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Portrait of bride and groom on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

In 2008, we photographed the wedding of Kacia and Chris at beautiful Lakewold Gardens. Via our baby and maternity portrait studio, Bump & Bambino, we’ve kept in touch with Kacia and Chris after the birth of little man Hamilton. Then, this spring, it was our honor to see them all yet again for the wedding of Kacia’s mom Linda and Art.

The wedding ceremony was at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus. It’s a place we know intimately well, considering Laura and I were both four-year students at this top-notch liberal arts college in Tacoma’s North End. It’s what brought us to Tacoma in the first place.

Here we have Linda’s shoes on the aging-but-photogenic couch upstairs, and her family members looking through the doorway as Kacia zips up her dress and then prepares to put on her garter.

Two vertical photos, one of the bride's shoes on a ratty damask couch, and the other of bride's family watching as her daughter zips up her wedding dress, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride laughing as her daughter prepares her garter, at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and a friend hugging before a wedding at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

A father gives a quick pep talk for his young son, the ring bearer.

Photo of father adjusting the boutonniere on his son, the ring bearer, before a wedding at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Linda’s son proudly walked her down the aisle at the start of the ceremony.

Photo of bride and her adult son at the head of the aisle, at the start of her wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Fisheye photo of wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of little girl watching me take a photo of a wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Vertical photo of wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

An interesting fact about the next two photos of Art and Linda being pronounced husband and wife is that they were shot nearly simultaneously. Laura’s is first, from her favorite angle near the front-right corner. My photo follows, shot straight up the aisle. I’m not sure which I like better! Then we have Laura’s angle again for a great reaction shot after their first kiss, while I retreated to the foyer to catch Linda and Art as they depart the chapel, still bubbling with excitement. This set of four photos would have been impossible for a single photographer to capture. It’s so nice to have Laura shooting along with me — the breadth and depth of our wedding coverage is truly remarkable when we work together!

I must also say, Linda and Art are such expressive people, and were clearly enjoying their wedding so much, that it was a lot of fun photographing them.

Photo of bride smiling big at her groom during a wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom smiling big at each other during a wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom reacting with big smiles immediately following their wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom smiling as they walk down the aisle immediately following their wedding ceremony at Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Linda and Art hid downstairs for a while until most of their wedding guests had left the chapel on their way to the reception venue, then headed back to the altar for family portraits. We took a few wedding party portraits there as well, then brought everyone outside for a couple more on Kilworth’s front steps.

Our schedule was very tight, but we found time to take a few portraits of Linda and Art by the front door (that’s Kacia’s husband Chris sneaking a peek between photos), in front of the chapel, and in the lovely grounds to the chapel’s west side (including the top photo of this post).

Creative portrait of wedding party on the front steps of Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of bride and groom between poses, with groomsman peeking at them through front door of Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of bride and groom in front of Kilworth Chapel on the University of Puget Sound campus, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Linda’s beautiful bouquet:

Detail photo of bride's bouquet, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The wedding reception was held at the Washington State History Museum, one of Tacoma’s Top Wedding Venues. These two detail photos show the paper lanterns hung from an upper balcony railing, and Linda and Art’s “S” monogram carved into a watermelon.

Two detail photos, one of the paper lanterns hanging from an upper balcony railing at Washington State History Museum, and the other of a watermelon carved into an ornate monogram for the bride and groom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The seated portion of their wedding reception took place on the fourth floor (which really feels like the second floor because the main entrance is on the third).

Overview photo of wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

A highlight of the evening was a hilarious toast given by Art’s long-time friend. In the first photo, he’s going over the outline of his toast with Linda, who was apparently nervous about the toast’s potential subject matter. His frequent zingers and deadpan delivery had everyone laughing almost continuously.

Candid photo of humorous toast given by the groom's friend during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of groom reacting strongly to humorous toast given by the groom's friend during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Another candid photo of wedding guests laughing at humorous toast given by the groom's friend during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of wedding guests laughing at humorous toast given by the groom's friend during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Laura will probably be mad that I included that last photo, since it’s one of those surprisingly rare photos with her in it. Oh well, she’ll live. Of course, that photo is really about all those laughing guests, but now that I pointed her out, note her strategic placement against a thick concrete column so that she isn’t blocking anyone’s view, and working that heavy telephoto lens like the old pro that she is.

Linda and Art enjoy dancing, and broke out a few smooth moves during their first dance, with the architecture of the museum soaring overhead.

Fisheye photo of bride and groom enjoying their first dance during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom enjoying their first dance during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Then they led two competing conga lines — the guys and the girls — and led them on winding paths around the dance floor. Linda and Art would occasionally bust a move, which the dancers behind them would repeat, so the move rippled down the length of their conga lines. I’m not sure which side won, but it sure looked like fun!

Wide-angle photo, shot from an upper balcony, of wedding guests forming two conga lines behind bride and groom during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom looking at each other before leading competing conga lines during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Overhead photo of bride and groom leading two conga lines during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Their flower girl knows a few moves, too!

Two photos of flower girl dancing during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Since we had so little time for bride and groom portraits between the ceremony and reception, we had planned in advance to steal Linda and Art away for a few minutes to take some nighttime portraits on the adjacent Bridge of Glass near the end of their reception.

Even with the illumination in the ceiling of the Seaform Pavilion (a big exhibit of Chihuly glass on the bridge) it was really dark there! Obviously, working with moving subjects in super-dark environments presents a serious photographic challenge, but I’m pretty happy with these photos we got of Linda and Art smooching with a burst of flash from the right side, posing with their wedding venue behind, and then waving to guests as they head back to their party. That photo sure makes the perfect capper to a great collection of photos.

Nighttime portrait of bride and groom under the Chihuly Bridge of Glass in a brief portrait session during a wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Nighttime portrait of bride and groom on the Bridge of Glass with the Washington State History Museum behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Nighttime photo of bride and groom waving to friends as they walk away along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to return to their wedding reception at the Washington State History Museum, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Congrats Linda and Art!

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