There were a lot of nods to Luke’s shyness throughout the wedding day. Cheeky remarks from the officiant, not-so-subtle anecdotes told during the toasts… Laura & Luke played a bit of cat and mouse during their courtship – following job opportunities, grad school, and ultimately, each other, back and forth across the country. Luke is known among his family and friends as a man of few words, but the joy (and tears) in his eyes as he married the girl of his dreams spoke volumes.

When Laura & Luke finally decided to take the plunge and start a life together, they landed in Seattle. These two are so easy going, and I knew after their lovely neighborhood engagement session (cue the red wine, swing set and killer sunset) that their wedding would be similarly fun, light hearted, and a real class act. Recognizing that a lot of their friends had never been to the Pacific Northwest, choosing a venue that highlighted its natural beauty was a must.

Enter the Hood Canal Pavilion at Port Gamble.  The venue alone was one of the most gorgeous locations I have gotten to photograph yet, situated on a bluff above sweeping water vistas. The show-stopping floral ceremony arch was created by Garden Party Flowers and set the tone of modern elegance to the day. Lori of Elegant Affairs masterfully orchestrated the day, (un-deterred by ferry complications) and the guests (and I) got to feast on some of the best food courtesy of Sunshine’s All Naturals. I adored their coffee bean bag favors, a nod to their Pacific Northwest home; Gen X Pro kept the dance floor bumpin’ and I just had to ask these two former college athletes run through the golden sunset fields.

I often find myself rocking out to MKTO’s Classic on my way to weddings, and this is why. Laura and Luke’s wedding was classy, beautiful and FUN. Congratulations you two, so happy I got to document your day!

Venue: Port Gamble Hood Canal Pavillion, Port Gamble, WA // Coordination: Elegant Affairs // Dress: The Dress Theory // Bridesmaids: BHLDN // Florals: Garden Party Flowers // Catering: Sunshine’s All Naturals // DJ: Gen X Pro // Paper: Greetings by Design // Hair: Nyesha Titus // Makeup: Krystal Kreitzmann // Photography: Meredith McKee Photography

Maggie & Kyle met during their senior year at the University of Washington. Maggie had transferred to the UW the year before and was roommates with a couple of Kyle’s friends. Kyle was instantly attracted to Maggie and she surprised him by buying him a drink the first night they met. After graduation, Maggie headed down to Oregon to attend law school. Free weekends together were spent going out with friends and attending Husky football games. Finally ready to start their lives together, Maggie’s law degree in hand, the two put down roots in Tacoma and prepared to tie the knot.

The day started at the Courtyard in downtown Tacoma where the boys toasted whisky and the girls put on finishing touches. We found an ivy covered wall, wonderfully similar to one we discovered during their engagement session, which was the perfect backdrop for their first look. After bridal party portraits around Tacoma, we headed to the church to make it official. The ceremony was beautiful and was followed by the sweetest bubble send off. Maggie and Kyle treated me to nearly an hour of portrait time with the two of them at the waterfront – a photographer’s dream! Ready to get back to their guests and start the party, we then headed back to the Marriott.

Their wedding date was also Maggie’s parents’ wedding anniversary, so there was not a dry eye in the room when Maggie’s dad presented his wife with roses during his toast, and offered Kyle to do the same for his new bride. There was a run for the longest marriage during the anniversary dance which was ultimately won by a couple celebrating over 60 years of marriage. So much history, love and family was celebrated that night. Maggie and Kyle, your day was a joyous occasion and here’s to many many happy years ahead of you!

