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Portrait of bride and groom in the sunken garden, looking toward Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Starring here on Day 4 of this blog’s Thornewood Castle Wedding Spectacular week is Susan and Jonathon, whose wedding had little in common with the weddings we normally photograph. To begin with, it was only an hour long. Even our starter wedding package has six hours of photography, so a one-hour wedding is usually not for us. But when Susan called me about photographing a wedding less than a week away, on a Thursday afternoon, at one of my favorite venues, I figured those were the perfect conditions to make some special arrangements!

Also unusual was that the wedding only involved five people: Susan and Jonathon, two loved ones as witnesses, and the officiant. This made the ceremony a really intimate, quiet affair where I found myself tip-toeing around the Great Hall lest the sound of my footsteps became a distraction. I still found a variety of nice angles and perspectives on the ceremony, and here are a few of my favorite highlights, from Susan’s descent down the master staircase through the end of the ceremony:

Photo of bride descending the master staircase in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of groom watching bride descending the master staircase in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride and groom flanked by best man and maid of honor during a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride and groom flanked by best man and maid of honor during a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Fisheye photo of small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of small wedding ceremony in front of the carved wooden fireplace mantle in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Black and white photo of bride looking at groom during a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Black and white photo of maid of honor smiling at bride and groom during a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Vertical photo of small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Closely framed photo of bride and groom exchanging vows during a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Two black and white photos of bride and groom exchanging rings during a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Black and white photo of officiant announcing the bride and groom and husband and wife at the end of a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride and groom's first kiss at the end of a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Black and white photo of bride and groom receiving congratulations immediately after a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

The sweetest part of this wedding is that while Susan and Jonathon are considerably more mature than most of our brides and grooms, they’ve known each other since high school! Jonathon mentioned that he had an unrequited crush on Susan even back then, and that it took him this long to build up the nerve to ask her out.

After the ceremony ended, we had just enough time for some portraits around Thornewood’s immaculate grounds, then it was over. I admit it was nice to climb back into my car without the aches and pains from a normal-length wedding! While I can’t offer specially priced wedding photography “micro” packages for most dates, I’m certainly willing to entertain the idea for “last-minute” bookings like this one.

Portrait of all wedding participants after a small wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Portrait of bride and groom at the large fountain in front of Thornewood Castle's main entrance, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Silhouetted portrait of bride and groom in the Loggia, or covered porch, on one end of Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Congrats Susan and Jonathon!

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