The sweet, sweet couple has an adorable story. They met at as teenagers at an annual Kansas Christmas party, but didn’t have their first date (which Molly didn’t know was a date:)) until 2009. Sparks flew and, after a few cross-country weekend trips, the rest is history. Their wedding details could have been scavenged, collected, and handmade by Martha herself. Collections of antique books and lace complemented split logs and burlap. Each table was uniquely dressed with fresh market flowers, unique wooden table numbers, brass candle sticks, turquoise birds, Ball jars and more. Candles glimmered from twisty-turvy tree branch arrangements. Surrounded by hilarious and sweet family and friends, Molly and John’s day was a perfect woodland affair tucked into Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. And that doesn’t even mention the unreal dance party (props included)!

Personal wedding details Sodo Park wedding by Seattle Photographer Laurel McConnell.Bride and groom in front of yellow school bus by Seattle Photographer Laurel McConnell.Vintage market collection decor for Sodo Park wedding by Seattle Photographer Laurel McConnell.Bridal party in Downtown Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park by Seattle Photographer Laurel McConnell.Desert table decor for Sodo Park wedding by Seattle Photographer Laurel McConnell.Bride and Groom sparkler exit at Sodo Park by Seattle Photographer Laurel McConnell.Photographing Molly and John’s wedding was a blast and we’re super excited that their rad day is featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book blog. Check it out here and make sure you click through to the full gallery. There is just too much goodness to miss it! Props to the incomparable Holly-Kate & Co for styling and coordinating an amazing event.

The other lovely wedding professionals who rocked Molly and John’s day include:

Wedding Venue: SoDo Park by Herban Feast , Floral Design: Amy Eller of Bloom, Catering: Herban Feast, Cake Topper: Cinnamon Birds, Invitations: Bella Figura, Cupcakes: Cake Envy, Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta via LaBelle Elaine, Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew & Nordstrom, Hair + Makeup: Erin Skipley, Rings: My Baubles, Musician: Alec Gross, DJ: Kris McCoskery of Wave Link, Linens: Choice Linens, Rentals: Glassybaby, Transportation: First Student School Bus


  1. very nice shots. i am very impress with these wedding photography.
    January 21, 2014  3:17 am

John’s senior session was so, so, so Seattle (can you count the number of neighborhoods we hit?) and so, so, so much fun!Senior session in Sodo Seattle neighborhood by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session in Seattle Sodo neighborhood by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session in Seattle Sodo neighborhood by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session on train tracks in Seattle Sodo neighborhood with skyline behind by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session on bridge in Seattle Beacon Hill neighborhood with freeway behind by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session in Seattle Fremont neighborhood at night by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session in Seattle Fremont neighborhood at night by photographer Laurel McConnell.Senior session in Seattle Fremont neighborhood at night by photographer Laurel McConnell.

  1. Karen Bowen Greenhow via Facebook said:
    So fun! Love the black and white with him on the ground. What a handsome guy with good taste I might add;) he know how to pic a photographer!
    March 1, 2013  10:53 pm
  2. These are great images. You have a lot here from downtown seattle senior portraits to indoor studio with a ringflash. I love the style. The best part is that you captured his personality in the photos.
    March 17, 2013  4:14 pm

Weeeeeeeeee! Ellen and Scott’s super awesome Four Seasons wedding is featured in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Seattle Bride Magazine. Run to your newsstand (do we still have those?) and grab your copy.

Spoiler: Oh you think that’s just an average everyday ice sculpture? Nope, it’s actually an ice luge. Yeah, we know.

Four Seasons wedding feature in Seattle Bride Magazine photographed by Laurel McConnell.

 sweet bride and groom snuggling on a rock bench at Roche Harbor

Abe and Lindsay’s engagement story is quite possibly the most adorable tale ever told. Visiting a friend in Paris, Lindsay was on her way to check the famed love lock-covered Pont Des Arts off her her sights-to-see list. As she approached the bridge she noticed a familiar figure standing amongst the couples locking symbols of their undying love to the bridge and pitching the keys into the water below. Abe had secretly flown across countries and an ocean to propose to her amidst thousands of strangers’ symbols of love. They left their own promise locked to the wrought iron and then had the fringe benefit of being in the most romantic city in the world.

