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Creative portrait of bride and groom gazing at each other in front of Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Malani and Allen’s October wedding at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup was one of those schizophrenic fall weather days that alternate unpredictably between sunny blue skies and torrential downpours. Fortunately, we got pretty lucky at catching the sun when we needed it, starting with our pre-ceremony portraits with the bride and her bridemaids.

Pioneer Park is beautiful, but for photos, I like the Puyallup City Hall campus across the street even more! That’s where all three of these photos were shot.

Wide angle portrait of bride and bridesmaids posing by Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Tightly framed portrait of bride and bridesmaids posing by Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid black and white photo of bride and bridesmaids posing by Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Meanwhile, back at the Pavilion, Allen hung out with his groomsmen in a side room. Malani and Allen didn’t want to see each other before the wedding ceremony, but also didn’t want to spend a lot of time on portraits afterwards, so after I finished photographing bride and bridesmaids, I swapped them for the groom and groomsmen in a carefully orchestrated exchange. I took them right back to Puyallup City Hall for these photos.

Candid photo of groom and groomsmen hanging out in a room in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wide angle portrait of groom and groomsmen posing in front of Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Tightly framed portrait of groom and groomsmen posing in front of Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The Pioneer Park Pavilion is all wood and warmly toned concrete, which helps it feel cozy, a real accomplishment for a place of its size.

Wide angle photo of wedding ceremony in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Malani and Allen included a sand combining ceremony in their wedding, a variant on the unity candle ceremony that we’ve blogged about before.

Photo of bride and groom pouring colored sands during their wedding ceremony in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Allen’s uncle officiated the wedding ceremony, which featured some humorous moments, including when Allen’s ring resisted his finger and when Allen pulled a surprise just before the first kiss. I get a kick out of those blank expressions on the faces of the bride and officiant as they process exactly what he’s doing so unexpectedly, and then react to it!

Black and white photo of bride sliding groom's ring on his finger during their wedding ceremony in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Humorous black and white photo of bride struggling to slide groom's ring on his finger during their wedding ceremony in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of groom applying Chapstick just before the first kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of bride and officiant reacting to groom applying Chapstick just before the first kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

After the ceremony, when it was time for portraits with the family and full wedding party, it had started raining. No problem! Having been designed for farmers markets, the Pioneer Park Pavilion has huge roll-up doors facing the park, with overhanging roofs that keep rain far away from the opening. This allowed me to pose my groups just outside the building, where we could have all that greenery for their backdrops instead of building walls, like you see in this first wedding party photo.

Creative portrait of wedding party at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Then we headed along the outside wall to another sheltered spot for this next wedding party portrait. As you can see, it was pretty easy to tell where the safety of the shelter ended.

Wide angle portrait of wedding party at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

And then, rather miraculously, the rain stopped and blue skies rolled in! Malani, Allen and I were able to head into the park, and — you guessed it — across the street to Puyallup City Hall for the next few portraits, plus the one at the top of this post. Floral by Always and Forever Creations.

Two romantic portraits of bride and groom posing in front of Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of detail on bride's wedding dress, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Quiet portrait of bride and groom looking out from a second-story railing at Puyallup City Hall, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Malani’s family is from the island of Guam, and her aunt’s catering company, Polynesian Experience, stepped up to provide delicious Island-style food for the hundreds of wedding guests in attendance. Their gorgeous wedding cake was from another company with family connections, Celebrity Cake Studio. Malani and Allen had quite the battle when feeding each other cake!

Black and white candid photo of wedding guests in buffet line during wedding reception at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Tall vertical photo of bride and groom eating dinner at the head table during their wedding reception at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of wedding cake by Celebrity Cake Studio, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

First photo in series of bride and groom grappling as they feed each other wedding cake during their wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Second photo in series of bride and groom grappling as they feed each other wedding cake during their wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Third photo in series of bride and groom grappling as they feed each other wedding cake during their wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Fourth photo in series of bride and groom grappling as they feed each other wedding cake during their wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The dance floor was hot!

Wide angle photo of bride and groom's first dance during their wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of wedding guests dancing during a wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide angle photo of wedding guests dancing during a wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another photo of bride and friends dancing during a wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

“Riding the horse” to Gangnam Style is always good for laughs.

Black and white photo of bride and friends dancing to Gangnam Style during a wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white photo of bride laughing at friends dancing to Gangnam Style during a wedding reception in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats, Malani and Allen! Be sure to check out their engagement portraits posted last week here on the Wallflower Blog.

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