There’s no place like home to have a wonderful wedding! I woke up this morning thinking about how I’d like to give my yard a makeover… somehow that thought process led me to some of my favorite home weddings. This one, from a few summers ago, was an absolute treat! Kristin & Chad have a lovely old home in the Kenton neighborhood and they decided to hold their wedding in their own backyard. They did it up right with a 5 piece brass band playing Beatles tunes, paper lanterns strung in the branches of the big tree and all of the tables on the lawn. Vibrant Table Catering set up a bar across from the front porch swing and the buffet was arranged on the back deck.
I guess the best thing about a home wedding is the utterly relaxed vibe… there is something about being able to take off your shoes as you sit on the lawn with all sorts of other relaxed people… it generally doesn’t happen that way in the big fancy ballroom weddings. ;0)
A classic portrait will stand the test of time as will the best relationships. Robert and Christopher were able to officially put rings on their 24 years together last Saturday in a bright, breezy wedding ceremony on the roof deck of the new Eastside Exchange. They had the first wedding to be celebrated there, splitting it between the sunny roof and the well designed ballroom a couple of floors below. When the cocktail hour was winding down, I kept them back for a few minutes of private portraits. Since the roof deck is wide open to the sky, the perfect backdrop was the side of the elevator shaft… it gave us a good balance of light and dark for a simple, classic portrait.
The Eastside Exchange is a sweet new venue at the east end of the Burnside Bridge… the views of Portland’s waterfront and skyline are wonderful! Vibrant Table’s Kurt Beadell is the man behind the curtain in this new venue so you can bet the events will run like clockwork and the food is always stellar.
I love that my job is in a different place every day!
I think it’s important to have a collection of images from the wedding feast without making those awkward fork-in-face close ups. If you have a buffet service, it’s easy enough to showcase the food before it’s on the plates but if you have a seated dinner it becomes a different thing altogether. Ambiance and mood are key elements in any reception. As a photographer, I still have to bring it back for the bride and groom but I have to avoid embarrassing anyone. With any luck, I am still mostly invisible in the process.