I knew early on that Kristin & Sam’s Golden Gardens Bathhouse wedding was going to be fantastic because we all had so much in common.
Kristin and Sam’s story of how they started dating is similar to mine and Allie’s. Kristin had liked Sam for a while and kept wanting to hang out, without Sam quite realizing that Kristin was interested in him. Similarly, I would always try to spend time with Allie, without her noticing my full intention. It was fun to hear their story, and I am honored to have been selected to document the continuation of their love story.
I also felt a kinship with Kristen and Sam as they are both artists. Kristen works as a project designer for an architecture design-build firm (I have profound, appreciation as I retried from that industry) and Sam is also an artist. Together, they designed a creative wedding invitation that looked more like a rad concert poster for an indie band.
Their wedding was at the gorgeous Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Ballard. It was one of the nicest days of the year and it seemed as if everyone in Seattle showed up for the wedding uninvited. A few brave beach-going wedding crashers tried their luck at the reception – perhaps they wouldn’t have been immediately spotted and escorted out by the groom’s mother had they bothered to put on a shirt? They didn’t even last an entire dance song. It seemed like the rest of the Golden Gardens crowd were enviously lured by the smell of the freshly baking wood-fired pizza on the patio – only to disappointedly discover it was for a private event. Honestly, I pity them, because I still reminisce about the deliciousness of that pizza.
The toasts from dear friends, family, and their once shared employer, were a highlight of the evening. The words beautifully summed up both Kirstin and Sam as individuals, and also their relationship. Some slightly embarrassing antidotes, and a few funny memories, but all stemming from a heartfelt place. If I hadn’t already admired this couple, the toasts certainly left me with the strongest respect for them. I feel honored to be invited to share this day with them.
Late into the evening, we snuck out of the reception to soak up a few lasting moments of the sunset. Beyond placing them in the best light, I didn’t even need to provide any direction for photos. They perfectly feel into each others arms. With such ease and a natural connection they enjoyed a quiet moment while I simply took photos around them.
Please and enjoy Kristin & Sam’s Golden Gardens Bathhouse wedding story.