Once upon a time, I put out an advertisement for a wedding that I’d shoot completely in black and white. I requested there be no photo list, no traditional dance, no sit-down dinner, and last but not least, no color images. It sure sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? I had a vision for a day that I could capture without any agenda, for a day that I could document with authenticity and flow, without any schedule or Pinterest-inspired shots. I absolutely love when brides bring me ideas, don’t get me wrong, but as a creative, I love when I can stretch my wings a little bit. I wanted to be trusted to photograph a wedding, with honesty and a little bit of grit.
What happened next was the most perfect couple (Emma and Finn) answered my ad, and it was the best experience I’ve had to date. They placed full trust in my hands, which was the greatest, most welcome honor. They trusted that I would photograph the details and moments in a thoughtful way, and that I would fade quietly in the background. I surely love a great cake, beaded gown, or creative floral arrangements, but I also get excited about a relaxed, simple celebration.
There was no first dance but an improvised first dip, instead.
Bundt cakes were made by the bride because she loves them.
The wedding took place in Portland, Oregon, where upcycling is big, so everything was recycled and free.
No other photography was encouraged, as to be present and supportive of the celebration (love, love this).
There was laughter, long speeches of importance and weight but nothing obligatory or that started with “I didn’t prepare a speech or anything”. Nope, just thoughtful, intentional words of wisdom and praise, and I may have had a few tears spring up in my own eyes.
But then, I had to add a few color images because, I HAD to. Just a few. Thank you, Emma and Finn, for catching onto my vision, and giving me the gift of taking part in your beautiful day.