Tacoma wedding at Union Station

Tacoma has a number of historic venues that serve as ideal spots for vintage-inspired weddings, but the Union Station rotunda might not be the first that comes to mind. Michelle and Eric’s beautiful 2012 ceremony ought to change that.

Before getting married, the couple were together for a few years. “We are best friends and love to have a good time together,” says Michelle. When planning their wedding, Michelle explains, “We wanted our ceremony to be a little more serious and special, and then the reception to be a nonstop fun party, with all of our friends and family celebrating with us.” To lend the wedding itself a more serious feel, the couple chose the Union Station rotunda in downtown Tacoma, where they were married on Sept. 2, 2012.

Modern ceremony, vintage elegance

The ambience and character of this particular venue had much to do with the overall feel of the ceremony. “I like how vintage and beautiful Union Station is,” says Michelle. “I felt a serenity there like you would in a cathedral. It was breathtaking and beautiful; it felt calm.”

Following the wedding, the reception was held about two blocks away, at the Courtyard by Marriott – downtown Tacoma. “The Marriott was perfect for dancing and having fun,” says Michelle. “It was nice that most of my guests stayed in the hotel after the wedding.”

DÉCOR: Using the theme “modern vintage,” the couple carried it out with peacock colors — mostly dark blue and champagne. “Any color in the peacock feather was fair game,” says Michelle.

For the flower arrangements, Michelle and her mom met with the head of the horticulture department at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. In that program, a group of inmates learn horticulture skills and will make wedding flowers for the public. Michelle and her mom shared photos and sketches with the head of the department. Then the inmates made the centerpieces, floral arrangements and bouquets.

PERSONAL TOUCHES: Michelle’s parents’ friends made the cake backdrop, a birdcage around the cupcakes, plus the columns surrounding the dance floor and the dance floor. “It transformed the space into something new and unique,” says Michelle.

FAVORS: The couple gave guests glass coasters that said LOVE on them. Michelle enjoys going to friends’ homes and seeing the coasters on tabletops. “It makes me feel good,” she says.

Shortly after the wedding, the couple moved to Boise, Idaho. Michelle works in higher education, and Eric works as an account manager for a trucking transportation company.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Wallflower Photo

CEREMONY VENUE: Tacoma Union Station rotunda

RECEPTION VENUE: Courtyard Marriott - Downtown Tacoma

CATERER: Pacific Grill Catering

CAKE: Burning Cupcakes

FLORIST: Washington Corrections Center for Women, horticulture program


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Published on March 31, 2016.

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