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Bride and Groom portrait inside Water Forest installation at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Heidi and Adam's customized wedding favor box

Regular Wallflower blog readers met Heidi and Adam when we blogged about their engagement portrait session at Point Defiance Park last fall. Back then, it seemed like their wedding was so far off, and so it was with a bit of shock that I sat down today to post some highlights from their Museum of Glass wedding last month on a flawless early-summer day.

The guys and girls got ready at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott hotel, then the whole wedding party walked down Pacific and onto the Bridge of Glass, the Chihuly-laden pedestrian bridge that serves as the grandest entrance to Museum of Glass. We took some portraits as we made our way across the bridge to the shade of the museum’s iconic Hotshop Cone, where we took the bulk of our wedding party portraits.

Wedding party portrait on Chihuly Bridge at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom portrait on Chihuly Bridge at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and bridesmaids candid at Hotshop Cone, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

Groom and groomsmen portrait at Hotshop Cone, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

Groom and groomsmen portrait at Hotshop Cone, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

Romantic bride and groom portrait at Hotshop Cone, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom portrait at Hotshop Cone, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

Museum of Glass weddings make us feel like kids in a candy store. The photographic possibilities are so boundless, we really need to form a plan of attack ahead of time or else we’ll skip from point to point like suger-addled youngsters. Since Heidi and Adam’s wedding ceremony would be held in front of one of the big outdoor glass exhibits, we decided to focus on utilizing the excellent views of the Thea Foss Waterway and the rusty metal stairwell of the lovingly restored, historic Albers Mill building next door for our bride and groom portraits. We also had our first opportunity to use the newly rebuilt Water Forest, which had been out of order for several years — that’s where the photo at the top of this blog post was shot.

Bride and groom portrait with Foss Waterway view at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom portrait on stairwell of historic Albers Mill in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom urban portrait with Museum of Glass Hotshop Cone in background

The wedding ceremony was held on the Main Plaza, the lowest of Museum of Glass’ three outdoor plazas, where a 754-piece installation of translucent white glass emerges from a reflecting pool. Museum of Glass weddings always mean some serious speed-walking for both of us, as we hurry to take advantage of terrific angles behind and above the ceremony to get some really cool perspectives on the ceremony and still get back to ground level in time for the ring exchange and first kiss.

Lens flare bathes bride and father in rainbows as they process into wedding ceremony at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Fluent Steps installation serves as wedding ceremony backdrop at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Overview of wedding ceremony on Main Plaza of Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Overview of wedding ceremony on Main Plaza of Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Moment of humor during wedding ceremony at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Laughing during wedding ceremony at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

After the ceremony, the wedding party headed back up the long staircase to celebrate for a few minutes (that’s the Thea’s Landing condo in the background, covered up during some renovations), and then ducked into the museum to sign the marriage license. Then Heidi and Adam took us down to the marina, where we took some portraits with their handmade Thank You! sign on Adam’s dad’s boat. They’re using one of the photos we took there for the front of the thank-you cards they’re sending to their guests.

Bride and groom moment immediately after wedding ceremony at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom with Thank You sign on boat in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom with Thank You sign on boat in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom on private dock on Foss Waterway near Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Bride reflected in groom's sunglasses in Tacoma, Washington

The wedding reception was already decked out in the museum’s Great Hall and ready to welcome guests. You can see the line for the buffet dinner in the back (served by Gallucci’s Catering) and the bar in the near-left corner. This is such a cool room, with the stairstepping ceiling and Hotshop Cone base providing visual interest. A few fun photos of Heidi’s dad’s toast and their first dance follow.

Overview of wedding reception in Grand Hall of Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington

Father gives toast at Museum of Glass wedding reception in Tacoma, Washington

Father gives toast at Museum of Glass wedding reception in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom's first dance at a Museum of Glass wedding reception in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom's first dance at a Museum of Glass wedding reception in Tacoma, Washington

Bride and groom's first dance at a Museum of Glass wedding reception in Tacoma, Washington

Congrats Heidi and Adam! We wish you all the best.

Tired girl at a Museum of Glass wedding reception in Tacoma, Washington

2 Responses to “Heidi and Adam’s wedding:
Museum of Glass, Tacoma”

  1. Heidi

    We love our pictures so much! Thank you Laura & Scott for capturing our wedding day so perfectly!

  2. Venue Leicester

    What a really interesting location! Lovely pictures 🙂

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