Their big day was equal in adorableness overload. They started by picking the perfectly Pacific Northwest Roche Harbor Hotel venue. All of the natural bay-side surroundings–towering trees, blue water and skies covered in puffy white clouds, docks, and sailboats–were emphasized and reflected in their nautical decor. The iconic navy and white sailor stripes (fittingly originated by 19th century French sailors) peeped into the day repeatedly: in the invitation liner, around floral arrangements, topping signature mojitos as flags, worn by the bridesmaids as shawls, across the tables, and as part of the escort card display.  A “Message in a Bottle” take on the guest book was flanked by a model ship and a shadowbox filled with boating knots. The guests ate oyster shooters and Abe and his groomsmen even wore boat shoes!

Beautiful anchor and oar elements acted as a classic part of the nautical vision and served, among other things, as a graphic design element for the programs and the escort card display. The incredibly impressive floral arrangements perfectly show cased the colors of the day and partnered with and emphasized the ribbon-covered chair backs and entry to the ceremony site. And we haven’t even mentioned the crazy-rad chalkboard-esque menu cards, the gorgeous letterpress maps, and the ice cream (Lindsay’s favorite!) dessert truck complete with toppings buffet. But the sweetest gem of the day were the keys. As a nod to their super sweet first promise of forever, Lindsay and Abe hid keys throughout their day. Whether tied to Lindsay’s bouquet, tucked amongst ceremony ribbons, strewn like Easter-eggs in the grass, each key their guests spotted was an exciting little, heart-warming treasure.

>>>Real quick… wanna see their cute Seattle engagement pictures? There’s ice cream… and wooden boats… see the whole story here or hop on over to our Facebook page for a couple of highlights!

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!!!! We’re not the only ones who are super excited about Lindsay and Abe’s gorgeous’ day!!! To see more images and to hear from the bride herself, check out their Real Weddings feature on Junebug Weddings!
Seattle Wedding Photographer Laurel McConnell feature on Junebug Weddings blog.
(Psst, make sure you click through to the Real Wedding Library for all the juicy deets.)
We loved, loved, loved working with all these wedding professionals whose creative brains and hard work made this wedding happen!
Event Planner: All The Flutter
Ceremony Venue: Roche Harbor -Sunken Garden
Reception Venue: Roche Harbor -Seaside Lawn
Photographer: Laurel McConnell Photography with Catherine on second camera
Officiant: Pastor Brian Turnbull (get this, he used to be their landscaper! gotta love a personal connection, right?!)
Invitation Designer: Ephemera Custom Letterpress
Catering: Roche Harbor
Mobile Food Truck: Parfait Ice Cream
Rehearsal Dinner: Cask & Schooner
Details/Signage: Heathoriginal
Floral Designer: Fleurish
Cake Designer: Cake’s By Felicitations
Lighting: Green Light Event Design
Linens and Coverings: All The Flutter, Pedersen’s
Mobile Restroom: Royal Restrooms
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Bridal Accessories: Sash – Vera Wang, Jewelry – Nordstrom
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Dress and Scarf – J. Crew, Shoes – Banana Republic, Jewelry – Nordstrom
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Suits – Calvin Klein, Shoes – Sperry
Hair and Makeup: Bride – erin skipley, Bridal Party – Afterglow
Live Music: Ceremony – Windsong Classical Trio, Reception – Freddy Pink
Transportation: Kenmore Air
Favors: Welcome Totes from Kaye Rachelle Designs
Rings: Bride – Seattle Diamonds, Groom – EE Robbins
  1. Megan Clark said:
    I kind of just died a little bit....LOVE these shots!!!!! Faboosh!
    February 22, 2013  1:00 pm
  2. Lindsay Thome Saeed via Facebook said:
    Thanks Laurel!!
    February 22, 2013  4:08 pm
  3. And also a big shout out to my homie Catherine Abegg for rocking second camera. Mad props to this mad talent!
    February 22, 2013  4:33 pm
  4. I love these nautical weddings. Seattle is the perfect location for a wedding of this type. Im so thankful i came across your work it is fantastic.
    March 17, 2013  4:16 pm

Today I’m writing about a very very special celebration. It was a a sweet June afternoon that I was honored to capture these people and their love. While it’s a celebration of love, adoration, family, and friends, I’m also extremely excited to share it with you because:

  1. today is the very first day in the history of Washington state where love between same sex couples is legally honored
  2. this is the wedding of my image editor/production gal and one of my very best friends, Lily
Lily and Michelle met in a film and media production class in college. Over a decade later, M is in the video production industry, and Lilipants still has a passion for classic film photography when she’s not working with me on my clients’ images. They’ve waited long enough and couldn’t wait a day more until marriage equality Referendum 74 passed, so they celebrated with their closest friends and family in a very intimate farm-style wedding. Among vintage napkins and succulents hugged by old crates and antique silver cups, we cheered, cried, toasted, ate wood fired pizza, played lawn games, and sampled desserts from their favorite bakery. We photographed til our little hearts were full of lovely love images; you see, half of the guests were photographers themselves! Toy cameras, vintage film cameras, modern digital cameras, Instagram, and funky lenses were EVERYWHERE. It was a love celebration truly inspired by their personalities and relationship. The classic photobooth was a huge hit and an absolute must- Lil and Michelle have been collecting photo strips of themselves for years and love to hunt out the dated little cabins of photo fun when on vacation and strolling through their beloved Seattle.
Without further ado, I invite you to take a browse through some of our favorite images from their sweet day.

