Seattle Mixes it up- a Worldly Wedding Reception at Columbia Tower Club

Vietnamese and Filipino cultures merge beautifully at this Seattle wedding of Minh Hua and Joel Gavino. They held the ceremony at lovely St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way, WA. The light in the sanctuary made it easy to take photos, even for amateur photographers. These two really love each other and had many moments and symbols that represent their blossoming relationship. At Minh’s home, Joel asked permission to marry Minh, which her father granted. Phew! The traditional Vietnamese ao dai (attire) and tea ceremony waited until we arrived at Columbia Tower Club which was glowing gold in the Seattle’s late afternoon light. What a picture perfect setting for the rest of the evening.

First kiss on the wedding day

An attempt at making their first glance a private moment

Blue bridesmaids dresses from I Do Bridal stand out.

Filipino flowergirl holding wedding flowers

Seattle Bridal party in blue dresses carry White Parasols from The Knot

Brides gift to Groom, engraved silver calendar from E. E. Robbins Jewelers

Two Filipino ring bearers in Seattle wearing pink bow ties

5 handsome Asian groomsmen at Seattle cross-cultural or inter racial wedding

Vietnamese American Bride in western tiara and veil Seattle

Filipino American Groom exits stately wood doors at St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way WA

Occasions LLC designed this candle glowing wedding ceremony at St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way WA

Vietnamese American Bride calmly awaiting her Western wedding ceremony at St Vincent De Paul Church in Federal Way WA

The playful bubble-blowing recessional exit of the Bride and Groom from St Vincent De Paul in Federal Way WA

The playful bubble exit of the Bride and Groom

Ah the amazing kiss among blowing bubbles. Two cultures marry and celebrate at St Vincent De Paul Church in Federal Way WA

There are so many fun photos. Keep you eyes open for part two which will feature more photos from St Vincent De Paul and the Columbia Tower Club, including the fabulous views.

Some of the Stand-out vendors include:
Wedding Planner and Coordination: Janel Schlitt of Occasions LLC, one of my favorite coordinators– and Seattle has so many. Janel is goes above and beyond.
Wedding Flowers: Anna’s Flowers
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: I Do Bridal
Wedding Cake: Cakes of Paradise
Wedding Videography: Bogle Productions

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  • Minh - The photos are so amazing Janet!! Thank you so much for being a part of our special day!ReplyCancel

  • Joel - I love our amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Natalia Young - these photos are amazing!1ReplyCancel

  • Aurea - Janet, you did an amazing job! These photos are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Charito Gavino - The pictures are beautiful – the backgrounds perfect. Amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - Amazing photographer, amazing couple!!ReplyCancel

  • Kay - Totally amazing photograpy and amazing couple!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Amazing job! These are great!ReplyCancel

  • Gabriel - It was an amazing event and the pictures reflect it!ReplyCancel

  • Brian and Janine Sather - Janet, the wedding photos look Amazing! You did a wonderful job and should be very proud of your work. Probably will be the only time I see Joel & Mihn both in the same wedding Veil πŸ˜‰ I really like the one with Joel walking through the church doors and your camera angle shows off the beautiful ceiling of the church with the exposed trusses & windows.
    ((((Simply Amazing work))))ReplyCancel

  • Rob - The photographer did an amazing job with these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Sonja - amazing job! That flower girl is the cutest!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja - Another shot that amazed me (does that count?) was the beautiful candles and petals shot. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sonja - Equally amazing was the beauty of the bride on her special day.ReplyCancel

  • rica dejesus - fab and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Veronica - The wedding was beautiful and these pics areReplyCancel

  • Veronica - The wedding was beautiful and these pics are amazing- thanks for allowing us to share in your special day!ReplyCancel

  • MaryLou - What an amazing day, Congrats Minh and Joel – thanks so much for sharing this moment with us!ReplyCancel

  • The Madambas - AMAZING! Beautiful day, beautiful couple, beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • The Madambas - AMAZING! Beautiful couple, beautiful day and beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Viva - A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Charito Gavino - I do like the picture of the little flower girl playing peak-a-boo with the bouquet – amazing shot. I may be biased about this but then I’m the proud grandmother of the little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Tisha - These photos are great! Congrats to both of you. My favorite is the black and white!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - Those pictures are absolutely amazing! What a beautiful couple.ReplyCancel

