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Portrait of groom and bride, with long veil flying in the wind, on the bluff at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Every year we book a few weddings of engaged couples who are getting married in our area but currently live far away. Julia and Miguel Angel trumped them all by being our first to plan their wedding from a different continent! Julia, who grew up in University Place, met her groom-to-be in Miguel’s hometown of Almonte, Spain, where she held a temporary teaching position. They got married there in a small ceremony, but wanted to have a second wedding in Julia’s hometown so her friends and family could attend. Chambers Bay Golf Course proved to be the perfect venue for their Spanish-flavored wedding day.

Julia and Miguel stuck with the 6 hours of photography in our starter package, and chose to skew our time with them toward the reception end of their wedding day, so we skipped getting-ready photos altogether and launched right in with portraits in the Central Meadow. We started with the farthest point — the beach, accessible via a curvy new pedestrian bridge over the existing railroad tracks. Then we meandered our way back to the parking lot, where we met their wedding party for portraits and to kick around a soccer ball.

Photo of bride and groom walking across the pedestrian bridge to the beach at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Fisheye portrait of bride and groom at the end of the pedestrian bridge spanning railroad tracks at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom on the beach at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Traditional portrait of bride and groom on the beach at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Overhead photo of bride and groom walking on the beach at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Historically, the Chambers Bay property was a sand and gravel mine with a great view. When famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II designed Chambers Bay, he left several “ancient ruins” from the site’s mining era that are very easy to reach — even in high heels.

Portrait of bride and groom by one of the concrete ruins from the mining era of the Chambers Bay site, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of bride and groom by another of the concrete ruins from the mining era of the Chambers Bay site, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wind is common down on the Central Meadow, and I love this last portrait of Julia and Miguel for the kites soaring overhead. Also, check out Julia’s bouquet, which had part of her grandmother’s beaded wedding veil wound around its base.

Portrait of bride and groom on the Central Meadow of Chambers Bay, with kites flying overhead, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of the bride's bouquet, which had part of her grandmother’s beaded wedding veil wound around its base, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

On my way back to the car, I snapped this photo of the Chambers Bay clubhouse (at left) and the huge, plush tent (at right) where wedding receptions and rainy-day ceremonies take place. The patio between the two buildings was the site of today’s wedding ceremony.

Photo of the Chambers Bay clubhouse (at left) and the huge, plush tent (at right) where wedding receptions and rainy-day ceremonies take place, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Instead of attaching their wedding rings to a pillow for their ring bearer to carry into the ceremony, Julia and Miguel suspended theirs in a little moss-filled jar.

Detail photo of wedding rings suspended in a little moss-filled jar, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of ring bearer checking out jar with suspended wedding rings, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The sun was low in the sky as the wedding ceremony started, casting long shadows and giving us dramatic lighting. In one of the sweeter moments during the ceremony, Miguel spoke his vows in English, a language he’s been working hard to learn. Then, after their first kiss, they danced their way down the aisle, followed by their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Wide-angle photo of wedding ceremony on the patio next to the Chambers Bay clubhouse, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of wedding ceremony on the patio next to the Chambers Bay clubhouse, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of groom speaking his vows, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of bride and bridesmaids reacting to groom speaking his vows, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of bride hugging groom after speaking his vows, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of bride and groom dancing down the aisle after their first kiss, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Following the ceremony, we shot a series of family portraits as colors bloomed in the sky behind us. We had to get a few final portraits with Julia and Miguel under that beautiful sky before moving on with the reception.

Portrait of kissing bride and groom partially silhouetted against a sunset sky, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of bride and groom lit by flash against a sunset sky, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Since our last wedding at Chambers Bay, great swaths of billowing fabric have been hung from the ceiling of their huge tent, which really dresses the place up!

Wide-angle photo of wedding reception in the tent at Chambers Bay Golf Course, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Given this was their second wedding, Julia and Miguel chose a fitting motto for it: “We do … again!” The phrase appeared in several places, including on the labels of these little bottles of Spanish olive oil, one of their wedding favors. Soccer fans will recognize the Real Madrid logo on the groom’s cake. The topper on the bride’s cake were two figurines that first graced Julia’s grandmother and granfather’s wedding cake!

Detail photo of bottles of olive oil with labels declaring the wedding motto, "We do ... again!", by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of wedding cakes with antique, sentimental cake toppers and Real Madrid logo, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of topper on bride's cake, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

You don’t get a much prettier background to the wedding toasts as we had. I love how the sky is a bit darker behind each subsequent toaster. There’s no better sunset venue than Chambers Bay in the South Sound.

Photo of bride giving a toast on the mike and groom holding her notes, with a beautiful sunset behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride hugging her father after he finished his toast, with a beautiful sunset behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of maid of honor giving her toast, with a beautiful sunset behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of the groom's son, his best man, giving a toast, with a beautiful sunset behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The skies were nearly dark by the time Julia and Miguel fed each other pieces of cake.

Photo of bride and groom kissing after feeding each other wedding cake, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

There are a few great moments from Julia and Miguel’s wedding day that I’ve left out of this post, because I want to feature them more prominently in Focal Point posts. Check back again soon to learn more about dove and butterfly releases!

One Response to “Julia and Miguel Angel’s wedding:
Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place”

  1. Joel Arredondo

    Hi.

    Those are extraordinary pictures. Whith gratulatios.

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