Mollie and Rob had their engagement photo session with us this past summer. Wanting to capture a romantic, sweet and fun vibe in their photos, we headed out to one of our favorite locations to shoot, Discovery Park! Here’s a few of the images from their engagement session.
Black, white with hints of red were the colors chosen for Bhakti and Payum’s beautifully simple, yet elegant wedding at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle. What they loved about Hotel 1000 was its open ceiling and terrace feel. It was the perfect setting for both their wedding ceremony and reception, witnessed by close family and friends. We started the day by heading down to Seattle’s waterfront for some photos with the whole wedding party, ending the day with a lot of fun dancing!
Kenji and Rachael met in architecture school at the University of Washington where their friendship grew. With the long hours of studying they had to do, they would go out for late night dinners with friends in Chinatown and stay up all night drawing and making models. After 7 years together they got engaged on Halloween! During their seven years together, they lived, worked and studied in three countries together including Canada and Japan. Thinking that Kenji was working late on that Halloween night, the proposal was completely unexpected. Their cat came to the door to greet Rachael, like their cat always did, but this time with a brand new pink collar and a ring hanging on it! Kenji came out from around the corner and proposed with their cat.
Rachael and Kenji wanted their wedding to be relaxed and located in an architecturally interesting space all while trying to mix a bit of both their Japanese backgrounds and roots from Hawaii and Seattle. The ceremony took place at a beautiful private residence in Hunts Point. Kenji’s father designed the large renovation of the home after the home had suffered damage in a fire. Kenji and Rachael loved the exposed beam structure, amazing local art, and beautiful landscape.
The Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union was the perfect place for their reception. They loved the uniqueness of the space that is sort of uniquely Seattle with the water, the boats, floatplanes and view of Gasworks park in the distance. They wanted a casual picnic feel on the water where they could cater some of their favorite foods like fried chicken from Ezell’s, roast pig from Kau Kau, and sushi from Tsukushinbo. There was plenty of beer, sake, and Hawaiian sun juice to drink and guests were able to sit in the sun and enjoy the live Hawaiian music. In Japanese culture, having 1,000 origami cranes is thought to bring the couple good luck and prosperity. I loved how Rachael and Kenji incorporated the 1,000 cranes into the reception decoration by stringing them and hanging them amongst the string of lights. Rachael said the funnest part of the wedding planning process was brainstorming ideas with one another, figuring out what would make the party the most fun for all their family and guests. They wanted to make sure everyone had a good time with them. Congratulations Rachael and Kenji!