It was a very small audience but when the officiant Heather Rose launched into the Apache Wedding Blessing, all of us had to laugh!
The Apache Wedding Blessing: “Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness, For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, But there is one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.”
The poem is one I hear often… partly because it is a clear and positive message to two people joining their lives together and partly, I suppose, because it isn’t connected to any one religion, giving you a chance to speak a more universal sort of blessing. If you look it up, it isn’t connected to any Native American culture either but it does have an interesting history. ;0)
Kate and Vlad braved an incredibly wet afternoon last Saturday… Rocky Butte is a sweet little park open to all of the elements so once it’s the decided location there is no turning back. These two took it in stride… a good sign for their marriage ahead, yes?
I got soaked and there will be some water spots to fix but I wouldn’t have missed it!
Made for each other barely begins to cover the relationship between these two! Heather and Derek had a courthouse wedding several years ago and they have two beautiful children to round out their family. I met Heather first and we did a few months of communicating before I met Derek. When he sat down at my table with her, I was reminded again that some couples are a perfect pair. The laughing in this picture is pretty much who they are.
Last Saturday, their larger families joined them for a wedding in the gorgeous backyard of a friend. Of course it was another blisteringly hot day and the yard had been tented for the crowd. The tent changed some of the photo planning we had done but we had a Plan B. ;0)
The ceremony was pretty early and the light was harsh so we saved the portraits for later in the day. During our planning meetings, I had asked them to look around the area for a spot for romantic pictures away from the crowd and in the later light… they had found a farm nearby and had asked permission to take some pictures there. The owners were very kind and said drive in and use anything you like. We spent about 20 minutes working our way around the old barn and the hay bales before we went back to the last of the party… a successful and happy day!
There are perfect days in Oregon and last Saturday was one of them. There are also perfect weddings and that was true of this one. Allie and Matt brought such confidence in their relationship to this wedding… it bodes very well for a long and happy marriage. It’s always a treat to see two people so well suited for each other.
Mt. Hood played hide and seek on this beautiful property above the river in Estacada and the nature of the place made it possible for everyone to relax and enjoy the day. What could be better than a party with all of the people you love in a place like this? ;0)
They had their first dance right before dinner and the afternoon flowed on from there… I have to give a great deal of credit to their planner, Angela Orr of Simply Elegant Occasions… she was everywhere she needed to be and because of that, there were no glitches. All in all, a very perfect day!
I had the absolute pleasure of second shooting for Randy Kepple last Saturday… to start, it’s a compliment to be invited by a peer and a good friend. We have only shared three weddings but we have established a trust and a fine rhythm and it is something I enjoy. In this image, we were up on the sunset ridge above the party. I watched Juston watching his true love in front of Randy’s camera… he loves her beyond all measure and that is a good thing.
Last Saturday brought us to a bright, breezy wedding at a sunny farm in Newberg… high in the hills on our first truly hot summer day this year. We had to do some dancing around our original schedule to accommodate the flavor of the light. There was no place to go until after dinner… that’s when the sun had gotten low enough to give us this lovely light for the softer portraits. What I like is that Betsy and Rob trusted me to make it work. We slipped out between dinner and the toasts… we only needed these 10 minutes but we couldn’t have had them at any other point in the day.
Keep your plans flexible if you can, you won’t regret it!
… at least that’s what they tell me. Well, I have to say that this month has been completely outta control so the blog has been wishful thinking at best.
I made the mistake of cleaning my windows on one of the early sunny days… everything was fine until I stuck my head out of the skylight and got a good look at my south roof. After a minor panic attack, we started the process of getting bids to replace the roof. This one has been on since 1981 so, yes, it was time but I thought we might be able to wait until this summer. Not so much. Now we have to wait for the lovely spring weather to clear so the guy we hired can come do the work.
Of course, in anything like house repair, one project always leads to another. ;0)
Last Saturday Opera Boy smiled as he handed me an electric drill and a flat bar… I spent the next few hours prying the first part of the old front porch off of my house. Apparently, we have decided to replace it. And then comes the paint. Sigh.
Meanwhile, March 13th was the 10 year mark for my Mom’s death. I had planned to run a beautiful little photo essay about her but the further I got into the process of scanning old photos, I realized I have a lot to say. Dad’s 20 year mark comes in May so I am thinking I might wait until I can do them both some justice.
This one is from their wedding in July, 1950… Grace H. Benson married Allan B. Bosworth… he was just out of the Navy and she was still in. They look happy to me and so very young.