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Those of you who pass through Tacoma on I-5 with any regularity have surely spotted a beautiful brick church with a tall steeple near the freeway. Well, that’s Holy Rosary Church, and we finally got a chance to see what’s inside when photographing the wedding of Stephanie and Levi. It’s gorgeous! Granted, we’ve been in lots of beautiful old churches, but what made this one unique is the vibrant blue paint that coats the walls and arching ceiling. See for yourself:



Levi’s son Brannigan played an important role in the wedding, of course. Here he’s about to usher some guests to their seats. Meanwhile, it seems one of the flowergirls can’t believe her eyes …


Stephanie and Levi are a rather unique couple; last year they were our guinea pigs — let’s call them pioneers — of our then-new Grit City portrait tour, which covers some of Tacoma’s seen-better-days treasures. You can see 20 photos from that tour in the Engagement gallery of the Portrait section of the Wallflower website. After taking the family and wedding party portraits at the church, we revisited one of our favorite Grit City stops, the old, abandoned Elks Temple and Spanish Steps, for some truly unique bride and groom portraits. (By the way, we purchased that cool umbrella for rainy-day weddings from Seattle’s Bella Umbrella, who also rents them.)





Then we headed off to the reception at the historic Landmark Convention Center, whose huge marquee congratulated our newlyweds by name.

Stephanie and Levi rented the roof garden ballroom, which we think is the best of the ballrooms at the Landmark, in large part because of the big outdoor patio. The kids (and smokers) loved it, and check out that view!


After the excellent buffet dinner, toasts, cake cutting, and bouquet toss, once the dancing had really gotten going, Stephanie’s parents (big-time Ohio State fans) brought out a surprise gift for the couple: buckeye necklaces! Then they all sang shouted the Ohio State fight song, which also involves the forming of OHIO arm-letters a la YMCA.





Congrats Stephanie and Levi!

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