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Portrait of engaged man and woman next to a railing at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Just a few weeks before their April wedding, I met up with Susan and Roger at the Washington State History Museum in downtown Tacoma for their engagement portrait shoot. Our destination was the Museum of Glass and its surroundings, but the WSHM also has great architectural details to play with, as in the photo at top.

We headed across the Bridge of Glass, stopping in the shelter of the Seaform Pavilion partway across the span to capture what ended up being my favorite photo of the day, of Susan and Roger cuddling under 2,364 pieces of luminous Chihuly art glass.

Portrait of engaged man and woman under Dale Chihuly glass art on the Bridge of Glass at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Next, two photos of Susan and Roger in front of the Hotshop Cone at the Museum of Glass. I love the otherworldly skies and color pop of Susan’s yellow rain jacket in the ultra-wide second photo.

Black and white portrait of engaged man and woman in front of the Hotshop Cone at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle portrait of engaged man and woman across a pool of water in front of the Hotshop Cone at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Albers Mill, a historic brick apartment building neighboring the Museum of Glass, and the waterfront walkway along the Thea Foss Waterway, both provide several terrific settings for cool engagement portraits like the next five.

Black and white portrait of engaged man and woman on a rusty staircase outside Albers Mill near the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of engaged man and woman in a large windowsill at Albers Mill near the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white portrait of engaged man and woman in a large windowsill at Albers Mill near the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two engagement portraits of man and woman sitting on park bench and on concrete steps near the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Near the conclusion of Susan and Roger’s engagement portrait shoot, we headed north to the newly restored Murray Morgan Bridge. It was my first time back on the historic bridge since it reopened after major reconstruction, and while I was disappointed to see the cool criss-crossing metal railings are now mostly hidden by concrete barriers, you can see in these last three photos that it’s still very photogenic. And with its typically light traffic, poses in the middle of the road are pretty easy for fast-acting photographers.

Engagement portrait of man and woman on the Murray Morgan Bridge in downtown Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white engagement portrait of man and woman on the Murray Morgan Bridge in downtown Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle engagement portrait of man and woman on the Murray Morgan Bridge in downtown Tacoma, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Up next: Highlights from Susan and Roger’s wedding, which has already been featured in a wedding magazine and includes an award-winning portrait!

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