Cannon Beach on a bright Saturday afternoon… pretty much a winner!! Cassondra and Reece lucked into a sunny June day for their wedding on the beach… they made a driftwood arbor and surrounded themselves with friends and family. The only hard parts in the planning were working around the tides and working around the crowds that flood this tiny town on pretty summer days. The rest of the planning was chock full of sweet little details and a really great a cappella group. The Cannon Beach Community Center was the choice for their reception and it was decorated to the hilt with beachy goodies like saltwater taffy and sea glass scattered among the netting and the shells on each table.
Cassondra’s dress was the reimagined dress that her mom wore in 1974… it was perfect for her. There was new beading and lace and a lot of love put into the redesign… a special family friend was responsible for most of that. She couldn’t be at the wedding but maybe these pictures will help her know how beautiful it was.
Meanwhile, amidst all of the details and the sunshine, these two sealed their sweetness in such a way that you know it will go on forever… they have been a couple for a very long time and will continue to travel well together… I imagine Cannon Beach will forever be a special place for them. ;0)
It’s a mid October evening at the lovely Zenith Vineyard… Oregon is stellar this time of year and so very easy to look at!
The cocktail hour is coming to an end behind me as the guests make their way from the big porch into dinner… I turned to take in the moon rising over the ceremony site, to take a deep, cool breath before the next half of the day gets rolling.
I stayed to take this picture because they are all inside and missing it. A very important part of wedding photography is to catch all the parts. Many couples don’t realize how much they will miss on that special day … their focus is going to be on their guests. Pretty much a wall of people all day between them and many little vignettes that they won’t see unless the photographer is paying attention.
All of your vendors are important… they are going to make the day look nice and make sure it runs right. The food will be great and the music will be over the top if you have done your homework, right? So plan your perfect day, hire the professionals so that you don’t have to worry about every little thing… dance like you mean it and trust that it will all work out. ;0)
There is a dictionary app on my iPhone and every day, a new word. Some are pretty easy but some of them are so unusual that they stop me in my tracks. Yesterday, the word was paranymph. On hearing the definition, I was astounded to think that I had not heard it before… the simple definition is “A groomsman or a bridesmaid.”!
I can think of many interesting couples who would have loved calling their people paranymphs… it has a forest spirit, steampunk thing about it that would be perfect here in the wilds of the Great Pacific Northwest. These particular paranymphs were having a grand laugh during the group photos at Abigail’s Garden and, considering that the wedding had a Harry Potter theme running through it, they should have known about this word.
Paranymph can be traced to the Greek paránymphos meaning literally “person beside the bride.” It entered English in the mid-1500s.
Maybe we can revive the word and run with it? There might be ancient authors smiling somewhere in the mists. ;0)
It’s great when people are relaxed and having fun during the wedding day… it makes my job much easier.
Let’s make pictures that make you happy!
The Marriage License, the part that makes it legal, begins with a lump in the throat as you stand in line at the county offices. If you go online, you can find out all of the do’s and don’ts involved before you go. At some point it must seem that it’s all coming at you kind of fast. So you get that done and you put it in a safe spot for the wedding day.
In the meantime, you and your officiant should have a short conversation about when you will sign the license. Some people sign it the day before and don’t have to mess with it at all on the wedding day. Others will have to be pulled out of their adoring crowd to sign it on a small, wobbly table before their officiant can leave… there will be photos taken, right? Or they go deep into the back of the church to sign in the daycare room while the crowd waits to throw flower petals… meanwhile, your limo waits.
Photographically, I really enjoy the ceremonies where the couple signs the license at the alter… it is an opportunity to make some very genuine and emotional pictures. You are so much in the moment here and your entire crowd can watch it become real. If you choose this route, please make sure your photographer is aware so that she can be in the right place when it happens.
Oh, and don’t leave the license at home… that just frustrates everybody. ;0)