Portland twinkling in the background, Tinsley and Andrew had asked me to take their picture on this bluff in the Overlook neighborhood. It was just about 9:00 on our first truly hot June day and the breezes were finally helping. We were almost done when we heard a flurry of footsteps as this giggling girl slid into position to strike a pose. Just as fast, she was gone, and we smiled about our Portland… happy to help keep it weird.
A sunny Saturday in June found Hannah and Sham exchanging rings on the roof of the Ecotrust… the tricky part was that he had spent the morning at a rock gym and his knuckles were swollen. When I went to watch them sign their Katubah, Sham was soaking his left hand in a bowl of ice water. Rabbi Kominsky was smiling during Hannah’s gentle attempt and we all watched Sham work it into place. The rabbi then went on to tell the crowd what had happened to this groom’s hand… a slight chiding in his voice. ;0)
A little advice from this photographer for all of you… consider the activities that you plan for the days before your wedding. I have had brides in tears with sunburns that will never match the lines of their dress. There have been spider bites and poison oak, nasty bruises and all sorts of minor miseries… and things like broken arms and legs, not so minor, but most of them could have been avoided by thinking a little bit about the possibilities. Take it easy and plan the physical risks for after the wedding if you can. I know that there are a lot of ways to reduce the stress but if it involves messing you up, think twice. Rest, massage, and hydration are the best things to do in the week before… you will feel better and the photographs will reflect that.
Exchanging rings should be one of the easy parts, don’t you think?
Hiring professionals will make your life easier, too. ;0)
Mandy was a delight to watch as she married her Marty in the low golden light at the temple… incense in the air.
From there to their lovely house full of friends… the kind of intimate, relaxed party everyone likes… a little prosecco, a little pie on a sweet and simple June day.
A grateful nod to Francoise Weeks for her always glorious floral work ~
Great food and fine, friendly service by Sassafras Catering ~
Top notch cupcakes by Sugarcube ~
Mandy’s delicious dress by Elizabeth Dye ~
June 27, 2009
Madeline and Lee sang a duet in the fading light at Mt. Tabor’s volcanic amphitheater… clear voices and rapt guests on the benches around me. More emotion than anyone is ever ready for. Then they started a long and premature kiss… their officiant had to pronounce them husband and wife during the kiss. The crowd was laughing, crying and clapping and that’s the way it should be.
From there, the party moved to The West End Theater for great food, awesome music and some of the best toasts I have ever heard… an excellent evening all around!
Just a sweet detail… Madeline surprised the crowd by changing into her mom’s wedding dress for the second dance… when she had it fitted, she found some rice in the hem from her parents’ wedding many years ago. Stories like that just make my job more special.
Vendors were well chosen and the whole day flowed from one place to another just as it should… the talent is listed below: