January 14, 2020

An Industrial City Wedding in the Heart of Seattle

I fell in love with this wedding the first time I saw it. I love the way Phil and Trey interact with one another and their son. I love that they got ready with one another and had a reveal to their friends and family. The whole day looks like such a sweet dream and Kamra Fuller captured it all perfectly.
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Vendor Credits

Wedding Planner: Jubilee Seattle | Rentals: Pedersens Rentals | Prep Venue: WAC | Wedding/Reception Venue: Withinsodo | Catering: On Safari Foods | DJ: Dorian Waller | Florist: Columbia City Bouquet
 

From the Couple

What was the most important thing to you while planning?

We were really excited to have all of those we love in the same place at the same time. And with both of us having that top-of-mind while planning, we wanted to show them all a good time…it was going to be a party. I think because it was less about us and more about a party with our community, it made planning a little less stressful

How did you find your vendors?

We met our planner at a gay wedding expo. The DJ was a recommendation from a co-worker. The rest was from tireless research online.

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What creative touches did you use throughout your wedding? 

We were focused on everything being simple yet elegant, cohesive and classy, but not flashy. Choosing our photographer set the tone. We loved Kamra Fuller’s tone and feel of her work. Keeping that in mind helped drive our design choices. We also jumped the broom, which was a no-brainer choice.

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Did you forego any of the traditional aspects of weddings? 

>We got ready together, and our “reveal” was not to each other, but to our wedding party who was hanging out in our suite. We didn’t do a first dace together, but danced with our Mom’s instead. We didn’t do a wedding cake (we had a dessert station).

What was your favorite part of the day? 

For Trey, getting ready with the wedding party beforehand and dancing at the reception. For Phil, everything after jumping the broom. The pressure was off, and it was the funnest evening of his life.

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From the Photographer

How did you prepare your clients for your style of shooting and the light? 

Along with meeting with the couple ahead of time to put together their timeline, which of course includes a lot of discussion about lighting, I also send each couple a wedding guide that outlines how I work throughout the wedding day, and tips on things they can do to help the day run smoothly from a photography perspective. But ultimately, my main goal is to show up and handle things in a way that takes all of the stress about lighting, posing, etc. out of their hands  so that they can enjoy themselves and know that I have their back.

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What techniques did you use that were out of the norm? 

For Phil and Trey’s wedding, we didn’t have a ton of time for natural light sunset portraits, so we got creative with some artificial lights around the venue. We also used the interesting layout of the concrete park for some creative portraits of their wedding party earlier in the day.

Do you have any advice for other photographers or vendors when it comes to weddings? 

Just try to focus on the individual needs of the couple. Get to know them beforehand and ask them what they are looking for in their wedding photos, and then do as much as you can to reflect that, while still being flexible to the twists and turns each unique wedding day will bring. Don’t be afraid to try something new, and try to deliver something unique to each couple.

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