I have been fortunate to be able to photograph several weddings at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Everett WA the past couple years. In fact, one prior wedding was for Joe's older brother John. It was a honor to be able to work with Emily Rookstool and Joseph Kennedy in January. The weather was typical Pacific Northwest winter with rain and blustery conditions. That didn't dampen the spirits of this incredible couple, their families and friends.
Pre-wedding portraits of Emily and Joe.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Everett WA. Joe and Emily were fortunate to have long-time friend, Fr. Saguto from the FSSP marry them.
What a break! I had scouted this cool location near Anacortes WA for some creative bridal portraits and was excited to take Emily and Joe there for photos. When we left the church to make the 50 mile drive to the Transit Shed reception venue it was raining lightly. I'm thinking maybe portrait session could still happen if we moved quickly. About halfway in the drive the clouds unloaded in a torrential rainstorm. I tried to call Joe's chauffeur, best man brother Michael, to tell them that we likely will have to cancel the portrait shoot and head straight to the reception. The attempt to contact them failed as Michael's phone was turned off. Since I couldn't announce the change of plan I had meet them at the park where the shoot was to take place. As we drove to within 5 miles of the location the rain lightened up and on the final approach to Cap Sante Park had completely stopped. We had about a 15 minute window between rain squalls to capture Emily and Joseph enjoying a few quiet and loving moments together before heading to the lively reception.
Bridal portrait during a slight break in the rain storm. How's that for timing?
Time to party with friends and family at the Anacortes Transit Shed reception hall in Anacortes WA.