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.
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)
I wouldn’t have missed this one for the world!
This warm afternoon wedding was a completely homespun affair… all of it played out in their yard and nearby neighborhood. Vibrant Table took care of the set up and catering… fabulous food and flowers, as always, but the scope was very comfortable and personal. There was no pretense here… the afternoon played into the soft late light with real people and sweet exchanges… I love these days. As a photographer, I can count on good images when everyone is relaxed and the time sort of spins by without too much of a written schedule. ;0)
This park, this ball field is right down the street from their great old house. I think they will live there a long time and they will remember the brass band playing Beatles’ tunes in their front yard as they walked out from under the tree where they said their vows.
Years will go by… someone will chance on this picture and there will be a recognition and a sweet smile.
She and I have been friendly strangers forever… I wave, she smiles… always at a distance. Since I haven’t been in her neighborhood for 30 years, I thought I’d try for a real conversation this trip. We decided we would try a Monday visit since no one goes anywhere on a Monday. Damn if the line wasn’t longer than the one at the Vatican… long enough to suck up an entire day. So we decided to ride the Staten Island Ferry instead.
I waved. She laughed.