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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
That wasn’t the only cool photo I got down on Ruston Way — I really like these next few, too!
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.
Congrats Susan and Roger!