Imagine a symphony on the beach. Imagine a glorious October day at that beach. One planned and the other pure and outrageous luck!
The rain was sideways as we drove to this wedding in Gearhart… buckets of rain, huge driving sheets of it. The living room at the beautiful beach house was staged for the inevitable indoor ceremony and three members of the Oregon Symphony were setting up in a tiny corner near the kitchen. Upstairs, the family members were all in varying stages of preparation… including Ali. She was pretty serene as the makeup and hair stylists finished their work. She can see the ocean from the second floor and the wind rippling the long stretch of tall grasses. She didn’t say much… she was still working on her vows as the ceremony time inched closer.
About the time she pulled on her dress, the sun came out. Downstairs the house was filling with her guests. She came down the stairs, traded her sweet pumps for the black Wellies by the door and declared that the ceremony would commence on the beach.
It was an incredible day!!
I come to every wedding ready to document the day… the things requested and the many pieces I see that make the story. The random parts that appear in front of my camera, the ones that make my senses sing, are the ones I live for.
This little procession up from the damp beach in Gearhart… ecstatic mom on the rise and Symphony Guy waiting for the couple and their furry companion to pass… I couldn’t have planned for this in any way… just have to track it through the eyepiece. It is a very favorite image of mine and I can’t imagine the day without it.
Where to start? Tricia and Dave came to Portland from sunny Palm Desert to get married in our beautiful Lan Su Gardens. Tricia came into the day like a house afire… she wanted to go to as many Portland spots for pictures as possible. Given the window of time we had, she scaled it back to some interesting spaces that we could walk to on the way from The Nines to the Garden. We stumbled across The 24 Hour Church of Elvis… for 50¢ you can get married there… you just have to push all of the right bright buttons and answer the many questions on the screen. It was a lot of fun to watch! From there to the Chinatown Gate and on to Voodoo Donuts and The Paris Theatre… honestly, it was a marvelous carnival mix… we all came away smiling. As we walked, a pedicab driver offered us a free ride for the remaining two blocks… all of this was just the beginning of a great celebration.
Luckily, the rain held mostly until the end of the ceremony and the rabbi didn’t seem to mind that they were already married in the eyes of Elvis.
A lot of credit for this day goes to the vendors… they made it work even when the skies opened…
Dave made an interesting contribution… he designed four Saketinis for the party… the reviews were good! Vibrant Table ran the show and fed everyone a lot of really great food. Page Winograd also of Vibrant Table, did her floral magic, even incorporating some of the family’s antique fans. Finales made a series of delicious cakes… inspired by henna tattoos. Takohachi Taiko entertained the diners with a fascinating drum ensemble. Swingline Cubs got everyone up and dancing. Continue reading →