On Saturday morning, bright and early, I headed down to Tacoma for Hannah and Jerphy’s wedding. I arrived at the Northwest Baptist Seminary a little early but it was fun having time to explore the stunning grounds before everyone showed up at 9am to start setting up.
Hannah and her bridesmaids were almost ready when they arrived, but we took some photos of Hannah getting into her dress and jewelry before heading outside for the group photos.
We held Hannah and Jerphy’s first look in the gorgeous rose garden where the ceremony was originally going to be held – it turned out to be an amazing day, but those pesky weather forecasters had predicted showers right at the time of the ceremony. I was so bummed! Still, it did mean that we had the garden to ourselves for their first look, and it was such a great setting.
The whole venue, in fact, is just to die for. I love the stone pillars, the old red bricks, and of course the beautiful staircase …
We found a lovely shady spot for the group photos in the side garden. I love the photos of the wedding party – they were so much fun to work with and kept on smiling through my silly ideas and general goofiness!
The cake by Cake Magic was amazing. It looked like a painting and tasted heavenly. And I loved that it had its own little sun room – very fitting.
Although not quite as amazing as the rose garden, the back-up ceremony location was a surprisingly cute chapel with tons of natural light flooding in. I loved how Hannah and Jerphy incorporated music into the celebration; they had a fantastic string quartet, The Pike Quartet, and four of their friends performed a song of blessing towards the end of the ceremony.
The rest of the day was spent on the patio and lawns of the seminary, and it was such a treat not having to use flash for the entire reception! I always forget how much easier summer weddings are!
After the main reception was over, Hannah and Jerphy’s families stayed on for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. It was my first time experiencing one, and it was fascinating. Hannah and Jerphy changed into traditional robes, and offered tea to their families. In exchange, they received gifts and jewelry. I was expecting it to be quite formal, but in fact it was a very fun, social occasion, with tons of laughter and huge hugs.
Before they left for their banquet, I took Hannah and Jerphy off around the grounds for some final photos. I love how relaxed couples are towards the end of their wedding day, and I often capture my favorite images then. Many thanks to Hannah, Jerphy and their wonderful families and friends for inviting me to be a part of their beautiful and memorable day.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Northwest Baptist Seminary
Flowers: Denney Designs
Music: Pike Quartet
Officiant: Pastor Stephen Jung
Cake: Cake Magic
Caterer: My Chef Sara
Rings: Shane Co.
Bride’s Dress: The Elegant Bride
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom
Guys’ Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup: Megan Bingham