A Summer Wedding at The Admiral’s House in Seattle // Brett + Alex

When I first moved to Seattle and began to explore the different wedding venues in the area I made a bucket list of my dream venues to photograph a wedding, and a few weeks ago I got to knock one off of my list! Say hello to the glorious Admiral’s House. This quaint two-story home may just seem like your best friend’s childhood home at first, but hear me out. The property has the perfect spot for an outdoor garden ceremony and reception, the bride and groom can both get ready in the home, it’s located in the charming neighborhood of Magnolia, it has close access to some great spots for portraits nearby, the property is super secluded and has a private entrance, and let’s not forget about THE VIEW. The Admiral’s House looks over all of Elliott Bay including a perfect view of downtown, Mt. Rainier on a clear day, and a few neighboring islands. Not only is this venue ideal for photographing a wedding, it’s also a major crowd pleaser. So if you dreamed of a classic backyard wedding with style and charm or you love an amazing view not too far from the city, The Admiral’s House is calling your name!

Brett and Alex both grew up in the Seattle area and began their love story in the PNW. Together they moved down to Los Angeles to continue school and start careers, but when it came time to begin planning their wedding they both knew coming back home to celebrate with friends and family was the way to go. These two were married on a perfect summer day in Seattle. The summers in this city truly are impossible to beat! They started the morning off slowly enjoying spending time with their friends and prepping for the day. This part of the wedding day is one of my favorites – the details and moments during the getting ready process really set the tone for the day stylistically as well as the overall energy from the group! I always make sure I have at least an hour for this part of the day to get what I need and capture some fun candid moments.

Alex and Brett decided to do a first look (yay!) so that we could tackle all of their formal portraits before the ceremony even began. I’m a huge advocate of doing a first look so that we get the most of our time together, people are less stressed, and overall you get to enjoy more of your wedding day. Next we headed over to Discovery Park for some fun shots with the wedding party and before you know it we were back again lining up for the ceremony to start just as the sun began to tip behind the trees. The rest of the evening was relaxed and beautiful. From the toasts and great food to the dancing and gorgeous sunset, Brett and Alex’s wedding day in Seattle was unforgettable!

Our final moment of the night was the sparkler exit! Now if I’m being honest when I hear the phrase ‘sparkler exit’ I instantly get anxious. They’re harder to do than you’d think for a variety of reasons and it’s rare when they turn out the way you really want. But everything went completely as planned for this magical exit and it was a great ending to the night!

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds! Thank you for letting me be a part of your most special day.



Photography: Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Venue: The Admiral’s House

Coordination: Holly-Kate and Company

Florist: Seattle Flower Lab

Hair + Makeup: Anne Timss Bridal Makeup and Hair

Catering: City Catering

Photo Booth: Emerald City Photobooth