Followup: Traffic-stopping West Seattle wedding-party photos

August 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, West Seattle weddings | 16 Comments

(Photos by Katie Meyer for WSB)
This morning, we mentioned a West Seattle couple’s plan to take their wedding-day photos in The Junction, by the Easy Street Records sign congratulating them. We of course couldn’t resist the photo op ourselves. Above, the Walk-All-Ways light changes and the wedding party dashes into the street. Next, a group pose:

Katie says it took a few cycles for a practice run, then several for the actual photos.

Now, here’s where we share the couple’s backstory, courtesy of Auburn Scallon, who was a bridesmaid (in a wedding party she described as 90 percent West Seattleites):

Sean Jolly, a West Seattle real estate agent, and Michelle Mierz, Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu 2000, originally met at Our Lady of Guadalupe school. Years later, they reconnected after running into each other in the West Seattle junction and within hours their friend Tiara Johnson asked them, “Why aren’t you two married?!” Three years later, the couple is taking that advice in a ceremony at Holy Names Academy.

Their official wedding photographer is Tara of Tara Leigh Photography, in the striped shirt:

Congratulations to Michelle and Sean!


  1. ♥♥♥ I LOVE it!!! This is the kind of thing that makes me SO happy I live in WS!
    I wish Sean and Michelle many, many happy years together!

    Comment by Valerie — 7:57 pm August 18, 2012 #

  2. Awesome!!!

    Comment by Brian — 8:05 pm August 18, 2012 #

  3. Congratulations! What a great story and photo scene.

    Comment by Amy — 8:09 pm August 18, 2012 #

  4. I think that is just adorable!

    Comment by Stacy — 8:47 pm August 18, 2012 #

  5. Tara, Congratulations on your great photos. I have to say, the image of his strong hand on her back is so poignant and says so much. Great shot!

    Comment by Trying! — 9:04 pm August 18, 2012 #

  6. Cute story, and a cute couple! Best of wishes to both!

    Comment by kevin — 9:57 pm August 18, 2012 #

  7. Beautiful!

    Comment by evergreen — 10:51 pm August 18, 2012 #

  8. What a lovely gown.

    Comment by thegodshavegonecrazy — 11:03 pm August 18, 2012 #

  9. Thanks WSB,
    I saw this group from a bus today,
    and wondered who all the beautiful people were.

    Comment by old timer — 12:36 am August 19, 2012 #

  10. Such a fun experience and what a wonderful day! So glad to be a part of their wonderful love story :)

    Comment by Tiara Johnson Andress — 12:46 am August 19, 2012 #

  11. For ‘Trying!’ – sorry if the verbiage wasn’t clear, Tara Leigh is the couple’s official photographer, whose shoot we were covering after getting the tip from Auburn, and I am sure her official images of the day will be fabulous, but the photos published here were taken by WSB contributor Katie Meyer on assignment for us – and I agree, I especially liked that one too! The four images of Katie’s that I chose to run showed the party from all four directions in Walk All Ways :) – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:51 am August 19, 2012 #

  12. Thanks to Easy Street for the awesome backdrop and all the drivers for your patiently waiting for us when we went a little over our allotted 30 seconds!

    Comment by Auburn — 10:10 am August 19, 2012 #

  13. Congrats and best wishes!!

    Comment by RJB — 12:40 pm August 19, 2012 #

  14. Nice day for a white wedding

    Comment by Spike — 6:43 pm August 19, 2012 #

  15. Aloha Michelle and Sean. Best wishes from Maui. Aloha.

    Comment by Shirley Enebrad — 8:01 pm August 19, 2012 #

  16. Thank you Easy Street, Tara, and Auburn for making that fun shoot happen. WSB, you did a great job capturing the experience. We had a perfect day and we appreciate all the well wishes on this post. I’ll share the official junction photo once we have it :-) Now off to our honeymoon!

    Comment by Michelle Jolly — 7:19 am August 20, 2012 #

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