Nina and Shaun’s Georgetown Ballroom Wedding in June was one of my favorites of 2016. I photographed this wedding for Joanna Monger of Joanna Monger Photography while she was on maternity leave after having her third beautiful baby.
First, we began the day at Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Nina and her bridesmaids were in the gorgeous Writer’s Suite, a suite that has some interesting photographs and original texts of high-profile writers framed on the walls. I adore all of the suites at Alexis Hotel but this one is really special. Nina had the most amazing Prada shoes for her wedding day. Royal blue suede pumps that peeked out of the bottom of her dress with a pop of color. Her ring and dress were as gorgeous as she is. Meanwhile, Shaun and his groomsmen and groomswoman hung out and got ready at Nina and Shaun’s apartment.
Next we all convened at Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle for Nina and Shaun’s First Look in the courtyard. Always one of my favorite times of the day and the look on Shaun’s face said it all. And wrapped up that part of the day with family portraits, bridal party and portraits of Nina and Shaun.
Nina and Shaun said their I Dos in front of their family and friends in the Jolly Roger room with their beautiful lanterns hanging and creating a perfect backdrop for their romantic ceremony which included a Scottish Handfasting Ceremony wherein the bride’s and groom’s hands are bound together with a special piece of fabric and a prayer is offered over their hands. I had never seen this type of ceremony before and found it really quite touching. I adore when bride’s and groom’s have something unique in there ceremony that means so much to them.
Finally, Nina and Shaun’s Georgetown Ballroom Wedding rounded out with a lovely dinner, emotional toasts from friends and family and their First Dance. Followed up by Nina and her Father and Shaun and his mother dancing special dances together. The dance floor opened up and the party kicked off!
This wedding was particularly special for me. Nina’s mother, Margaritha, had cancer at the time of the wedding and passed away a few weeks afterward. The photos we were able to capture for Nina of her Mother, father and her wedding I hope she will cherish forever. It broke my heart to hear of Margaritha’s passing. She was a loving, wonderful woman who captures your heart immediately. She beamed all day long and her happiness was infectious. My short time knowing her affected me in a deep way.