Angel and James’ wedding at the Monte Cristo Ballroom was a big family affair! Every one was so happy celebrating, dancing, and dining in the beautiful Ballroom!
I first met Angel, James, and baby Aria at Anthem Coffee & Tea downtown Puyallup just a couple of weeks before the wedding! Aria was just 2-3 weeks old! In their new baby-glow they talked about their wedding, family, and how ready they were to get married! ♥
On the morning of the wedding, we met at a hotel near the Ballroom for getting ready photos. I do this often and always encourage my couples to have this time documented! It allows the completed wedding album to tell the full story of your wedding day from beginning to end!
After getting ready photos, I met James and the groomsmen at the Monte Cristo Ballroom! James was helping finish the flowers on the isle. Family and friends were all hands in making final touches.
I had wanted to photograph at this Ballroom since I first found it in a late night deep Google dive for some new “bucket-list” venues in Washington.
The reason why I picked the Monte Cristo Ballroom to put on that list was because of their big open ceremony ballroom, beautiful bridal suite, fun grooms suite, and their all inclusive business structure. The ballroom does in-house catering, has their own wedding dress shop, a gorgeous Bar and lounge separate from the party (but right next to!). Most importantly, they include clean up so friends and family can go home at the end of the day instead of staying behind to clean!
Their food was AMAZING. So good. The staff was insanely attentive. They had the most readily-available-to-help team I had ever seen at a wedding venue! Part way through the day, their on-site staff cycled for fresh faces and workers so no one helping was ever too exhausted to be present and ready!
I loved all of the big mirrors, private spaces, venue owned and operated photo booth, and happy friends and family!
Everyone was so happy. I do have to say, these are some of my favorite big group photos I’ve ever taken. Everyone was so polite and awesome to work with on a time crunch as we got our big group shots before dinner!
We made it out for a stroll around the venue right at sunset to capture Angel & James’ wedding portraits. I always love that time with my couples!
Thank you to Angel, James, their amazing parents and bridal party, and to the Monte Cristo Ballroom for throwing such a wonderful celebration of love!