Cupcakes, a paradise of cupcakes was presented at this August wedding. Instead of being safely out of reach on a table, this tower of sugar was set on the stage at the Jupiter Hotel and it didn’t take long for the short ones to figure out how easy the pickings were going to be.
The young man in the middle wasn’t eating them so much as inhaling them… his stack of wrappers was getting pretty high. The younger man on the right seemed to be more discerning, eyeing his next choice while thoughtfully finishing the previous cupcake. I didn’t get to stay to watch the delighted little girl, my duties called me elsewhere, but she had the enthusiasm needed to join the boys in the carnage. I wonder if any of the grownups got a chance? ;0)
If you have a heaven of cupcakes in your plans, Portland has some great bakeries… check these out: Saint Cupcake
You might not know it, but behind the scenes at every wedding swirls a cast of thousands!
Maybe it just seems that way but it’s a favorite part of the day for me… maybe it’s the only gambling I do as I watch the teamwork at hand from the beginning to the end.
Next door to the dance floor was a staging room of sorts… I walked by and saw a cake… of sorts. The small room was gradually taken over by three guest performers. All of them getting into the mood and waiting for show time.
I asked Crystal Lynn to let me have a moment of her time before she climbed into the cake… the crowd loved the unexpected show!
Behind the scenes is always an adventure. ;0)
The Power of Pie is almost equal to the power of a summer day. Together, they are an unstoppable combination. ;0)
Heather and Derek had a sweet wedding in the beautiful backyard of a family friend. The yard was tented against the heat and, after the ceremony, several large tables were set with flowers and food. A quiet social hum punctuated by small children running in the grass made a perfect backdrop to this wedding day. A little after 5:00, the pies came out of the kitchen and the crowd started to move towards the patio. Derek is a cheesecake man so the top of the pie tower was a small and mighty cheesecake… a few minutes later, he was wearing a smear of cheesecake on his left cheek and Heather was grinning a lot. After the laughing and the cleanup, the kids closed in for pie. After all, pie is good for you.
Brides Rule the Day at the Jupiter Hotel! It should have been the headline on the Sunday morning paper this weekend!
My two cool brides, Melissa & Mia, brought such a confident spark to their wedding day that the crowd was more involved than many I have seen. It was really great to see the level of happy going on. I can’t wait to work through all of their images… it’s going to make me smile all over again.
In all of this, I finally had a chance to work with the delightful Melissa Coe, an officiant held in high regard here in Portland. I was not disappointed and as we chatted a little during the day, I was pleased to find a kindred spirit in her. Not all wedding vendors are created equal so when I find the ones that fit, I am elated. ;0)
A kind of Heaven can be found in Oregon most of the year but as Summer starts to travel into Fall, there is a special quality to the light… it’s my favorite time for country weddings. Oregon’s wine country is where you should start your search. Take a late afternoon tour of a few vineyards that offer weddings… go see what they look like in the soft evening light. The mid-day sun will be too harsh. The image above was taken just after 7:00 on the last day of August… we were on a quiet road outside of Vista Hills Vineyard a few years ago. From where I stood, it might as well have been Tuscany… it was a Heaven, indeed!
A little back story for that day – it rained buckets before the ceremony and the catering company expected the bride to give up on the outdoor plans. She persevered, the caterers reset the soggy tables and we had the most astounding skies for getting married under!
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!
#lovewins! Facebook lit up last Friday morning like shooting stars… it had just been decided at SCOTUS when I got to my desk. It was like watching all the lights come on in a really big city, a few at a time until the skyline is glowing. :0) The hashtag #lovewins ruled the day and I was gratified to see that so many people were happy about this decision. I don’t think I have seen a kinder day in the social feed in a while.
These happy couples have all been married in the last few years… the images were from their engagement sessions. For a couple of them it was more of an uphill battle than seems possible. I cannot imagine someone telling me I can’t marry the one I love! Needless to say, there should never have been a rule that says any of them should be treated differently than the other. I’m very proud to see our country level this particular field… maybe we can get rid of all discriminations if we keep moving forward.
Now that’s it’s just marriage, let’s talk about yours, ok? ;0)