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Bride and groom portraits at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

We’ve had to wait a few years before we finally landed our first wedding at Chambers Bay, Tacoma’s newish high-end golf course that will be hosting the U.S. Amateur in less than two months, and the U.S. Open in 2015, which might just be the biggest event that our fair city has ever hosted. Our experience there was well worth that wait.

Aubrey and Mark’s wedding ceremony actually took place a few miles away at University Place Presbyterian, the church of Aubrey’s family. Following the ceremony, the couple made a “fake exit” in a Clenet — the sweetest wheels we’ve seen at a wedding — while their guests headed off to a cocktail hour at Chambers Bay. They returned a little while later to take care of the family portraits at the church, and then piled into two vans along with their big wedding party to visit some of Chambers Bay’s most scenic spots.

Groom and groomsmen lift Clenet's hood in Tacoma, Washington

Bride inspects wedding dress at University Place Presbyterian Church

Groom and parents enter wedding ceremony in Tacoma, Washington

Overview of wedding ceremony at University Place Presbyterian Church

Looking through window at wedding ceremony in Tacoma, Washington

Lighthearted moment during wedding ceremony at University Place Presbyterian Church

Ring ceremony at University Place Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom leaving University Place Presbyterian Church in Clenet

Bride and groom leaving University Place Presbyterian Church in Clenet

Groom with flowergirls at University Place Presbyterian Church

Shooting portraits toward the sun is very challenging, but that’s where the view was. We pulled off some pretty sweet shots with max-power flash and a little after-the-fact Photoshop work.

Bride and groom portrait overlooking Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom portrait overlooking Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Full wedding party portrait overlooking Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Washington

Groom and groomsmen wedding party portrait near Chambers Bay

Bride and bridesmaids wedding party portrait overlooking Chambers Bay

Then we headed down the hill to the sorting bins, ancient relics of the land’s past life as a gravel quarry that now add character to the golf course. These 40-foot-tall concrete slabs and the hilly terrain around them made a truly unique backdrop for our bride and groom portraits, and we had a blast making use of them!

Bride and groom portraits at the sorting bins at Chambers Bay Golf

Bride and groom near a sorting bin at Chambers Bay Golf (aged photo)

Bride and groom near a sorting bin at Chambers Bay Golf (aged photo)

Bride and groom kiss at the sorting bins at Chambers Bay Golf

Bride and groom moment at the sorting bins at Chambers Bay Golf

After getting introduced into their reception and enjoying dinner, Aubrey’s maid of honor kicked off the toasts with a fun game that we hope to see again someday. The newlyweds stood back to back, each holding one of their shoes and one of the other’s shoes. The MOH quizzed them on who better fit a series of descriptions, and answers were made by raising the appropriate shoe. It was certainly entertaining! Dancing followed …

Introduced into the reception at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Maid of honor's toast at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Aubrey is the mutual answer to that question!

Best man's toast at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

First dance overview at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, WashingtonFirst dance at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

First dance at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Meanwhile, as dusk began to fall, the sky burst into ridiculously vibrant color, and there was no better place to view the most amazing sunset we’ve seen in our 15 years in Tacoma than the top of the cliff overlooking Chambers Bay. Believe it or not, we actually had to turn down the color in these last two photos!

Sunset kiss at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Sunset portrait at Chambers Bay Golf in Tacoma, Washington

Congrats Aubrey and Mark, and best of luck as you settle into your new home in San Francisco!

2 Responses to “Aubrey and Mark’s wedding:
Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place”

  1. Rachel braaten

    AMAZING!… Beautiful! I was there next to guys video taping and you guys somehow made it more colorful than real life!! True artistry!

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