Pie was served at Castaway on one of the last nights of Summer… the part of Summer when school hasn’t started yet and it’s still light pretty late. We can tell it’s winding down, though. That didn’t faze anyone at the wedding of Kate and Ian. The crowd was chock full of friends and family and I am always pleased to see people participating fully. When dinner was done, the ice cream was set out on a table full of pies… all sorts of pies. Initially, Kate had said she didn’t think they were going to do a “Pie Cutting” sort of thing but when the time came for dessert, Ian pulled her into a cutting… making sure to keep one of the hearts intact as he cut a piece to share. These two are perfect for each other!
On this lovely evening, my thanks to a Dream Team of vendors… it was such a smooth and classy event! I’d work with these talents again in a heartbeat.
Pies by Pacific Pie Company
Creations by Ly crafted the look and served as the event planner… my first chance to work with Nadia and her team and I was impressed… a great blend of talent and calm efficiency.
Devil’s Food Catering put on a nice spread with a Southern flavor running through it… always good!
And last, my friend, Steve Sharp served as the officiant… I met him a while back and have been waiting to work with him. Kind, patient and very real… just the sort of person you’d like to hand you into your married life.
Come see about me if you are planning a wedding… there is a lot to talk about. ;0)
There was a tiny marriage in the tiny town of Manzanita last Saturday. Most of Portland was on the beautiful beaches of Oregon this weekend but we only added 7 and a half people to the crowds. Vivian, the littlest of the group, is only two years old so she counts as a “half”, right?
Lisa and Hub walked down to the sands of Manzanita with their closest friends… people that go way back in their lives. This section of beach was a few blocks down from the main drag and it was wonderfully quiet. They stood in a little semicircle on this sunny day with a very brisk, cold wind at their backs. The vows were short and straight from the heart, the rings exchanged and then they were pronounced by one of Lisa’s best friends. As soon as the pronouncement was made, there were whoops and hollering and dancing in the sand by all. Vivian looked on in amazement. ;0)
Then there was champagne and laughing back at the beach house while we waited for the sun to slip down a little more. The newlyweds came back to the beach with me for a few more portraits in the sweet light while the friends pulled the dinner together. When I left, there was BBQ and music and drinks to be shared and I can still hear Lisa’s fabulous laugh.
As a seasoned pro, I get plenty of the big weddings… the ones with all of the rules and expectations. They are certainly the majority. These little ones, though, bring such a sense of sweet inclusion. It is a true pleasure to be a part of a day like this. A wedding doesn’t have to be big to catch the heart!
Let me know if you’d like to talk about getting married, ok?
The lacy wedding dress was hanging in the window above the bed in a tiny space full of bridesmaids… supposedly out of the general foot traffic and harm’s way. Champagne was being passed and the girls were helping each other with zippers and sashes as Ripley made his way to the bed… he had noticed something new in the room and, as cats will, decided to check it out. Halfway across the bottom of the train, his claws picking up bits of lace, Christie, my cool and collected bride, caught him up just in time. The look on his face tells me he wasn’t expecting to be noticed. Such a silly cat. ;0)
Christie put on her lacy wedding dress and got married to Matt in his fabulous suit on a hot afternoon in late July … I can’t wait to share the whole day with this couple! They were a lot of fun!
The vintage typewriter was set up on a low table in the foyer of the Village Ballroom, the idea being that guests would leave sweet notes of congratulations for Christie and Matt on the day of their wedding. When the music was quiet, you could hear the clackity-clack of the keys striking paper… the sound came and went for awhile. Then Avery, 3 years old, and the vintage typewriter became one. The page that had previously had a a few notes on it was filling with random letters and the key strikes kept coming… I think he was parked in front of it for about 45 minutes. Since Avery is a favorite of the groom, you can bet that page will be treasured as much as the others. ;0)
I enjoyed watching the adults… their levels of concentration very visible and their fingers unused to the force needed to drive the keys. Vintage typewriters aren’t for wimps… you have to get it right or live with it unless you happen to be carrying the oh-so-sexy whiteout.
Funny thing in this day of exclamation points, the Royal, from the the ’40s, had no exclamation point. You had to type a lower case l and hit the backspace and the shift key to add a sort of period to the bottom of it!
I grew up in a typewriter household and I confess, I miss the sound. If you are in the market for a vintage typewriter, go to St. John’s and visit Blue Moon Camera & Machine… it’s a fascinating shop. ;0)
Getting married? Check me out, ok?
Anticipation was the name of the game on this sunny Saturday afternoon. Amos was waiting for his Shannon in a hallway at the top of the Indigo building. He stood a little straighter and tried not to fidget every time the elevator made a sound but he was so ready to see her! His face was changing from serious to sunny as his thoughts swirled… he didn’t say much and he didn’t pay much attention to anything else… just like a man in love probably ought to be.
As I stood with him in that hallway, I imagined her long ride up in the elevator, anticipating the way it must feel to see each other for the first time on their wedding day. What I know for certain is that the smiles began in earnest when she stepped into that hallway… smiles that stayed lit for most of the day. I think they have a long life ahead of them… more smiles than not. ;0)
I’m so glad that I get to share this kind of day with so many great people… it is a privilege in every sense of the word. It really is a fine sort of work I get to do!
