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Elizabeth and Peter get married at Bistro 76 Cafe

The wedding of Elizabeth and Peter at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering

Getting Ready at the Embassy Suites Hotel

On Saturday January 7 Peter and Elizabeth were married at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering.  But the wedding preparations began much earlier in the day, at the Embassy Suites in nearby Lynnwood.  I arrived at the hotel a bit before 2:30 in the afternoon so I could get some photos of the “getting ready” process.  The original plan was to start these photos earlier, and then go to the beach in Edmonds to take photos of Elizabeth, Peter and their wedding party.  But the weather gods did not decide to smile on this idea, and we decided a couple of days before that taking photos at the beach in a heavy rainstorm would NOT be a lot of fun!  Since Peter really did not want to see Elizabeth in her dress until the wedding ceremony this was actually a bit of a positive, at least in that respect.

When I arrived Elizabeth and the other ladies who were part of the wedding were still getting their makeup done, while the guys were hanging out in the room next door.  I always enjoy the “getting ready” photos for both the guys and gals, and often have to help the groom and groomsmen with their tuxes.  That was not the case today, as the guys all had things well under control.  I got a few photos of the guys as they were finishing up getting dressed, and then moved back to concentrate on Elizabeth and the ladies.

Once Elizabeth had her hair and makeup finished we had a “non-first look” for Elizabeth and Peter, with Elizabeth still in her dressing gown.  This allowed us to get some photos of Elizabeth with Peter and the groomsmen (Joel, Domanic, Taylor, Josh and Issac) in the hotel atrium while we still had some daylight and a larger area to use for the photos, as well as a few window-lit shots of Peter and Elizabeth in their room.  The guys then all headed off for the wedding venue, and Elizabeth was able to put on her wedding dress.  We took advantage of the last bits of daylight for a few more window light photos of Elizabeth in her wedding dress by herself (and they came out great – see below!), then back to the atrium for some photos of Elizabeth with the ladies side of the wedding party; Maid of Honor Peg, Bridesmaid Suzie and Flower Girl Madison.

The Wedding Ceremony

Now it was time to get into our cars and head for Bistro 76 so the wedding could get started!  Once the ladies arrived they hid out in the back of the Cafe while all the guests were seated, and finally it was time for the show to get started.  The groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids got into position in the portion of the restaurant that had been set up as the altar, and Flower Girl Madison came down the aisle (spreading flowers along the way).  Finally it was time for Elizabeth to come down the aisle, accompanied by  Domanic.  She looked simply amazing!

The ceremony was officiated by Craig Nelson, and everything went pretty much perfectly.  Even the Unity Candle was lit without incident, something that happens far less often than you would think!  In what seemed like no time we had a brand-new married couple, the Donnellys!  Peter and Elizabeth kissed and came back down the aisle, and it was time for the party to get underway.

The Reception

Because the Bistro is not exactly a large restaurant all of the guests needed to move out of the area where the ceremony had taken place, so it could be turned back into a restaurant.  I got a few photos of Elizabeth, Peter and the wedding party then Elizabeth disappeared into the back of the restaurant with the ladies to have her dress bustled, and the rest of the group joined the guests for drinks and appetizers while the dining area was turned over.  Once the dining space was ready the buffet was opened and dinner began.  The food was wonderful, and everyone had a fantastic meal.  Music was provided by Sounds Unlimited, who did their usual excellent jod.

After dinner was completed we moved right into the toasts by the Best Man Joel and the Maid of Honor Peg, with a surprise toast by Madison.  Next up was the cutting of the cake, which both Elizabeth and Peter completed with notable restraint – as in neither of them ended up with wedding cake smeared in their face.

Enough of my babbling, why don’t you take a few minutes now and check out the photos below?  Lots to see, so take your time and let me know what you think in the Comment box.  I hope you like the photos!

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - Bride getting her makeup done in her hotel room at the Embassy Suites

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bridesmaids sit and chat before getting dressed

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - black and white photo of the bridesmaids as they wait to get dressed

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - black and white photo of bride having her makeup applied

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - black and white photo of the bride's dress laid out on her bed

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - black and white photo of the best man and one of the groomsmen as they finish getting dressed

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - the groom and groomsmen pose for a photo in their hotel room

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - black and white photo of the groom and one of the groomsmen in their hotel room

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom waits for the bride for their first look

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - brode sneaks up on groom for their first look

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom turns to see bride

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom greets bride

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom kiss during their first look

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride, groom and groomsmen pose in the hotel atrium

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom kiss while the groomsmen watch in the background

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom pose in silhouette at the window, sepia tone

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom pose in silhouette at the window, black and white

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom poses at the window

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - window lit photo of bride and groom in sepia tone

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - window light sot of bride and groom

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom kisses bride on the forehead, romantic lighting

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bridesmaids help each other with necklaces

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bridesmaids help bride with her dress

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - window lit profile close up of bride

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - window lit photo of bride, mid length, romantic lighting

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - close up photo of smiling bride by window light

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - black and white photo of bride looking out the window, full length

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride with her bridesmaids in the background

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - unity candles

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - guests sit and wait for the wedding to begin

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - flower girl comes down the aisle

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom at the altar, shot from the perspective of the guests

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groomsmen watch the wedding ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bridesmaids watch the wedding ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom light their Unity Candle

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - close up shot of bride smiling during the wedding ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride places ring on groom's finger

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom places ring on bride's finger

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom pose for a photo after the ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom kiss for a photo after the ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride, groom and wedding party pose for a photo after the ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride has her dress bustled after the ceremony

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - the wedding cake

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - the groom greets a table of guests

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom at the buffet line

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom pose for a photo at the buffet

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - the guests all have dinner

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - best man offers a toast to the bride and groom

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - best man offers a toast to the bride and groom

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - maid of honor offers a toast to the bride and groom

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride and groom pose at the cake table

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom feeds the bride some wedding cake

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride feeds the groom some wedding cake

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride prepares to throw her bouquet

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - bride throws her bouquet

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom gets ready to remove the garter

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom removes garter using his teeth

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom prepares to throw the garter to the groomsmen

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - groom throws the garter to the groomsmen

Edmonds wedding at Bistro 76 Cafe and Catering - close up of bride and groom's hands with wedding rings