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Photo of bridal bouquet as the focal point of this cute portrait on the Foothills Trail bridge in Orting, Washington, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Back when we shot Kerah and Moi’s engagement portraits in April 2009, Laura was eight months pregnant, and their wedding seemed like an eternity away. Before we knew it, we were driving out to their wedding at Orting Manor, leaving our 15-month-old son at home with his favorite babysitter. And with Laura pregnant again! Funny how that works.

This was our first wedding at Orting Manor, a lovely Victorian with a large, beautifully maintained garden with plenty of room and privacy for their hundred-plus guests. Because Kerah and Moi wanted to take some portraits before the ceremony yet not see each other until her walk down the aisle, Scott and the guys took the stretch Hummer to a nearby field while Laura and the girls took portraits at Orting Manor. Then the girls headed out to a nearby park when the guys returned to the Manor. The plan worked out great!

Portrait of groom and groomsmen in field near Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Portrait of groom and groomsmen in field near Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Portrait of bride and bridesmaids in front of arbor at Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Portrait of bride and bridesmaids on swing set at park near Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

The rain that had been threatening all day started just as the ceremony was about to begin. It would have been enough to ruin some brides’ days, but hardly seemed to faze Kerah, who shrugged them off with her typical upbeat nature. The relatively warm air and pink-and-orange color scheme gave the impression of a tropical rainshower — although their islander guests might disagree!

Photo of bride and father processing into ceremony at Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of groom reacting to seeing bride and father processing into ceremony at Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of groom shaking hand of bride's father in ceremony at Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Overview of wedding ceremony at Orting Manor, with pool in foreground, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Instead of the unity candle that we often see at weddings, Kerah and Moi performed a sand ceremony. It works much the same way, except instead of candles, Kerah and Moi took turns pouring orange and pink sand into an empty glass vessel. We tend to prefer sand ceremonies for two reasons: there’s no need to worry about wind blowing out the candles, and the end result is a more interesting keepsake than a half-burned candle!

Photo of bride and groom conducting sand ceremony at Orting Manor wedding, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Butterflies were a major theme of the wedding decor, with silk butterflies attached to shrubs around the property, and wings on the adorable flowergirl. After the first kiss, it was time for the grand finale: the release of real-life butterflies by the newly married Kerah and Moi! The butterflies weren’t so excited about leaving their warm shelter for the drizzly sky, though, and needed a little coaxing to take flight!

Photo of bride and groom conducting butterfly release at end of wedding at Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of bride and groom conducting butterfly release at end of wedding at Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of happy bride and groom recess out of wedding ceremony at Orting Manor, with motion blur, by Tacoma wedding photographer

We used the shelter of Orting Manor’s front porch to keep everyone dry for family and wedding party portraits following the ceremony. This photo, which showcases the full wedding party and the entire front facade of the Manor, was made possible with our trusty fisheye lens! The extreme wide angle and curved lines is its signature look.

Wedding party portrait on front porch of Orting Manor, by Tacoma wedding photographer

After taking some portraits of the bride and groom at Orting Manor, we hopped in the stretch Hummer and headed for a nearby footbridge. None of these cool photos (and there were many more) would have been possible with a rain-adverse couple, so we were very thankful that Kerah and Moi were so willing to ignore the drizzle!

Photo of bride and groom in stretch Hummer limo, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Portrait of bride and groom on Foothills Trail bridge in Orting, Washington as bicyclist rides by, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Portrait of bride and groom on Foothills Trail bridge in Orting, Washington, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Portrait of bride and groom kissing under veil, by Tacoma wedding photographer

An ancient maple tree outside Orting Manor, with the stretch Hummer limo behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer

After dinner, many toasts, and the first few dances, it was time for tossing the bouquet and garter. Kerah had put together one of the most unique — and coolest — tossing bouquets we’ve ever seen, made of folded lottery tickets. Talk about an awesome idea! And a serious motivator for those single ladies. The battle for the bouquet was a good one. Then Moi and the groomsmen huddled up, Moi emerged with Zorro mask, and struck a few poses before going for the goods!

Photo of creative throw bouquet made of lottery tickets, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of the bride, just before tossing her bouquet, as single ladies jostle for position behind her, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of single ladies lunging for the bouquet, with Orting Manor in the background, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of a bridesmaid winning the battle for the bouquet, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of groomsmen huddling up with the groom just before the garter removal, as the bride looks on, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of the masked groom striking a pose before going on a hunt for the bride's garter, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of the masked groom striking a pose before going on a hunt for the bride's garter, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of wedding guests laughing as they watch the groom remove the bride's garter, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Kerah and Moi rented a photo booth that proved very popular among their guests — especially with the assortment of novelty costumes on hand! After each group spent a few minutes in the booth, two photo strips popped out, one as a keepsake for guests and the other for a scrapbook put together for Kerah and Moi right on the spot. They also will get the photos on CD so that we can incorporate them into the gorgeous Pictobooks album that we’re about to design for them!

Photo of a boy enjoying a cupcake after attaching some decorative butterflies to his clothes, captured by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of the bride and a bridesmaid hamming it up in the photo booth, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of the bride and groom posing in costume in the photo booth, by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of a bridesmaid admiring printed photos that were just taken in the photo booth

By the end of the drizzly day, Kerah’s wedding dress was filthy! The girls came up with a pretty effective solution to that problem, though … check back on Friday to see where this goes!

Photo of dirty bride's dress, captured by Tacoma wedding photographer

Photo of bride and bridesmaids about to jump into pool at Orting Manor, photographed by Tacoma wedding photographer

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