Renata and Brian’s early September wedding revolved around Lake Union. Its blue waters, sparkling in the summer sun, were visible from where they each got ready (girls at their Eastlake apartment, guys at a Westlake hotel), where we all met to shoot portraits (Gas Works Park), and the venue for their wedding ceremony and reception (Blue Ribbon Cooking School), part of which is literally on top of said waters.
Laura and I teamed up to photograph this wedding, splitting up to cover girls’ and guys’ prep, and then reconvening at Gas Works Park a bit later for wedding party portraits. Us guys got there a bit ahead of the girls, so we were able to get started early. I like how these concrete train trestles, relics from the park’s previous life as a factory that turned coal into gas, provide a unique three-dimensional frame that can be used in a lot of different ways to good effect, as the photos above and below show.
Then we cut over to the play barn, where most of the factory’s pumps, compressors and piping are still in place and painted in bright colors. Makes a pretty unique setting for wedding party portraits!
Renata and Brian were most attracted to Gas Works Park for its views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle, and they didn’t disappoint.
As beautiful and unique as all these previous settings were, I also just wanted something simple, with even lighting. I found it in a nondescript edge of the park, in the shade of some evergreens.
Then we piled back into our cars and headed down Eastlake to our final destination, the Blue Ribbon Cooking School. The ceremony was staged out in front of the building, at the foot of a huge willow tree. One of Renata’s sisters sung a lovely operatic piece as part of the ceremony.
Then everyone moved indoors for the wedding dinner, events and party. A long row of windows provided some really nice views of busy Lake Union as night fell.
Toasts were a highlight of the evening, with all sorts of humorous and significant expressions for Laura and I to capture.
These boys look pretty excited about all those cupcakes!
The wedding favor: Pacific Northwest wildflower seeds.
Staff cleared away tables to open up the venue’s spacious dance floor, which was popular this night! Lots of fun-loving people in attendance, not the least of which were our happy bride and groom.
Congrats Renata and Brian!