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Candid photo of bride and groom laughing, framed by an arch in the outdoor courtyard of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Susan and Roger’s wedding gave us the long-awaited opportunity to photograph in one of the most magnificent of Tacoma’s excellent collection of historic churches: First Presbyterian Church, located just a half-mile from our studio on a prominent corner in the Stadium District. Indoors and out, it didn’t disappoint!

After getting ready in separate rooms on location, Susan and Roger met for their first look in the church’s lovely outdoor courtyard.

Candid wedding photo of first look, or reveal, between a groom and bride before their wedding at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of first look, or reveal, as the groom turns to look at his bride before their wedding at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of first look, or reveal, as the groom reacts favorably to his first look at his bride before their wedding at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of bride and groom after their first look before their wedding at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

After their first look, Laura and I took turns posing the beaming couple in the courtyard, at the church’s massive front doors, and even on a high-up balcony. Laura stayed on the sidewalk below, while I climbed the stairs with Susan and Roger so we could capture the two perspectives simultaneously.

Portrait of bride and groom in the outdoor courtyard of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of bride and groom under arches in the outdoor courtyard of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of bride and groom at the front door of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom laughing at the front door of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bride and groom on a tiny balcony high on the tower of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white portrait of bride and groom from a tiny balcony high on the tower of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

We were able to sneak in one portrait of the wedding party in the church’s courtyard before a light drizzle drove everyone back inside. I think this one photo was worth the effort! But wait until you see the wedding party photos we got later in the day …

Portrait of wedding party in the outdoor courtyard of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

For now, though, we continue with two cool behind-the-scenes candids of Susan and Roger, separated again shortly before the start of the ceremony.

Candid photo of bride's reflection in a round cosmetic mirror held by a bridemaid, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of groom and best man in a back room of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, just before the start of the wedding ceremony, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

This is the start of the wedding ceremony, with Laura stationed high up in the choir loft behind the altar to get that fabulous overview shot. Down on the ground, I moved into the aisle after Susan and her dad passed by to capture the expressions of Roger and several others as they watched the pair approach, and then a sweet series in black and white as dad lifts her veil, gives her a quick kiss, and flashes a little smile to his wife as he heads back to his seat.

Candid photo of altar boys lighting candles at the start of a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of bride escorted by her father to her wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed from the choir loft behind the altar by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the groom watching his bride and her father approach at the start of a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride's father lifting her veil during a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride's father kissing her cheek after lifting her veil during a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride's father smiling after lifting her veil during a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

What fabulous architecture in the cavernous sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church! We used fisheye and straight wide-angle lenses to capture these overviews of the ceremony as seen from the back and side balconies, and the ground level.

Ultra wide angle fisheye photo of a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed from the rear balcony by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed from the left-side balcony by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Ultra wide angle fisheye photo of a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed from ground level by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Then it was back to the telephoto lens to get tightly framed photos of the action in the latter half of the ceremony, like this next winner.

Candid photo of smiling participants in a wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

At the conclusion of their wedding ceremony, Susan and Roger headed out to a sheltered outdoor breezeway that bridges the sanctuary and the church’s school. There, guests lined up in what’s called a receiving line for their turn to exchange congratulations and well-wishes with the newlyweds, and then filtered into the reception hall.

Candid photo of a bride and groom exiting their wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of a wedding reception in a large room at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed from a second-floor room's window by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Detail photo of a wedding cake topper at a wedding reception in a large room at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

A couple hours later, Susan and Roger departed their church reception under a shower of rose petals and boarded an awaiting school bus, along with their full wedding party, for a photo shoot along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Candid photo of a bride and groom getting pelted with rose petals as they leave their wedding reception at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of a bride and groom boarding a school bus as they leave their wedding reception at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of a bride looking up as she and her groom boarding a school bus as they leave their wedding reception at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of a bride and groom talking to the driver of a school bus that will take them from their wedding reception at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, photographed by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

There was a creative photo that Susan and Roger had fallen in love with on Pinterest, and talked with me ahead of time about recreating with their own wedding party. I’m glad they did, as the resulting photo became an award-winner in the 2013 International Print Competition held by the Professional Photographers of America!

Award-winning wedding photo of a bride and wedding party working together to hold down the groom, being blown away by his umbrella, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

That wasn’t the only cool photo I got down on Ruston Way — I really like these next few, too!

Portrait of wedding party on a beach along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma , by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of groom and groomsmen posed on concrete ruins on a beach along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Detail photo of a bride's bouquet, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Soon after we got back in the school bus, those stormy skies opened up for a brief spring downpour as we were chauffeured to the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Tacoma for a second, more formal wedding reception that started with a lovely dinner and ended with a full dance floor and a whole lot of people having fun.

Two detail photos of a menu card and a mini note on a guest favor box of Almond Roca at a wedding reception at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of a wedding reception at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Ultra wide angle fisheye photo of a wedding reception at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of a big group of dancing attendees of a wedding reception at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another photo of a big group of dancing attendees of a wedding reception at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats Susan and Roger!

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