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)
Getting married? I’d love to talk to you!
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!