Great Hall at Green Lake Wedding // Sarah and Nicholas // Seattle Wedding Photographer

August 23, 2018

Sarah and Nicholas’s Great Hall at Green Lake Wedding was a couple weeks ago and I am so excited to share it with you! You might remember Sarah and Nicholas from their Pioneer Square Engagement Session. On a freezing cold night in our beautiful city, these two gave me LIFE and INSPIRED me to shoot in new places and ways. We explored alleyways I’ve only ever seen in the dark (thanks to my 20s and Pioneer Square club days)… and we took full advantage of Occidental Square’s beautiful holiday light display once the sun went down.

It was hot on Sarah and Nick’s wedding day. Super hot. Polar opposite of their engagement session. Friends and family were busy at Great Hall at Green Lake, setting up tables, chairs, and all of the beautiful DIY wedding decor Sarah and Nick spent months and months sourcing and working on.

SO many favorites from Sarah and Nick’s wedding day:

  • Sarah and Nick honored family members with the most beautiful memorial near the front of the Great Hall where they were married. You’ll see it in the detail photos below. One of their most beautiful DIY projects: Sarah and Nick painted two ladders and a stack of wooden planks white. They fashioned shelves between the ladders with the planks, placed printed photos of family members in antique frames and delicately decorated the whole memorial with greenery. It was a beautiful way to honor family.
  • A month or so before the wedding, Sarah emailed me about wanting to have portraits taken in a rose garden. After a lot of emailing, planning, and researching permit costs – we ultimately decided to find a garden someplace near Great Hall at Green Lake. (I have no shame in doing some door knocking to ask permission to shoot at a private residence if they have a beautiful yard!) My assistant for the day ended up arriving early and found a vacant lot with some rose bushes and funky palm trees in the front yard. I’m so happy we went for it and were able to deliver some portraits with blooming roses for Sarah and Nick.
  • Sarah’s beauty was ON POINT. This girl rocks a red lip like nobody I’ve ever seen. Her skin was flawless. She rocked a beautiful updated Marilyn Monroe vibe that I just CANNOT get over.
  • Once the marriage license was signed, Sarah and Nick immediately relaxed into the natural flow of the evening and it was so clear that they were happy with whatever happened. We left for about an hour to do bridal party and bride/groom portraits, returned for dinner and visiting with guests, and then Sarah and Nick were ready to sneak away for some golden hour portraits. I LOVE that they were so into sneak away for more portraits – I think they really valued this alone time together. Once we returned they settled into the traditional dances and then just let the evening unfold. No big toasts, no cake cutting, no garter or bouquet toss. They enjoyed their guests and just went with the flow.
  • Sarah purchased the majority of her wedding attire from Brides for a Cause. Brides for a Cause collects and resells wedding gowns and accessories to help raise funds for women focused charities. Sarah’s heart is BIG and her passion for supporting this nonprofit is palpable.

Sarah and Nicholas’s vendor team:

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  1. Lesli Smith

    August 24th, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    So very Happy for you both! I was anticipating seeing these pics, and just have to say how beautiful You, Nick and everything is. It’s hard to pick a fave, there are so many! Much Love to you both!! ❤

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