finally, the date was set for September 22nd and the ceremony would take place on the observation deck of the Smith Tower.
I met the couple for the first time in Occidental Park on that rainy September Sunday for their formal portraits. We were able to communicate quite well despite speaking different languages. It was a lot of me directing using my hands.
Once we were done with the cold, wet weather, we walked the few short blocks to the Smith Tower for a few more formal portraits in the lobby. The Tower still maintains a few “golden carriage” elevators that take patrons up the building. One of them was open just for tours and I asked the couple to sneak inside for a quick kiss.
We eventually reached the 35th floor where a table was reserved for them by the window. Originally called The Chinese Room, the Smith Tower’s Observatory Bar still has the Wishing Chair. It was a gift from the Last Empress of China and there is a legend that if a single woman sits in the chair, she will be married within the year. Khloe sat in the chair and was married within minutes!
When the officiant arrived, we stepped outside tucked in a small corner of the observation deck. Khloe and Vincent said their vows to each other overlooking downtown and Elliot Bay. The rain never let up and Khloe and Vincent never stopped smiling.
Vincent’s Chinese name is Ling Hon.