coming off a wedding marathon. had to take the day to recover and hang low after five days of weddings in a row. started out with a traditional nigerian ceremony and ended with a love parade. sandwiched in the middle was my best friend ember's spontaneous wedding. she started to plan her wedding two weeks ago when inspiration hit after a visit to the bloedel garden reserve on bainbridge island. before i knew it, a plan was in place for a simple ceremony with just their immediate family at the garden. we were invited as the official photographers. but when you plan a wedding in such a short period of time some things can fall through the cracks. em called a few days before for a judge, but discovered that no one would be available on 8-8-08. luckily she had rented a beautiful house on the island starting thursday. the wedding had to be bumped up a day early. the plan for family remained unchanged for friday. a few friends were asked to come witness and celebrate on thursday. i pulled my birthday girl weight and insisted on being an official paper signing witness. doesn't 8-7-08 have a nice ring to it?
i love shooting weddings, it's always an extra special treat to photograph my friends getting married! it presents issues like trying to toast and shoot at the same time. or wearing a dress and hauling gear. or making sure to set the camera down and visit and giggle a bit. it's this balancing act that makes them extra special. i am so excited for these two! in my mind they have been married since their first little one arrived in this world. i felt like this weekend was more a celebration of their sweet family and what a wonderful job these two are doing as parents. a time to toast their love and to enjoy their two beautiful boys. i miss their sweet cheeks and big eyes already. more photos to come from their special garden day with family on 8-8-08. i love extended wedding weekends!