Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pike Place Secrets

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is always a draw for me when I have a little spare time… sure, it’s crazy crowded and maybe a little too full of tourists but something in me enjoys watching the hustle. Camera-wise, it takes me to other places in my life like the flea market near my apartment in the French Quarter or the older parts of Coney Island… there’s a little ‘midway’ about all of them.

These two ladies had found a less trammelled space for a conversation and coffee. Out that bright window is Elliott Bay and Puget Sound full of ferries and small humped islands… on a sunny day you can see the incomparable Olympic Mountains. I imagine it was a fine view for the silent parts of a conversation.

Me, I just like to watch the world go by.

The Honeymoon House

Josh and Liz took me across the pasture to see this old house on the property… we had talked about it at my table and then again when I visited to scout the locations. It seemed to fit the whole feel of their wedding plans. I was doubly pleased to see that it fit the mood of the entire wedding party… even with the massive wasp’s nest in the corner of the creaky old porch. ;0)

Josh grew up in this house and there might be plans to rebuild and live on this spot… what a fabulous history to keep alive!

I hope you will come talk to me if you are getting married… happy to be a part of the history effort.

Offerings

Every wedding is about what you bring to each other as a couple… hopes and dreams are mixed in with dependable strengths and tolerated shortcomings. I am not sure everyone gets this going in and I feel lucky that most of my couples seem to have the better understanding going for them.

At a wedding, the outward offerings are beautiful little details put forward to say “This is my promise to you.” Amanda & Hansford put their jute-tied wedding rings in a small bronze bowl… they offered this bowl to be passed to each of their guests, asking them to sit for a second and bless the rings and the marriage, each in their own fashion. These two will last a lifetime and that is a marvelous thing…

Whenever I can, I try to give credit to the magic makers behind the scenes, if you are looking for good people in the Gorge, this is a great place to start:

Cork and Bottle Catering

Pauline’s Country Fresh Pies

Lucy’s Flowers in Hood River

This day was pulled together seamlessly by the incomparable Kara Markovich at Ella Events… what a wonderful time!

And, of course, I am always happy to travel! ;0)