Details of blue wedding pumps and converse.

Don’t you love Michelle’s detailed blazer? They found it on one of their trips to Vancouver where they love to shop the unique boutiques together. And Lily’s dress was designed by one of (both of our) favorite designers, Eva Franco.

brides putting on necklaces in a funny getting ready photos at a farmhouse wedding in seattle

Romantic black and white bridal details.

Sweet black and white bridal portrait of lesbians in a farm house

Black and white candid of couple playing at their wedding.blonde bride with coral sweater in a turquoise doorway wearing a short wedding dressLush pink, orange, and white bouquet with green details.

Lily’s bouquet was AMAZING. Peppered with succulents, peonies, and tied with some fun chevron ribbon, one of our favorite florists, Anne Bradfield, was given a few choice ideas and creative control and couldn’t have been more spot-on. Lily loved it! Don’t you?

Super sweet candid bridal portrait of lesbian wedding celebrating referendum 74 and marriage equalityPhotographer and videographer brides.These cameras are not just trendy wedding props, these are tools of their trades.Romantic portraits of lesbian couple on their wedding day.Portraits of brides on their wedding day.Sweet wedding portrait of lesbian brides.Details of personalized wedding details.Vintage camera wedding detail.After portraits, we all migrated from the farm house to the ceremony field. This property wasn’t just any ol farm house in a field, it’s where Sarah, Anna, and Julia spent some of their childhood. As some of Lily’s best friends, they sang and played the cello and guitar. Their melodic voices accompanied by the tones of the guitar and deep notes from the cello were so beautiful, I wish you could have been there. Through tears of love and joy, another great friend and fellow photographer, Sandy Coan, sang between chords on her ukelele. Their snazzy friend Justin led the ceremony, and boy was that a treat (this guy is HILARIOUS!!!! Probably the best ceremony ever, but I may be a little partial).

guests walking down to the wedding ceremony in a field

Seattle summer farm wedding.Candid reception moments of Seattle June wedding.Seattle acoustic wedding musicians.Brides exchanging rings celebrating marriage equality.Adorable brides kiss during their wedding ceremony.

celebrating a lesbian wedding, guests are happy and full of love

So many smiles as they sealed their ceremony with a kiss. What a beautiful moment.

Now for a little celebration! Lily and Michelle hunted and gathered the cutest details for their wedding from antique stores ranging from Snohomish to Seattle. Flowers were arranged by Lily’s stepmother, and friend and fellow wedding photographer Sharlane planted the succulents.Vintage forks and handmade mason jar name tags.Adorable, minimalist, woodland wedding table decor.

vintage wedding napkins for DIY decor at a farm wedding

Wedding reception menu of handmade pizza being enjoyed.Wood fired pizza. ZOMG. If only I could transport back to this day in June for lunch today.

French pastry wedding dessert.

Polaroids of wedding portraits.Personal bridal details.Detail of wedding guest attire.Besalu in Ballard. French pastries for the win. Go there, and you’ll thank me afterward.Real men wear bowties. And pacifiers.Candid portraits of guests at wedding reception.Barbie brought her Bluebird and Polariod. If you can’t tell, we pretty much geeked out all day while guests mingled and played croquet. It was awesome.Wedding reception yard games.

guests having fun in the photobooth and playing croquet and laughing during a self portrait

Beautiful wedding portrait of brides in a field.

Congratulations you guys. I’m super honored to have been picked to photograph your weddding… I mean, you know SO many awesome photographers! I feel so lucky and full of happiness for you both. Your wedding was so beautiful, personal, and came together so well. Now, what are we going to wear for the big legal ceremony this Sunday?!?!?! Can’t wait!!!!!!