Paperwork rules the wedding day even if it’s from the background. It starts with the planning notebooks and threads through vendor contracts, timelines and endless checklists. Don’t let it get you down, though… an organized wedding is a happy wedding. Paperwork sounds kind of dry and frustrating but it is the glue that will hold the day together. If you do it right, you can get up that morning and have a fine time knowing that everything is pretty much under control.
For Shannon and Amos, the last piece of the paperwork puzzle was to sign the marriage license. It was fun to watch two newly married lawyers work through the legal language with their Brooklyn judge… each state is different so the three of them were very careful to get it right.
As a photographer, I am always present at this part of the day… it’s usually done shortly after the ceremony so I always check with the officiant to see when he or she is ready. It’s part of my job to find a spot that works for the paperwork and the photography. These two got married at The Armory so Shannon was changing into her party shoes in one of the green rooms backstage… I peeked around the corner and saw this table on the main stage and thought it would make a very interesting space. The judge agreed and off we went!
I love my job!!
The first dance as newlyweds is always pretty special. As I watched Shannon and Amos twirling across the floor at the Armory, their smiles kept getting brighter and, soon, the whole crowd was smiling with them. That kind of happy is contagious and that is a good thing. ;0)
I know that when we think of destination weddings, we think of places other than Portland but if the couple and most of the guests are coming in from out of town, that makes this a destination wedding, right? That means our job as local vendors is to make these people happy to be here. Portland’s Armory, also known as the Gerding Theater at the Armory, is a fine place to stage a wedding. I must confess that I was surprised to have a mid-July couple having an indoor event… so many of our local couples are hell bent on vineyards and gardens for their summer nuptials because the weather is finally ready to cooperate. This couple, from New York, were actually quite lucky to be at the Armory… that weekend was one of our recent high 90°s spells. Once inside this sturdy old building, everyone was very comfortable.
A first dance in a cool and interesting space filled with your family and friends… what’s not to like? Come talk to me if you are planning a wedding… there is plenty of information to share. ;0)
Global warming came to our lovely town last week and she has overstayed her welcome. I’ve lived in Portland for 35 years and this last couple of summers have been much less predictable than usual… it might be time to consider getting married in our cooler months… maybe give up on some of the scorching sunny weekends that have always been so popular. This weekend found me at two weddings where we had to change up our portrait plans to save ourselves. In the process, I had to step away from the ideas previously set and aim us in different directions.
Monday’s wedding was set for the Blue Sky Gallery in the Park Blocks… a cool and cozy space for an intimate crowd. Kira and Terry requested that I be available to take portraits of their guests so, during brunch, I looked in all of the corners of the venue to see if I could avoid taking people out into the hard, hot light. A very small space behind the piano and the window display caught my eye so I asked the couple who attended to the bride to come sit for me. I was quite intrigued by the tones and the clothes in that small, graphic space. Since they could be seen from the other end of the room, I was pleasantly surprised to have a steady stream of subjects come play in that space, including the bride and groom.
Kudos always to my friend Kara Markovich of Ella Events… fabulous wedding planner!!
Kira and Terry are going to have some real and interesting portraits of some of their dearest people… pictures that last a very long time. And no one had to sweat. ;0)
Global warming is going to hand us a lot of stuff to deal with… stay flexible, ok?
Engagement Sessions are a great way to see how the whole dynamic might work for your wedding day. There are 4 parts of the puzzle… there are the two of you and then you add a photographer and a camera. When those 4 pieces work well, you get wonderful results.
Tiffany and Jon came to town to wrap up some details and to have an engagement session with me. We started in the Pearl District and wandered over to Union Station for a low profile stab at getting them over the jitters… cameras have a way of making lots of people uncomfortable. If you add that to PDAs, the dreaded public displays of affection, it can take a while to relax. By the time we had gotten up to the Pittock Mansion, the light and the comfort level had both improved. Even though this portrait on the stairs is wonderfully quiet, we spent a lot of time laughing… these two are a great fit and I am looking forward to their August wedding!
On a side note, I always discuss clothing with my clients ahead of any engagement session… a blended or complimentary color palette is a good start. I am not interested in having people match so much as I don’t want their colors to clash or to take away from the faces. Polka dots and awning stripes will never be a good combo. I did get to tease Jon a little about his white shoes… notice how they really pop in the portrait on the right? I’d have asked him for a darker shoe or sandal if I had known. ;0)
Getting married? Let’s take the camera out for a spin and see how much fun it can be!
A sunny Saturday in June found Hannah and Sham exchanging rings on the roof of the Ecotrust… the tricky part was that he had spent the morning at a rock gym and his knuckles were swollen. When I went to watch them sign their Katubah, Sham was soaking his left hand in a bowl of ice water. Rabbi Kominsky was smiling during Hannah’s gentle attempt and we all watched Sham work it into place. The rabbi then went on to tell the crowd what had happened to this groom’s hand… a slight chiding in his voice. ;0)
A little advice from this photographer for all of you… consider the activities that you plan for the days before your wedding. I have had brides in tears with sunburns that will never match the lines of their dress. There have been spider bites and poison oak, nasty bruises and all sorts of minor miseries… and things like broken arms and legs, not so minor, but most of them could have been avoided by thinking a little bit about the possibilities. Take it easy and plan the physical risks for after the wedding if you can. I know that there are a lot of ways to reduce the stress but if it involves messing you up, think twice. Rest, massage, and hydration are the best things to do in the week before… you will feel better and the photographs will reflect that.
Exchanging rings should be one of the easy parts, don’t you think?
Hiring professionals will make your life easier, too. ;0)