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I’ve been holding onto these photos from Malani and Allen’s engagement portrait session for what seems like forever so I could show them off at the same time as their wedding photos. Their wedding and engagement portrait shoot both took place in the fall, but a full year apart!

Malani and Allen met while attending the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, and they picked the south end of Tacoma’s downtown for their engagement portrait shoot so we could photograph them on the branch university’s campus, plus across the street at a pair of so-very-architecturally-photogenic museums.

We got started at the Washington State History Museum, where we found some lovely fall color softening the building’s concrete, brick and metal facade.

Engagement portrait at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, with beautiful fall color behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Tightly framed engagement portrait at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid engagement portrait, in black and white, at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

From there, we headed across the Bridge of Glass to photograph Malani and Allen on and around the Museum of Glass, where the next five photos were captured.

Engagement portrait on the top pavilion of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, with the Foss Waterway behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait in front of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, with the Foss Waterway behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

A pair of engagement portraits near the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait of a couple laying on a textured concrete surface at a small park along the Foss Waterway in Tacoma, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Then it was across the street and up the hill into the University of Washington Tacoma campus, where we created many great photos on some abandoned railroad tracks that cut through the campus. I love the overrun look of the vegetation there, including that brilliantly colored sumac tree and blue warehouse.

We’ll never be able to reproduce these next photos, because the city and university have adopted some grand plans to create a vibrant, useful trail and public space along these historic tracks. The area has already been cleaned up since our shoot, and the space between the tracks filled in with gravel, which ruins them for our particular purposes. In another year or so, it’s going to be so nice, and I’ll find new features to use in my photography, which is always fun. There are other places in Tacoma we can still get that “urban decay” look that photographs so well, though it seems every year they become more scarce.

Engagement portrait on the campus of the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, with a blue warehouse and colorful sumac tree behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait on the campus of the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, in front of a door to a blue warehouse, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait on the campus of the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, posed in front of a colorful sumac tree, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Malani and Allen are big fans of the Sounders, and soccer in general, and brought along a soccer ball to kick around for a few photos.

Candid photo of an engaged couple kicking a soccer ball on abandoned railroad tracks on the campus of the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Second candid photo of an engaged couple kicking a soccer ball on abandoned railroad tracks on the campus of the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Highlights from Malani and Allen’s wedding at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup will be coming here soon, stay tuned!

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