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Portrait of bride and groom posed under the concrete train trestles at Gas Works Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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.

Portrait of groomsmen stylistically posed under the concrete train trestles at Gas Works Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of bride and groom holding hands while standing under the concrete train trestles at Gas Works Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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!

Portrait of wedding party in the play barn at Gas Works Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of bride and groom kissing, framed by a flywheel in the play barn at Gas Works Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Renata and Brian were most attracted to Gas Works Park for its views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle, and they didn’t disappoint.

Portrait of wedding party at Gas Works Park in Seattle, with Lake Union and downtown Seattle visible behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bridesmaids enjoying the view of Lake Union and downtown Seattle from Gas Works Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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.

Portrait of bride and groom in a shady spot at Gas Works Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two detail photos of bride's bouquet and green shoes, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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.

Detail photo of wedding ceremony programs in a basket at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two photos of bride and father walking into a wedding ceremony at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bride's father hugging groom at a wedding ceremony at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two photos of a wedding ceremony at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, one a wide-angle shot of the ceremony and the other a candid of the bride's sister singing, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo during wedding ceremony at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two candid photos of bride and maid of honor reacting to events during a wedding ceremony at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom post-first-kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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.

Wide-angle photo of wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of wedding cake and cupcakes during a wedding reception at Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of a Duck Boat floating past Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle at dusk, during a wedding reception, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Toasts were a highlight of the evening, with all sorts of humorous and significant expressions for Laura and I to capture.

Candid photo of friend giving a toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride's emotional reaction to a friend's toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of reactions to a toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide-angle photo of the best man's toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of reactions to the best man's toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride's sisters giving a toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride reacting to her sisters' toast during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two photos of the bride's father as he gives a toast (and playful threat to the groom) during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

These boys look pretty excited about all those cupcakes!

Candid photo of two boys inspecting the wedding cake during a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The wedding favor: Pacific Northwest wildflower seeds.

Detail photo of packet of seeds serving as wedding favors during a reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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.

Candid photo of the bride and groom hugging late in a wedding reception at Blue Ribbon Cooking School in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats Renata and Brian!

One Response to “Renata and Brian’s wedding: Gas Works Park and Blue Ribbon Cooking School, Seattle”

  1. Hannah

    These photos are so pretty! I just love the color scheme, the flowers were absolutely beautiful!

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