to include these gems in the earlier posts on whitney and dan's wedding?
just finished this wedding and have been enjoying watching their slideshow over and over again. i love the day that we finish a wedding and i get to call our sweet clients and let them know that all their photos are ready to enjoy! sometimes i wish we could spy on them with a web cam and watch their faces and reactions as they watch the slideshow for the first time. if you would like, take a little peek at whitney and dan's show over here. it makes me happy.
this is a bit delayed, but a little late is better than never. we just wanted to thank meg for her amazingly sweet post that she wrote about us over on a practical wedding. we woke up at the crack of dawn to photograph meg and david's wedding this august up in the beautiful hills of berkeley california. it was a wonderful day full of quiet tender moments and a few loud boisterous ones too. never in a million years did we ever expect meg to write such a thoughtful, kind and just plain awesome ballad to us. i've read it so many times, it just makes me feel so darn good. we are so thrilled with the post and moved beyond words. you can read the whole sweet thing yourself over here.
meg is a wonderful and witty writer and i enjoy reading her perspective on
things. you can read more about her sunny brunchy wedding over
on her blog "a practical wedding". if you are a bride in the middle of planning, i highly recommend frequent visits to meg's blog, for your daily dose of sass and sanity.
i am overwhelmed with all the beauty from this wedding at snoqualmie ridge golf course. between whitney's glam, dan's smile and the cascade mountain behind, well, you can't really go wrong. these two are just stunning and their chemistry is contagious. whitney is an art student and photographer and took the task of finding the right photographer for her, very seriously. i am so happy that she picked us!!! we had her complete confidence. she wanted us to play with our homemade lenses and shoot a ton of film. (which we happily did). one of my favorite surprises was the full grown flowergirls.
but whitney and her dad stole the show (of course).
although the view was a close second.
oh how i love this part, the joyful "we are finally married" walk! after all those lovely prayers and sweet tears, everyone was ready
to celebrate. this wedding had wonderful surprises, elegant details, an amazing sunset, dance moves galore and some sparkle (but that's all coming up next).
below is my favorite poem at the moment written by the talented louise erdrich. i discovered it this summer and it feels as if it was written just for me. between re-reading this poem and spending time with betsy (the mother of the adorable elias below) i am beginning to believe that even a messy person like me could be a
pretty good mom someday. that maybe being clean and tidy isn't as
important as i sometimes think it is. betsy's farmhouse has the perfect balance of open white space with scattered piles of art and science projects, colorful clothes, classic books and treasures found at the beach. her eclectic and easy going parenting style is inspiring
to me. it reassures me that being a little messy is ok and that kids probably don't need as much order as we think they do. i often think that a mess is much more photogenic than a perfect scene,
and that our piles and unmade beds can tell quite an interesting story.
(all on their own)
Leave the dishes. Let the celery rot in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator and an earthen scum harden on the kitchen floor. Leave the black crumbs in the bottom of the toaster. Throw the cracked bowl out and don't patch the cup. Don't patch anything. Don't mend. Buy safety pins. Don't even sew on a button.
Let the wind have its way, then the earth that invades as dust and then the dead foaming up in gray rolls underneath the couch. Talk to them. Tell them they are welcome. Don't keep all the pieces of the puzzles or the doll's tiny shoes in pairs, don't worry who uses whose toothbrush or if anything matches, at all.
Except one word to another. Or a thought. Pursue the authentic-decide first what is authentic, then go after it with all your heart. Your heart, that place you don't even think of cleaning out. That closet stuffed with savage mementos.
Don't sort the paper clips from screws from saved baby teeth or worry if we're all eating cereal for dinner again. Don't answer the telephone, ever, or weep over anything at all that breaks. Pink molds will grow within those sealed cartons in the refrigerator. Accept new forms of life and talk to the dead who drift in though the screened windows, who collect patiently on the tops of food jars and books.
Recycle the mail, don't read it, don't read anything except what destroys the insulation between yourself and your experience or what pulls down or what strikes at or what shatters this ruse you call necessity.
i am skipping ahead to october for a moment and letting this wedding cut in on our blog line. we are neck deep finishing up our summer weddings and enjoying reminiscing together...so many special tearful promises, sweet little details, silly characters, funky dancers and funny moments. stay tuned for some awesome weddings to come.
judy and fabian had several things go wrong at their wedding from wind to a terrible tumble. i've never seen anything like it before and my heart was breaking for them. but these two had such amazing attitudes and nothing could stand in their way of having a wonderful day. while watching their breathtaking ceremony on the cliffside, i decided that i would call their wedding 'the little wedding that could". despite a few bad things, this wedding had soooooo much more good going on; a tiny little guests list, two stunning locations, delicious food, flowers arranged by a dear friend, the bride in boots, my shoes full of sand, and a surprise puppet show (including the cutest miniature camera i have ever seen)! i don't think we could have asked for more in the end. i'll let the photos tell the rest of the story and end this with a perfect quote from one of my favorite gals......
"the way i see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain"