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When you really think about it, the bride and groom’s cutting of the wedding cake, and the feeding of said cake to each other, is a rather funny ritual. I’d be willing to bet it’s the most-photographed three minutes of a typical wedding day, even though it isn’t particularly photogenic. Generally speaking, no one likes being photographed while eating, especially when the bites are so big! The wedding cake is also a tradition that is rarely skipped, even at the most non-traditional weddings, although cupcakes and even fancy doughnuts are sometimes substituted in.

I have fun photographing this peculiar tradition, as well as the cakes themselves before the carnage occurs. You can see lots of cakes by our region’s biggest cake shop, Tacoma’s own Celebrity Cake Studio, in their pristine condition, right here on the Wallflower Blog.

The cutting of the cake is usually a pretty placid, predictable affair that I photograph candidly — don’t expect me to take the traditional posed photo of the bride and groom holding the cake knife at the ready, smiling at the camera. It’s very old-fashioned and cheesy. If you want it, you’ll have to ask very nicely.

The feeding of the cake, though … that can get pretty exciting! I’d estimate that in about 90% of our weddings, the feeding is performed politely and cleanly — or maybe with a little playful dab of frosting on the nose. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s the other 10% that I’m always secretly rooting for. A good cake-smash battle is great fun to photograph! Those are the kinds of photos that I’ll be showing off below.

Let’s start with Estrella and Cam’s cake smash, since I just recapped their Sodo Park wedding last week. This one was pretty sneaky! Cam gently fed a slice of cake to Estrella, and she returned the favor. Then, when her guard was down, our groom ambushed her with a perfectly deadpan expression on his face!

Photo of groom smashing wedding cake into bride's face during wedding at Sodo Park in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride smashing wedding cake into groom's face during wedding at Sodo Park in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Cam did a great job keeping a poker face, and even a seasoned wedding pro like me was a bit surprised by his smash. More often than not, though, the aggressor will flash a certain look right before making his or her move. In fact, Jenna is flashing that very look as she gives Corbin a little more cupcake than he can handle. I love Corbin’s look of surprise and disbelief! We just photographed their Space Needle wedding a few weeks ago, and you’ll find many more photos right here in about a month.

Photo of bride smashing cupcake into groom's face during wedding at the Space Needle in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom reacting after bride smashed cupcake into his face during wedding at the Space Needle in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Beth also has an extra little twinkle in her eyes before getting Peter during their wedding reception at the Tacoma Yacht Club. I always get a little nervous seeing forks involved in a cake smash, but I haven’t seen anyone get scratched or stabbed yet.

Photo of bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake during reception at the Tacoma Yacht Club, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride smashing cake into groom's face during reception at the Tacoma Yacht Club, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom's reaction after bride smashed wedding cake into his face during reception at the Tacoma Yacht Club, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

In this 2004 (!) wedding at the Washington State History Museum, Nicole warned Ryan to behave, but then went on the offense with a pre-emptive strike! Ryan got her back good, as their young son watched with a very worried look on his face.

Photo of bride warning groom about smashing cake during wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride smashing cake into groom's face during wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom smashing cake into bride's face during wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

At their Grand Holiday Ballroom wedding in Olympia, Chuck clearly has treachery in mind in the next photo. Too bad Heidi wasn’t keeping an eye on him! He cake-smashed her good, and then was able to defend himself against her counter-attack — until a groomsmen stepped in to make sure that he got his. That photo of Heidi’s revenge smash is an award-winner.

Photo of groom looking ornery as he prepared to smash cake into bride's face during wedding reception at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom about to feed each other wedding cake during wedding reception at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom smashing cake into bride's face during wedding reception at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride unsuccessfully attempting to smash cake into groom's face during wedding reception at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Award-winning photo of bride attempting to smash cake into groom's face during wedding reception at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom kissing with messy faces after smashing cake into each others' faces during wedding reception at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

During their reception at Lakewold Gardens, Aaron also made the first move, and Cynthia got her revenge — after telling everyone exactly what she was going to do.

Photo of groom smashing cake into bride's face during wedding reception at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride's reaction after groom smashed cake into her face during wedding reception at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride attempting to smash cake into groom's face during wedding reception at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Kris showed off a creative method to cake-smash Kayla during their Edgewater Hotel wedding — and get himself at the same time!

Photo of bride feeding wedding cake to groom during wedding reception at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom smashing cake between his face and his bride's face during wedding reception at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

I’m ending with the biggest cake battle I’ve witnessed in my nine years of wedding photography, which came courtesy of Monica and Derek last year at Thornewood Castle. Monica got Derek first, and might have avoided retaliation — until she attacked again and stuck a cake-y finger up his nose! Derek calmly withstood her assault, loaded up, and chased Monica around the cake table to extract his sweet revenge.

Photo of bride and groom about to feed each other cake during wedding reception at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride smashing cake into groom's face during wedding reception at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride smashing cake up groom's nose during wedding reception at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom chasing bride around wedding cake as he attempts to smash cake into her face during wedding reception at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom successfully smashing cake into bride's face during wedding reception at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Thanks to all the brides and grooms here, and others I haven’t included, who livened up your wedding receptions with a little cake-smashing fun!

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