Last Friday found me at Sellwood’s tiny, historic Oak’s Pioneer Church listening to one of the more personal wedding ceremonies I have heard in a long while. Lisa and Tom both spoke from the alter before the vows… they told the crowd how they met and they talked about their first couple of dates. We heard how he included her sons into their early relationship and how she did the same with his grown children. The best part, though, and the reason for this post, was when Lisa turned to the crowd and said “We could have had a big wedding… we could have invited family and friends and acquaintances but we wanted, more than anything, to share this day with you… our families and our closest friends.” It was evident to me through the rest of the evening that they were, indeed, surrounded by people who really loved them. The party was held at a beautiful home on N Ainsworth Street… crammed to the rafters with good food and happy people. The couple dancing in the living room are the lady of the house and her son… tell me that does’t look like a good time!
If you are looking for real and personal wedding photography, you might want to take a few minutes to check out my work… I’d be happy to show you around. ;0)
Ashlee, just married, stepped out of her shoes on the edge of the Lewis River… her sweet husband had to sit to take his shoes off. Micha is a fisherman and he wanted, more than almost anything, to take some time down on the river after the ceremony. He rolled up his pants legs and waded in while Ashlee wandered the shore a little ways off… he was looking for skipping stones and she was cooling her toes in the shallows. We could hear the party on the hill above us… Lewis River Golf Course is a special venue for summer weddings… there is a patio bordering the river and a nice garden space for outdoor ceremonies. They have managed to keep the golf course separate from the wedding spaces and that makes it a good venue for a relaxed and private country club experience.
We didn’t stay on the river too long but the images we have from that part of the day will be on hand in the years to come… reminding Ashlee and Micha how very young and happy they were this summer day.
I am always ready to help create something special for the future. ;0)
Dave was lost in thought a few times as he got dressed for his wedding on that rainy day in May. He was paying close attention to the details so I tried not to intrude very much. There is a process to dressing, yes, but you can bet there is a process to getting ready to get married… an interior conversation that goes on. His best man and his father were in the other part of the suite and we could hear the comfortable humor of two men who were there for back-up. Pretty soon the four of us were downstairs in the library of the Nines Hotel … the men began playing pool while they waited for the women.
Upstairs, Tricia was smiling and sharing sake with her mom and sister… her mood happily contagious. When her dress was finally finished, I asked if she was ready to go see Dave. Her answer was purely visible… a twinkle of an almost tear in her eyes.
There was an amazing day ahead of them…the unexpected stop at the 24 Hour Church of Elvis and the quick drop into Voodoo Donuts before arriving at the Lan Su Chinese Garden… all of the details and flavors of the day swirling through my cameras. I am sure they will never forget their lovely and lucky wedding. ;0)
Maybe it’s time to add cookies to the emergency kit for weddings… right along with the scissors, needles and thread. Jody’s dress fit a little differently on her wedding day than she expected and I watched as one of her sisters offered up her own cookies to help… just pulled them right out of her own outfit! It was pure hysteria for a few minutes… a room full of laughing women! In the end, these offerings weren’t the right size for Jody and some other avenue was used. I doubt any of us will remember what that one was but the first round will live on for a long time.;0)
I am including a link to a very complete bra-glossary in case it is of any help to our brides… maybe knowing what is available will help you be better prepared.
For those of you who really want to get going on your own kit, here is a list from Style Me Pretty of just about everything you could possibly need for the little emergencies on your wedding day… have fun!
I’ll be the one watching for the cute and funny moments as they go by… that’s my job and I love it!
After the kiss, Ty and Lamar smiled broadly at their guests as the music started… the doors at the Academy Chapel swung open and Tina Turner came dancing down the aisle. She was belting out “Better Be Good to Me” and I watched the guests start to react… by the time the robes came off to reveal a short spangled red dress, everyone was grinning, even mom!
Poison Waters has been a local treasure for 25 years… her everyday name is Kevin Cook and he has been very involved in helping our community. Since Ty was instrumental in getting the Freedom to Marry Act across the finish line in Washington, it made total sense for Poison Waters to be a part of the day. Poison sang the newly minted couple up the aisle and out to join the marching band that would take the crowd to the Brickstone Ballroom a couple of blocks away… it was a very fine day, indeed. With any luck, the rest of the country will catch up soon and everyone will dance in the aisles.
Happy to be a part of your plans… come see me when you are ready to talk. ;0)
Weddings are a great place to stage family photos… think about it, how often do you have everyone in the same place all dressed up? Wedding photographers do a ton of these staged pictures every year and it’s great when the subject matter goes off on it’s own little tangent. Believe it or not, this was started by one of the grown-ups instead of the kids… just for the fun of it.
Two of the most important tools in my kit are the Homework Assignment and the Timeline. The assignment for my clients is to send me a written list of the family groups they want. With that on the table, we can build a timeline for the wedding day that has enough time set aside at the right spots for getting the staged pictures done. It doesn’t take a long time if you have an idea what you need going in.
This lovely wedding was in Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center and we had done most of the formal groups in the shaded garden earlier. This one was pulled together on the dance floor, just before dinner, to take care of this combination that wasn’t on our original list… took about two minutes to make a normal one and this wonderfully silly shot. ;0)
I’d be happy to help you with your homework!
We mapped out the wedding timeline sitting at my kitchen table… when I asked Cait and Matt if they wanted getting ready photos, they said no so we decided that the day would start with them seeing each other for the first time. Arriving early at the University Club, I found them decorating their chuppah, still in jeans and sweaters. We staged our gear and started covering some of the details and the lovely architecture while they went upstairs to change. After a bit, I went up to ask Cait a question and found them helping each other dress… well, I stayed through the very precise bow-tie process and we decided that it would be really silly to go through a fake first meeting. ;0)
I love the people I get to work with… for the most part, they are happy and flexible as the day unfolds in front of them and it makes for the best pictures possible.
The rain was loud and full outside so our plans for portraits before the reception were very much in Plan B mode… thank goodness for a flexible couple and a beautiful home!
Robin and Jacob got married in a small ceremony on a New York beach the week before and were back in Portland for a very nice reception… they had most of Portland City Grill at their command. The only downside was that the normally incredible views were curtained in heavy rain… no matter, there was fine food and lively conversation happening all around. ;0)
It’s been a long time since I felt like it was necessary to try the cake at every wedding. It used to be so I could accurately refer the bakeries… at least that was how I rationalized it. I wasn’t planning on having any of this cake but somewhere in the cutting of it, I heard that it was a pumpkin cake…. and that changes everything. ;0) Lamb’s Thriftway outdid themselves with this one. Hands down, one of the best I have ever tasted!
Angela and Ryan had a wedding that was relaxed and charming… a very nice change of pace from the more formal affairs. Take a page from their book… do the wedding your own way instead of worrying about the trends… it will fit you better.
I’d be happy to share your wedding day!
Love and luck go together if last Saturday was any measure… Cait and Matt had just finished with the family photos inside at the University Club. The first day of Fall was coming in windy and wet so they were feeling lucky to have planned an indoor wedding. A few moments later, the rain stopped so we grabbed a couple of umbrellas and ventured out for a little portrait time. The soft light bouncing off of the buildings gave new meaning to the term lucky… we have so many wonderful pictures to choose from! It didn’t hurt that they both looked smokin’ hot in tuxedos! Maybe a new trend for brides? ;0)
I love my job!!