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Portrait of bride and groom sitting on a pew at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

For our last wedding of 2011, we met up with Chrissie and Austin at the Chapel on Echo Bay (aka the Fox Island Chapel) on a drizzly December day. Laura launched right into photographing Chrissie’s final preparations in the chapel’s downstairs bathroom, while I caught some candids of wedding guests upstairs, including a few of Austin’s son and Chrissie’s nephew (both 3 years old) chasing each other up and down the aisle.

Two photos of bride getting ready at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of two boys running down aisle before wedding at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Since we took care of most portraits before the ceremony, we staged a first-look for Chrissie and Austin downstairs, where the dim lighting made the moment a little more romantic. The two also signed their marriage license down there, where the mood ranged from serious to happy to mock-stern.

Photo of bride and groom sharing a quiet moment after seeing each other for the first time before their wedding at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Series of three photos of bride and groom signing their marriage license at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

My favorite pre-ceremony bride and groom portraits include the photo at the top of this post, and the one below in front of Chapel on Echo Bay’s huge backdrop windows.

Portrait of bride and groom touching foreheads at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

At the start of the ceremony, Austin and his son walked down the aisle together, followed by Chrissie and her brother. Winter-themed ceremony decor, with a touch of Christmas flavor, was created by Jen’s Blossoms and supplemented by seasonal decorations already hung at the chapel.

Photo of groom and his son, the ring bearer, walking down the aisle at the start of his wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and her brother about to walk down the aisle at the start of her wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wide-angle photo of wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of holiday-themed pinecones aisle decoration by Jen's Blossoms during wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Expert wedding minister Annemarie Juhlian officiated the wedding, and did a perfect job as always. We’ve worked a few weddings with Annemarie over the years, and highly recommend her!

Photo of bride's expression during her wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), led by expert officiant Annemarie Juhlian, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride's excited reaction just before first kiss during wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom walking down aisle after wedding ceremony at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Right after the ceremony, Chrissie and Austin released doves, which is always a fun event to photograph! Come back to the Wallflower Blog next week to see highlights from their dove release and a few others, including a butterfly release!

We wanted to capture a final few post-wedding portraits of Chrissie and Austin outdoors, but the weather was pretty terrible. Instead, we made good use of the lower floor’s French doors to stay dry while getting that beautiful view of Echo Bay in our photos. For the second photo below, I wanted to give the impression that they were out in the elements, so I opened the double-doors and posed our bride and groom in the center of the opening, just inside the shelter.

Portrait of bride and groom kissing by French doors at lower floor of Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of bride and groom sheltered by unseen French doors at lower floor of Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Then we grabbed our wedding umbrellas (the white one being our Bella Umbrella) for a two-minute shoot in the rain — well worth the trouble for this photo alone! As I turned to head back indoors, I caught Austin’s mom and daughter watching us from the upstairs windows.

Portrait of bride and groom with umbrellas outside Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel) on a rainy December day, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of wedding guests watching bride and groom out the big windows at Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island Chapel), by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The wedding reception was held in the Cascade Room at the lovely Inn at Gig Harbor. It was a nice, cozy room for this small wedding of only 14 people, including the bride and groom. Tables were set up in a U shape, and Chrissie and Austin enjoyed their first dance right in the center.

Photo of front entrance of Inn at Gig Harbor at dusk on a rainy December day, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of small wedding reception in the Cascade Room of the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom's first dance during their wedding reception in the Cascade Room at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Tight photo of bride and groom during their first dance at their wedding reception in the Cascade Room at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Holiday-themed cake by Celebrity Cake Studio.

Photo of wedding cake in the Cascade Room at Inn at Gig Harbor, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake during their wedding reception in the Cascade Room at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

I’m going to wrap up this wedding recap with a bit of a teaser. The vase below, filled with layers of different-colored sand, was created at Chrissie and Austin’s wedding. Visit here on Monday to discover who created it, and what it represents!

Photo of vase holding layers of colored sand, the end result of a unique family sand-combining ceremony, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

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