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Welcome to the 2014 edition of Wallflower Photography’s Best Of The Year blog series!

Every year in early January, we run a series of three blog posts to show off the best of our wedding photojournalism, wedding portraiture, and engagement portraiture from the year that just ended.

This is Part 2, Wedding Portraiture, which includes all wedding photos that were posed, or set up by us in some way, even though some might not look like it. Photos are grouped into four categories: Bride and Groom, Wedding Party, The Girls and The Guys.

Each photo is introduced with a little write-up, which you might find entertaining and/or educational. Aside from those, you might notice a few common themes in our posed photos of brides and grooms, brides and brides, and grooms and grooms. First, let me assure you that we do recognize the potential greatness of wedding portraits that feature serious expressions, interesting but rather unnatural poses, and/or making eye contact with the camera. We request these things at most, if not all, of the weddings we photograph, and we often get good results with them. But what we like more are portraits that reveal couples who look truly happy and deeply in love, and aren’t just putting on a face for the camera. You’ll see lots of genuine smiles, cuddling and occasionally kissing in our portraits, and in fact these moments are often candid within a posed setting, no doubt!

Without further ado, please enjoy our favorite posed wedding photos of 2014.

BRIDE AND GROOM

We start off with portraits from Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, a truly spectacular wedding venue where we got to photograph NINE weddings in 2014. It was incredibly difficult to limit ourselves to just five portraits for this category. Here’s what we picked, starting with two photos from Julia and Greg’s wedding in early May, one in the front yard and the second in the bay windows of the Presidential Suite.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Skip forward a few months for this portrait of Austen and Will in the Thornewood Castle sunken garden.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Elizabeth and Steven in the sunken garden.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Amanda and Brandon in their rented Bentley, with the start of sunset reflected in the windows.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Next, we switch to another fabulous wedding venue, Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place. You know it must be an amazing place to have been selected to host the U.S. Open golf tournament this year! But at the same time, it’s the least “golf course-y” golf course for weddings that we’ve seen. These first three portraits are of Brittany and Zak down at the beach at sunset in a whirlwind mini shoot so we could get them back to their party.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Silhouette portraits are one of our specialties, and Chambers Bay is a terrific place for them. If the one of Brittany and Zak above wasn’t proof enough, the two of Nikki and Aric below — at totally different times of the day — should do it.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

We saw both sun and rain during our three 2014 weddings at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup. First up is Anna and Eddie, who also saw both sun and rain on their wedding.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Then we have two humorous portraits of Courtney and Matt, the first one featuring her dad with a shotgun, then their son reacting to the activity occurring over his head.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

And last from RCG, a fun portrait of Sierra and Travis framed in a garden arch. The rain never wiped those smiles from their faces.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

We were disappointed to not be able to include even more than these three portraits from Heather and Josh’s wedding at Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Nico and Andrew are posed on one of the little bridges spanning a creek at the Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville, with color provided by a huge flowering cherry tree in the background.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Then Nico and Andrew are framed by the arms of a statue of dancing girls in a Hollywood Schoolhouse courtyard.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

After their wedding ceremony and reception, Varee and Erich hired me to stay with them for a couple more hours so we could go on a ‘portrait tour’ of several photogenic places around Seattle. Our first stop might have been the best: the Woodland Park Rose Garden, where I shot these two candid-esque portraits.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Between Lauren and Tim’s Olympia-area wedding ceremony and reception, we stopped by the state capitol campus for portraits on and around the Legislative Building, including this next photo.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A portrait of Gabi and Brandon gazing at each other outside the famous Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. I nestled into a Japanese maple to get those red leaves to frame them.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Cherry gives John a nuzzle during their wedding at her parents’ park-like property near Olympia.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Katie and Scot in front of the historic Belle Chapel in Snohomish.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Holli and John on a bench in the Asian Rainforest section of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. This is a pose we’ve used many times before, though it’s usually the bride with her feet kicked up on the bench. A little miscommunication led to a role reversal that led to one of our favorite portraits of the year!

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Here’s something unusual: a funky, semi-translucent frame for this portrait of Maile and Toka in front of the iconic Hotshop Cone at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. This would look so cool printed on aluminum …

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Cynthia and Anthony sharing a laugh while sitting in the center of Water Forest at the Museum of Glass. Water fills each of the cylinders and flows out the top just fast enough to coat the sides.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Cynthia and Anthony at the Museum of Glass again, this time at dusk, with the illuminated glass of Fluent Steps providing some lovely shape and color.

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

And we end with two night portraits of Constance and Daniel, whose wedding at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma was our first at this unique wedding venue. My two biggest takeaways: One, the architecture and huge window wall with the view of downtown Tacoma are so cool, you hardly notice the rows of gleaming antique cars (except when you want to notice them). You don’t have to be a car lover to love this space. And two, it’s a very challenging venue for actually photographing a wedding, whether day and night, and I was very thankful to have brought my full set of lights to the party!

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed bride and groom wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

WEDDING PARTY

With so many great wedding party portraits to pull from, we forced ourselves to pick fewer than ten out of the 32 weddings we photographed in 2014, and favored photos that have energy, creative groupings/poses/formations of wedding party members, terrific settings, and/or interesting camera angles.