  • Hieu - what an amazing day it turned out to be on camera. lovely pics of everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Joey - great pictures! by the way you looked delightful that day janet.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - These photos are amazing. Can’t wait to see the rest! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Joel - amazingly sharp pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Minh - amazing photographer = amazing photosReplyCancel

  • Joey - let me rephrase that. the pictures were amazing! and janet was very delightful that special day and i thank you for making it just as good!ReplyCancel

  • ramon - amazing photos of an amazing couple on an amazingly nice day!ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon - I love the picture of the kiss in the bubbles… That is one of most perfect little moments that I have seen caught in a long time.Beautifully shot!ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon - I agree with Janet that st vincent in FW is quite possibly one of the more beautiful locations to be married at. The natural light is stunning at midday and sunset.I also think the roses and candles shot may be one of my favorite with the lights streaming in, Mini Minh.ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon - PS Minh you look positively stunning and almost glow. Best wishes and blessings to both you and Joel!ReplyCancel

  • Thanh Hao Dao - Janet,

    The pictures are so amazing. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Kim Chi - These pictures are amazingReplyCancel

  • Sally - What beautiful and amazing pictures these are! I love the use of umbrellas as props.ReplyCancel

  • Gabriel - Amazingly captured! The picture of the groom & groomsmen reminds me of a pic my friends and I took back in high school…ReplyCancel

  • Sonja Hirsch - I love these pictures, the photographer did an AMAZING job!!!ReplyCancel

  • VIET LE - It’s so romantic and Mr Photographer did a good job .ReplyCancel

  • Meera - amazing pictures, and an excellent photographer means photos which will become heirlooms in the years to come!ReplyCancel

  • An Hua - Amazing photos. Good job, Janet.ReplyCancel

  • T Phuong - Le mariage est amazing !
    Tous nos voeux de bonheur aux jeunes mariΓ©s.
    Gros bisous


  • T Phuong - Le mariage est amazing.
    Tous nos voeux de bonheur aux jeunes mariΓ©s.
    Gros bisous.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Peotter - I love the pictures, I can’t wait to see more! Great photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Tai - Magnifique ! Amazing !ReplyCancel

  • Natalia Young - Simply amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Amazing! Good job!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thanh Hieu Dao - Amazing picturesReplyCancel

  • Veronica - These pics are amazing- they’re not only pretty to look at but the joy in each of you was captured,t oo.ReplyCancel

  • Jake - Too many amazing pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Minh Ngoc - Beautiful photo, very romantic, very lovely!!ReplyCancel

  • BHanh - amazing pictures….beautiful wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Qui Morrison - Thank you for sharing your amazing and beutiful photos of your wedding with us. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Hahn - The location are amazeingReplyCancel

  • THieu - Amazing pictures. Good job!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tishat - Guys…this photos are AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Lee Blackstock - These photos are amazing…just like you too!ReplyCancel

  • Thong - soooo amazing πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • Dixie - Those were the most amazing pictures EVER!! Love the way they capture the love and happiness in all of the photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Anh Thu Nguyen - Congratulations Minh and Joel, these pictures are AMAZING!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - It was a cold morning but the sun finally came out and the day turned out to be amazing… and you captured it all beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • NGOC BICH - Amazing Pictures ,thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Hieu - We are all waiting for the rest of these amazing pictures to come. the suspense is killing me.ReplyCancel

  • BHanh - beautiful wedding….and amazing lovely pictures…ReplyCancel

  • Tim - You both looked amazing in that last black and white photo!!!! Loved the bubbles!ReplyCancel

  • Joel - I’m amazingly excited to see the rest of the pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Minh - It’s amazing that this only happened 23 days ago! I can’t wait to see the rest Janet!!ReplyCancel

  • Thieu-Tiet Parsons - The unique posing sets the wedding pics apart. Amazing photos.

