Glamour is something you recognize when you see it. Even a space can have a glamour to it.
Tiffany and Jon wanted to have their first meeting on the rooftop of The Nines so off we went. We did several in the bright September sun with Portland laid out around us. To get to that section of the roof, we had walked through this very dark, breezy space with tall, billowing panels of gauzy fabric. It was sort of trippy and it registered in the back of my mind as something interesting but we were on a tight schedule and she wanted the sunny roof. We did a few more in the restaurant and then it was time to get back to the lobby for the family pictures. We walked by this breezy passage on our way back to the elevators and I got to see it differently. It stopped me in my tracks! I knew if we didn’t do it, it might not look like that if we came back later.
I asked Tiffany to stand in the space and to hold very still… I was working without a tripod and knew that flash would ruin what I was seeing so I turned my shutter way down and leaned hard into that wall. She did her elegant best and we have this glamorous piece as our prize.
A professional photographer will see the possibilities and know how to make them work… count on it. ;0)
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 →