Opinions count, especially from your best friends. These people know you on your good days and your bad ones and they will gently let you know if you need a little more of this or a little less of that. Personally, I am always glad to see a beautifully subtle application of make up and a simple hairdo. There were some trends over the years that didn’t translate well to a wedding day… luckily, they were just trends. The last thing you want is to be unrecognizable to your true love as you come down the aisle.
Planning your own wedding? Come talk to me, I have some opinions, too. ;0)
With the ceremony straight ahead, there were a few finishing touches, a few last minute things to savor. Rob made sure he had his vows at hand, Erin had a last minute eye makeup check… he still had to put on his coat and she had a sassy birdcage veil waiting for her downstairs… the finishing touches on just about any wedding day.
Erin and Rob had already taken care of the family shots and a really great portrait session… all done ahead so that they could have the rest of the day with all of their special people. These two wonderful people got properly launched into their married life and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
A shout out to the hip teams at Vibrant Table and the Jupiter Hotel for a seamless day!
Twister in Alexandria… sounds like a bad weather headline on the East Coast doesn’t it? Well, it wasn’t. Chris and Jen decided to offer an evening of board games instead of the usual dancing… it suited them to a T. After dinner, the guests came back to the parlor where the ceremony had taken place and found that the room had been turned into small groupings of table and chairs amid the couches. They could sit and chat or they could pick from a huge variety of games to play. Between the parlor and the bar was the only really open floor space for the Twister board and it was barely big enough for 4 to play… Chris and young Owen got aced out by Jen and the Kilt Guy… not sure who eventually carried the day. Photographically, the angle was getting a little too dangerous. ;0)
An unexpected lens flare set this image apart… it seemed to fit this couple so well! They dance in their real life so dancing a little after they had their first look was natural for them… I think this was to be sure her long dress wouldn’t interfere with their footwork. ;0)
I told Madeline and Lee that I would be shooting snippets of their wedding with a Lensbaby and that we could expect some interesting things to come of it. It’s a wonderful little optic that bends the light and the focal plane. I have been using it on and off since 2004 and I like the unexpected nuances… it makes me see differently. In this case, I saw the lens flare come and go but didn’t note the rainbow effect until much later… what a pleasant surprise!
Plan your wedding carefully but be open to the possibilities, you’ll be glad you did.
Most of the toasting took place before it got dark. Liz and Josh had their wedding at the family ranch outside of Eugene on a hot summer day. The yard had been set up with long comfortable tables, a dessert table nearby and a well lit dance floor near the house. Dinner ran later than they had planned… the evening turned cooler and undeniably dark. The couple wanted to say thanks to everyone before they cut the cake. Their DJ brought him a mic and the crowd gathered in a little to listen. As Josh pulled out his notes, we all realized what he was up against. He was all set to wing it when the DJ pulled out his cellphone and saved the day. ;0)
The internet has a huge selection of Sunset tables available to help with your planning… even a half an hour can make a huge difference.
The moral of this story is plan your time and spaces carefully, you just might need a little light on a soft summer night.
Anticipation runs high on a wedding day… high enough that even the rain can’t dampen it by much. For Emily and James, the anticipation was enough to drive them out of hiding to watch their guests arriving. All of the formal photographs had been taken and they had been enjoying a glass of champagne and a little privacy… all that was left was to walk across the small space between the house and the hall where a lovely ceremony and dinner were waiting for them. James would finally get to see the cake he had designed and all of their friends and families were on hand to cheer them through their vows. The only VIP missing was their good dog, Davey. ;0)
Gray Gables was the perfect spot for this late season wedding. The party rolled from the great food into the kinetic dance floor and when the lights came up, the crowd went out into the damp with sparklers to light the way to the limo… this couple is a gas and the wedding was just perfect!
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Springtime in Portland is one of the most beautiful seasons we have and we all know it’s because of the rain. Sometimes it actually doesn’t rain. If you have a venue combination that is mostly inside, then you have a fine chance to visit a park or use your own garden for a small portion of your photography. The colors and the greenery are so lush and, when combined with the soft light on an overcast day, well, it’s hard to beat. This lovely shot at Peninsula Park was a stop between the church and the hotel reception on a sweet day in late May.
Since our summers are becoming so over the top hot, I’d like to see more springtime weddings on the calendar… its a sweet look.
Fairytales may not happen to everyone you meet but you know it when you see it. Elena and Leigh have been in love since grade school… they knew early on they were a true fit for each other. When I first met them a few years ago, I had no idea how special this bond was. We started with an engagement session and I realized that it was going to be a deep and important relationship for me, as well. The wedding was perfect and personal and we have since done belly pictures and baby pictures and family sessions. In all of that, I feel like we are related… like we can talk about anything.
I am inspired by these two every time I get to spend a little time with them.
Find the one who truly loves you and love them with everything you’ve got… the world will be a better place for everyone. ;0)
Little charmers like these two can totally make my day as a wedding photographer. I know some people think that a wedding is no place for children and if you happen to be doing a super stylish and grown-up sort of affair, then, ok. Luckily, in Oregon, there are lots of weddings that take place in a more relaxed and forgiving atmosphere… the little kids can be an organic addition to the party.
These two had a job to do… he with the rings and she with a basket of flowers. One of the best parts of any wedding with this age group is watching the rather random process of walking down the aisle to complete their tasks. Everyone turns to enjoy it!
I am about to design a wedding album for this wedding and I can’t wait to revisit these two and a really fine late summer wedding. ;0)
Children ask better questions than adults. “May I have a cookie?” “Why is the sky blue?” and “What does a cow say?” are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than “Where’s your manuscript?” Why haven’t you called?” and “Who’s your lawyer?”
Go ahead, invite the kids and have a great time!
Time is the name of the game in any relationship. Sometimes it seems like a hurdle to jump and sometimes it’s a runaway train but if you are part of a solid team, you can face it together. Ty and Lamar were partners for 10 years before they were able to marry legally… that’s a long time to want something you can’t have. When the day finally came, I was caught many times by how perfect a fit they were together. We did this portrait a little before the ceremony at the Academy Chapel and that gave them a chance for some quiet time before the whole crowd thing that a wedding becomes.
I am happy to see that our society is moving in the right direction… it’s past time for a balanced world.