Welcome to the 2013 edition of Wallflower Photography’s Best Of The Year blog series!
Every year in early January, we run a series of three blog posts to show off the best of our wedding photojournalism, wedding portraiture, and casual couples portraiture from the year that just ended.
This is Part 2, Wedding Portraiture, which includes all wedding photos that were posed, or set up by us in some way, even though some might not look like it. Photos are grouped into four categories: Bride and Groom, Wedding Party, The Girls, and The Guys. We’re thrilled to be able to share photos from three different same-sex weddings in the Girls and Guys categories!
BRIDE AND GROOM
Two wedding portraits of Ciel and Phil from our favorite corner of the sunken garden at the magnificent Thornewood Castle.
More portraits from another Thornewood Castle wedding, this time of Dawn and Jeremy in the garden and out in front by the lion statues.
From another historic brick wedding venue, here’s Amanda and Frank in front of the Weyerhaeuser Estate.
Two semi-candid portraits of Susan and Roger at their wedding venue, the historic First Presbyterian Church just down the road from our studio.
For something completely different, three wedding portraits of Katy and Rick in a young cornfield, at the entrance to a barn, and by the pond at Swans Trail Farms in Snohomish.
Three photos from my wedding portrait shoot with Danielle and Drew at Chinese Reconciliation Park in Tacoma, which we visited when traveling between their ceremony and reception venues. Props to the bride for her performance posing on those rocks!
Three portraits we love from Carmel and Jimmy’s wedding at the Golf Club at Newcastle. One was shot in the late afternoon before their wedding ceremony, and the second two stunners were shot afterwards as night fell. Silhouette posing is an award-winning skill of ours that has definitely become one of our specialties.
Three more portraits from another Newcastle wedding, this time featuring LaTunya and Tim on a day of crazy wind and rain. We had a very short window of relative dryness and clarity that opened up that view of far-off Seattle and allowed us to take advantage of it to create some really nice portraits before it disappeared again for the rest of the day. No matter, as their purple-lit ballroom and other photogenic spaces inside Newcastle gave us plenty of other great portrait options.
Carolyn and Erik by a particularly picturesque wall of greenery — and a dash of red — near their wedding venue, the private Clubhouse at Crystal Lake.
Erin and Joseph’s wedding included three very special vehicles of transportation, and we took a few quick portraits on all three. In the first photo, they are posing on a historic Packard, parked in front of Holy Rosary Church in Tacoma, where they had just gotten married. That car took us to the historic tugboat Joe, in the second photo, which then took us to their wedding reception at the Foss Waterway Seaport. There, we were able to take some final portraits — including the third photo below — on a beautiful visiting boat, El Primero.
Such a cute photo — almost more candid than posed — of Desiree and Bryan framed by the wall that they built as a homemade photo booth manned by a friend.
Two photos of Kayla and Corydon in the late afternoon at Lakewold Gardens.
Glorious sun flares in this portrait of Stephanie and Patrick in front of Pickering Barn in Issaquah.
A semi-candid moment between Katherine and Dean inside DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, with purple accents provided by custom uplighting.
Three portraits of Genajuade and Jordan, from far away to very close, all on the shores of Lake Quinault.
Julie and Jordan having a lot of fun during their wedding-day portraits at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Their wedding proposal took place in those same shark’s jaws! We got super-lucky to get that sunset at the end of what was otherwise a gray, cloudy day.
Heather and Robert taking in the cool winter air at night in the inner courtyard of Events on 6th in Tacoma’s historic Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.
Emily and Scot relaxing in a corner of their moodily lit wedding venue, The Attic in Sumner.
Last, two portraits of Megan and Matt in the historic Weyerhaeuser Estate.
Why not start this category with our most recent award-winning wedding photo, featuring Susan and all the younger members of their large wedding party saving Roger from blowing away down on Ruston Way in Tacoma.
Now here’s the full wedding party down on the Ruston Way beach, with the ruins from the site’s industrial maritime history adding character to the backdrop. And check out that amazing sky!
Annie and David’s full wedding party under the trees at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, with the bridesmaids sporting a rainbow’s worth of vivid bridesmaids dresses — more on that below.
