Saturday, December 13, 2008

Golden Gardens Wedding

Megan and Ian were married on a sunny September day at Golden Gardens Bathhouse on the picturesque Ballard waterfront. They are an amazing couple and their celebration was truly one big love fest surrounded by friends and family who traveled from all over the country to be with them. Their inspiration was a relaxed yet elegant Irish pub with amazing food and drink, live music and cheer! There are so many details I want to share about their day...

Photos compliments of the fabulous and stylish Laurel McConnell Photography.


Earlier this year I blogged about Megan and Ian's wedding plans and engagement shoot with Laurel. Laurel made the adorable save the date postcard pictured below which set the tone for their beach celebration. Having the wedding on the Ballard waterfront was important. They have a home there and love the character and history that it brings. I grew up just a minute or two from the beach myself and it is a special area.


Megan and her bridal party stayed at the Edgewater Hotel, an idyllic Northwest retreat. Erin Skipley gave the girls a flawless look with airbrush makeup and Bella Rugosa created stunning lush bouquets to fit Megan's natural style and pair with their chocolate brown J Crew dresses.


Ian and his guys opted for a classic preppy look with khaiki pants and navy blazers and met up at the Bathhouse along with the couples two adorable dogs to grab some fun shots before the girls arrived.


Megan and Ian's dogs played an important part of their ceremony. I am a HUGE dog person as well and couldn't help sharing these adorable photos!


How Megan and Ian came to meet their wonderful officiant, Rich Sclafani, is a heart warming story. Megan is an obstetrician and delivered Rich's first child just a couple weeks before. Megan had not yet found an officiant and it was an instant connection for them. Rich gladly accepted the role to marry them and incorporated the story into their ceremony.


Fellow Ballard native and uber talented designer Julie Borrud of Bella Rugosa transformed the Bathhouse with gorgeous pucca shell chandeliers, a lounge area with comfy day beds, coffee tables and tons of chunky bar candles and bright orange floral candles paired with BBJ Linens apple green bengaline table linens and fruitwood chivari chairs.


Organic caterer Herban Feast created a delicious summer menu featuring their signature sweet potato and dungeness crabcakes, summer caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, couscous and wild salmon fillets that the chef grilled just outside the Bathhouse doors.


Rather than a traditional wedding cake Megan and Ian opted for strawberry rhubarb tarts made by Herban Feast that melted in your mouth.


Megan and Ian love Irish music so when it came time to find a band I looked no further than Kell's Pub in Post Alley where my husband and I like to grab a pint at. Ockham's Razor, Seattle's hard stompin' Irish folk band, is a regular at the pub and were the perfect match for the mood and energy of the wedding. From beautiful acoustic ballads to rocking songs everyone did a little jig to, they were a huge hit.


They had a young fan who couldn't get enough dancing!


Congratulations Megan and Ian. It was an honor to be part of your incredible day.



ceremony and reception venue Golden Gardens Bathhouse
photographer Laurel McConnell Photography
caterer and dessert Herban Feast Catering
wine Seattle Wine Outlet
beer Hale's Ale's Brewery
officiant Rich Sclafani
ceremony musicians and reception band Ockham's Razor
floral, decor, soft seating and chandeliers Bella Rugosa
linens BBJ Linen
fruitwood chivari chairs ABC Rentals
save-the-date Laurel McConnell Photography
invitations Wedding Paper Divas
on-site hair and makeup Erin Skipley of Bellatrix Studio
guest accommodations and getting ready hotel Edgewater Hotel
bridal gown Something Blue Boutique - located in LaConnor, Wa. A beautiful one hour drive north of Seattle.
bridesmaids dresses J Crew
wedding rings Green Lake Jewelry Works


  1. You did such a fantastic job planning, down to each and every detail, I had SO many great details to shoot and we all had so much fun!! The day went fabulous, can't wait to work with you again! (and I think Megan loves you lots too- they even chose some pictures of you for their album!!!)

  2. Love, love, love the photography and EVERYTHING looks great. Nice work!

  3. Hey Michelle! Thanks again for your kind words. It was such a pleasure working with you! All the hard work you put into planning this lovely evening was seen through and through. I appreciate the link and hope I can return the favor. And I also hope to have the great privileged of working with you again in the future! Take care!

  4. Stunning photography and this wedding looks so romantic and wonderful!

    After me and my fiance celebrated our 10th anniversary recently ad he surprised me with a gorgeous diamond necklace from we went to look at our old wedding photos and it reminded us of Megan's and Ian's wedding.

    We would want to renew our vows to have our wedding all over again and have photos of us taken as glamorous as these!

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    A truly spectacular wedding. There is something so romantic about a brick building, and then sand to step on just outside!
    And the pictures of the sweet dogs....that was the icing on the post!

  6. Michelle, you are a master!! I loved, loved working with you. All the perfect details were courtesy of you. Thanks for putting up with a very "non-bride" bride...I would have been lost without you!

  7. What a great looking wedding! I just adore the idea of strawberry rhubarb tarts. So cute! So charming!

  8. Wow!! That looks amazing!!! Here's some info for the honeymoon. If you're interested...