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Downtown Seattle Wedding at the Sky View Observatory

Simple yet ridiculously sweet and personal, this chic Seattle celebration at the Sky View Observatory captured by Alexandra Knight has my heart this morning. From the Bride’s stunning teal Badgley Mischka pumps (a nod to the shoes she wore on their first date) to her tea length gown to that gorgeous cake from Honey Crumb Cake Studio - from start to finish, this gallery is is just pure pretty .

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From Alexandra Knight PhotographyKatie & Brandon were a referral from a dear friend and I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding within minutes of meeting them. They are calm, loving, and genuine people that have a remarkable love story. I love their wedding for their details, their commitment to keeping the day about them and what they wanted, and their incredible venue. Katie & Brandon were only the 2nd couple to ever get married at the Sky View Observatory, 73 floors above the bustling streets of downtown Seattle. It was such a treat to be part of a wedding at this brand new venue! Following their ceremony and a few photos on the observation deck, we headed to the waterfront of downtown Seattle for a gorgeous portrait session at sunset. The pier was practically empty and we walked a block down the street for some photos in front of the Seattle ferris wheel, too. The images of the bride spinning and twirling are my favorites, as Katie paused to twirl and swish her dress back and forth all day on her own. The joy she got from the movement of such a beautiful dress and the ability to express that happiness was such a perfect thing to photograph and I feel that the images we took of her spinning beautifully capture that joy. Teal accents, killer Badgley Mischka shoes, tea length gown… this wedding was a knockout!

From The Bride…Brandon and I wanted to focus on three things in the planning of our wedding.  We wanted to represent the simplicity that we strive for in our everyday lives.  To make it through the planning with the intention of ease and practicality (if it was too much of a hassle we just cut it and didn’t bother!).  And to represent ourselves based on the values and sentiment that we carry through our relationship.  This day was going to be about us.

When it came to planning our big day my inspiration first started with the color palate. And the color palate first started with some shoes.

After knowing each other since middle school and through high school, Brandon and I were reunited at my 25th birthday.  Like any stylish 20-something I was dressed for the occasion and wearing some gorgeous teal heels; little did we know that birthday would be the beginning of something so special and those shoes would become a fond memory for us through our dating years.  So in honor of where we started, there was no question in my mind, I’d be walking down the aisle in gorgeous, show stopping teal heels.

In order to truly show case the heels I knew the dress would have to be shorter.  I also knew it would have to be a simple style, I wanted to wear the dress not have it wear me.  With the tea length dress there was no hiking it up or dragging it around the city and whenever the mood hit it gave me every opportunity to twirl and spin with delight.

 Our venue sort of just fell into our laps, and following suit in simplicity and practicality, we knew that it fit just right. We had been in downtown Seattle exploring courthouse options, but walking through metal detectors did not leave us feeling swept away by romance, and made it hard to envision myself feeling bridal while walking down such uninspiring halls.  After we left the courthouse we spontaneously decided to take a small sight-seeing trip to the Sky View Observatory of the Columbia Tower a few blocks away, the office building is the second tallest building on the west coast and has the highest viewing deck west of the Mississippi.  As we stepped off the elevators on the 73rd floor and looked around the Observatory suddenly the space just screamed “Wedding”! The 360 degree view was simply breathtaking and being so far above the bustle and craziness of downtown Seattle gave such a sense of serenity.  The space simply made perfect sense to us.

There was a theme of unexpected things falling perfectly into place while we planned our wedding, which seemed to reflect exactly how our friendship and relationship has been- unexpectedly and perfectly falling in love when the time was just right.

Photography: Alexandra Knight Photography | Flowers: Sal Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Oleg Cassini David's Bridal Collection | Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Ceremony: Sky View Observatory | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Tanya Joseph Hair & Makeup | Groom's Suit: Joseph Abboud | Portrait Session: Pier 62 & 63, Seattle Waterfront Park

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Elegant Seattle Wedding full of Classic City Details

At the hands of Sinclair & Moore, this black tie affair was artfully infused with a fresh burst of color. It’s a gorgeous rendition of Seattle city nuptials but with a twist on classic. The vibrant florals, the cityscape, the feasting in front of a weathered brick wall all come together through the lens of O’Malley Photographers. Have a look at one wildly good looking gallery right here.