    Thank you for sharing your pics w/t us.ReplyCancel

  • Thieu-Tiet Parsons - The unique posing set the wedding pics apart. Amazing photos.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures w/t us.ReplyCancel

  • TP - C’est extraordinaire ! It is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE HIGBEE - Lovely wedding.Congratulation!Be a happy couple forever and ever…ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE AND GUS - Amazing pictures as the amazing love between you, Minh and Joel. Wish you all the best.ReplyCancel

  • Thanh Hieu Dao - Amazing and beautiful picturesReplyCancel

  • An Hua - Amazing photos. Can’t wait for the rest.ReplyCancel

  • Thanh-Hao Dao - Lovely and amazing photos. Thanks, JanetReplyCancel

  • Phuong Loan - Amazing photos, I love them all.ReplyCancel

  • Hoang Nam - WOW!!! I like them. SOOOOOOOOOO amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Don Dao - Vary lovery and amazing photos. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Dac Dao - Amazing pictures. Good job, Janet.ReplyCancel

  • Le Hoa - Beatiful and amazing photos. Lovery couple. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Sami Walker - Love the amazing photographs… everyone is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • DeWayne Walker - What amazing pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Carean Tagoa'i - What an amazing job! Lovely pictues & beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • THieu - Amazinggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • thanhhieu - So beautiful and amazing photos!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vu Oanh Ton - Thank you for sharing the amazing photos. Congratulation to Betty and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • Tran Huy Anh - Congratulations to Betty, Joel, An and Hao. Beautifil and amazing pictures. I love its.ReplyCancel

  • Khanh Vu - Amazing photos. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Tino Tuan Anh Dao - Amazing and beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Anh Tram Dao - Congratulations Betty and Joel. Amazing pictures. Please send more ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • Duong kimHoang - Congratulations Betty and Joel. Very amazing pictues. We are waiting for some more ones. Thanks.
    Duong Kim HoangReplyCancel

  • Duong kimHoang - Congratulations ! I love these amazing pictures ! May we have some more ones ? Thanks.
    Duong Kim HoangReplyCancel

  • HENRY GRAY - the pictures are or of amazing quality and exception in their clarity.ReplyCancel

  • HENRY GRAY - The pictures have amazing clarity and the color is even more amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Jan - Fantastic pictures. Amazing photography. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • ruby grobe gray - ALL ICAN SAY IS WOW PRETTY AMAZING SHOTSReplyCancel

  • Michael HUA - This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations you guys πŸ˜€ !ReplyCancel

  • Tupac Shakur - Amaaaaaaaaazing…word to Kanye.ReplyCancel

  • Cuong Hua - Congratulations! This looks ABSOLUTELY Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jared Watson - Great pictures. Amazing use of natural lighting.ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy Hua - This originality and crystal clear shots are simply amazing! Applause to you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Gavino Lutu - I love the pictures…they are fun and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Samson - Amazing bubble picture. That one was my favorite. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Thong - Wish I were in these amazing photos!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Joey - love the pictures! whose the amazing guy at the very end of the groomsmen photo? πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jan - Amazing pictures! Well done. Some unique shots.ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE AND GUS - Amazing pictures! How charming they are with the umbrellaReplyCancel

  • Hieu - Janet, you must really love the word amazing.. πŸ™‚ It was a pleasure having you to shoot us. I can’t wait to see the rest of the amazing pix.

    –to joey, gee, i do wonder who the last groomsman is? its all blurred out, probably cuz he wasnt handsome enough., j/k.ReplyCancel

  • Dixie - I looked at the pix again and I have to say I’m still amazed at how good they all turned out!! It is truly so rare these days to find such a good photograher!! Loved them.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica - The one w/ the bubbles is especially great! Whenever I take pics of the kids playing w/ bubbles, they come out nice enough but wow, the definition of the bubbles in the one your photographer took is truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Hahn - Why there no rain in seattlle? Amazeing wether!ReplyCancel


  • Tono Tuan Anh Dao - How did you get the amazing pictures, Janet?ReplyCancel

  • Phuong Loan - I would like to see more amazing photos soon.ReplyCancel

  • Hoang Nam - I love the amazing picture with bubles. Very lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Thanh Hao Dao - Janet, I can’t wait to see more amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Le Hoa Vu - I would like to see more amazing photos, please.ReplyCancel

