Monte Cristo Ballroom Wedding

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When  I stepped into the Monte Cristo Ballroom, I knew it was going to be a fantastic day. The main hall had so much energy with everyone buzzing around getting the wedding details just right. Sam stepped into her dress in the light-filled bridal suite. Her images near the window are most definitely among my favorites.

I met Cameron when I moved to Seattle almost three years ago. He talked about Sam all the time, and finally mustered the courage to propose on a getaway to New York City right in the middle of Union Station! Check out their engagement session, it's a good one. Needless to say, I was elated when they asked me to photograph their wedding.

The ceremony was held in front of the ballroom's fireplace, and it was timed to end when the sun went down. Candles were lit all over the room as the couple was surrounded by their closest friends and family. There were many happy tears and I have to confess that I shed a few myself. Fun fact: I cry at almost every wedding I photograph. Don't ask me to hold it together!

Following the ceremony, Sam + Cameron took the reception into their own hands as they visited every table to clink glasses, encouraged lots of laughter, and got the crowd chanting. That energy eventually made its way onto the dance floor, so be sure to check out those dance shots towards the end! And keep an eye out for the giant cut-out Sam made of her face for their photo booth. It was a huge hit and pretty dang hilarious!

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Venue / Monte Cristo Ballroom

Dress / Brides for a Cause - Maggie Sataro

Groom Style / Vera Wang

Florals / Marcelle Floral Design

Cake / Whole Foods (who knew you could order cakes there?!)

Video / Freestyle Productions