Thursday, February 27, 2014

Looking back to August 10, 2013 - Jennifer and Jesse

Looking back at this wedding, I am reminded of the beauty that lays in my own backyard.  I love shooting destination weddings and weddings across the country.  With this, it is such a wonderful refresher to look back at the Seattle weddings that I have done and truly appreciate my roots in this unique city.  Jennifer and Jesse's wedding is the perfect example of the versatility that Seattle weddings possess.  They were married at a park on the top of Queen Anne hill, overlooking the city and their ceremony followed at the Ruins downtown.  Their amazing team is outlined and you can read more about their story at the end of this post!

The Seattle Space Needle | British Motor Coach transportation

The ceremony program | Stunning elegance at the Ruins downtown

Details at the Ruins in downtown Seattle, WA

The full gown at the ruins in Seattle, WA

Wedding clutches for the bridesmaids.
One of Jennifer's incredible bridesmaids helping her get ready

Hooking the final buttons on her gown before completing her bridal look

The final touch: soft, elegant bridal belt.

Absolutely love the long veil with the detailing at the crown.  A simple but strong addition to a bridal look.

Her gorgeous make-up for her wedding day!  Very subtle, but draws all of the attention to her eyes.

The defined lace sleeve of her wedding dress | Timeless open back gown

The colors of her bouquet matched effortlessly with the venue and bridesmaids  dresses.

Jennifer and her bridesmaids in their dresses, holding their unique multi-colored bouquets.

J&J custom cuff links detail.

The groom's full look for the day.  Simple skinny tie and charcoal gray suit.

The groom and his groomsmen

The first look.  Tears in Jesse's eyes for the excitement at seeing his bride.

The view of the ceremony site on Queen Anne

Flower girls making their way down the aisle

Guests at their wedding ceremony.

As mentioned below by Jennifer, Jesse's father built this arch for their ceremony.  Yes. Built the arch.  Incredible talent!

Husband and wife!

Walking back after the ceremony.  That is the look that every couple should have!

The tucked away park was the perfect place to capture the precious candid moments between the bride and groom.

British Motor Coach provided the transportation back to the Ruins in downtown Seattle, WA post-ceremony.  Classic!

The courtyard at the Ruins.

How awesome is this family?  Jennifer's parents could not be more proud.

These two.  Effortless!

Loving the joy in the families supporting Jennifer and Jesse on their wedding day.

This cake.  Wow.

Using flowers as decor from top to bottom on the wedding cake.

Script escort cards.

The menu at the Ruins in Seattle, WA

Table settings and wedding favors

The beautiful bride working her way around the reception.

Simple table numbers with script boarder | The full reception site

A toast to the bride and groom!

The Dome Room at the Ruins.  Perfect.

We shot this after the wedding for the couple's "Thank You" notes.  Love the skyline in the background, lit by the light of the city and the stars in the sky!
From the couple: 

"We were introduced at the birthday party of a mutual friend (September of 2011). Jesse had to miss a friend's bachelor party that night and his friend, Deja, had consoled him by saying "come to my birthday party, there will be pretty girls."  It turned out pretty well :).  We started dating right away.  A big step in our relationship happened that Thanksgiving when Jesse met Aryanna for the first time and they both got to meet Jesse's whole family.  That Christmas, Jen took a trip for several weeks to Bolivia and being apart really helped us realize how much this meant to us.  The following Summer, we purchased a house and moved in together.

We got engaged in the middle of December.  We wanted to get married this summer so we had to start looking for a venue quickly.  We looked at a number of places... before deciding on the Ruins.  The other priority was finding the right photographer :). After getting those two lined up, things [were] pretty easy (with the possible exception of the dress, which took some searching). Doing things through family and friends have been an importing part of the wedding planning as: Jesse has worked at The Ruins for the last 5 years, our friend Deja (who introduced us) designed the invitations, we [had] the rehearsal dinner at O'Asian which is owned by a family friend of Jen's, Jesse's dad [built] the arch for the ceremony, the music both at the ceremony and the reception and being done by friends, and many other friends and family have been involved in small ways."

List of stellar vendors for Jennifer and Jesse's wedding:
Reception Venue/ Flowers/ Cake - The Ruins
Bridesmaids Dresses - Alfred Angelo
Flower Girls' Dresses - The Flower Girl Boutique
Groom's/ Groomsmen's Attire - The Tuxedo Club
DJ - BlueJay (friend)
Invitations/ Stationary - Deja Engle (friend)
Transportation - British Motor Coach Inc.