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Portrait of bride and groom standing under the sign to Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

We’ve had many opportunities to photograph brides, grooms and their entourages in Hotel Murano — so many, in fact, that Hotel Murano has more photos in its gallery on Tacoma’s Top Wedding Venues than any of the other seven member venues. Yet, Kellie and Tim’s wedding in early November was our first that took place in Hotel Murano beginning to end, from getting-ready time through portraits, ceremony and reception.

Laura headed up to Kellie’s room to photograph her preparations, while Scott joined Tim and his groomsmen in the swanky lounge across from the lobby desk. Already dressed with nothing left to do, I ended up talking the guys outside for some portraits to keep us busy until Kellie was ready.

Candid photo of bride getting her hair styled in a room in Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of groom and groomsmen hanging out in the Hotel Murano lobby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of groom and groomsmen sitting on a low wall outside the front entrance of Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Kellie and Tim opted to meet up before the ceremony (which we encourage) so that we could shoot some portraits around this unique hotel. As we’ve done many times before, we started at the 104-foot-tall Orizon sculpture anchored to a corner of the hotel. The thick plates of stacked green glass that fill this dipper-shaped sculpture make for a vibrant and texturally interesting background. Kellie’s flaming-red bouquet, by Paisley Petals, is the first I can remember seeing with Japanese maple leaves — I really like it!

Quiet portrait of bride and groom touching foreheads, with the green layered glass of Hotel Murano's Orizon Sculpture behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of the bride's bouquet as she kisses the groom, with the green layered glass of Hotel Murano's Orizon Sculpture behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The maple-lined section of Broadway that runs between Hotel Murano’s front entrance and the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center was on fire with fall color. Broadway isn’t a busy road, but getting this next photo in the middle of the road was a hurried endeavor, just the same. Then, back on the sidewalk, Laura used her longest lens and a shallow depth of field to throw the red leaves into a beautiful blurred background for a pair of “quiet moment” photos.

Portrait of bride and groom standing in the middle of Broadway in downtown Tacoma on a beautiful fall day, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two portraits of bride and groom with red leaves behind them, in downtown Tacoma on a beautiful fall day, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of bride and groom sitting on a low wall next to Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma on a beautiful fall day, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Back in the lobby, we met up with the wedding party for a few portraits, including this interesting one on the main staircase.

Portrait of bride, groom and wedding party standing on the main staircase in the Hotel Murano lobby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Released from their photography duties, Kellie, Tim and the wedding party hung out on the lobby couches for a while, then in the lobby bar once it opened. While I was shooting down from the next floor to capture these next three photos, Laura caught the flower girl peering at her over the back of a bright orange chair, and coaxed her into a great smile.

Overhead photo of bride, groom and wedding party sitting on couches in the Hotel Murano lobby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Overhead photo of bride and groom sitting on a chair in the Hotel Murano lobby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Overhead photo of wedding party in the lobby bar at Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Quick portrait of flower girl looking over the back of a chair in the lobby bar at Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Hotel Murano’s Venice Ballroom consists of four separate rooms, each one 53 feet deep and 27 feet wide, that can be combined to create a room up to 53 by 108. This customizability means you can “right-size” your reception room to fit your guest count. If you’re holding both ceremony and reception at Hotel Murano, like Kellie and Tim did, you can have separate rooms for each, so there’s no lag time while venue staff convert (or “flip”) the ceremony room into reception format.

Kellie and Tim had the entire Venice Ballroom, with their ceremony in Venice 4 and the reception in Venice 1-3. The narrow single room did feel a bit tight, but there was a seat for everyone, which is perfect. I think venues are often so afraid of leaving someone standing that they set up way too many chairs. Empty chairs are not photogenic.

Wide-angle vertical photo of wedding ceremony in Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wide-angle horizontal photo of wedding ceremony in Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride smiling during her wedding ceremony in Hotel Murano, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Guests milling about post-ceremony in the pre-function space outside the Venice Ballroom.

Overhead photo of wedding guests milling around the pre-function space outside the Hotel Murano ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The Venice Ballroom has such warm, rich colors and lighting! Cake by Ceccanti Cakes.

Fisheye photo of a wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Fisheye photo of a wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos of the wedding cake during a reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom cutting their wedding cake during a wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom smiling as they prepare to feed each other wedding cake during a wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Once Kellie and Tim kicked off the dancing, DJ Cory Kolilis of Sound EFX fired up the light show. I love photographing under colored lights and mirror balls!

Photo of bride and groom's first dance, in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom with colored lights and mirror ball provided by the DJ, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride's father-daughter dance during her wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride's father-daughter dance during her wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of open dancing during a wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, with colored lights provided by the DJ, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of open dancing during a wedding reception in the Hotel Murano's Venice Ballroom, with colored lights provided by the DJ, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

As Laura and I were leaving Kellie and Tim’s wedding, we found a large contingent of guys outside the back doors on a cigar break. It was a moment worth unpacking the camera for one last photo.

Photo of groom with many groomsmen and friends, smoking cigars at night outside their Hotel Murano wedding reception, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Congrats Kellie and Tim! Also, one last shout-out to eloquent octopus, whose team did a good job coordinating this wedding.

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