Annie & Kevin – 08.08.2015

Getting Ready: Courtyard Marriott Tacoma Downtown, Tacoma, WA

Ceremony Venue: St. Leo Church, Tacoma, WA

Reception Venue: Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma, WA

Catering: Christie’s Catering

Color Palette: Navy & Yellow

We always love it when we have weddings in downtown Tacoma—not only is it close to home, but there’s just so much in the way of scenery, architecture, and city grit, giving us a variety of backdrops and niches for bridal party portraits.

Annie & Kevin and most of their bridal party all got ready at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Tacoma. The guys and gals were on separate floors and we had walkie-talkies on us so that Annie & Kevin didn’t see each other until the wedding. As is usual, the guys got ready pretty quickly so we could do the dude photos outside the hotel in Tollefson Plaza. For the ladies, we went down to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass as well as outside of the U.S. Federal Court House. These gals were troopers, because it was starting to get hot and humid out, and we were running short on time.

The ceremony was held at St. Leo’s Church. While the lighting isn’t always too spectacular inside some older Catholic churches and flash is almost always not permitted, they at least have a very unique layout, which lets us walk around the perimeter of the sanctuary to get different angles.

After the ceremony, a party bus carried the bridal party down to the Foss Waterway Seaport, but not before they had detoured past Annie’s alma mater, Annie Wright School, for some cellphone selfies.

Foss Waterway is such a unique venue as it is actually a maritime museum, which matched perfectly with the navy and yellow wedding colors. We got some great photos outside the venue on the boardwalk as well as the outside wall of the museum. The girls wanted to recreate the iconic “Bridesmaids” photo, and I think they nailed it. Oh, and did I mention their caterer has a Taco Man who makes fresh street tacos right outside your venue for a late night snack? Weddings & tacos should be a thing more often.