Lily and Michelle’s wedding was brought to you by:

Photographers: Laurel McConnell (all images here), Barbie Hull, Sandra Coan

Venue: The Landa Farm

Music: The Landa girls and Sandra Coan

Officiant: Justin Funnyman

Food: Veraci Pizza

Dessert: Besalu

Photobooth: 321 Foto

Personal Bouquet: Anne at Floressence

Table decor: Sharlane, Marty, and Lily

Tables: Seattle Farm Tables


  1. Katy Moran via Facebook said:
    December 6, 2012  4:20 pm
  2. What a FUN day shooting with Barbie Hull, Sandra Coan, listening to Sarah Landa and her sisters sing, playing with 321 FOTO | photo booth rentals, and admiring the work of Anne's Floressence succulent and peony bouquet! Congrats Lily West and Michelle!! Pretty sure it couldn't have been any more amazing.
    December 6, 2012  4:20 pm
  3. Carlos Ruiz via Facebook said:
    Wow what an awesome wedding. GREAT choice for a venue and the decorations looked great (damn fine looking couple).

    The pictures were amazing!
    December 6, 2012  4:22 pm
  4. Wonderful, fun, whimsical and just plain delightful images! Congratulations to this gorgeous couple.
    December 6, 2012  4:24 pm
  5. Cayley said:
    Now did you make Lily edit her own photos too!?! What a great day for equality!
    December 6, 2012  4:41 pm
  6. Heather Pearce Campbell via Facebook said:
    Darling!!! Love it.
    December 6, 2012  6:18 pm
  7. Gerri Anderson-Epley via Facebook said:
    Every part of this album made me smile! Washington Voters...Thank you for choosing LOVE!!!!
    December 6, 2012  8:48 pm
  8. Tana D said:
    Perfect ~ beautiful ~ touching. Absolutely love this whole series!! Congratulations to Lily!!
    December 13, 2012  9:29 pm
  9. Rachel Bayne via Facebook said:
    December 16, 2012  12:48 pm
  10. Rob Holley said:
    Love the use of a tilt/shift lens. Great work.
    January 4, 2013  8:52 am
  11. Rob Holley said:
    So well done it is stunning. Great work.
    February 1, 2013  6:27 am

Yep, that’s right. Blink your eyes again and the title of this post STILL says it: You can book me for your wedding at 80% off while granting final wishes at Get Hitched Give Hope on November 8th!!!

Here’s how it works: Get your ticket to Get Hitched Give Hope right now, and study up on the incredible wedding services and items that are up for bid. Arrive early to scout out WHERE the stuff is that you want to bid on, whether it is in the raffles, silent auction, or live auction. Silent Auction opening bids (which is where I am) begin at 20% of the retail value so you’re bound to get some amazing deals on top-notch wedding goods and services! Since GHGH is a charitable event and put on by volunteers, you can rest assured that what you pledge will be used well to grant wishes.

And what am I donating? Boy am I glad you asked!!!

Phenomenally Fantastic Wedding Photography :: Looking for a fun, fashionable, and magazine-worthy style? Laurel has got a passion for creating rockin’ portraits while capturing moments as they happen. Her style is fabulously photojournalistic plus a dash of fashion, and her outgoing and fun personality will set you at ease. Here’s what’s included: a pre-wedding Getting To Know You Consultation, 6 hours of wedding day photography by Laurel herself, a sneak-peek Facebook album of highlights, a private Big Screen Reveal in Laurel’s studio, and a proofing website for sharing and ordering. Want something more? You can also use the value of this package toward any other package or service the studio offers. Retail value: $3000 big ones, although bids will start at $600. Unavailable (already booked) 2013 dates will be listed at the silent auction.


Styled shoot for Get Hitched Give Hope in vintage circus style. This bride is blowing glitter toward the camera under a red and white circus tent.

Want to see more from our sparkly, popcorn-y, elephant-y Vintage Circus-inspired ad shoot?? >> Click here<<

 The important stuff, at a glance:

WHAT: Step right up to the 5th Annual Bridal Auction & Gala, where you can get gorgeous goods for your wedding while giving back! Brides, grooms, & guests will indulge in sips and sweets while they shop for fabulous wedding goods and services, mingle with some of Seattle’s hottest wedding vendors, and give to a great cause. We’ll have amazing appetizers, raffles, auctions, a dance party and surprises, so put on your party shoes!

WHEN: The evening of Thursday November 8th, 2012 at 6 o’clock

WHERE: The fabulous Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

WHO: Seattle’s hottest and most giving weddings pros and YOU, the brides & grooms and fun folk of Seattle

WHYTo get gorgeous goods for your wedding while giving back.  Help us raise $100,000 on our 5th anniversary; YOU can grant wishes simply by attending and bidding!

HOWBuy tickets here and you will be entered into a special drawing at the door!  Note: Ticket prices increase at the door, so get yours now while they’re still piping hot and you’re entered into a very special “advanced ticket buyer” drawing.

