Salama Wedding on 5/29/17 at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel – Same Day Edit

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“Really enjoyed working with you.  Thank you again for making our day so memorable”

One of our first outings from the 2017 “wedding season”, the Salama wedding is absolutely gorgeous from start to finish and remains one of our most visually stunning videos we’ve done. Opening up with a breathtaking view of Seattle, our drone operator soars the camera over the Sound as it approaches the big wheel on the pier. For natives and lovers of Seattle, there’s no denying its beauty as the city rises up from the water to meet the sky. On a gorgeous, spring day, there’s no beating the views.

With the official ceremony held at the magnificent St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, the reception at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and photos down by Lake Union, Joanna and Michael’s wedding was quite the day! Starting off with getting ready, Michael’s speechless response to Joanna’s letter for him was the first indicator that the two were more than ready for their big day.

Their first look, set against the hotel’s towering windows in The Garden Room, is just another reminder of how beautiful your wedding day can be with proper planning. The entire bridal party soon joined in with more photos, smiles, and even a surprise FaceTime visit. Hopping into a sleek Ferrari, the bride and groom headed off for the monumental St. Mary’s (enhanced by our jaw-dropping drone footage) to have a traditional Coptic Orthodox wedding.

Truly spectacular both inside and out, the church is one of our favorite locations to shoot at with its iconic orange domes and its paintings and icons. The entire ceremony, along with a packed church, is a sight to behold because it is so unlike any wedding you’ve seen, unless of course you are Coptic Orthodox then this is nothing too surprising. But for most other people—especially Seattleites—this is a rare occasion to witness the ceremonies of an entirely different culture.

Following the ceremony, Joanna and Michael hopped back in the Ferrari that would shuttle them down to Lake Union for some photos in the sun. It was a spectacular day as everyone was out and about, swimming and frolicking in the May weather with everything in bloom.

The reception back at Fairmont Olympic Hotel was an extravagant affair with hundreds of people, a massive gold-crusted cake, and plenty of partying and dancing. The Spanish Ballroom serves as a superb event space with tons of space for dancing, and an elegant design that certainly adds a bit of class and regency to your big day.

What made this wedding particularly special was the fact that their wedding highlights video was edited and shown the same day as their wedding! Joanna and Michael had guests attending from all over the world and wanted to give them a firsthand glimpse of their wedding highlights before the reception was even over. Shortly following their first dance, Reid finished up edits on the highlight video and shared it for the first time in front of the bride, groom, and the rest of their family and friends. It was a hit!

We loved shooting bride and groom Joanna and Michael’s big day. A uniquely cultural service combined with decadent tastes make for a superb day as is, but when you toss in some of the best weather Seattle has to offer and there’s not a chance in the world that you can’t fall in love with the city. Thank you and congratulations to the bride and groom!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Photographer – Jenn Tai

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