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Guests of Kelly and Michael’s late-September wedding experienced a real taste of the Puget Sound region: Stunning water views. Relaxed atmosphere. Salmon on the grill. And, of course, RAIN!

Choosing a summer wedding date maximizes your chances of sunny skies — but in our area, you should be prepared for anything! Fortunately, Kelly and Michael were, and they pulled off a rainy-day wedding perfectly.

The ceremony was held at the waterfront house of Michael’s parents in Gig Harbor. The back deck features wide-open views of the harbor, and a huge tent kept everyone dry.

A small, intimate reception followed inside and outside the house, and we were able to take advantage of a somewhat-break in the rain to conduct a portrait session around the yard. We were very lucky that Kelly was our bride on this day, because she brushed off the light rain like few brides would!

Then everyone headed off to Kelly’s dad’s beach house on Key Peninsula for the main reception. This property was plenty big enough for a much larger reception, and a couple hundred guests mingled comfortably on the expansive lawn, giving us ample opportunity to create lots of great guest candids. (Click on any image to see it larger.)

Capturing laughing, smiling candids of guests is a Wallflower specialty. It’s a key part of our approach which doesn’t always bring the accolades that our coverage of the big moments and our creative portraiture do, but we still feel they are important. We know our clients enjoy having them, and their guests do, too — we receive print orders of guest candids from nearly every wedding!

Kelly and Michael, your wedding turned out beautifully — rain and all — and we wish you all the best!

One Response to “Kelly and Michael’s wedding:
Private residences in Gig Harbor”

  1. One Love Photo

    I was so bummed when Kelly contacted me about her wedding and I was booked but I knew exactly who to refer her on to….You two of course! You did such a nice job and these two are such sweet people with the wonderful families. My mom will be thrilled to see these, she was Kelly’s 1st grade teacher. I know it was a joy to work with them! The photos look great despite the nasty rain.

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