Chris and Justine had been planning their Sole Repair Shop wedding for over a year by the time it arrived. We first connected in April of 2018 at which point I immediately fell in love with them and their vision. They first fell in love working on a play together in college, and since then their love has flourished over their shared love of the arts, Harry Potter, and their two perfect dogs.
Their vision for their day was urban romance. They knew that pretty much everything about them screamed city, so aside from the fact that the venue was within walking distance of their apartment, Sole Repair Shop is one of Seattle’s best urban venues. It is located in the heart of Capitol Hill, surrounded by the best bars and food spots.
While Justine was getting ready at a hotel down the street, I met up with Chris and his groomsmen for lunch at Pequitos, a Mexican restaurant steps from the venue. We wanted to capture their getting ready in a way that was more natural for them, and since they were getting dressed in their apartment and figured it wouldn’t take them that long to get suited up, it made more sense to do something fun before they got dressed! After lunch, I headed to Justine to meet her and her bridesmaids. They were ahead of schedule, which as most wedding professionals know, that is really rare. We were able to take the morning slow and soak up the last few minutes before heading to the venue.
Justine and Chris opted out of a first look, which resulted in one of the most special entrances I have seen. I was definitely in tears as was everyone in the room. It was a combination of knowing how long they had waited to get to this moment (~10 years), how unbelievably beautiful Justine looked, the venue’s staircase entrance (very epic), and Justine’s amazing song choice. I don’t think anyone wasn’t crying, even the vendors who had never met the couple later brought up to me how special of an entrance it was. One to remember : ).
After the reception, we whipped out some quick photos of the couple, their bridal party, family, and then we were off to party. The reception was filled with odes to Justin’e Filipino heritage, including some yummy deserts, and a filipino money dance. It was all around an amazing evening that was long awaited and even better than I could have imagined.
All of this is without mentioning the amazing vendors involved.