It’s true that Opera Boy and I save most of the bread heels. We freeze them and when the freezer gets too full, we have a perfect excuse to go to the beach. He gets a kick out of chumming for sea gulls. To his credit, he tries to do this away from the crowds. ;0)
If the beach of choice is Lincoln City, his first order of business is to buy taffy (alledgedly for the guys at work) and then we feed the gulls… enjoying the drama. After that we head to one of the places where we can fly our kites. Sometimes we get skunked… there are calm days at the coast more often than I knew before I had the kite habit.
When it’s calm, we walk. Watching the crazy-happy dogs and the slow progression of people weaving over the sand and sitting on the driftwood makes me happy. There are rock cairns and sand castles, feathers and shells and sea grasses. And sometimes, there are palm trees underfoot, right? Life is better with beaches in it.
Wine Country weddings typically bring to mind a beautiful rustic setting… many times there are picnic tables and wine barrels festooned with great earthy sunflowers… the big red barn or cool old tasting rooms are the norm. The summer views are always stellar and the ceremonies are mostly under the bright blue Oregon skies.
Denise and Bruce opted for something more in the luxury category when they made their plans. There is a grand place in Newberg called the Allison Inn and Spa…
tailor made for a ritzy experience. The original plans called for a lot of the day to be held outdoors on the lush grounds. The last minute change to the indoors was brought on by another day in the mid- ’90s… a temperature we have become too acquainted with this summer. So, the short ceremony was in one of the gardens but everyone was relieved to have the rest of the celebration inside… we might not have had that option at many of the wineries down the road in Oregon’s wine country.
Most of the toasting took place before it got dark. Liz and Josh had their wedding at the family ranch outside of Eugene on a hot summer day. The yard had been set up with long comfortable tables, a dessert table nearby and a well lit dance floor near the house. Dinner ran later than they had planned… the evening turned cooler and undeniably dark. The couple wanted to say thanks to everyone before they cut the cake. Their DJ brought him a mic and the crowd gathered in a little to listen. As Josh pulled out his notes, we all realized what he was up against. He was all set to wing it when the DJ pulled out his cellphone and saved the day. ;0)
Springtime in Portland is one of the most beautiful seasons we have and we all know it’s because of the rain. Sometimes it actually doesn’t rain. If you have a venue combination that is mostly inside, then you have a fine chance to visit a park or use your own garden for a small portion of your photography. The colors and the greenery are so lush and, when combined with the soft light on an overcast day, well, it’s hard to beat. This lovely shot at Peninsula Park was a stop between the church and the hotel reception on a sweet day in late May.
Since our summers are becoming so over the top hot, I’d like to see more springtime weddings on the calendar… its a sweet look.
The lyrics to Love Me Tender were rolled into little scrolls and wrapped with glittery gold ribbons… each guest found a scroll on their chair as they sat for the ceremony on this New Year’s Eve. Part way through, the groom’s dad brought his guitar out to the mic and the entire crowd sang with him and the new couple… it was one of the sweetest wedding songs you could imagine… everyone singing and smiling!
If you pick a Friday afternoon to go to the courthouse in Vancouver, you will have a long wait in traffic…. plenty of time to get nervous. Gary and Steve and several family members lined up to go through the metal detectors in the entrance of the Vancouver Courthouse… after a few blips and beeps, we made our way to the noisy waiting area on the second floor. Promptly at 4:30, a man came to assign each set of people to a room… we were about 12 in number so we were ushered into a sizable space to wait for a judge. There were papers to be filled out, stories and jokes to be told, nerves to be soothed… the judge came in almost an hour later and, in about two minutes, married these men. To go that fast after so long came as a surprise.
To have to wait so many years to get to this point is the real story. They bought beautiful puzzle rings about 12 years ago when it looked like their marriage might be a legal possibility… those rings got put into a box and saved for better times. Well, better times are here for some parts of the country and, with luck, will soon be possible in Oregon.
I meet some of the very best people in this line of work… they take care of each other and that’s what a marriage is all about. ;0)
Right on the other side of that hill is a wonderfully casual vineyard in Sheridan… J. Wrigley Vineyard is the kind of place you can relax and just have a great party!
Angela and Ryan got ready at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville and drove from there to this lovely windswept hilltop on the last day of August… late afternoon into a soft evening full of friends and fabulous pumpkin cake. And did I mention the hot shoes and the socks? Life is good!
October in Oregon gives us some glorious days of wild suspense… in the hour drive from Portland to Yamhill, we passed through many types of weather. As a long time professional, I have learned to keep my eyes open on the way rather than make too many set plans ahead of time… it keeps me open to the possibilities.
Brooke and John got ready for their vineyard wedding at a friend’s beautiful home… as we drove up the driveway, I decided to ask if they might like the idea of the gate-keeper pumpkins for their wedding party shot. Turns out it was just right. ;0)
Meghan and Ryan had a spectacular day at Bridal Veil Lakes. It was one of those soft July days… not too hot… the light beautifully bright under the trees. She crafted her retro bouquet and his boutonnière from tiny beads wrapped into flowers… they passed as real enough to make you look twice.
They met on the path around the lake and my favorite part of this image is her earring swinging high as she turns.
Come get married in Oregon… we have a wealth of beautiful places!
Vista Hills Vineyard in late August… we have an absolute heaven right here in Oregon. Our vineyards are all within about a 45 minute drive from Portland… it’s the best of both worlds. That proximity has become a marvelous reason to get married in these beautiful rolling hills.
Stephanie and Lee took a break with their friends a little before dinner… there was wine passed and laughter on that summer road. Come to Oregon. Bring your dreams.