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Romantic portrait of bride and groom in love, shortly before their wedding ceremony, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

As we prepare for the 2013 Seattle Wedding Show in two weeks, I can think back to when we first met Natalie and Nathan at last year’s Seattle Wedding Show. We hooked them on our photography there, and the contract was signed soon after. I love it when that happens! Their engagement portraits at Point Defiance Park on a sunny April afternoon turned out pretty nice. Turns out the unusually warm weather we lucked into then was a sign of things to come — their August wedding day was HOT!

The wedding and reception were held on a relative’s property in semi-rural part of Renton. Natalie and Nathan wisely chose to take care of portraits before the wedding ceremony, and we spent most of our time near a lovely little pond. We had time to get creative with the wedding party there, which is always fun!

Creative portrait of bride and groom with wedding party at a sunny location by a pond, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Creative portrait of wedding party seen under bride and groom's outstetched arms at a sunny location by a pond, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Beautiful portrait of bride and groom having a quiet moment, reflected in a pond, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Then we headed to the shade for comfort and improved lighting.

Portrait of bride and groom smiling at each other in a sunny garden, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Antiqued portrait of groom kissing his bride's forehead with her bouquet and arms wrapped around his neck, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two detail photos of bride's bouquet and handkerchief, and of her curly, beflowered hair, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The wedding ceremony took place at the top of a sloping lawn, where a grove of trees made a nice backdrop.

Photo of bride and her father walking to the wedding ceremony, with a flower girl holding her wedding dress train, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Wide-angle photo of wedding ceremony on a natural, green private property in Renton, showing the August sun beating down, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos during a wedding ceremony, one of a bridesmaid's reading and another of the bride and groom watching and reacting to it, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Shortly after the ceremony started, I jogged down the hill and around to the far side of the pond to get the following shot. I think it was worth it.

Overview photo of wedding ceremony at a private residence in Renton, photographed from across a distant pond by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of roses in a vase along one side of the wedding aisle, with the bride, groom and wedding ceremony in the background, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos during a wedding ceremony, one photographed from behind a tree and the other of the bride gazing at her groom, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride drying her eyes while exchanging vows during a wedding ceremony, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Nathan has taken bagpipe lessons from Neil Hubbard, who I’ve seen play at weddings several times over the years, including a few times at Newcastle Golf Club and also at Elaina and Cameron’s wedding. Much like at that 2010 wedding, Neil started playing just after the first kiss, and marched away from the ceremony, ceremoniously leading Natalie and Nathan to a private room for some decompression time.

Photo of professional bagpiper Neil Hubbard preparing to play at the end of a wedding ceremony, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of professional bagpiper Neil Hubbard playing as he leads the bride and groom away from their wedding ceremony, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom holding hands as they head toward a private moment in a nearby house after the conclusion of their wedding ceremony, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Upon joining their wedding guests at cocktail hour, Natalie and Nathan went right into their first dance, which ended with some serious bride-spinning.

Wide-angle photo of bride and groom's first dance as husband and wife to kick off their wedding reception, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of an intimate moment between a bride and groom during their first dance as husband and wife to kick off their wedding reception, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Two photos of groom swinging his bride around through the air at the end of their first dance as husband and wife to kick off their wedding reception, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

If you haven’t already noticed, blue was the prominent color at this wedding. I wasn’t surprised that the wedding cake had lots of blue on it, but I didn’t expect the cake itself to be a particularly vibrant shade of blue!

Two photos, one of the blue-themed wedding cake and another of the bride and groom cutting a piece from it, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of a slice of blue and white wedding cake, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Next is one of my favorite offbeat photos of the day — Nathan kissing Natalie while he runs across the lawn with her in his arms to join a group of wedding guests standing near the pond.

Photo of groom kissing bride while he runs across a lawn with her in his arms to join a group of wedding guests standing near a pond, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Got lots of great reaction expressions during the toasts. The third of these photos is of two bridesmaids demonstrating how Natalie and Nathan used to surreptitiously hold hands at school when they first started dating.

Black and white photo of the best man's toast and the bride and groom's reactions to it, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of the maid of honor's toast and the bride and groom's reactions to it, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of the two bridesmaids reenacting how the bride and groom used to secretly hold hands in school, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The toasts got the laughs started, and they continued with the removal of the garter. While Nathan was blindfolded, his best man Anthony quickly sat down next to Natalie and lifted a pant leg to put on the garter. Natalie draped her dress over his bare leg, and Nathan spent a few seconds feeling for the garter before figuring out the con.

Photo of the bride placing her dress over the best man's leg so that the blindfolded groom would feel for the garter on his leg, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of the blindfolded groom tricked into feeling for the garter on his best man's leg, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of the best man celebrating after the blindfolded groom discovered he was tricked into feeling for the garter on his leg, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

I always get nervous when weddings are set to end with the on-time arrival of the limo or other form of bride/groom transportation, because they often run late. Sure enough, Natalie and Nathan’s car was a full 30 minutes late. Oh well, it did give us some extra time to capture wedding guest candids.

Photo of white limo driving up a long, winding driveway, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Black and white photo of bride and groom smiling as they walk through wedding guests to their limo, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom looking back, waving and blowing kisses to their wedding guests as they walk to their limo, by wedding photographer Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Congrats Natalie and Nathan!

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