Imagine a small loft jammed with lots of pretty girls trying to get ready for a wedding… there must have been close to 20 people all vying for some mirror time… clothes everywhere, curling irons and mascaras competing for the spaces. The fans are blowing, the air conditioner is trying to keep up and the door keeps opening and closing as a parade of people come and go, each on a mission of some sort. In the midst of all this, these two girls were ready ahead of most everyone else so their instructions were to try to stay out from underfoot. It was a treat to watch them watch the room… even Grace, our intrepid flower girl, had to look up from her assignment a few times.
The chaos early in the day is one of my favorite parts of a wedding… mostly people are happy and helping each other and that is a very satisfying vibe to be a part of. ;0)
Made for each other barely begins to cover the relationship between these two! Heather and Derek had a courthouse wedding several years ago and they have two beautiful children to round out their family. I met Heather first and we did a few months of communicating before I met Derek. When he sat down at my table with her, I was reminded again that some couples are a perfect pair. The laughing in this picture is pretty much who they are.
Last Saturday, their larger families joined them for a wedding in the gorgeous backyard of a friend. Of course it was another blisteringly hot day and the yard had been tented for the crowd. The tent changed some of the photo planning we had done but we had a Plan B. ;0)
The ceremony was pretty early and the light was harsh so we saved the portraits for later in the day. During our planning meetings, I had asked them to look around the area for a spot for romantic pictures away from the crowd and in the later light… they had found a farm nearby and had asked permission to take some pictures there. The owners were very kind and said drive in and use anything you like. We spent about 20 minutes working our way around the old barn and the hay bales before we went back to the last of the party… a successful and happy day!
There is nothing like a beautiful barn for a rustic wedding! This barn has it all… crystal chandeliers, vintage couches and chairs, plenty of space for a big dance floor and a good bar. When you add the good airflow and plenty of light, what you have is one of the more charming barn experiences I have seen. If you like the look of this, you can find more information at Adeline Farms.
This little confab between a bride and her maid of honor was in the breezeway of the barn just before the wedding party strolled down to the huge oak tree for the ceremony… the pug was a guest of honor and behaved himself perfectly. ;0)
The rewards were huge for Jenny and Muriel as they exchanged vows on the 4th of July! When they started this project a couple of years ago, their own wedding wasn’t really in the front of their minds… just the idea that this beautiful piece of property could become something special. The vision had to be combined with the effort and elbow grease… all of the things that can strain a relationship past repair for most people. As I started working with them, I could see how much of a team they truly are.
Adeline Farms is just east of Woodland, Washington… it’s an easy drive from Portland. Once there, you are tucked away from the city life. There are porches to relax on and a great barn to dance in. All in all, I think it’s a great new addition to a Northwest kind of vibe for relaxed events. Knowing these two, they are not done polishing this gem… this is a true labor of love!
There will be many more glimpses as I get through the mountain of images caught that day… can’t wait to go through them all!