The Final Frontier is the phrase that comes to mind when I look at this picture… my couple asked me to step into the men’s room high above Portland at the Nines’s Hotel. They have explored the Nines over several visits from Seattle and they really liked the trippy light and the strange colors on the rooftop level. Departures is not always available for camera time but we were lucky to have about 20 minutes to play before they opened it to the popular afternoon cocktails and fine dining crowd.
Our keys to this rarefied kingdom came from Charlotte Bell… she has to be the most helpful hotel event coordinator I have ever worked with! The entire event from start to finish was in the hotel and every section of it came off without a hitch. Charlotte took me up to Tiffany’s room and then was available with her express key to get us to the roof for a first look. From there down to the lobby for group photos and then back to the roof to play before the ceremony. Never once did we have to wait for her and that tells me that my bride and groom were well taken care of.
The planning is important but the people who will be on hand to see those plans through, those people are priceless.
Next summer, somewhere in Portland, a really sweet couple will sit down on a warm August evening to open a pretty wooden box. Inside they will find a bottle of wine and two love letters sealed the day they married. Imagine hearing the letters a year after they were written… how much sweeter is it with that year between them? Maybe the best thing to do is to buy another bottle of wine and to each write another love letter for the coming year. Somewhere in time, there would be a whole box of these written treasures to share with each other and maybe with generations to come. Good idea, yes?
To my mind this is much more personal than a Unity candle or some of the other sharings I see during ceremonies. If it suits your personalities, it might work nicely for you. ;0)
The venue here is Castaway, a cool urban spot in an industrial corner of Portland overlooking the Fremont Bridge.
Steve Sharp is the nice man officiating… anybody would enjoy working with him!
The light curtain of air ferns was just right as a backdrop… by the talented team at Creations by Ly.
I was the lucky photographer… happy to be along for the ride!
Imagine inventing your wedding as you run through the hills of Portland! That’s exactly what Jen and Mike did and it was a very special celebration. Every day that they run, they take the tram up from the South waterfront near their home and connect with the trail at the top. As the summer evolved, they kept me in the loop, adding bits of their story to our photo plans. On the big day, I walked with the ladies to the tram and we rode up in excited secrecy… he wouldn’t see her until she walked down the aisle. Getting off the tram, we could see the ceremony site below on the beautiful deck at OHSU. Her brother proudly walked her down the stairs and up through the smiling crowd to Mike. Imagine Mt. Hood in the smokey distance and the whole city going on about it’s normal affairs while these two, high on the hill, promised each other forever.
Later this year, they will go to Paris for their honeymoon… I imagine them up in the Eiffel Tower remembering this day. ;0)
Love rules at any age. All the sweeter to find it later in your life… all the more wonderful to find it in a best friend. These two, their friendship goes way back… you could tell by listening to the toasts from people they have known since school. I got a real sense of their younger selves that night. I believe that the inner person ages much differently than the outer parts and I think it takes a long time for some younger people to “get” that. What I see in most older couples is a much clearer sense of self and a true trust in each other.
Kat and Roger called me about two weeks before they were to be married… since they live in the Virgin Islands, there was a shifting set of plans and it finally settled in at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Instead of using the bridge, where countless ceremonies take place, they chose the beautiful Scholar’s Courtyard for their intimate crowd. It was just right!
Love is sweet in front of my camera… come see me, ok?
Pie was served at Castaway on one of the last nights of Summer… the part of Summer when school hasn’t started yet and it’s still light pretty late. We can tell it’s winding down, though. That didn’t faze anyone at the wedding of Kate and Ian. The crowd was chock full of friends and family and I am always pleased to see people participating fully. When dinner was done, the ice cream was set out on a table full of pies… all sorts of pies. Initially, Kate had said she didn’t think they were going to do a “Pie Cutting” sort of thing but when the time came for dessert, Ian pulled her into a cutting… making sure to keep one of the hearts intact as he cut a piece to share. These two are perfect for each other!
On this lovely evening, my thanks to a Dream Team of vendors… it was such a smooth and classy event! I’d work with these talents again in a heartbeat.
Pies by Pacific Pie Company
Creations by Ly crafted the look and served as the event planner… my first chance to work with Nadia and her team and I was impressed… a great blend of talent and calm efficiency.
Devil’s Food Catering put on a nice spread with a Southern flavor running through it… always good!
And last, my friend, Steve Sharp served as the officiant… I met him a while back and have been waiting to work with him. Kind, patient and very real… just the sort of person you’d like to hand you into your married life.
Come see about me if you are planning a wedding… there is a lot to talk about. ;0)