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Portrait of bride and groom on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Who wants to get married in February?

It’s our slowest month of the year, a desert wasteland for weddings. Some years we go the whole month without a wedding to photograph. Frankly, it’s boring.

So we’re always so happy when February couples like Annie and Dave come knocking — especially when they’ve booked a photogenic venue like the Golden Gardens Bathhouse and have a quirky sense of humor about weddings, like these two did!

Annie had 11 bridesmaids (which I confirmed is a Wallflower record) and each was instructed to purchase her own dress independently along the following guidelines specified by the bride herself: rainbow color, jewel toned, knee to floor length, think ’80s prom, the more bows and ruffles the better.

In a fortunate coincidence, each primary color was picked by two ladies, who were then paired up with one of the five groomsmen, who escorted them to the ceremony site on the sandy Golden Gardens beach. They were followed by Annie’s niece escorting two dapper young nephews, and then Annie herself on the arms of her mom and brother. Behold:

Photo of groomsman escorting two bridesmaids in purple to a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groomsman escorting two bridesmaids in blue to a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groomsman escorting two bridesmaids in green to a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groomsman escorting two bridesmaids in orange to a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groomsman escorting two bridesmaids in red to a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of junior bridesmaid escorting two young ring bearers to a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wide-angle photo of bride being escorted by her mom and brother to her wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Tight photo of bride being escorted by her mom and brother to her wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two broad perspectives on the wedding ceremony. Those leaden clouds overhead add a certain drama (and nice even lighting) to the scene, don’t they?

Wide-angle photo of wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Another photo of wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, showing the historic brick bathhouse, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Dave is from a Jewish family, and he and Annie were married under the Chuppah from his aunt’s wedding. Close family members held the poles.

Photo of bride during wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of groom during wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two quirky photos from the ceremony:

Photo of sailboats framed between groomsmen during a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of the ring bearers making funny faces during a wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, Annie and Dave walked off to the water’s edge for a few minutes to themselves before rejoining us for a quick portrait shoot. That’s Shilshole Marina in the background.

Photo of bride and groom holding hands as they walk along the beach just after their wedding ceremony on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

I often talk about the post-wedding work that we perform on every photo that we deliver, when we use software to apply the vibrant, detailed “look” that Wallflower Photography is known for.

This work is often subtle, and when applied consistently throughout a whole wedding’s worth of images, you don’t notice any obvious manipulation — although the work would be easily identifiable if you were given the chance to compare the raw, straight-from-camera photo to the final, “polished” image.

We were fortunate to get dry weather for Annie and Dave’s wedding, and even lighting from those cloudy skies, but that featureless white blanket overhead was pretty boring.

So, in the following portrait of Annie and all her bridesmaids, I got to work performing a variety of enhancements, using a total of three software programs to boost color, remove background clutter, correct some minor lens distortion, and enhance detail to a stronger degree than usual, particularly in the sky.

I think the end result is not only gorgeous, but more representative of those jewel tones that Annie wanted from her bridesmaids. Mouse over the photo to see the original, raw, straight-from-camera version.

Notice that even though the work I performed is a bit heavy-handed, I didn’t fake anything. All that detail in the sky is present in the raw version, I just enhanced it — a lot. If it’s too much for you, we can always back it off a bit.

Moving on, we photographed the full wedding party in a “scatter formation” under a photogenic stand of tall, leafless trees, and then the bride and groom in variety of poses, including the three below.

Portrait of full wedding party, scattered under a stand of trees on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Romantic black and white portrait of bride and groom by a stand of trees on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Creative portrait of bride and groom on the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Annie and Dave’s wedding reception was held in the historic Golden Gardens Bathhouse, right next to the beach. This brick building was built in the 1930s and renovated in 2004 in a way that provided modern comforts while preserving much of its historic character. It’s a lovely building, as you can see!

Portrait of bride and groom in front of the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wedding cupcakes were made by two bridesmaids. You can see how Annie lulled Dave into a false sense of security before cramming that cupcake! (As for that neck bandaid? We think Annie got poked by the pin in Dave’s boutonniere while snuggling close during portraits. Yikes!)

Wide-angle photo of wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of cupcake stand during a wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom preparing to feed each other cupcakes during a wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom feeding each other cupcakes during a wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride smashing a cupcake in her groom's face during a wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

I thought I had a particularly nice, artistic set of photos from Annie and Dave’s first dance, which then led to the wedding couple being lifted up while sitting on chairs, which I think is my favorite Jewish wedding tradition.

Fisheye photo of bride and groom's first dance during a wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom kissing during their first dance at their wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom's first dance at their wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom being lifted up in their chairs during their wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Another candid photo of bride and groom lifted up in their chairs at their wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

We’ll wrap up Annie and Dave’s wedding recap with this big hug for mom, one of the last photos I took that day and one of my favorites.

Candid photo of bride hugging her mom during her wedding reception in the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, by award-winning wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Congrats Annie and Dave!

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