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.
Curiosity is part of what makes a good photographer. Curiosity is what keeps a fresh eye to the camera… bored photographers don’t see as much. ;0)
This little catch at Castaway was a break in the long and hard part of the wedding day… the part of the day where you and your love have to stand in line for the formal group shots that history seems to require. I try very hard to help my clients build a list that works for them but one that doesn’t overwhelm the day… we make the list and we make the time to do it. But in between the lines of people standing in front of the camera are these little breaks where someone has to go get somebody else and the players in that group revert to their own bad selves for a few minutes. I saw them start to crowd in so I moved in for a closer look… ever curious. I love the look on Kevin’s face as Karri spots the flask!
Kirsi was the bridesmaid with the sweetest smile at an early wedding in 2007. Three months later, I was pleased to see her standing up for another bride of mine… both crowds were great. When she called last year to tell me she and Tony were getting married, it honestly felt like a family connection.
Fast forward to 2010 and we have a fine, if damp, day at Edgefield… there are happy, familiar faces everywhere. The theme is mushrooms… programs and table decorations taken from their hobby of mushroom hunting. Tony likes photographing the various exotics he finds in the wilds of our beautiful Pacific Northwest and, of course, they harvest the edibles.
Some of the most beautiful mushrooms are communal by nature… I think it’s interesting that these two found each other in a shared circle of friends. Continue reading →