Modern wedding photographer in Seattle

Vanessa & Phil had one of those weddings that makes me feel so lucky to do this work. They are a beautiful couple, inside and out, and the energy from the two of them and their friends was just wonderful throughout the day.

They got ready at the Westin in downtown Chicago, and one of my favorite moments of the day was when Vanessa teared up while writing a letter to Phil:
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It’s hard to beat a flower girl who adorably decides to try on the bride’s shoes.flower-girl-tries-on-brides-shoes bride-pulls-on-wedding-dress creative-Seattle-wedding-photographer candid-Seattle-wedding-photographer top-Seattle-wedding-photographer bride-and-sister-candid-moment groom-and-friends-get-dressed smiling-groom-receives-present badass-groomsmen-vanity-fair-shot bride-arrives-at-church catholic-church-exterior Seattle-hispanic-wedding-photographer groom-cries-seeing-bride wide-shot-of-bride-walkin-down-aisle groom-greets-father-of-the-bride emotional-groom-and-bridesmaids groom-wipes-away-tear bride-and-groom-at-catholic-ceremony traditional-catholic-wedding-ceremony priest-blesses-wedding-ceremony

This was my first time shooting at Notre Dame de Chicago, and the priest there is sweet and hilarious, in a dad joke kind of way. He also told us photographers to go wherever we needed to for the best shots – including (discretely) behind the couple on the altar. This is a rare treat! I never do this unless it is ok with the officiant.wedding-ceremony-ring-exchange beautiful-catholic-wedding mexican-wedding-photographer-in-Seattle crying-bridenotre-dame-de-chicago-weddingtraditional-Seattle-wedding-photographerepic-wedding-exit-photos

Phil and Vanessa’s reception took place at Monte Bello Estates. The grounds there are lush and gorgeous – a total dream for portraits.
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Vanessa wore the most beautiful, custom made veil I’ve seen, and it was pretty cool that she kept wearing it through the reception and even well into the dance floor party!bride-with-killer-dance-movesbest-Seattle-wedding-photographergroom-candid-laughterhappy-bride-on-dance-floorsunset-wedding-portraituregroom-grabs-the-garterunique-mexican-wedding-traditions

I love this epic shot by my second shooter, Olu, of Phil’s friends hoisting him in the air and carrying him around the room!best-wedding-photojournalismgroom-and-friends-sing-and-drink-togetherwedding-party-dance-circlelate-night-dancing-at-weddingepic-sparkler-exitWedding Team:

Ceremony Venue: Notre Dame de Chicago

Reception Venue: Monte Bello Estate

Planning: Jena Warren of An Affair to Remember

Videography: Allison & Tyler of Happy Camper Weddings

Flowers: Dahlia Blooms

Guitar: Salcedo Flamenco

DJ: Luniks Entertainment

Mariachi: Mariachi Angeles de Puebla

Photography: Liz Lui Photography

Assistant Photographers: Olu Akintorin of Olujr Photography and my husband, Herman Lui

 

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