During a special weekend getaway back in May, Leah and Max ventured down to explore San Francisco, where Max was born. After the first full day of site-seeing, he couldn’t stop talking about how happy he was to be there, how cool the city was, and how glad he was that Leah was with him. Leah didn’t really think much of all his antics, but immediately upon returning to their room, Max got down on one knee and promised to spend the rest of his life with her, if she would be his wife. Without hesitation, she said yes.
In addition to traveling together, Leah and Max enjoy so many different activities, from crabbing and fishing in the Puget Sound (they brought fishing rods to their engagement session), to karaoke (which is how they first met), to cheering on the 49ers and Red Sox. (Raise your hand if you think I should have charged them a fee for not being Hawks and M’s fans! Hehe.) 😉 They have chosen to be partners in life, and appreciate the qualities that help keep them together, such as Max’s humor and cooking skills, and Leah’s determination and compassion.
It was these traits (well, minus the cooking) that I saw play out on their wedding day in August. You would never have guessed it was summer the weekend that Leah and Max got married; the day prior the Puget Sound region experienced a wind storm that uprooted trees and left some people without electricity for over 24 hours; Leah and Max still didn’t have power by the time they headed to Seattle to prepare for their wedding, which understandably caused some angst. Thankfully, once they got to the Silver Cloud Inn in the University District, their nerves had calmed and they were ready to focus on their future. Max was a ball of energy (as usual) and Leah was excited and thoughtful. Despite how the morning began, I could tell it would be a memorable day.
Leah and Max were married at the beautiful and lush Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington. The excitement and joy for the day was almost tangible as they celebrated with family and friends. It was my great honor to photograph their wedding – Leah and Max, thank you so much for choosing me. I think I laughed and smiled just as much as the two of you, it was so fun! I wish you nothing but the best…except when the Seahawks play the 49ers or the M’s face the Red Sox. 😉 Other than that, I’ve got nothin’ but love for ya. Hugs!
Leah and Max’s wedding colors were red and gold – and Leah made sure to incorporate as much gold as she could! A very special story about their rings: Leah’s grandfather had a necklace that they melted to use for the wedding bands, as well as to make a necklace for Max’s daughter, Lucy, with which they surprised her during the ceremony. Max’s ring is also moulded in the shape of a nut, representing to him the hard work that he will put into their marriage. I love all of the symbolism. And the sparkles. 🙂
Max awaited Leah on a small rock slab bridge at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
The CUH has a beautiful courtyard which had been decorated with cushions in neat red and gold fabrics. Huge props to Abby of Icing on the Cake Events for transforming the reception space.
There were many other personal touches, including custom beer labels, as well as bottle-opener keychains that Max made. He is a metal worker and creates metal art, and he designed the heart logo that was used on all of their signage and paper goods. What a unique idea. And I was totally taken by surprise when I saw my own name on one! 😀 Downtown Tara Brown, that’s me. 😉 (Thank you so much, Max!)
Their cake was designed by Edmonds Bakery. I love how the heart design is the cake topper.
Congratulations, Leah and Max! I’m so happy for you!
You may view more photos from Leah and Max’s wedding in this slideshow:
Many thanks to the wonderful creative team who made Leah and Max’s wedding such a fabulous day…
Wedding Venue: UW Center for Urban Horticulture
Coordinator: Abby of Icing on the Cake Events
Catering: Pyramid Catering
Floral Design: Joyce Scholz
Cake: Edmonds Bakery
Hair + Makeup: Liz Frain of Zo Hair Salon
DJ: DJ Xado
Photographer: Seattle Wedding Photographer Tara Brown