Little charmers like these two can totally make my day as a wedding photographer. I know some people think that a wedding is no place for children and if you happen to be doing a super stylish and grown-up sort of affair, then, ok. Luckily, in Oregon, there are lots of weddings that take place in a more relaxed and forgiving atmosphere… the little kids can be an organic addition to the party.
These two had a job to do… he with the rings and she with a basket of flowers. One of the best parts of any wedding with this age group is watching the rather random process of walking down the aisle to complete their tasks. Everyone turns to enjoy it!
I am about to design a wedding album for this wedding and I can’t wait to revisit these two and a really fine late summer wedding. ;0)
Children ask better questions than adults. “May I have a cookie?” “Why is the sky blue?” and “What does a cow say?” are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than “Where’s your manuscript?” Why haven’t you called?” and “Who’s your lawyer?”
Go ahead, invite the kids and have a great time!
Time is the name of the game in any relationship. Sometimes it seems like a hurdle to jump and sometimes it’s a runaway train but if you are part of a solid team, you can face it together. Ty and Lamar were partners for 10 years before they were able to marry legally… that’s a long time to want something you can’t have. When the day finally came, I was caught many times by how perfect a fit they were together. We did this portrait a little before the ceremony at the Academy Chapel and that gave them a chance for some quiet time before the whole crowd thing that a wedding becomes.
I am happy to see that our society is moving in the right direction… it’s past time for a balanced world.
Destination weddings can be a lot of work for everyone involved if the planning isn’t up to snuff. When someone has taken the pains to bring me and my gear clear across the country to cover their wedding, I make sure that we do a lot of talking about the timing. It’s a good idea to bring your photographers in a couple of days ahead for a few reasons. The most obvious one being that it’s a way to get past the aggravations of weather and delayed flights. It is a also good way to ensure that your photographers are rested and ready to give you the best coverage possible, and, if any gear gets messed up in transit, your photographer has a chance to get it replaced in time for your wedding. All of that seems like a no brainer to me.
What I offer my clients in a destination situation is a chance to spend a couple of hours outside of the wedding day… most often it’s a rehearsal dinner sort of coverage. It helps all of us to get comfortable before the big day. Jen and Chris had a tea for their families at the hotel the day before the wedding. I took some time with the tea service but when they were done, they asked if I would go with them to get the rings cleaned. You bet! Old Town Alexandria has a free trolly that runs up and down King Street… all we had to do was hop on and go a couple of stops to the jewelry designer. Basically, we got to treat it as an engagement session… it gave us lots of opportunities to do sweet pictures of just the two of them in various places before we took our frozen noses back to the hotel.
I love my job!
The lyrics to Love Me Tender were rolled into little scrolls and wrapped with glittery gold ribbons… each guest found a scroll on their chair as they sat for the ceremony on this New Year’s Eve. Part way through, the groom’s dad brought his guitar out to the mic and the entire crowd sang with him and the new couple… it was one of the sweetest wedding songs you could imagine… everyone singing and smiling!
The Red Rose Ballroom was a perfect venue for this party… Stumbleweed played some fabulous bluegrass and a fine spread was put on by Cheryl’s on 12th
The whole shebang was pulled together by EJP Events… a long time trusted coordinator in Portland.
I hope all of you getting married in the near future will do your homework as well as these people did. It made for a really relaxed and personal celebration and that’s what a wedding should be.