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Portrait of bride and groom in front of the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, where their wedding reception was held, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I was super-excited for Jessica and Brian’s wedding because it finally gave me the chance to photograph a bride, groom and wedding party at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. It didn’t disappoint, and in addition, I got to photograph in two amazing historic Seattle buildings: the Josephinum and the Sorrento Hotel. (If you didn’t already know, I love historic buildings.)

But first, we start with our bride in plainclothes, getting her hair and makeup done at Swink Style Bar, an excellent salon on Stewart. I was psyched to nail this double-reflection of Jessica checking out the back of her hairdo with a bridesmaid smiling big, and the other two photos are fun, too.

Candid wedding photo of bride in Swink Salon in Seattle, looking at her hair in a double reflection, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of bride's reflection in round mirrors at Swink Salon in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo shot from overhead of bride getting makeup applied in Swink Salon in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Then we headed off to the Sorrento Hotel, a century-old historic hotel with fabulous brick architecture in the Italian Renaissance style that was inspired by a hotel in Sorrento, Italy. It’s where the photo at the top of this blog post was shot, though that was later in the day.

No two of the Sorrento’s 76 guestrooms and suites are alike, they say. The suite shared by Jessica, her mom and bridesmaids was very spacious and comfortable, which isn’t usually the case in hotel rooms.

Candid wedding photo of bride's sister and mother lacing up her wedding dress in a room at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of bride's mother fastening a necklace on her daughter's neck in a room at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Detail wedding photo of bride's red shoes on a pillow from a room at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

In the limo to the wedding ceremony, Jessica’s bridesmaids presented her with the wonderfully sentimental gift of a photo album. You’ll seldom go wrong with the gift of a photo!

Candid wedding photo of bride in a limo looking at a photo album given to her by her bridesmaids, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of bride in a limo reacting emotionally to a photo album given to her by her bridesmaids, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Check out this beauty of a church! It’s Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, a relatively new church in an old building: the Josephinum on 2nd and Stewart, a block from Pike Place Market. I love the intricate ceiling moldings and huge stained-glass windows that kept the room pleasantly bright and airy — an uncommon characteristic of historic Catholic churches!

Candid wedding photo of wedding ceremony in Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle, showing off the historic building's beautiful windows and ceiling, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of priest holding the wedding rings during a ceremony in Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of priest and wedding guests raising their hands in support of the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony in Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of a bride and groom's first kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony in Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of bride and groom celebrating at the end of their wedding ceremony in Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

After the wedding ceremony and all the family portraits, I hopped into a limo with the full wedding party and headed off to Olympic Sculpture Park — capturing some champagne celebration photos in the meantime.

Candid wedding photo of the wedding party celebrating with champagne in a limo, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of a bride and groom celebrating with their wedding party in a limo, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Our time at the Olympic Sculpture Park was somewhat limited, but we were still able to visit most of its best attractions. You’ll see a couple photos at the giant, rusty metal sculptures entitled Wake, a towering red metal sculpture called The Eagle, and the colorful glass wall called Seattle Cloud Cover. Cool stuff! That said, some of my favorite photos from our photo shoot were just in front of a bank of greenery — maybe not as unique or spectacular, but very pretty.

Portrait of wedding party sitting on big steps at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of wedding party posed in front of a huge, rusty metal sculpture at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of bride and groom by giant metal sculptures at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Detail photo of a bride's bouquet as she and her groom kiss during a portrait shoot at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bridesmaids laughing during a portrait shoot at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide-angle portrait of a bride and groom under a huge red metal sculpture called Eagle during a wedding-day portrait shoot at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom walking along a colorful glass wall at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Fun footwear, and so practical! I don’t think I heard a single groan of pain or complaint about sore feet from Jessica the whole day.

Detail photo of a bride and groom's cute shoes, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Then we were back to the Sorrento Hotel for the wedding reception, though this time up to the top floor. The Top of the Town is a gorgeous octagonal room with a 15-foot cathedral-style ceiling and big view windows.

Overview photo of wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Fisheye overview photo of wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of wedding guests laughing and balancing spoons on their noses during a wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Jessica and Brian are cake lovers, and instead of having one big wedding cake, they had a whole table of regular-sized cakes, complete with a menu sign so wedding guests could know what they’re cutting into. They had a little battle over frosting on the face when feeding each other pieces of cake (which I’m always secretly cheering for — makes for great photos!).

Detail photo of wedding cake table at a wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom battling as they prepare to feed wedding cake to each other during their wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Detail photo of the wedding cake after it had been cut by the bride and groom during a wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

One last photo, this one a pretty detail photo of Jessica and Brian’s wedding rings sitting on a flower, lit by candlelight.

Detail photo of the bride and groom's wedding rings sitting on a dahlia flower and lit by candlelight at a wedding reception at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats Jessica and Brian!

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