Have you ever retraced the steps of something back to the beginning? Like how you met your best friend, or where a family tradition actually started? As a photographer who primarily shoots in Denver, when I received Michael & Miguel’s inquiry for a wedding in Seattle, I was so curious as to how they found me. When looking back at my Instagram posts, I realized that I had posted a photo from the Space Needle and tagged Seattle. At the same time they were looking for photographers in Seattle, and they found me. Michael & Miguel’s LGBT Seattle wedding is one for the books, and I am so happy that through the power of social media, they were able to find me.
This wedding began at The Edgewater Hotel where we met up with the grooms to capture some portraits around downtown Seattle. The day before, my second and I had scouted around to find some of our favorite spots, so we knew exactly where we were headed. Our first stop was the Bell Harbor International Conference Center to get a great view of the skyline, the wheel and the marina below. We then headed over the bridge to the most vibrant yellow building that made for some epic photos. We ended with wedding party photos and then headed in a party bus to our next stop, Gas Works Park.
At Gas Works, we captured more wedding party photos, individual shots, and a few more portraits of just Michael & Miguel. Gas Works has an amazing view of downtown Seattle which was a perfect backdrop. The last stop in our tour was Add-A-Ball an arcade bar right next to their wedding venue, Fremont Foundry Events. Everyone took a tequila shot and then it was time to get the show on the road.
The grooms had an intimate wedding ceremony complete with a candle-lined aisle and a geometric wedding arch with pink and white flowers. Out of all the wedding ceremonies that I have photographed, this was definitely a favorite with all the romantic elements that created an intimate atmosphere. After Michael & Miguel walked back down the aisle, we photographed family photos and cocktail hour on the rooftop. The evening concluded with dinner, a handful of toasts, and dancing. The grooms wanted the atmosphere to be like a club, so the DJ set up lights and screens to set the mood.
Being able to document their LGBT Seattle wedding was such an honor. Not only were both Michael & Miguel the sweetest, but they surrounded themselves with equally amazing people who were so kind to all of us. I look forward to my next trip out to Seattle!