Venue: First Lutheran Church & Courtyard Tacoma Downtown, Tacoma, WA // Coordinator: TKO Events // Florals: Julia’s Floral // Hair: Bianco & Co. // Makeup: @haleymariemakeup // Paper: SHINE // DJ: DJ Scott // Cake: Tortes n Tarts // Dress: The Wedding Bell // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Kennedy Blue // Mens’ Suits: Men’s Warehouse // Catering: Pacific Grill Tacoma // Photography: Meredith McKee Photography

Happy Monday everybody! We are in full wedding-season swing here at #mmphoto but it feels so good to take a minute & share one of my latest non-wedding projects with you guys, especially when it is as colorful & fun as this one! Rachel & Josh tied the knot back in 2013 (re-live there wedding day here) and are now expecting their first baby. I had the joy of photographing their pregnancy announcement a few months ago, and since then, Rachel has developed the cutest baby bump! We reconnected in Seattle’s hippest neighborhood, Capitol Hill, to grab some sweet treats at Cupcake Royale and document this new chapter in their lives. I cannot get enough of the amazing murals we found – they were bursting with color and gave this shoot such fun energy. I can’t wait to meet baby Blaire in just a few short weeks!!

Jessie’s sister began her toast with a powerpoint presentation. Her first slide stated the statistics for success on various dating sites: Match.com, eHarmony, and finally, what she humbly called “KwanMatchMaking”, which topped the charts with a 100% success rate. This was her sister’s second successful match-up, and everyone agreed that Jessie & Albert were the perfect pair.

The couple began their wedding celebration at Laurel Creek Manor with a traditional tea ceremony where Jessie and Albert offered tea to their elders and special family members. Jessie wore a stunning red dress which she later swapped for a flowing Vatana Watters gown. The day was expertly coordinated by Stephanie of Lilac and Lace, complete with lovely decor & whimsical florals designed by one of Jessie’s friends. I loved the fun heart sunnies the bridesmaids rocked & Jessie’s sweet nieces and nephews. My favorite detail of the day was the ceremony decor which featured calligraphy quotes from Corinthians, “Love is Patient”, “Love Always Protects” hanging in the isles & simple mason jar vases of baby’s breath above the alter area. Jessie and Albert also chose to to wash each other’s feet during the ceremony which was intimate and humbling.

The party rocked on into the evening & everyone danced the night away under the bistro lights. They even had Molly Moon’s ice cream which I was devastated to have been too busy to eat! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Ng! Your day was perfect & I’m wishing you many many happy years together! Cheers!

Venue: Laurel Creek Manor, Sumner, WA // Coordinator: Lilac and Lace // Florals & Decor: XO DOLO // DJ: DJ Dylan // Hair & Makeup: The Outer Edge // Dress: The Dress Theory // Catering: Act 3 Catering // Photography: Meredith McKee Photography // Second Photographer: Alecia Lindsay

When Marcy took a work rotation in the UK, she knew should would be getting an incredible experience, but what she didn’t know, was that thanks to a friendly little dating app (cough-Tinder-cough) she would also be meeting her future husband across the pond! Marcy & Chris’s chemistry was instant, and they knew almost immediately that this wasn’t going to be a casual get together. Despite their budding relationship, Marcy was transferred back to the states, and then decided to take a job in Seattle – putting quite some distance between the two. Even though they had only been together for four months, Marcy & Chris knew this was the real deal and that they wanted to start their life in Seattle, together.

Chris made the journey, some 4,600 miles, to settle in the second rainiest region (at least he was already acclimated!) & the two began their wedding plans. Marcy & Chris quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and wanted to have their wedding in a natural setting. Volunteer Park is near their home in Capitol Hill, so for their casual, simple ceremony, it was an easy choice. Marcy’s immediate family and a couple of friends joined for the intimate celebration among blooming hydrangeas on a warm day in July. The ceremony was short & sweet and Marcy’s gorgeous, ear-to-ear smile was contagious. After the ceremony, the family enjoyed electric boating around South Lake Union & feasting on a delicious dinner out downtown. I am so happy to call these two wonderful people friends and I am so glad I was able to photograph this happy day. Congratulations, Marcy & Chris!

Venue: Volunteer Park // Florals: Flowers on 15th // Dress: French Connection // Officiant: Ceremony by Nancy

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