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Bride and groom at blue glass river at Puyallup City Hall

When you think about a city hall wedding, what image pops into your head? Yeah, probably nothing too spectacular — but if you’re in Puyallup, prepare to be surprised! Puyallup City Hall has a lovely, hidden courtyard about 30 feet off the ground, and that’s where we photographed the wedding of Laura and Justin in early July.

We launched right into bride and groom portraits, as Laura and Justin opted to skew their six hours of photography toward their rockin’ reception instead of getting-ready time. We started on the upper courtyard, then descended a huge concrete staircase, posing the wedding party on it on our way down. The gardens at ground level feature a river of cobalt blue glass flakes that was begging for bride and groom portraits, and our cute little Bella pagoda umbrella helped us keep going during a brief rain shower. We ended our portrait time with a quick stop at the war memorial in Pioneer Park, and paid tribute to Justin’s grandparents at their personal bricks.

Bride and groom portrait on upper outdoor courtyard at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom portrait on upper outdoor courtyard at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom portrait on upper outdoor courtyard at Puyallup City Hall

Wedding party portrait on upper outdoor courtyard at Puyallup City Hall

Wedding party on staircase leading to outdoor courtyard at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom with umbrella at blue glass river at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom in moody portrait at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom honor grandparents at war memorial in Pioneer Park, Puyallup, Washington

Groom kisses bride's cheek in Pioneer Park, Puyallup, Washington

The upper courtyard was the site of the wedding ceremony, officiated by Justin’s sister. The courtyard’s long, narrow shape made for a unique ceremony layout. A platform in the center made certain that the bride, groom and officiant were visible to all their standing guests, who clustered on either side. The wedding party processed into the ceremony up the grand staircase, and then, once vows were exchanged and high-fives slapped, Laura and Justin led the way back down the stairs, where they enjoyed a long hug at the bottom.

Ring bearer and flower girls enter wedding ceremony at Puyallup City Hall

Bridesmaids and groomsmen watch wedding ceremony at Puyallup City Hall's outdoor courtyard

Overview of wedding ceremony at Puyallup City Hall's outdoor courtyard

Emotional bride during wedding ceremony at Puyallup City Hall

Bride's parents watch wedding ceremony at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom high-five after marriage pronouncement at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom recess out of ceremony at Puyallup City Hall

Bride and groom sharing hug after ceremony at Puyallup City Hall

The reception was held at Pioneer Park Pavilion, a spacious building that easily accommodated Laura and Justin’s several hundred guests. The couple went to great lengths to incorporate family history, favorite foods, and personal hobbies into their decor. Laura wore her mother’s wedding dress, and the wedding cake was modeled after their grandparents’ wedding cake — with vintage photo nearby to aid in comparison. The kids in attendance were particularly lucky, with facepainting and a bounce house to keep them well-entertained. We loved that Laura and Justin climbed in as well!

Wedding guests in receiving line at Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, Washington

Kids face painting at wedding reception in Puyallup, Washington

Wedding cake modeled after vintage photo

Toasts during wedding reception at Pioneer Park Pavilion, Puyallup, Washington

Toasts during wedding reception at Pioneer Park Pavilion, Puyallup, Washington

Bride and groom in bounce house at Pioneer Park Pavilion, Puyallup, Washington

Later on, the reception turned more adult, as the DJ’s lights and beats in a darkened Pavilion made for a club-like atmosphere. Justin has a reputation as a champion of the beer bong, and proved that the rep is well-deserved as he handed out handmade apparati to a dozen or so of his best buds. Personally sporting an old favorite beer bong that has served him and his friends well for more than a decade of use, Justin led his guys in a group beer-bonging that was unlike anything we’ve ever seen at a wedding. He cleared his contents so far ahead of everyone else that he got to participate and observe the whole spectacle!

Club atmosphere at wedding reception in Pioneer Park Pavilion, Puyallup, Washington

Groom filling beer bongs outside Pioneer Park Pavilion

Groom and friends with beer bongs outside Pioneer Park Pavilion

Beer bongs outside Pioneer Park Pavilion

Bride and groom inside Pioneer Park Pavilion at night

Congrats, Laura and Justin!

3 Responses to “Laura and Justin’s wedding:
Puyallup City Hall and Pioneer Park Pavilion”

  1. Kara Handy

    Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures from my sister’s wedding. You did a beautiful job and I’ve had many compliments on the pictures, especially the vintage looking one of Laura and Justin standing backed up to the wall. 🙂

  2. Summer C

    Hi,
    My name is Summer Cantrall and I own a bounce house rental company in North Idaho and I was trying to get some pic of a bride and groom in a bounce house before the end of the season… but now it’s snowing 🙂 Anyway I was wondering if I could use your pic on my website? I would greatly apperciate it. I’m attending a Bridal fair in Feb and I would really love to some pic to show!

    Thank you very much!
    Summer

  3. Laura and Scott

    Hi Summer, thanks for your comments! We’ll be in touch to hook you up with the photos you need.

    Scott

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