Wedding: Shannon & Jean

Way back in September, Shannon and Jean were married at the St. James Cathedral. Jean’s Basque heritage was included in several ways throughout the day—the ceremony included a lasso ritual, something I’d never seen before—and the reception was held at Brasa, a phenomenal Basque/Spanish restaurant in Belltown.

Shannon wore a stunning one-of-a-kind dress with a beautiful, obi-style sash and strappy scarlet shoes. The red color scheme was woven through the wedding and as I found out later on during the toasts, it had a special meaning for Shannon & Jean: when Jean was much younger and long before he’d met Shannon, he’d had a dream about his future wife. He didn’t remember anything about her except that she was wearing red shoes…I love that story and I loved this wedding. Here are some of my favorite shots of the day.

A bridesmaid fixes Shannon’s sash:

Shannon and Jean seeing each other for the first time:

The amazing red shoes:

The lasso:

And the lasso box:

St. James is such a beautiful cathedral…it was hard to stop taking detail shots of the interior:

The wedding mass:

After a few post-ceremony photos everyone headed over to Brasa for an incredible multi-course meal prepared by Tamara Murphy and her staff.

Instead of a guest book, everyone signed this bottle of wine!

Toast time:

A special cake with a chili-chocolate layer and a sacred heart on top:

After the meal Tamara came out and told everyone about all the incredible food they’d just eaten…

…and then it was time for dancing!

Thank you, Shannon and Jean, for including me in your wedding (and for the best meal I’ve ever had while working) and for your patience in waiting for these photos!



  1. aaron
    Posted November 5, 2008 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    that photo of the virgin mary is stunning. nice work eliza!

  2. Posted February 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    We had our rehearsal dinner at Brasa. My family still talks about how incredibly delicious it was. Tamara & Bryan did good with that place!

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