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Photo of front cover of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photo by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

We look forward to the new South Sound Wedding & Event magazine at the start of every year, usually because we have a wedding or two featured in it. This year, our eager anticipation of its release hit a new high, as we were honored to be selected to take on the main editorial feature shoots, something we haven’t done for several years as we’ve focused almost exclusively on real weddings. Don’t worry, that won’t be changing, but I have to admit I had a great time working with publisher Paula Lowe, her crack team of wedding pros including stylist Melissa Anderson of Chémel Salon, and two terrific models, Rachel and Bree, from Hefner Management.

The shoot was staged at the magnificent Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines, a retirement home built by and for the Freemasons of Washington in the 1920s. I would love to photograph some real weddings one of these days, although I might not get the chance — it’s currently for sale and not accepting new event reservations at this time. Hopefully new ownership will take over soon, but if not, at least we were able to make good use of many of its wonderful features for the magazine!

I thought it would be more fun to photograph the magazine itself, rather than just showing off photos that were used in the magazine. Start with the cover photo (above), one of my favorite images from the whole shoot, featuring Rachel sitting in the sun, holding a dangly creation by Blitz & Co Florist. Then let’s jump straight to the first feature spread, Glamorous Gowns:

Photo of first spread of Glamorous Gowns feature in the 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

This next photo is another of my favorites from the shoot. It came during one of those lucky-timing moments that we’re always on the lookout for. We were in the library when light started to stream through a large antique skylight, illuminating an old wood bench in front of a painting of sailboats. Our model, Rachel, happened to be wearing a beautifully textured dress that fit the scene perfectly. In post, I kept a lot of the unique lighting’s warmth, which gives the photo a touch of a sepia tone, just like the painting.

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

During pauses while both models were being prepped, I shot details of the bouquets provided by Blitz and Amanda’s DFB Flower Co of Olympia, and bridal accessories of all kinds.

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos of bouquets by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos of bouquets by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos of bouquets by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos of bridal accessories by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

Here’s one of our featured Real Weddings in this issue: Michelle and Erik’s wedding at Union Station and the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma. We also featured their wedding on our blog, check it out!

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos from a real wedding photographed by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma at Union Station and the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos from a real wedding photographed by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma at Union Station and the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma

And here’s our other Real Wedding: Susan and Roger’s at First Presbyterian Church and the Courtyard Marriott, with a schoolbus ride down to the Ruston Way waterfront for a wedding party portrait shoot in between that netted us an award-winning photo earlier this year. I’m looking forward to featuring this wedding on our blog in a month or two.

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos from a real wedding photographed by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma at First Presbyterian Church, the Ruston Way waterfront, and the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma

Photo of inside pages of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos from a real wedding photographed by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma at First Presbyterian Church, the Ruston Way waterfront, and the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma

We were quoted in a well-written advice article about selecting a wedding photographer. The large photo on the right was from Danielle and Drew’s wedding, when coincidentally, we detoured to Ruston Way when traveling from ceremony to reception venue.

Photo of article about selection a photographer in the 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with a photo by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

And our photos appeared in a couple prominent ads, including for Metro Parks Tacoma, featuring another Danielle and Drew photo, and for Chambers Bay Golf Course, dominated by a photo from Julia and Miguel Angel’s wedding.

Photo of Metro Parks Tacoma ad in the 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photos by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of the Chambers Bay Golf Course ad in the 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photo by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

And last but not least, the In the Details page at the back of the magazine, which I thought formed a nice bookend with the front cover, both of the same model out in front of the Landmark.

Photo of the In the Details page in back of 2014 issue of South Sound Wedding and Event magazine, with photo by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma taken during a fashion shoot at the Landmark Convention Center in Des Moines

You can find this issue of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine on the newsstands of most major grocery stores in the area. UPDATE: And now you can view it online for free!

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