Jessica and Nick scheduled one of our fave kinds of portrait session…the anniversary session. Sure the wedding day has come and gone, but everyone totally deserves updated, adorable photos of themselves! Check out a couple super sweet shots.

Modern portrait photo session of couple in front of Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

Fun couple portrait photography session in Seattle, Washington.Lurve it!

A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. If you are looking to effective plan out your wedding day here’s a look at a typical wedding photo timeline from our point of view. We want to help make our clients planning of their big day super painless so when the fun rolls around they don’t miss a beat.

Sunset silhouette wedding portrait Seattle photographer.We encourage adding a little bit of time padding here and there, especially during the portrait part of the day. You never know when traffic may cause a snarl or a groomsman may leave his pants at home!Creative, modern wedding photographer ring shots.Here’s a look at a model time line:

1:15 Final touched of getting ready (60 mins)
2:15 First look and Bride and Groom portraits (45 mins)
3:00 Wedding Party portraits (45 mins)
3:45 Lipstick Break!
4:00 Family Portraits (30 mins)
4:30 Guest Arrival/Bride&Groom Prep (30 mins)
5:00 Ceremony (30 mins)
5:30 Cocktail Hour (60 mins)
6:30 Dinner (60 mins)
7:30 Toast, cake, first dance (30 mins)
8:00 Open dancing and party shenanigans (30-120 minutes)

Modern Seattle wedding photography by Laurel McConnell.When you make your own start with your ceremony time and work forward and backward from there. Voila! You’ve (pretty much) painlessly created a perfect wedding day photo timeline.

Sparkler exit Seattle wedding photography.

Sweet, sweet baby Press. Kirsten and Shane‘s bouncing baby boy arrived and man-oh-man is he a cutie! He just happens to be lucky enough to be born to some parents with serious style. This nursery is out of this word: hot air balloons, a polka-dot wall, and vintage children’s toys. Does this room come in our grown-up size? What a joy to photograph such sweet, beginning moments with these three!

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Thanks so much guys for welcoming us into your home and entrusting us to capture this most precious of times.

So remember how we were talking about beauteous rainy day wedding ceremonies? Well get ready, because the other side of that coin is rainy day wedding portraits (or any rainy day portraits for that matter). And man, oh, man do we have fun with portraits when the sky is drizzling. So much fun in fact that we use some of our rainy day back-up ideas when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.

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Emily and Kent are too cute for words. Their ‘Better Together’ travel-themed wedding day was one of the sweetest, love-filled, crazy good times we’ve ever had the honor of photographing. Emily and her mom designed the whole event and handmade many of the details, from the programs to the matchbooks. Everywhere you looked was evidence of the care and creation that went into making E&K’s day one-of-a-kind: matching getting ready robes for the bridesmaids, Kent’s hand stamped cufflinks, their globe ‘guestbook’, and the continental wedding cake to name a few. All of the dreaming, planning, and décor-making paid off big time, but the real treat was photographing the palpable joy that permeated their entire day.

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It seriously would not be able to pack any more love, fun, or creativity onto a single day. Good thing these two are linked up for a lifetime, congrats you guys!




Super Stellar Wedding Pros

Bridal Gown: J. Hjelm

Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison

Officiant: A Heavenly Ceremony

Venue: Sodo Park

Catering: Herban Feast at Sodo Park

Cake & Sweets: The People’s Cake  & Hive Five Pies

Floral: Finch and Thistle

Invites: Steracle

Music & DJ: Kitt Bender  & Integral DJs

Transportation: Big Woody Limos

Videographer: A Guy and A Girl

Sunglasses: Logo Lenses

In this hectic digital age of pixels and bytes prints and albums ARE the future. Your family and kids will pull them off the shelves decades from now to thumb through, admire, and probably laugh at (um, have you SEEN 80’s wedding photos?). We also believe that you should hold your digital archive for safe keeping and easy reference once we’ve made beautifully finished, professional prints and albums.

Archive drive from Laurel McConnell Photography.Our Fancy Pants Archive Drive includes the entire archive of a photography session or wedding. inside you’ll find an image care sheet with backup tips, professional quality lab resources, and a “personal Image Release License” for unlimited personal reproduction.

Digital negative archive drive from Laurel McConnell Photography.

Rain. It happens. Those of us from the Pacific Northwest are pretty accustomed to marching right along with the ever changing weather we live in; a few light layers of clothing and a rain jacket and we’re good to go. After all the trade off of dealing with a little rain is the gorgeous green that is right outside our doors. And what better place for a wedding ceremony than amongst the trees and fields and lakes and harbors we’re lucky enough to have in our backyards? Sometimes rain clouds shows up uninvited to the party and worrying about whether or not they’re going to open up on your big day can cause heart palpitations for even the coolest couples. Here’s the secret though…rainy day wedding ceremonies are no tragedy! Take a deep breath, grab an umbrella (or twenty), and a little drizzle can make for some of the sweetest, snuggliest, most beautiful ceremony moments (and photos).


Maureen and Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Old Chaser Farm is a perfect example! How pretty do all those umbrellas look against the green of Vashon Island?

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The key to a successful rainy day wedding ceremony is to be prepared. Having umbrellas on hand is always a good idea in our neck of the woods and Bella Umbrella has an unreal rental selection, so you don’t have to invest in a huge brelly collection.

A little insider trick of the trade, you know that little piece of fabric that wraps around the umbrella to snap it shut? Snap it together after you’ve opened your umbrella up and it won’t hang down where you can see it.

  1. You made my rainy day beautiful!!!! I'll never forget my wedding day and it was pouring. Thank you!!!! XOXO
    April 2, 2014  3:01 pm
  2. Cathleen Blackburn via Facebook said:
    Love the pics! Gorgeous umbrellas! Way to take the unplanned and make it phenomenal! Like you always do.
    April 2, 2014  8:11 pm