Kelly & Nate
It's truly amazing how a blip in time can lead to such beautiful things. I first met Kelly while working a retail job not too long after I had first landed in Seattle (13 years ago now!). We bonded over the pain of early stock shifts, the way our manager said the word 'pillow' and we kept ourselves occupied during especially rough shifts by talking about cute guys in the store over the walkie talkies in code ('Umm, yeah, Kelly do you see any hyacinths over by the candle wall?'). We spent a handful of months working together but somehow stayed in touch over the years and then through social. When I got a note from him about photographing his wedding celebration my heart just skipped. We met up in Volunteer Park for some photos and then I met them at their party down in SoDo at Rotie Cellars. While we were shooting I learned that Kelly and Nate's original wedding plans were to be married on our shoot day at the Thomas Burke statue in the park and have a reception across the way at the art museum but given the election outcome of 2016 and the uncertainty in the future, they bumped up their wedding date and officially tied the knot last December. I'm so glad that we were able to photograph at the park so they could still have some connection to their planned ceremony. It's a special place to them (and close to their home) and that meaning will carry each time they look at these images. Plus, we had their little dog Nino with us! I was so overwhelmed by the entire afternoon. Not only was it incredible to spend some time with Kelly again all these years later but it was also awesome to meet Nate and see the amazing connection the two of them have. This was all the more evident when we popped over to the tasting room and all their friends and family came out to celebrate with them. The joy at the event was infectious. bash & bloom decked out the space with incredible arrangements specifically tied to many family favorites from both sides including Kelly's fave (calla lilies) and Nate's fave (irises). Guests were treated to beautiful wines from Rotie Cellars and delicious bbq from the Wood Shop BBQ truck. So much love between these two and I was incredibly happy to capture this moment.