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We start our recap of Jennifer and David’s wedding in the bride’s getting-ready room at her wedding ceremony venue, St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Tacoma, as her bridesmaids help her shimmy into her beautifully beaded wedding dress.

Detail photo of bride's dress, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride getting into her wedding dress, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid wedding photo of bride's dress being laced up, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Meanwhile, back in the church’s glassed-in foyer, our groom David gets his boutonniere pinned and some wedding guests pose for a selfie.

Candid wedding photo of groomsman attaching the groom's boutonneire, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photojournalistic wedding photo of guests posing for a selfie at a wedding, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Jennifer’s dad escorted her down the aisle to her wedding ceremony. As is common of Catholic weddings, the bride and groom, with their maid of honor and best man, took a seat while the pastor gave a sermon. Since these churches are usually pretty big and beautiful, we love the long Catholic wedding ceremonies because they give us time to capture great photos at all sorts of angles and perspectives.

Photojournalistic wedding photo of bride and her father walking down the aisle at the church, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of bride, groom and wedding party listening to the officiant speak on marriage, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another photo of bride, groom and wedding party listening to the officiant speak on marriage, at a different angle, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The memory of Jennifer’s mom was honored in a large framed portrait in the church’s foyer. When I saw it there, I knew I wanted to find a way to include her in the wedding ceremony, somehow.

Creative photo of a framed photo of bride's mom, with wedding ceremony behind, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

My trusty fisheye lens captured a lot of the wonderful architecture of this grand 1950s-era building.

Wide-angle fisheye photo of a wedding ceremony in a church, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Love this face at the end of the wedding ceremony!

Candid photo of groom with a happy expression at the end of his wedding ceremony, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Jennifer and David’s wedding reception was across the Narrows in Gig Harbor. They took a limo, sheltering under a rented Bella Umbrella for the short distance from church door to car door, since the rain was coming down in buckets.

Laura has a great history of capturing cool photos through our windshield of cars transporting our brides and grooms, including a pair of award-winners. I don’t know if this travel photo is wedding-y enough to do well in wedding photography contests, but it’s pretty darn cool!

Black and white photo of bride and groom kissing under an umbrella in the rain, with a limo chauffeur waiting, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photo of the wedding party's limo driving up to the old Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the rain, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Giving guests time to beat us to the reception venue, we stopped at a pair of adjacent parks on the edge of downtown Gig Harbor, Jerisich Park and Skansie Brothers Park.

The rain was relentless, but Jennifer’s sister had planned ahead and rented colorful umbrellas from Bella Umbrella. In addition to providing some much-needed shelter, they added a pop of color to these candids of the wedding party’s arrival and made some of these portraits possible.

In the portrait without umbrellas, the wedding party is posed just inside the shelter of the park pavilion, and the photo is carefully framed so that you don’t see the walls and roof.

Candid photo of bride and groom under an umbrella as they get out of their limo, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of wedding party walking along a sidewalk in Gig Harbor in the rain, holding umbrellas rented from Bella Umbrella, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of groom holding an umbrella for his bride while walking along a sidewalk in Gig Harbor in the rain, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wedding party portrait shot under the shelter of the pavilion at Gig Harbor's Jerisich Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wedding party portrait shot on the lawn at Gig Harbor's Jerisich Park, under the shelter of umbrellas rented from Bella Umbrella, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Done with the wedding party, we continued photographing Jennifer and David under black and white umbrellas, on the park lawn, in front of a historic net shed, and on the public dock.

A pair of candidesque portraits of bride and groom under an umbrella in a Gig Harbor rain shower, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white portrait of bride and groom in front of the historic netshed at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Color portrait of bride and groom in front of the historic netshed at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Fisheye portrait of bride and groom in front of the historic netshed at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I was excited when this huge flock of seagulls burst into the photo. And look at that rain coming down!

Portrait of bride and groom on the dock at Jerisich Park in Gig Harbor as a huge flock of seagulls flies overhead, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Bright, dreamy portrait of bride and groom kissing on the dock at Jerisich Park in Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Here’s the Wesley Inn in Gig Harbor, where Jennifer and David’s wedding reception was held in the Brookeside Ballroom.

Exterior architectural photo of the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom being introduced to their wedding guests at the start of their wedding reception at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of a cute girl and her mother during a wedding reception at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

One of my favorite wedding cake photos of the year. The cake is by Corina Bakery of Tacoma.

Detail photo of flowers on a wedding cake at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Jennifer’s dad’s toast included the singing of “Some Kind of Love” by John Stewart, a special family song. He was accompanied by his brother on guitar and additional family members and friends as backup singers.

Candid photo of the bride's dad giving her a significant look before singing to her during her wedding reception, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride's dad singing during her wedding reception, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of the bride's dad hugging her after singing during her wedding reception, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

We end with a pair of photos of Jennifer and David out on the dance floor, enjoying their very first spin as wife and husband. Congrats!

Pair of candid wedding photos of the bride and groom's first dance during their wedding reception at the Inn at Gig Harbor, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

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