I first met Ciriia when she arrived with Elliott to a friend’s wedding I was photographing. As I captured photos of the guests, I remember noticing the intense sweetness with which they looked at one another. As any photog would, I captured it on camera. Years later, I saw them here and there at various social outings, saw them now and again on social media, and continued to watch as their connection grew. I was so delighted when they reached out to have me photograph their wedding day.
The rain held off for the majority of the day, and we got started at the Palihotel near the market. It was the perfect backdrop with lush green walls and floral accents. Cirilia looked positively radiant. For a pseudo “first look,” they met up in the same way their love story first started, with cocktails. It was a sweet beginning to the afternoon a sentimental nod to their initial sparks.
From there we hopped into an Uber and set off for the ceremony. Unbeknownst to our driver, he was playing the perfect pre-wedding tunes that made us all feel like we were in a movie as we sat in traffic, making our way across town. This was my first courthouse wedding and let me say, this approach was kind of incredible. The halls and chambers were brimming with piles upon piles of love, positive energy, cheering friends and family, and sweet couples all together with one purpose, to come together to share in love stories and new family beginnings and expansions. The judge was a wonderful character who was at once stoic and also a bit of a comedienne, keeping the solemn commitment front and center but also keeping it light and special for the couple and the friends and family. They were married on the windy courthouse rooftop, dined at Seattle’s iconic Canlis restaurant and even got to venture upstairs to a beautiful secret getaway perch high above the city. The day was truly spectacular and full of so much love. I was honored to be a part of it.
This stunner of a day came together thanks to many talented folks.