Wedding: Kate & Rachel

The wedding of photographer Rachel Bayne (she shot this lesbian wedding) and her wife Kate is going to knock your socks off. I had been shown a lovely sneak peak of the photos a couple of months ago but it wasn’t until I received the selected images from the very talented Laurel McConnell that I understood the full impact of all those orange and turquoise details (colors inspired by a trip to the Caribbean).

From Laurel: I’ve been industry friends with Rachel for a few years now, so when she finally asked Kate to marry her, I was elated to be included in their day as the one in charge of documenting it all!! When a photographer chooses the one to photograph them on one of the biggest days of their lives, it’s a huge honor, and I was beyond excited for this celebration. And so began a whirlwind of planning, designing, and handcrafting nearly every single element you would see in their wedding, from the Save The Date magnets to the touch of color in the stitching on Rachel’s pants. These girls leaked pictures to me along the way of each of the things they were excited about I felt more included and wanted than you can imagine. When the day came for their sweet Camano Island nuptials, it was a visual wonderland of beachy bliss- orange and turquoise details were abundant and fun to discover as you traveled from the sweet (and hilarious!) ceremony among the driftwood on the beach to the whimsical garlands and hand cut place mats in the reception tent. Bingo kept the crowd engaged, while m&m’s provided a sweet snack between games. Portraits were so so fun with this rowdy group and full of eye candy for us to shoot- vintage parasols, driftwood bouts, striped socks, glammed up flip flops, and screen-printed ties were among some of the great personal details these gals chose for themselves and their wedding party. As the evening descended, Rachel and Kate let us whisk them away from the party for a few moments when the light got the sweetest, and we made some fun memories while making some sweet photographs in the fields as the sun was setting.

Lesbian Weddingstarfish place card / seating assignmentorange and white bouquetteal and orange bridesmaids dressesstarfish wedding

I know I said it before, but I have to say it again- it was an honor to photograph another photographer’s wedding, and one that was so heartfelt and personal, at that. This was my first time photographing two brides, so naturally, I was really nervous that I’d say the right things and make the right images. As the day drew to a close, our memories of their emotionally charged first look, wading through mud for just the right wedding party shot, falling face first in the field during bride and bride portraits, playing bingo with the guests, munching on the amazing sweets bar, experiencing Cougar Gold cheese for the first time (OMG! I have been missing out!), and the never ending trust we were given to make beautiful images for another wedding photographer and the love of her life left our camera cards and hearts full.

Event Credits

Attire: Ties: custom; Vests: Paul Frederick; flip flops: Etsy; bridesmaid dresses: Moms, Maids, and More Cakes and Dessert: Pure Bliss DessertsCatering: North Pacific CateringFlorist: Blush Custom FloralLocation: Camano Island, WAOfficiant: Rachel's brother, Steve Other: They hand-made the starfish ornaments which accompanied the escort cards. Rachel crocheted the ring bearer's boxes. Programs were fans. Save the Date magnets were ceramic calendars (also handmade. Kate is an art teacher, by the way!). Photography: Laurel McConnell PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Kate and Rachel!Venue: Kate's grandpa built the cabin on Camano Island!
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  1. Karen
    Posted Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Great colors — would not have put them together on my own, but they’re gorgeous together. The parasol photo — total whimsy and made me smile. Nice, nice photo shoot.

  2. Marley
    Posted Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    LOVE it all!! I’m so interested in how you made the ties! We’re getting married in Sequim (close to Camano Island) next summer and have the same color scheme too!

    • Posted Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Marley, Awesome that you’re using the same colors! Everyone (literally, everyone) has commented on how they love the colors together. As for the ties, I got them made at the most random website:

      The company is in Hong Kong but is totally legit and the ties got here relatively quickly and shipping was cheap. All I did was take our dahlia design and created a repeating pattern in Photoshop and uploaded it into their software. You can also just upload anything you want and use their software to adjust it. I wanted different sized dahlias so that’s why I made my own.

      If you don’t have a photographer already I’d love to shoot your wedding! Let me know if you’re interested:

      Thanks, Tracey, for posting our wedding!!! It was the most amazing day!

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