  • An Hua - Surprise me by sending more amazing photos, JanetReplyCancel

  • Jan - Love these pictures. They are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy Hua - simply amazing, these photos are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Thanh Hieu Dao - Amazing pictures, Good job,Janet!ReplyCancel

  • Dac Dao - Congratulations, Betty and Joel. Amazing pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Don Dao - Amazing photos. I like to see more.ReplyCancel

  • Tram Nguyen - Congratulations An, Hao, Betty andJoel. Amazing and beutiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Michael HUA - This is absolutely Amazing!
    Congrats to you guys !ReplyCancel

  • thanhhieu - Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing photosReplyCancel

  • Vu Oanh Ton - The pictures are very beutiful and amazing. Thanks, Janet.ReplyCancel

  • Tran Huy Anh - I would like to see more amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Khanh Vu - You did the good job. Send us more amazing pix, Janet.ReplyCancel

  • Sola - i think the most amazing picture is the second one with all the bridesmaid hiding behind the trees! very nice!ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE AND GUS - Amazing photos! Roses and candles make the wedding so romantic.ReplyCancel

  • Tito Weng - I don’t think these photos as amazing. They’re plainly SUPERB ! The photographers have respective discernment of subject relevance and composition. Let’s see the rest ..ReplyCancel

  • Loi nguyen thi - Congratulation Betty and Joel. Amazing pictures !ReplyCancel

  • Loi nguyen thi - The pictures are so amazing . I like to see more !ReplyCancel

  • Thieu-Tiet Parsons - I do enjoy the pictures a lot, having to go back for 2nd; ) Look forward to more amazing pics w/t more unique poses.ReplyCancel

  • ruby grobe gray - GRAND AND AMAZING SHOTS – WOW!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Aimeele - Lovely and beautiful pictures
    Congratulations Betty and Joel !ReplyCancel

  • Tino Tuan Anh Dal - I can’t wait for more amazing pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Anh Tram Dao - Lovely and amazing pictures. I want to see more.ReplyCancel

  • Phuong Loan - Janet, please send more amazing photos now.ReplyCancel

  • Honag Nam - I love the amazing guy at the very end of the groomsmen photo, even its all blurred out, because he’s my amazing uncle.ReplyCancel

  • Le Hoa Vu - I do enjoy the photos, the more looking, the more amazing I found.ReplyCancel

  • Tran Huy Anh - I look forward to see more amazing pix.ReplyCancel

  • Tram Nguyen - I love the amazing picture with bubles. So romantic.ReplyCancel

  • Khanh Vu - I like the amazing pix of the 5 groomsmen.ReplyCancel

  • Vu Oanh Ton - The pix absolutely amazing. Congratulations again.ReplyCancel

  • thanhhieu - Amazing photos, I love them.ReplyCancel

  • THieu - Amazing photos. Please send more ASAP!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michael HUA - THIS IS AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • James Hua - this is super, fantastic, absollutely Ah-Mah-ZING!

  • Thanh Hieu Dao - Lovely, Beautiful and Amazing pictures!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE AND GUS - Lovely wedding with amazing picturesReplyCancel

  • HieuHieu - So beautiful, Lovely and Amazing pictures.ReplyCancel

  • arie ham - these are beautiful and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • charles lee - beautiful muses, amazing pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Elvan Lamp - CONGRATULATIONS Minh and Joel!.
    Amazing wedding pictures!. The quality of them is just pleasing.
    You had a beautiful wedding, you must be so happy.
    Many blessings for your future together.

    Elva and Lauren Lamp.ReplyCancel



  • ThanhTHieu - Amazing and Lovely pictures. Nice job Janet.ReplyCancel

  • DTHieu - So beautiful and amazing pictures.ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE AND GUS - We’re waiting for the pictures of the wedding cake added to these amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • ROSIE AND GUS - Sweet dream! Can we see more pictures of the amazing bride.ReplyCancel

  • HieuHieu - I love the pictures, they’re so AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - Nice, amazing photos you got there.ReplyCancel

  • Nguyen Thi Le Hai - Amazing picturesReplyCancel

  • thanhhieu - Lovely, Beautiful and Amazing photos!!!ReplyCancel