Two of my favorite people got married last year and I wanted to honor their first anniversary with a blog share to remember how wonderful it all was! I met Jen during collage through my husband (boyfriend at the time), we became roomates, then close friends, and still are. I knew she met the right guy when I met him on our first double date. They compliment each other in so many ways. It was clear how much he adored her. I was so so so happy to be their photographer, was almost a bridesmaid but since she already had eight other amazing women by her side we decided that me focusing on being the photographer was important enough and I’m glad I did because it was a day to remember for sure.
They got married and had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Courthouse Square in Tacoma WA. It’s a grand open ballroom space with huge windows to let in the natural light. The ground floor of the building is the old and beautiful post office which we gladly used as one of our locations for bride and groom portraits. We did the formal wedding party and family portraits at a little park with the puget sound in the background.
Her AMAZING dress is by Justine Alexander. One of those dresses you might be afraid of swallowing you and “it wearing you”, but not Jen, she definitely wore the dress, then had shoes that would make anyone’s jaw drop. When JP saw her at their first look he said “you look like a queen,” and he was absolutely right. He looked so sharp in his suit, some of my favorite groom portraits ever are of him.
At the reception JP decided to make everyone cry by singing Ed Sheerans song “Perfect” to her. Taking photos while bawling your eye out is hard, but I feel like I delivered. He didn’t warn anyone he was singing to her, so it was a surprise for us all. I love wedding surprises like that.
The rest of the night was filled with fun dancing, the delicious cocktail her brother designed and named Draper’s Dowry after Jen & JPs adorable dog (recipe ingredient can be found below), and laughter. So much laughter. Thanks for honoring me as your photographer Jen & JP.
Happy anniversary to you two!!
( Wedding Detail Link and Draper’s Dowry Ingredient are at the bottom… )
Dress: Justin Alexander / Suit: Express Brides Shoes: found on Amazon / Grooms shoes: Nordstrom Rack / Venue: Courthouse Square / Hair & Makeup: Jen Lagers / Flowers: Alice’s Floral Designs / Rings: Zales / Caterer: Bitterroot / Perfume: Penhaligons - Empressa / Cologne: Dior - Sauvage / Bridemaids Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groomens Suits: the Black Tux
Draper’s Dowry: vodka, elderflower liqueur, vanilla bean syrup, cold-pressed grapefruit & lemon, lavender bitters, soda.