Seattle Wedding Photography at The Grieg Garden and The University Club at the University of Washington

Catherine gets into her wedding dress at the University Club at the University of Washington

It was one of those too few really hot days this summer when Catherine Pi-Sunyer and Mike Rausch were married at The Grieg Garden at the University of Washington. The Grieg Garden is the reverse of what folksinger Joni Mitchell once sang about—they “unpaved” a parking lot and put up Paradise. Until 1990, the space  was for cars. Today it is for people. The Grieg Garden is a cozy clearing surrounded by trees and flowering shrubs and on a hot day one of the coolest spots out of doors. The centerpiece is a bronze bust of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Originally cast for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909, a group of Scandinavian fraternal societies gave the sculpture to the UW in 1917 and it was installed in the garden after the renovation.

Mike and Catherine got dressed in the nearby University Club where the reception was going to be held. I loved Catherine’s shoes in yellow, the color of the wedding and was lucky to get her as she added a couple of lines to her wedding vows including her promise to be extra careful when using the sharp knives. Mike and the groomsmen got dressed in another room with a little shot of spirits to clam the nerves. He went with an open collar, which helped with the heat,  and a yellow calla lily as a boutonniere. They walked over to the garden without seeing each other.

Mike’s first look of Catherine as a bride was when she was walked into the garden on the arm of her dad.

The ceremony was beautiful and after making some pictures everyone headed over to the University Club for refreshments. The Club was cool and the celebration was fun. The toast were insightful and the cake delightful. I loved the view of Lake Washington from the University Club a sunset as well. Here is a selection of highlights form the day. At the bottom of this post is a mini gallery. The rest of the pictures will be online soon on the main website in the client section.

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