“Grandma’s coffee table!” was the immediate response when I asked Elizabeth if there was something special to shoot these great mixed metal wedding rings on. I was thrilled that she and Anna had a true connection to this old and artsy table… they wanted something very personal instead of the very glamorous sort of ring pictures that a lot of people seem to like.
Their house in Eugene was a delight… art and textures and pops of color everywhere. Grandma’s coffee table fit right in. It was obvious that these two women shared a refreshing esthetic. It also answered my venue curiosity… they got married at Ninkasi Brewing Company and then we walked to the Falling Sky Pourhouse and Deli for an astounding variety of foods presented with beer pairings. The deli is a favorite place for them and they wanted to share it with their people. All in all, this day was deeply personal and that was exactly what they had in mind.
I always ask about the ring pictures so that I have time to do them properly. That’s when I try to get a feel for what sort of background or mood they might like. If you want a Hollywood glamour sort of thing or if you want your rings presented on the gears of your favorite bicycle, let your photographer know. ;0)
Mixed metal wedding rings have been working their way into the mainstream for a couple of years and I am very happy to see it. For so long, rings and cakes were pretty predictable… to see them take off in many design directions makes this photographer happy. The Knot has an article about choosing your wedding rings and then I found this article about mixed metal jewelry… both are worth the read if you are about to start your shopping.
When I got to Hannah’s mother’s condo for the getting ready pictures, I started with the ring shots that she had requested… I did a few in a beautiful ceramic bowl but then I turned around and saw a great metal sculpture on the wall. No contest! Oddly enough, mixed metals were laced all through our Seattle engagement session last April. All of our locations had fabulous metal sculptures and walls to use as context for their portraits.
On a separate note, this was taken with a mix of camera bits… I recently bought the newest Panasonic mirrorless camera. With an adaptor, I am able to use my older Nikon macro… it was a treat to play at a different level last Saturday and I believe it is part of what keeps me fresh. ;0)
I sure would like to talk to you if you are planning a wedding… there is a lot to consider.
There is always that moment when your new rings become a reality… an actual weight on your finger that wasn’t there before. (I remember very clearly how I seemed to swing mine into everything for the first week or so.) Leanne and PJ have a little more time before the weight will become a part of them… no longer waiting for the day in tiny, shiny black boxes. ;0)
They got married on a sunny Saturday about a week ago in the lovely Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center and they did it with grace and style. Their team of vendors was a real treat and it made the day that much better. Molli and Jennifer of Soiree ran the show while Crystal Lillies created a lovely garden in a garden. Eric Wright, Portland’s best DJ, had everyone on the dance floor as usual and Eric Newland of Hybrid Moon captured everything on video. It was great and I was the lucky photographer! ;0)