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Portrait of bride and groom among flowers at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I’ve been impressed with Rock Creek Gardens both times I’ve worked there — the first earlier this year when I took some photos while exhibiting at their open house, and then later this summer at Amanda and Anthony’s wedding. I love all-in-one venues where you can get ready, create a nice variety of portraits, and enjoy a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception (preferably in different locations) without ever having to hit the road. Rock Creek Gardens scores high on all these counts.

Amanda and Anthony’s wedding presented an interesting challenge for us in that they arrived at Rock Creek Gardens more than two hours after their planned arrival time, so Laura and I had a lot of time to kill while waiting for that limo to come down the drive. We kept ourselves busy photographing details, including quite a few of their beautiful cake by Celebrity Cake Studio. Here’s a favorite:

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

Meeting up with her bridesmaids, Amanda quickly primped and got into her dress in RCG’s upstairs bridal suite.

Photo of bride's reflection in mirror as she fixes her hair before her wedding at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bridemaid's humorous expression as she fixes her hair before a wedding at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bridemaid tying the bride's dress before her wedding at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Here we have the whole wedding party queued up, ready for the ceremony to start. The procession path at Rock Creek Gardens is quite grand, as you’ll see!

Photo of bridesmaids and groomsmen lined up, ready to enter the wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of ring bearer and flower girl walking into wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bride and best friend about to walk into wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bride and best friend walking down grand staircase to enter wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

RCG’s ceremony site is truly its most spectacular feature. A large, columned pergola sits on top of a colorful, textured concrete pad with an embedded compass rose design at the center. Immediately behind is a small pond, then tall evergreen trees and Mt. Rainier peeking over them. Here are three beautiful overviews of Amanda and Anthony’s wedding ceremony, the third of which I shot while standing on a small island in that pond.

Photo overview of wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, with Mount Rainier in the distance, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, from top of stairs, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, from small island behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Amanda and Anthony’s son Kaleb, dapper in a white suit like his dad’s, served admirably as ring bearer. I love how happy and interested he looked while watching the sand-combining ceremony (a variation on the unity candle tradition).

Photo of bride, groom and son holding hands during wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of ring bearer watching bride and groom combine sand during wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another photo of ring bearer watching bride and groom combine sand during wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

A nice bouquet fist-pump by the bride, right after their first kiss.

Photo of bride and groom celebrating just after their first kiss during wedding ceremony at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

In this pair of photos of Amanda, Anthony and Kaleb, the first is a formal portrait and the second a candid moment captured just seconds later.

Two portraits of bride, groom and son at their Rock Creek Gardens wedding, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

More portraits of Amanda and Anthony around the grounds at Rock Creek Gardens. I think we all appreciated how Rock Creek Gardens isn’t a sprawling venue; all the main attractions are just a short walk apart, and we were able to make use of nearly all of them to quickly create a great variety of portraits. These are just a few of my favs.

Romantic portrait of bride and groom kissing after wedding at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Romantic portrait of bride kissing groom sitting on wall at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Portrait of bride and groom holding hands at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white portrait of bride and groom sitting on bench at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two overviews of the wedding reception under a large tented pavilion with an attractive concrete paver floor, not far from the ceremony site. Both of these photos have that signature look of our fisheye lens, which captures an extremely wide angle of view.

Fisheye overview of wedding reception under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Fisheye photo of long head table at wedding reception under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The pavilion is located mere feet from a dense thicket of trees, which provided a lovely backdrop to Amanda and Anthony’s cutting of their wedding cake.

Candid photo of bride and groom about to cut their wedding cake during a wedding reception under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake during a wedding reception under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

A few highlights of their first dance as husband and wife:

Candid photo of bride and groom's first dance under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom laughing during first dance under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two candid photos of bride and groom's first dance under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I always enjoy a good turnout on the dance floor. Here, a group of wedding guests take turns showing off their moves. Amanda and Anthony also had a money dance, a tradition that I’ll be blogging about — with plenty of photos, of course! — in a few days. Money dances are a great opportunity for me to get candids of the bride and groom one-on-one with a good number of wedding guests.

Two candid photos of wedding guests dancing under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two more candid photos of wedding guests dancing under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Yet more candid photos of wedding guests dancing under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Amanda’s bouquet toss featured a terrific catch. In this photo, the victor is bulling her way forward from somewhere in the back of the group to make a leaping catch. You can just see her face coming forward — it’s easiest to follow the disembodied leg in the front row to spot her.

Fisheye photo of bride tossing her bouquet to single ladies under tented pavilion at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

At nearly every wedding, there are plenty of people loudly encouraging the groom to use his teeth to extract the garter from his bride’s upper thigh. Maybe about a third go for it. I happened to be one of those grooms, and so was Anthony, which clearly pleased all the onlookers.

Candid photo of groom crawling under bride's wedding dress to retrieve her garter during wedding reception at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of male wedding guests cheering on groom as he crawls under bride's wedding dress to retrieve her garter during wedding reception at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of female wedding guests cheering on groom as he crawls under bride's wedding dress to retrieve her garter during wedding reception at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats Amanda and Anthony!

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