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While blogging a few days ago about Rachael and Steven’s wedding at the Washington State History Museum, I was reminded of several great candids that I captured of their daughter Peyton showing some emotion toward the end of their wedding ceremony.

It got me to thinking about all the great photos of kids in weddings that Laura and I have captured and created over the years — so I rounded some favorites up for a little feature on a wedding’s cutest participants, the flower girls and ring bearers. In the end, this might be my favorite blog post ever!

Let’s start with where we left off: Peyton watching Rachael and Steven exchange wedding rings, then sandwiching herself between them for the final proclamation and first kiss. I picked the first photo below for my Best of 2012 list, but I think I like the third one just as much, where she seems to be staring straight into the camera as she licks tears from her face.

Apparently I’m not the only one to feel that way, as “Girl Licking Tears” just placed 2nd in the Ceremony category of the latest photo contest held by the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association! The judge’s comment: “Great timing and expression! This image definitely stood out from the others.”

Candid photo of flower girl - the groom's daughter - crying as she watches the bride and groom exchanging rings during a wedding ceremony at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two candid photos of flower girl - the groom's daughter - sandwiched between the bride and groom at the end of their wedding ceremony at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Incidentally, if you ever want to see the world’s best wedding photojournalism combined with state-of-the-art (emphasis on art) post-production image processing, click through the full results of the latest WPJA Artistic Guild contest.

That same amphitheater at the Washington State History Museum was the site of what might be the best-known and most-used photo of our careers. These two whispering girls — fraternal twins, no less — have graced our magazine ads, wedding show handouts, and website since 2004! This photo also happens to be an award-winner in a Wedding Photojournalist Association contest from long ago.

Candid photo of two fraternal twin flower girls whispering to each other during a wedding ceremony at the Washington State History Museum, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

One more flower girl photo from the History Museum, this one shot in the top-floor conference room where the bride and bridesmaids got ready. I also took a “normal” photo, but this one’s way better.

Photo of flower girl making a face at the camera as the bride and bridesmaids pose behind her, after getting ready in an upstairs conference room at the Washington State History Museum, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another funny photo of face-making, courtesy of Noah and Sam.

Candid photo of one ring bearer using his fingers to make the other ring bearer, his younger brother, smile, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

This cutie popped up over the back of a chair in the Hotel Murano lobby and posed just long enough for me to capture this one shot.

Photo of flower girl grinning over the back of an orange chair in the lobby of the Hotel Murano, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Alohi, the groom’s daughter, looks so happy as she holds the long cathedral veil of her stepmom-to-be.

Photo of flower girl - the groom's daughter - smiling as she holds the bride's long veil in a side room at First Congregational Church (now Mars Hill Church), by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

These girls were so excited to get to hang out with Angela on these steps, waiting for the wedding ceremony to start. I’m looking forward to photographing the wedding of Angela’s sister Stephanie this summer!

Photo of bride and gang of flower girls laughing as they sit on steps just before the start of the wedding ceremony at a park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Pretty in orange for this summer wedding at Thornewood Castle.

Photo of flower girl in orange, carrying basket of flower petals, just before the wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on here with Magnus and Cashton, in the middle of a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park. But it makes me laugh.

Photo of two ring bearers making funny faces as they hold their father's hand in the middle of a wedding ceremony on the beach in front of the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Kaleb looks so tickled, watching his parents combine white and pink sand during their wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens.

Photo of ring bearer, the bride and groom's son, smiling as he watches them pour colored sand into a vase during a wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Grownups kissing is so gross.

Photo of ring bearer grimacing as the bride and groom have their first kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

This next photo was selected to represent Thornewood Castle for an article on historic wedding venues that appears in the current issue of Seattle Bride magazine.

Photo of bride and groom leaving the wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle as a gang of flower girls follows, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The staff at Chambers Bay Golf Course held an umbrella for the bride as she cut across the patio in a downpour. The flower girls and ring bearer weren’t so lucky.

Photo of two flower girls holding onto the ring bearer's arms as they hurry after the bride and groom across a rain-soaked patio at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Weddings are boring.

Photo of flower girls and ring bearer looking bored just after a wedding ceremony at Museum of Glass, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

A quirky “B side” portrait of the flower girl and ring bearer in front of Tacoma Union Station. Way more interesting than the smiling-at-the-camera shot I captured a half-second earlier.

Portrait of ring bearer looking sideways at the flower girl after a wedding at Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The bride’s two nephews shooting their Stomp Rocket at a wedding reception at Kitsap Memorial State Park.

Photo of ring bearers firing a Stomp Rocket during an outdoor wedding reception at Kitsap Memorial State Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Amid the bustle and booming music late into a wedding reception at Sodo Park, this ring bearer found a place to crash.

Photo of ring bearer asleep on a chair, late in a wedding reception at Sodo Park in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Here’s to another decade of photographing kids in weddings!

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