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Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park with seagull friend behind

Just a few days before Christmas last year, I met up with Rachael and Mike at Point Defiance Park to shoot their engagement portraits while they were in town visiting her family. Living in New York but marrying at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood this past July, they wanted their engagement portraits to have a real Northwest flavor. For that, it’s pretty hard to beat the lush, soggy rainforest and rocky beaches of Point Defiance Park!

Our first stop was the Rhododendron Garden, located right at the start of Five Mile Drive. There aren’t any flowers in December, but this area has plenty of great photo settings — and very little mud.

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple in front of moss-covered tree branches in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple sneaking a kiss sitting on moss-covered tree branches in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple standing under tall trees in Point Defiance Park

Next was a visit to Owen Beach, where the typically gray skies gave us beautiful soft lighting.

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple sitting on driftwood at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple kissing while sitting on driftwood at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with black and white photo of engaged couple laughing at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple walking along Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with black and white photo of engaged couple embracing at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple sitting at base of concrete sea wall at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park

Then we headed further down Five Mile Drive to another section of forest that I found last year and love photographing in.

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple kissing in lush rain forest at Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple standing on mossy forest floor under tall frees at Point Defiance Park

Tacoma Engagement Portrait Photographer, Wallflower Photography, with photo of engaged couple dwarfed by tall trees at Point Defiance Park

Highlights from Rachael and Mike’s wedding at Thornewood Castle will be appearing here on the Wallflower Blog in a matter of days — stay tuned!

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