Justin with his daughter and groomsmen, affecting a serious pose from an unusually shaped tree in the gardens near their wedding venue, the recently reconstructed Japanese Pagoda at Point Defiance Park.
Genajuade and Jordan’s full wedding party, with the Lake Quinault Lodge forming a magnificent backdrop. We had the guys take a turn with those heavy bridesmaid bouquets while the girls rest on their shoulders.
Ciel and Phil with their full wedding party on the lawn of the sunken garden, in bridesmaid-groomsman pairs, with Thornewood Castle behind.
Elizabeth and Paul with their full wedding party on the shores of Capitol Lake near their wedding venue, the Heritage Room.
A semi-candid moment while photographing LaTunya and Tim’s wedding party in the Prestwick Terrace tent at the Golf Club at Newcastle, as a fierce storm raged outside.
Katherine and Dean with their two-person wedding party lounging on the furniture in DeLille Cellars of Woodinville.
The focus is on the youngest members of this wedding party, posing out in front of the Weyerhaeuser Estate.
This photo of the wedding party kids has grown into one of my favorites of the year. I’ve grouped it with the portraits, but it’s really a candid photo captured during portrait time. We have the oldest kid fighting back a smile while the others watch to see if he could pull it off.
I could put together a whole blog post of great wedding photos of “the girls” (and particularly on the “girl”) — but that isn’t going to happen. Not this year, at least. To keep this blog post short and sweet, I’ve picked photos of two 2013 brides who really rocked it. Here’s Megan at the Weyerhaeuser Estate.
And here’s two photos of Julie. I think I’ll call the first one “Bride With Four Birds” (with a wink). It’s from her Trash the Dress shoot after the wedding, when we went into the Budgie Buddies exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where she and Jordan got married. It’s a photo with a tremendous amount of touch-up work as it never actually happened quite like this. Each of the three birds is real, but from three different photos, all photographed in a 13-second span with the same framing and pose and then combined in Photoshop. And the reason they were flocking to Julia was a couple popsicle sticks of birdseed and a scattering of more seed on her shoulder, all of which I painstakingly removed. It was worth it!
In the second photo, we posed Julia and Jordan’s wedding rings on a mushroom we found in a mossy patch of forest in Point Defiance Park. I think it’s my favorite ring detail photo of all time, by us or anyone else.
Annie and her rainbow of bridesmaids brighten up a beautifully moody day on the beach outside the Golden Gardens Bathhouse. Her dress-selection instructions for her bridesmaids: Rainbow color, jewel toned, solid color, knee to floor length, think ’80s prom, the more bows and ruffles the better.
I’d worry that this portrait “pose” — the bride and bridesmaids looking at each other — is cliche, if I didn’t consistently get great photos from it. This one of Ciel and her girls (with a bonus bridesmaid looking over their shoulders) might be the best of the bunch this year.
In 2013, for the first time ever, we get to showcase wedding photos of “girls” who were marrying each other! Here are two portraits of Jani and Rose, the first one being a Wallflower signature “fisheye portrait” of the ladies on their little dock on Bay Lake, and the second one a semi-candid photo as they walk on a path through their forested property.
And now, two highlights from a very brief portrait session with our friends and neighbors Kristin and Michele on their eventful wedding at the Point Defiance Pagoda.
Staying on the subject of same-sex weddings as we switch to the male side of things, here are two portraits featuring Matt and Dagan at the Shafer Baillie Mansion in Seattle.
Jordan (center) and friends striking one of several poses on the lawn of the Lake Quinault Lodge.
Bryan and his groomsmen getting extra affectionate while holding the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Rick on his steed at Swans Trail Farms.
Tim on the grand staircase at the Golf Club at Newcastle, with the two chandeliers projecting a heart-shaped backlight behind him.
And last, Paul with a surprise reveal!
See Part 1 of this blog series: Wallflower Photography’s Best Wedding Photojournalism of 2013
Then see Part 3 of this blog series: Wallflower Photography’s Best Casual Couples Portraiture of 2013!