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The second annual Wedding Walk Tacoma last Sunday really built off the success of last year’s inaugural version, with the addition of several more venues and the after-party at a sweet new nightclub. Unlike last year, when I was only able to photograph two venues, I actually had the opportunity to make nearly the entire walk myself, camera in hand. Here’s what caught my eye.

Union Station
Wallflower Photography was stationed at Union Station, one of our all-time favorite wedding venues. I had nearly as much time to photograph here than everywhere else put together, as I was able to shoot on-and-off while also staffing our table before Laura came to relieve me 2 hours into the show. I was glad for the extra time, as Union Station had a lot to photograph!

Gina of A Greater Plan and Jen of Jen’s Blossoms put together a mini mock-wedding setup and multiple reception tables packed with interesting details and vibrant colors. You can read about it more on Bloom, Jen’s blog. Sandpaper Custom Stationery created the wedding programs, sign on the guest book table, table numbers and menu cards, all with a unified graphical theme. What I’m calling the guest book is really a set of old-fashioned luggage tags, on which guests would write little messages and drop into an old suitcase. What a creative idea, especially for a wedding at this former train depot!

Photo of wedding programs by Sandpaper, at wedding ceremony setup in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of alternative guest book at faux wedding ceremony in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of alternative guest book at faux wedding ceremony in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of faux wedding ceremony arrangement in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of flower arrangement above faux wedding ceremony arrangement in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, showing reception tables, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, showing reception table settings, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, showing menu cards by Sandpaper, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Photo of flowers at the centerpiece of reception tables at Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of table arrangement in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of table arrangement in Union Station during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Jonz Catering served up a terrific assortment of food and refreshments, including a peach/pinapple/7-Up “fuzzy kiss” and edible spoons loaded with duck, bacon and bleu cheese.

Photo of glasses of "fuzzy kiss" drink of pineapple, peach and 7-Up created by Jonz Catering for Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of pork sliders created by Jonz Catering for Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of edible spoons with duck, bacon and bleu cheese created by Jonz Catering for Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

A Tier Above provided this beautiful cake, and their samples were delicious!

Photo of wedding cake created by A Tier Above for Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of detail on wedding cake created by A Tier Above for Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Shannon of Bellezza Jewelry makes this elegant jewelry by hand, much of it with vintage components.

Photo of bridal jewelry created by Bellezza Jewelry and displayed at Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of bridal jewelry created by Bellezza Jewelry and displayed at Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of bridal jewelry created by Bellezza Jewelry and displayed at Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Washington State History Museum
The History Museum was our venue at last year’s Wedding Walk Tacoma. It looked great then, and this year as well! Always Elegant Weddings & Events took the lead in its design.

Photo of table arrangement during mock wedding reception in Washington State History Museum during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of table arrangement during mock wedding reception in Washington State History Museum during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of table arrangement during mock wedding reception in Washington State History Museum during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Philip Hall – University of Washington Tacoma
Then I headed across the street to Philip Hall on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. It’s the newest venue on Wedding Walk, and I appreciated the chance to see it for the first time in wedding decor. SAS Events set up a retro-cool head reception table in green, white and black. That checkerboard dance floor was pretty sweet, too.

Photo of head table in mock wedding reception at Philip Hall on the University of Washington Tacoma campus during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of centerpiece on head table in mock wedding reception at Philip Hall on the University of Washington Tacoma campus during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of head table in mock wedding reception at Philip Hall on the University of Washington Tacoma campus during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Wanna Cupcake? brought a cupcake tree, with mini cupcakes dangling from its branches in little metal cups.

Photo of cupcake tree by Wanna Cupcake? at Philip Hall on University of Washington Tacoma campus during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Two photos of mini cupcakes hanging from cupcake tree by Wanna Cupcake? during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma
I cut north through the UWT campus to the Courtyard by Marriott’s Cascade Ballroom, with table arrangements of vibrant tangerine and white by Trendy Event Rentals, the producer of Wedding Walk Tacoma. That’s a betta fish in the table centerpiece, one of Trendy’s specialty services, Betta Mansions.

Photo of reception table at Courtyard by Marriott during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of floral arrangement on reception table at Courtyard by Marriott during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of beta fish centerpiece on reception table at Courtyard by Marriott during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Pacific Grill Event Center
On the downhill, Pacific Avenue side of the Marriott building is the Pacific Grill Event Center, catered by the award-winning Pacific Grill restaurant next door. Magnificent floral arrangements by Weddings Northwest Floral and decor by A Piece of Cake Events made my first visit to this still-new venue a great one!

Photo of Weddings Northwest Floral arrangements at Pacific Grill Event Center during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of table settings at Pacific Grill Event Center during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of table centerpiece by Weddings Northwest Floral at Pacific Grill Event Center during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

I was also impressed with the donut towers on display by Legendary Doughnuts — a fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake.

Two photos of wedding-decorated donut towers by Legendary Doughnuts at Pacific Grill Event Center during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of donut tower by Legendary Doughnuts at Pacific Grill Event Center during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Pantages Theater
My last stop was at the far-north terminus of Wedding Walk Tacoma: the Pantages Theater, my favorite of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts venues. I love its recently restored lobby, with those stained-glass ceilings. Occasions Catering and Brown’s Flowers collaborated on the table arrangements.

Photo of mock wedding reception table in Pantages Theater lobby during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of centerpiece on mock wedding reception table in Pantages Theater lobby during Wedding Walk Tacoma, by Wallflower Photography

Encore Boutique Nightclub
I left the Pantages just in time to catch a ride back to Union Station on Wedding Walk’s limo shuttle, one of the beautiful cars in the British Motor Coach fleet. After packing up our table, I headed to the after-party at Encore. I know this venue well from its years as The Vault (see here and here), and I love its transformation! Colored lighting always makes for fun photos, and the wedding apparel models really upped the cool factor. The “Ice Luge” by Studio Ice featured the Vault Catering logo on its face — and an embedded chute inside it through which drinks were poured, getting chilled during their brief journey from top to bottom.

Photo of Encore Boutique Nightclub during Wedding Walk Tacoma after-party, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of balcony level of Encore Boutique Nightclub during Wedding Walk Tacoma after-party, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of models at Encore Boutique Nightclub during Wedding Walk Tacoma after-party, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of drink luge ice sculpture at Encore Boutique Nightclub during Wedding Walk Tacoma after-party, by Wallflower Photography

Thanks to everyone who made Wedding Walk Tacoma such a visual treat! And my apologies to everyone whose hard work didn’t get photographed, or featured in this blog post. There was so much to see, I needed two of me to shoot it all!

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