CAN’T COME TO THE CIRCUS? You can donate online to help us deliver dreams.

Please join us to toast to this wonderful cause that celebrates life and love and the fabulous spirit of giving! It’s an evening not to be missed, where the most stylish way to give . . . is to get!

If you have any questions about the event, our organization, or my auction item, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below and I’ll try my best to answer them for you!

I’ll see you there!!!  >>>>GET MY TICKETS NOW<<<<


Jessica and Nick took an afternoon off from planning and prepping their Vail wedding for a sweet and cuddly Woodinville winery engagement session. Wine grape vines, wrought iron fences, and a bad ass black and white striped Bella Umbrella pagoda-style umbrella gave the whole affair a touch of Parisian flair. Congratulations to the charming couple, on what is sure to be a ridiculously cute life together!Engagement photo of couple in woods in Woodinville, WA winery.Detail of bride and groom at Washington winery in their pre-wedding session by Seattle Wedding Photographer.Oooh-la-la!Playful couple preparing for their wedding at Seattle area winery wedding.Couple kissing at Woodinville winery for pre wedding photography.Bride and groom embracing during engagement session at Washington winery .Personal and unique engagement session wardrobe details.Bonjour purple shoelaces. You make feet (and photographers) happy.Seattle wedding photographer engagement session at Woodinville, WA winery.Engagement session in Seattle area winery with Bella Umbrella detail.Sweet couple with Bella Umbrella during engagement session at winery.Couple holding hands on train track near forested area of Seattle area winery.Adorable overload.Bride and groom embracing Woodinville, Washington winery during engagement photos.All this romantic French-y loveryly-ness and we didn’t even have to trek the 5,000 miles.

  1. Joshua Clark via Facebook said:
    Nice work! I dig that umbrella!
    September 18, 2012  2:31 pm
  2. Carol Harrold via Facebook said:
    September 18, 2012  2:50 pm
  3. Holger Kessen via Facebook said:
    Great pics!
    September 19, 2012  2:33 am
  4. Yo,

    That second last pic is epic. 'Nuff said.

    October 5, 2012  11:01 pm
  5. April said:
    Which winery is this? I LOVE these pictures! :) Are they all from the winery, including the train tracks?
    June 4, 2013  3:34 pm

Oh hey. We’re suuuuuuper excited to have been selected as one of the “People and Places To Know” when planning a Seattle wedding in the national Brides Magazine!! There’s a whole lot of blushing going on over here at being recognized with a bunch of wedding professionals we love and admire. August 2012 Brides Magazine.

Pardon us while we do a happy dance.

Shout out to the other party peeps featured:
Sodo Park, The Northern Lights Dome Room, The Corson Building, Georgetown Ballroom, Bella Luna Farms, Kiana Lodge, and 215 Westlake.

Gown Salons:
Luly Yang, Cicada Bridal, and La Belle Elaine’s.

True Colors Events, Steven Moore Designs, Bow Tie & Bustle, Solomon Events, and Invisible Hostess.

New Renaissance Cakes, Jenny Cookies, Tallant House, and The People’s Cake.

Invitation Designers:
Brown Sugar Design, The Pike Street Press, and Hobson House Design.

Willow and Bloom, McKenzie Powell, The Flower Suite, and Marigold and Mint.

James Moes, Michele M. Waite, and One Love Photo.

Lisa Dupar and Company, Skillet Street Food, and Ravishing Radish.



  1. Mindy Rowser via Facebook said:
    You Rock!
    September 11, 2012  4:43 pm
  2. Melissa Hogenson via Facebook said:
    Hey! Lookie there!
    September 11, 2012  5:37 pm
  3. Hillary said:
    Yeah!!!!! U are one cool lady!!!! Congrats for all your hard work laurel!
    September 11, 2012  5:58 pm
  4. Heya from downunder - from another photographer who goes by the name of McConnell. Congrats on your success - I've been following your work for a while and like the fresh, vibrant style you have.

    September 12, 2012  1:37 am

While gallivanting around Ballard, Ashley, Nick, their cute little pooch, and I stumbled across this super adorable chalk drawing. How could we not resist??!

fun hip engagement shoot in ballard blue and red

For more from this shoot, pop on over to our Facebook page to see what we’ve been shooting this summer!!!!

  1. Matt Haines said:
    Wouldnt that be funny if some other photographer was just posing their couple there, and had drawn that on the wall? That's vey cute and I might pack some chalk next time I've got an urban e-shoot.
    August 29, 2012  6:29 pm