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Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" and "gracias" at Chambers Bay Golf Course, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Thank-you sign portraits have sure been popular this year! Never heard of them? Several of our recent brides and grooms have prepared signs in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and fonts, all with the words “THANK YOU” (and sometimes more). We’re happy to dedicate a few extra minutes to photographing them holding those signs, and they later use these photos for their thank-you cards. We even offer beautiful cards in all sorts of formats and shapes that are way nicer than what non-professional photographers have access to purchase online.

Here are thank-you sign portraits from five different couples (in order of appearance): Julia and Miguel Angel, Chrissie and Austin (wedding recap coming soon), Heidi and Adam, Hillary and DB (from 2007!), and Jessie and TJ. You’ll find more than one photo for each couple, and these are just our favorites — we like to give our clients a few options to choose from!

Julia and Miguel win the award for most creative thank-you sign, and bonus points for going bilingual, which makes sense when you know that the two met and live in Spain. Our only challenge here was that it was a windy day on the bluff at Chambers Bay Golf Course, and some of those letters liked to flip out of position. The silver lining was the way the gusts played with Julia’s long veil! The photo at the top of this post was the keeper, but these alternate photos below are pretty nice, too.

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" and "gracias" at Chambers Bay Golf Course, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" and "gracias" at Chambers Bay Golf Course, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" and "gracias" at Chambers Bay Golf Course, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Chrissie and Austin just got married last month at Chapel at Echo Bay, and being that it was raining while we took these photos, the two are actually standing just inside the French doors at the back of the chapel. With careful framing, we were able to hide that fact pretty well!

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" at Chapel on Echo Bay, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" at Chapel on Echo Bay, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Heidi and Adam were fortunate to have access to a sweet boat — belonging to Adam’s dad — docked right next to their wedding venue, the Museum of Glass. We had fun shooting a few portraits of them on the boat, with and without their thank-you sign!

Photo of bride and groom holding sign reading "thank you" on boat docked by Museum of Glass, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding sign reading "thank you" on boat docked by Museum of Glass, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

These two portraits with Hillary and DB are the oldest here, dating from their Salty’s at Alki wedding in March 2007. I suppose that makes them pioneers of the thank-you sign portrait!

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" on dock near Salty's at Alki, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding signs reading "thank you" on dock near Salty's at Alki, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Last, we have thank-you sign portraits with Jessie and TJ in front of the towering Orizon sculpture outside Hotel Murano … but wait, where are the words? Never fear, these two decided to add the text to their blank sign later with photo editing software. We can offer these services as well.

Photo of bride and groom holding blank sign in front of Orizon sculpture at Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding blank sign in front of Orizon sculpture at Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding blank sign in front of Orizon sculpture at Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

While it’s pretty easy to include thank-you sign portraits, we do have one important tip. It’s no fun lugging signs around with us on a mid-wedding-day portrait shoot, so these signs need to be planted in a location in close proximity to both us and a photogenic backdrop. After a few minutes of photography, we’ll need to be able to leave the signs behind as we move on. We’re always happy to consult on where good locations would be, but we’ll leave the sign creation up to our clients!

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