At Sodo Park’s open house, when we met with our day-of coordinator and our photographer, both of them asked us the same question: “Have you thought about where you want to have your wedding photos?”
OK, not really panic. It’s just not something I had given a lot of thought to (though I had thought about it a little bit). Since our wedding is getting closer every day, we’re getting to decision time.
My original plan had centered around doing our photos in Pioneer Square, which is brick lined and mostly lovely. (I say mostly because it’s a neighborhood in transition and there are both trendy art galleries and homeless shelters nearby.)
One problem (the major concern in my transportation post): the sports teams, or, more specifically, the fans.
Not who I want photobombing our wedding photos / From Camp666
So, change of plans. But to what?
Luckily for us, Photographer Krista and DOC Addie had an awesome idea: why not West Seattle?
Why didn’t *I* think of that?
West Seattle has a special place in my heart. I grew up there (I lived there until I was 10) and I have many fond memories associated with it. It has many beautiful locations and has the added benefit of being easy to get to from our hotel and our venue. Score.
But where in West Seattle?
Alki Beach came to mind immediately. I spent many a summer’s day there in my teenage years and the views are amazing.
Photo by Azzura Photography
Almost as soon as Alki entered my head, I vetoed it. September is basically Seattle’s best month of summer and Alki Beach gets crazy-crowded when the weather is nice. Plus, I want something a little more unique.
View from Salty’s on Alki / Photo by Azzura Photography
When I Googled the distance from the hotel to Salty’s on Alki (following my next line of thinking—a restaurant with a killer view), I noticed a little park that I’d never seen before. Curious, I did a Google image search and felt my heart (metaphorically) skip a beat.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Photo by Lauren Kahan Photography
Photo by Rhonda Porter
Photo by Rhonda Porter
Photo by Chas Redmond
Photo by GateKeeper50
This park, called Jack Block Park, offers the versatility of different backdrops within the same location. Plus, it has multiple gorgeous views of the city that holds my heart.
The park is less than 10 minutes from our venue (assuming no traffic, which is not always a good assumption) and less than 15 from our hotel (with the same assumption). That, my friends, is one of the reasons I love the city of my birth.
I know not everyone finds the beauty in the industrial/rustic/decaying architecture, but Sparky and I both do. Every time I look at these pictures (something I’ve been doing a lot since discovering this park) I feel the same butterflies-in-my-stomach excitement that I feel when I think about my wedding-day vision.
We’ll take pictures near Sodo Park, too, so that will be represented as well (and I’ll share some inspiration photos with you in a later post), but I think the majority of our wedding-party shots will be done here.
What do you think? Did I find a gem for our photo location? Did you happen to find anything that made you fluttery-excited like I did?
PS: Check out this blog post for more swoon-worthy pictures. I die.