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Portrait of the bride and groom on the Thornewood Castle dock on American Lake at sunset, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

We’ve made it to the final day of our week-long Thornewood Castle Wedding Spectacular here on the Wallflower Blog! I’d say that we’re ending the week with a bang, but that probably isn’t the best term to use when recapping the wedding of an Army captain. Bobby flies Apache helicopters, and Cheryl only got to spend a few weeks with him as newlyweds before his latest deployment.

We first met Cheryl when she served admirably as maid of honor at the 2005 wedding of JC and Josh. (Their wedding predates this blog, but we’ve photographed their family portraits through our sister studio, Bump & Bambino. Did you know all Wallflower couples get a 20% lifetime discount off B&B portrait sessions?).

I still remember Cheryl’s constant and infectious smile from that wedding over six years ago, and not surprisingly, it was again in full force on her own wedding day! She and her girls got ready in the castle’s Presidential Suite, where Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft have also stayed. It’s my favorite suite at Thornewood, hands down. This pair of photos features several items of Cheryl’s wedding-day attire, including cowboy boots for the reception and a camouflage garter.

Two photos showing the bride's wedding dress, shoes, cowboy boots and camouflage garter in the Presidential Suite at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride putting on her earrings in the Presidential Suite at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

The Presidential Suite offers terrific views of American Lake — and of a few of the youngest members of the wedding party exploring the castle grounds.

Photo of flower girls and ring bearer exploring the castle grounds, shot from the Presidential Suite at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Those same kids look a little skeptical of this whole wedding thing a short time later!

Two photos of a flower girl and ring bearer looking skeptical shortly before a wedding at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

After setting up a first look with Cheryl and Bobby, we launched right into our portrait session, starting with the wedding party. Here are two similar photos of the wedding party, paired up and scattered on the back steps of Thornewood’s sunken garden. Love those sabers, guys! You can really see how pulling Cheryl and Bobby away from their attendants, and widening the camera’s aperture, allowed us to narrow the focus and place greater emphasis on our bride and groom. Incidentally, former Wallflower bride/current B&B mom JC is the second bridesmaid from the left.

Portrait of bride and groom with their wedding party on the back steps of the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Another portrait of bride and groom with their wedding party on the back steps of the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, this one with greater emphasis on the bride and groom, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

After we excused the wedding party from their photography duties, we took a number of portraits with Cheryl and Bobby in the sunken garden before getting Cheryl tucked away in the castle, hidden from sight of arriving guests. I love long veils — they make all sorts of fun portraits possible!

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

Semi-candid portrait of bride and groom in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Two portraits of bride and groom featuring the bride's long veil, taken in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Semi-candid portrait of bride and groom at one of the wooden gates leading to the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

The master staircase in Thornewood’s Great Hall is really something else! It’s made of hand-hewn, 500-year-old ancient English oak, held together by wood dowels, and decorated with several oil paintings from the castle’s impressive collection.

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

I absolutely love this photo of one of the flower girls heading toward the sunken garden, just before the wedding ceremony was to start.

Photo of one of the flower girls heading toward the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, just before the wedding ceremony was to start

No shortage of smiles at this wedding ceremony!

Photo of bride and her father on the steps of the sunken garden, with Thornewood Castle behind, at the start of her wedding ceremony, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride and her father walking across the sunken garden at the start of her wedding ceremony, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Wide-angle photo of wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Detail photo of statue in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, with wedding ceremony behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride, groom and maid of honor smiling big during a wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Cheryl and Bobby’s first kiss was great, but what really makes this photo is their ring bearer’s look of disgust! I’m sure he could only imagine how many cooties were flying between these two.

Photo of ring bearer scrunching up his face while watching the first kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Guests tossed rose petals as Cheryl and Bobby made their way back down the aisle. I love the petals resting on her train as they head across the lawn and back to the castle, where two glasses of West Virginia Hard Cider (complete with custom labels) awaited.

Photo of wedding guests tossing rose petals as the bride and groom make their way back down the aisle at the end of their wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Another photo of wedding guests tossing rose petals as the bride and groom make their way back down the aisle at the end of their wedding ceremony in the sunken garden at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Antiqued photo of the bride and groom walking across the sunken garden lawn at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Two photos of bride and groom enjoying their signature drink, a West Virginia hard cider, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

The bustling of Cheryl’s wedding dress was a rather involved and humorous affair! It’s easier to find a needle in a haystack than the bustling points in some wedding dresses. I’m sure a hit off that bottle of Jack Daniels helped to ease whatever nerves remained.

Two photo of the bustling of the bride's dress, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of bride taking a hit from a bottle of Jack Daniels in Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

What a beautiful day for a wedding! Wedding reception tables were set up in the castle’s dining room and on its lawn.

Photo of wedding reception on the lawn outside Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of wedding reception in the dining room at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

After dinner, the festivities moved to the Great Hall, starting with entertaining toasts by the best man (one of Bobby’s West Point classmates) and the maid of honor (a longtime friend of Cheryl’s).

Photo of the best man's toast in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of the maid of honor's toast in the Great Hall at Thornewood Castle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Later in the evening, as we saw a magnificent sunset approaching over American Lake, we grabbed Cheryl and Bobby for a final few portraits down on the castle’s dock. You can see one sunset portrait at the top of this post, and these last two photos of our bride and groom silhouetted against the setting sun provide the perfect second bookend. What a great way to end this blog post, the last of this week’s five Thornewood Castle wedding recaps. Whew!

Two photos of the bride and groom silhouetted against the setting sun on the Thornewood Castle dock on American Lake, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Congrats Cheryl and Bobby! After a short break, these two will make an encore appearance on this blog as I feature the use of sabers in military weddings. You won’t want to miss it!

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