The Wedding of Sarah Thomssen and Shawn Brixey on December 31, 2011 at the Shafer Baillie Mansion in Seattle

By | January 3, 2012

Sarah Thomssen and Shawn Brixey were married on New Year’s Eve at the Shafer Baillie Mansion located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The event was an intimate gathering of family and friends in a beautifully restored mansion that is now a bed & breakfast.  Sarah and I had worked together in 2009 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During a morning coffee break one day, we discovered we were both alumni of the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!)  She now runs her own health & wellness business called LiveLong Wellness. Shawn is currently an associate professor of Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington, with a resume too long to include in this blog. He is really an extraordinary person and it was a pleasure to photograph their wedding.  What a nice event to bring 2011 to a close – Happy New Year!

A quiet moment before the ceremony.




I shot this image with a Nikon tilt-shift lens to blur out the foreground for a different perspective on the normal wedding portrait.

We were fortunate to have a nice day in Seattle, with no rain, so shot portraits in the courtyard of the Shafer Baillie Mansion.

There ceremony took place in front of a roaring fire in the living room of the mansion.

There was a moment during the ceremony where the bride and groom and all the guests held candles. I shot this photograph using available light from the room lights and the candles.

The newlyweds get a thumbs up from Sarah's uncle.

All smiles.


The wedding cake by Lisa Dupar & Company Catering

Portrait of Sarah


Danielle Molella Porter on January 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm.


Gayle Zientek on January 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm.

These images capture stunning moments in the life of a bride and groom. I wish Sarah and Shawn a beautiful life together! From Kalamazoo to Seattle…many blessings from an old friend!

Michelle Galatoire on January 4, 2012 at 8:07 am.

Exquisite! Many blessings to you!

Claire Fay on January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm.

How lovely. I’m glad to have a visual now when I hear you talk about Shawn. Thanks for sharing this with us.