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!
Imagine the day ahead of you… the day you thought would never arrive.
Nicole settled into the limo for the ride to the church and she actually paused for a moment to drink it in. Jon was pulling out of the driveway with his Best Man in the shiny blue convertible, both sharply dressed… looking for all the world like something out of the Kennedy years. The family groups and the wedding party photos had been taken care of in the morning garden, a small brunch had been shared and everyone was now traveling towards the rest of the day. I imagine that each of them was thinking about the day ahead and all were looking forward to it.
Imagine hiring a true professional to help you remember all of the little parts of this marvelous day! ;0)
It was such a hot day, the cake was hiding in the basement of the Overlook House. Just before dinner, the newlyweds got curious about their cake. I overheard them asking the caterer if they could go see it. I followed them down the narrow stairs and watched them Ooh and Ahhh… anticipation on their smiling faces. As we turned to leave, I noticed two kiddie chairs in the corner. I asked them how they felt about having a picture in this oddly compelling space, figuring that if they hated it, they’d say so. They both lit up and the yes was very enthusiastic so I asked him to put the chairs in front of the wall.
Two minutes later, we went up to a wonderful meal knowing that a great cake was waiting in the wings.
Weddings can be planned to a high level but the best weddings roll with the punches. The summer weather will often change the course of a day. If you can relax and let the professionals do their best work, you will have a great day.
Who’s ready for a piece of cake?
Portland twinkling in the background, Tinsley and Andrew had asked me to take their picture on this bluff in the Overlook neighborhood. It was just about 9:00 on our first truly hot June day and the breezes were finally helping. We were almost done when we heard a flurry of footsteps as this giggling girl slid into position to strike a pose. Just as fast, she was gone, and we smiled about our Portland… happy to help keep it weird.
Portland’s historic Overlook House was just right for this sweet, intimate wedding. The day was carried by the crackerjack team at Artemis Catering… kudos to them for such a fine job!
The Last Dance… this is the dance that says the evening is almost done. A few of the guests are beginning to gather their coats and gloves, mom and the bride are having a conversation about family brunch plans for tomorrow, and the valet is out in the cold retrieving cars. The parlor is still full of laughing guests playing board games and eating sweets but the tone is mellowing some. It has been a full weekend for many of them. Our intrepid dancers just couldn’t resist the call of the music… with no room in the parlor, they moved seamlessly into the lobby of the hotel and had a fine time. You know it’s been a great wedding when the guests are still on their feet and smiling at the end. ;0)
The Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia was very gracious with all the nuances that a wedding brings to the table… huge kudos to their staff!
Love + Space = Engagement Session… you now have the proper equation for success. ;0)
Hannah and Sham came down from Vancouver, BC and I traveled up from Portland… we met in Seattle to spend a few hours playing with the camera. These two were such a treat! The very best portrait sessions are the ones where the subjects and the photographer are willing to wander and roll with the spaces offered. We were handed a cold, damp day and that was fine for most of it… what made it work was the love, the energy between the two of them.
People as subject matter is probably some of the hardest and most rewarding work… the shiny prize is catching a mood the subjects recognize as their own.
Two lovers kiss and run away into the sun.. shielded by the blueberries, they turn, laughing, to watch the crowd that came to see them wed. After a few minutes, some kind soul brings them glasses of wine and they take their time drinking in the fact that they had actually gotten married.
I watch it at every wedding… the point where reality settles in and two people look at each other with a new light in their faces. It doesn’t hurt to take yourselves out of the crowd for a few minutes alone. Do it for the wonder of each other, don’t do it to discuss wedding details. Do it so you can go back to your crowd as a shiny new couple and really enjoy the rest of the day.
It is a pure privilege to be in a front row seat when these emotions run so close and high… I love my job!
Camera shy? The secret is to act out, get a little goofy for a few minutes. Sure, our moms all raised us to behave a certain way for pictures but what fun is a tight smile and a let’s-get-this-over-with attitude? You can tell when the real personalities start to come to the surface. In a wedding day, it’s about helping each other relax… to be together in the moment. If you have hired the right photographer, your friends and families will recognize your true selves. So get a little silly to start with and watch the magic pictures come to the surface afterwards.
Kate and Ian were a treat to work with and Ian did what Ian does to loosen up his camera shy bride. Thanks, Ian!
That great red wall is across from Castaway… one of Portland’s cool urban venues.
Marriage Equality has finally made it to the halls of the Supreme Court. It seems like it has taken forever. In recent reality, it has been a decade of two steps forward and three steps back… progress has been slow but surprisingly steady and I am pleased to see it.
Equality is defined as the state of being equal especially in status, rights and opportunities. Seriously, how does any of that get in the way of anyone else’s rights and opportunities? Go SCOTUS! Let’s hope they can reach a fair and gentle decision soon.