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Black and white portrait of bride and groom on an antique wood bench in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I’ve been looking forward to showing off some favorite photos from Michelle and Eric’s wedding for what seems like a really long time. Every time I photograph a wedding in Tacoma’s historic Union Station (one of Tacoma’s Top Wedding Venues), I come back with a whole new set of cool photos, and their wedding was no exception.

The day started and ended at the downtown Courtyard Marriott hotel, where I met up with Michelle and her bridesmaids. Here’s one of my favorite getting-ready photos of the year. Managing to fit the reflections of THREE lovely ladies inside the little triangle made by Michelle’s head and arm is a new personal record, easily.

Candid photo of bride and bridesmaids looking in the mirror as they position the bride's birdcage veil, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

These two detail photos of Michelle’s bouquet give you a first taste of the peacock-feather theme that ran through her wedding decor.

Two detail photos of a bride's bouquet featuring peacock feathers, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I caught a ride in the limo ferrying Michelle, her bridesmaids and parents from the Courtyard Marriott to Union Station, and caught a couple cool candids in those cramped quarters.

Candid photo of bridesmaids riding in a limo on their way to a wedding at Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of a bride and her father riding in a limo on their way to a wedding in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I love the poignant look Michelle’s giving her dad, who just walked her up the aisle to give her away.

Photojournalistic photo of bride giving her father a poignant expression as he gives her away at the start of her wedding ceremony in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two overviews of the wedding ceremony at the center of the Union Station rotunda, under the Chihuly chandelier hanging from the roof. Both were shot from the balcony that wraps around all four sides of the room.

Color overview photo of a wedding ceremony in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Black and white overview photo of a wedding ceremony in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

The just-named-husband-and-wife fist pump.

Candid photo of bride and groom celebrating at the end of their wedding ceremony in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid black and white photo of bride and groom walking up the aisle after their wedding ceremony in Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Okay, get ready for a mega-dose of wedding photo awesomeness in front of Union Station’s Monarch Window, which I would argue is the best of the five massive Chihuly artwork pieces that grace the four sides and center of the Union Station rotunda.

First, two similar photos of the wedding party at the Monarch Window, shot from the far balcony — one with a big burst of light so you can see everyone’s faces, one without to allow the backlit window to turn them into silhouettes. Artistically, I prefer the silhouette version, though I could understand why people would rather pick the lit version for their album or wall.

Creative wedding party portrait, lit with flash, shot across Tacoma's Union Station from the far balcony, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Creative wedding party portrait, unlit and silhouetted against the Monarch Window in Tacoma's Union Station, shot from the far balcony, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

And now, two photos of Michelle and Eric at the Monarch Window. The first shot is from the far balcony with a telephoto lens zoomed in to its max (it’s a big room!), followed by a near-opposite photo taken with a wide-angle lens from much closer to the couple.

Creative portrait of bride and groom silhouetted in front of Chihuly's Monarch Window at Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Wide-angle portrait of bride and groom in front of the Chihuly Monarch Window at Tacoma's Union Station, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Then we left Union Station and headed back to where we started: the downtown Courtyard Marriott. Here’s more of the peacock-feather theme (with bonus bling) in the table centerpieces and settings, and in icing on the cutting cake — the small cake at the top of the cupcake tower for the bride and groom to ceremoniously cut.

Two detail photos of table decor featuring peacock feathers at wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two photos of wedding cake and cupcake tower at wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I think the Courtyard Marriott ballroom really photographs well, and always feels new and clean.

Wide-angle overview photo of wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Toasts from Michelle’s dad and Eric’s brother, the best man.

Candid photo of bride's father giving a toast during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of best man giving a toast during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of bride and groom reacting to a funny toast during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Okay, so here’s a good way to generate some awkward humor during your wedding reception! After Michelle tossed her bouquet and Eric tossed Michelle’s garter, the DJ asked the guy who caught the garter to put it on the leg of the bouquet catcher — the higher, the better! Don’t worry, it all ended up family friendly.

Candid photo of garter catcher putting the garter on the bouquet catcher's leg during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Second candid photo of garter catcher putting the garter on the bouquet catcher's leg during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of reactions as garter catcher putting the garter on the bouquet catcher's leg during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Two very different looks at Michelle and Eric’s first dance. The difference is all in my lighting (or lack of), exposure, and post-processing.

Two photos of a bride and groom's first dance during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Here’s a funny series of photos of Eric’s grandma grabbing the DJ’s mike to announce that she’s going to bed, which busted up the whole room. Next to her is Michelle’s bridesman (male bridesmaid), Brad.

Candid photo of a grandmother saying something funny into the DJ's mike during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of reactions to a grandmother saying something funny into the DJ's mike during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another candid photo of reactions to a grandmother saying something funny into the DJ's mike during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of a grandmother smiling at the bride and groom during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

And there’s Brad in mid-air, executing a backflip. I’m pretty proud of getting that shot from clear across the room, having no clue what was about to happen.

Candid photo of a wedding guest in the air, executing a backflip, during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Oh look, Brad again, now dancing with Michelle. Good action on the dance floor at this wedding! Check out the corner-piece pillars that Michelle’s dad built for this very occasion. They light up and everything!

Candid photo of bride and friends dancing during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photo of wedding guests dancing during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Another candid photo of bride and friends dancing during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Final candid photo of bride and friends dancing and celebrating during a wedding reception at Tacoma's Courtyard Marriott hotel ballroom, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats Michelle and Eric! If you’re someone who’s thinking about getting married in Tacoma’s Union Station, check out highlights from more weddings and receptions we’ve photographed there at our Tacoma Union Station wedding portfolio, www.tacomaunionstationwedding.com.

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