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From O’Malley PhotographersWe have a gorgeous Pacific Northwest wedding planned and designed by the talented Sinclair & Moore team here to share with you! Todd and Kristi’s wedding was full of classic and elegant touches, exactly what they hoped their wedding would be. They opted for a classic and elegant wedding in downtown Seattle, but wanted their photos to also incorporate the gorgeous water and mountain views, something that is unique to Seattle. The slate grey, navy, smoky blue, coral and peach color palette was perfectly achieved with garden and spray roses, dahlias, clematis, sweet peas, raspberries and other unique natural elements. They chose Court in the Square to say their “I Do’s” at and new venue, AXIS, to host their reception. Both venues boast quintessential Seattle vibes with lots of brick, exposed wood and warm character. The bride and groom got ready at nearby Alexis Hotel, within walking distance to the historic Pioneer Square district where the ceremony and reception were held. They incorporated other special touches into their big day such as a touching tribute to their grandparents during the ceremony and a late night snack of wood-fired pizza (the bride’s favorite treat) to keep their guests fueled for dancing late into the evening. It was a beautiful and memorable day!

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Event Design: Sinclair & Moore | Floral Design: Sinclair & Moore | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Tallant House | Invitations: Spruce | Ceremony Venue: Court In The Square | Reception Venue: AXIS Pioneer Square | Hair: Cameron Kelly | Planning: Sinclair & Moore

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Warm Winter Wedding in Seattle

Seattle has always held a special place in my heart and this quirky, cool, winter wedding was the breath of fresh Pacific Northwest air I’ve been craving. Kirk Mastin perfectly captured this couple’s carefree style and laid-back city soirée. These two are clearly head over heals for each other and their joy is pretty darn contagious. You can join in the fun right here in the gallery.

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From the Bride… After 3 years, 2 states, 4 moves and a puppy, I couldn’t wait to get married to Chris! On Thursday evening January 3rd, 2013 he asked me to marry him – while I was queuing up Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. I said yes, in my pajamas. So much love.

Over the next year we moved 3 more times, added a new state to our address, found new jobs and planned a wedding we think reflects us.

Seattle seemed the perfect choice for a location; it’s where we met and most of our family/friends are there. We had no idea where to go from there. Have you ever googled “wedding venue”? Sensory overload. Chris found Skillet Street Food, burgers and fries, perfect! We drove up to Seattle one weekend and ate lunch at their restaurant – yummy. From there we found Melrose Market Studios from the preferred vendor list on Skillet’s website. Here was THE venue, we didn’t need to look at a another one. Both of us loved the exposed brick, concrete floor and how we could have both ceremony and reception in one place.

“OK” I’m thinking “we got this.” 8 months ’til the big day and we have the basics covered. Chris’s brother Nick would be the Best Man and my brother Jimmy would be the Man of honor. Perfect. Except people kept asking about colors and my dress and concept. What? Uh… Earth tones?

I have never planned a wedding, not even as a little girl, in my imagination. Nope.

I decided on pinecones for a theme. They are super cute, earth toned, and in the Pacific Northwest you can find all different shapes and sizes. My mom has boxes of old canning jars that were my grandmothers. Candles in mason jars and gold glittered pine cones, white table cloths with brown butcher paper runners, yes! Kat, my sister in sarcasm and an amazing chef offer to make our cake – chocolate with mocha frosting, drool!

I found my dress after a full day in bridal boutiques and vintage store, when I was about to give up someone suggested The English Department. There I found Elizabeth Dye and her perfect mix of classic lines built for real people! And it wasn’t white!

We found our photographer kind of haphazardly, but like everything else, he turned out to be perfect. My only request was to have at least one photo at Pike Place Market. Growing up in Seattle it holds so many memories and it’s just a really fun place. Kirk took this request to the next level. First look was on the lower landing, we went to Socio’s where we used to do all our produce shopping, and of course in front of the sign. He also suggested a big mural on Capital Hill, where 3 years earlier Chris had taken my photo when we were first dating. Like I said, perfect.

Fast forward to 6 weeks before the wedding. Things we don’t have: rings, suits for Chris and his brother (my brother wore a suit he already owned), officiate, flowers, music, hotel room, dog sitter, marriage license. Yikes! What we did have was amazing family and friends.

On January 5, 2014, a freakishly sunny dry day, surrounded by love so strong you could feel it, we were married.

Quite honestly this wedding planned itself. Everything just fell together, at the last possible moment. It was warm, inviting, filled with laughter, and a little quirky – just like us.

Photography: Kirk Mastin | Floral Design: LaVasser | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Ceremony Venue: Melrose Market Studios | Catering: Skillet Street Food | Grooms Attire: Collier | Accomodations: Inn At The Market | Groomsmen Attire: Collier | Location: Six Arms | Location: Socio's