First up is Maile and Toka’s wedding party, posed in front of the Albers Mill apartment building next to the Museum of Glass. It was a hot summer day and shade was practically a requirement, both for light quality and basic human comfort, and we found plenty of it in this unique glass and metal setting. I’m glad we let the guys keep holding their cigars for this photo; in fact, I often wish groomsmen had a prop to hold, just as the bridesmaids have their bouquets.

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Still at the Museum of Glass on a similarly hot and sunny day, it’s Cynthia and Anthony’s wedding party in the sliver of shade cast by the elevator’s unique roof on the top level of the building.

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Brittany and Zak had the coolest sky for their wedding at Chambers Bay Golf Course, which helped us win an award for one of their ceremony photos. Here, we pulled our bride and groom forward to quickly and easily break up the more formal all-in-line portrait that we started with.

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Then we opened it up for their fun-loving bridesmaids and groomsmen to strike a pose.

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

We did something similar for this portrait of Chanel and Andy’s wedding party at Thornewood Castle. We started with the signs and sign-holders all in a nice, tidy line, then asked them to shake it up a bit. Of course, it’s the groomsmen in mid-air who really steals the thunder.

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Sarah and Andrew with their wedding party in an informal asymmetrical scatter pose on the decommissioned railroad tracks near their wedding venue, The Canal in Ballard. (Please never pose on train tracks that are still in use!)

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A symmetrical coupled scatter pose for Lauren and Tim’s wedding party on the Legislative Building steps in Olympia.

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

And … I don’t really know what to call this particular pose, with Adele and Dave and their kids in the shade at the back of Thornewood Castle. But I like it!

A posed wedding party photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

THE GIRLS

Beautiful window light for a beautiful bride. Laura shot this portrait of Brittany in her hotel room at the Hampton Inn in DuPont.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

This portrait of Nico almost qualified for two categories in our Best of 2014 blog series: this one in the Wedding Portraiture post, and the Detail category in the Wedding Photojournalism post.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Cynthia’s beauty, her jewelry bouquet and spiky tiara, and the cool tones I chose for this image make me think of a certain crazy-popular new Disney movie princess. That diamond pattern behind her is the Hotshop Cone at the Museum of Glass.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Freida and Sabra, two Southern girls enduring the spring chill and their feet slowly sinking into the wet sand for this fisheye portrait from Owen Beach in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

I know, the bride and bridesmaid pose where everyone is told to look at each other is cliche and cheesy-sounding, but you know what? We get great results almost every time. Some good advice for the ladies: I understand if it feels a bit uncomfortable, but don’t overact the part with exaggerated expressions, talking and fast movements. Just hold relatively still, look toward the middle, smile and laugh without going overboard. (Fake laughter is okay, I’m not shooting a video.)

I included three of these portraits, with the first being of Adele and her bridsmaids in the Grandview Suite of Thornewood Castle, just after getting ready for the ceremony.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Next, it’s Julia and her bridesmaids at the back of Thornewood Castle.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

And here’s Cynthia and her bridesmaids in the shade of Albers Mill next to the Museum of Glass.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

I can’t really explain what it is, but there’s just something about this photo — an outtake shot before we had finished setting up the pose — that I really like. That’s the view at Chambers Bay Golf Course, if you didn’t recognize it from earlier photos of Brittany and Zak’s wedding.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Sierra and her bridesmaids in what we call a ‘receding line’ formation, in a little courtyard at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup during a quick break in the rain.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Amanda and Kristofer’s flower girl brought her shark costume specifically for this shot inside the shark jaws at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

THE GUYS

I shot three same-sex weddings in 2014, one with double brides and two of the groom-groom variety. I got super-lucky by getting four great guys with interesting, photogenic weddings.

Here are two portraits of Cedric and Kevin in a corner of the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

And another of Cedric and Kevin in their car out by the front door. There’s a radio-controlled flash unit in the car with them, providing most of the light on their faces.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Arthur and Joe are featured in the next three portraits, all shot in the immediate vicinity of their wedding reception venue, The Bistro at Russell Landing on Joint Base Lewis McChord. I’ve always enjoyed photographing grooms in uniform, and it’s quite the sight to double down!

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Here’s that ‘receding line’ pose that I showed off with Sierra and her bridesmaids above, and now it’s of her husband Travis and his groomsmen, but this time in the opposite direction, with serious expressions and in black and white.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Another serious groomsmen portrait in black and white, this time of Tim and his groomsmen near their wedding venue, The Heritage Room on Capitol Lake.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

Photographing guys in uniform is particularly fun when they bring swords, as Zak and his groomsmen did. Best yet, I hardly had to adjust the poses they came up with on their own. (Though if I had a re-do, I’d swap the two guys in the distant right to better reveal the sword-golfer. Perfection is so difficult to achieve.)

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

We ended the Girls section with a mini cutie, and now here’s the boy version, featuring Courtney and Matt’s favorite little guy. I just started calling out a series of specific facial expressions, and he was more than happy to comply.

A posed wedding photo selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

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See Part 1 of this blog series: Wallflower Photography’s Best Wedding Photojournalism of 2014
See Part 3 of this blog series: Wallflower Photography’s Best Engagement Portraits of 2014

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