I’ve been looking forward to showing off some favorite photos from Michelle and Eric’s wedding for what seems like a really long time. Every time I photograph a wedding in Tacoma’s historic Union Station (one of Tacoma’s Top Wedding Venues), I come back with a whole new set of cool photos, and their wedding was no exception.
The day started and ended at the downtown Courtyard Marriott hotel, where I met up with Michelle and her bridesmaids. Here’s one of my favorite getting-ready photos of the year. Managing to fit the reflections of THREE lovely ladies inside the little triangle made by Michelle’s head and arm is a new personal record, easily.
These two detail photos of Michelle’s bouquet give you a first taste of the peacock-feather theme that ran through her wedding decor.
I caught a ride in the limo ferrying Michelle, her bridesmaids and parents from the Courtyard Marriott to Union Station, and caught a couple cool candids in those cramped quarters.
I love the poignant look Michelle’s giving her dad, who just walked her up the aisle to give her away.
Two overviews of the wedding ceremony at the center of the Union Station rotunda, under the Chihuly chandelier hanging from the roof. Both were shot from the balcony that wraps around all four sides of the room.
The just-named-husband-and-wife fist pump.
Okay, get ready for a mega-dose of wedding photo awesomeness in front of Union Station’s Monarch Window, which I would argue is the best of the five massive Chihuly artwork pieces that grace the four sides and center of the Union Station rotunda.
First, two similar photos of the wedding party at the Monarch Window, shot from the far balcony — one with a big burst of light so you can see everyone’s faces, one without to allow the backlit window to turn them into silhouettes. Artistically, I prefer the silhouette version, though I could understand why people would rather pick the lit version for their album or wall.
And now, two photos of Michelle and Eric at the Monarch Window. The first shot is from the far balcony with a telephoto lens zoomed in to its max (it’s a big room!), followed by a near-opposite photo taken with a wide-angle lens from much closer to the couple.
Then we left Union Station and headed back to where we started: the downtown Courtyard Marriott. Here’s more of the peacock-feather theme (with bonus bling) in the table centerpieces and settings, and in icing on the cutting cake — the small cake at the top of the cupcake tower for the bride and groom to ceremoniously cut.
I think the Courtyard Marriott ballroom really photographs well, and always feels new and clean.
Toasts from Michelle’s dad and Eric’s brother, the best man.
Okay, so here’s a good way to generate some awkward humor during your wedding reception! After Michelle tossed her bouquet and Eric tossed Michelle’s garter, the DJ asked the guy who caught the garter to put it on the leg of the bouquet catcher — the higher, the better! Don’t worry, it all ended up family friendly.
Two very different looks at Michelle and Eric’s first dance. The difference is all in my lighting (or lack of), exposure, and post-processing.
Here’s a funny series of photos of Eric’s grandma grabbing the DJ’s mike to announce that she’s going to bed, which busted up the whole room. Next to her is Michelle’s bridesman (male bridesmaid), Brad.
And there’s Brad in mid-air, executing a backflip. I’m pretty proud of getting that shot from clear across the room, having no clue what was about to happen.
Oh look, Brad again, now dancing with Michelle. Good action on the dance floor at this wedding! Check out the corner-piece pillars that Michelle’s dad built for this very occasion. They light up and everything!
Congrats Michelle and Eric! If you’re someone who’s thinking about getting married in Tacoma’s Union Station, check out highlights from more weddings and receptions we’ve photographed there at our Tacoma Union Station wedding portfolio, www.tacomaunionstationwedding.com.