2016 is bringing with it a few changes and a general refocus in my photography business. It is always hard to make big sweeping changes but now that it’s done, I feel very excited! Realizing that time with my growing boys is fleeting makes me want to reserve big weekend adventures for exploring with family and friends. Because of this, I’ve made a break with large formal organized events and instead will refocus on what I love, small intimate ceremonies and elopements.
Over the past few years, I’ve photographed many of these special occasions and have tailored a package specifically based on my experiences. Previously, I offered this 1 to 2 hour coverage at my Portrait Session Rates, but quickly realized how difficult choosing images from a dynamic, emotional event can be! Therefore I’ve created a reduced version of a wedding package to offer the luxury of walking away with all your proofs, along with the bonus of having 20 fully processed images ready for print and an album.
To kick off the new package, I found several of these beautiful ceremonies that I haven’t previously posted. Today is starting off with something green! We are still snow covered here in McCall but the sun is shining and I know there are green leaves in our near future! This beautiful ceremony took place at The Pilgrim Cove Camp on Payette Lake. It happened to be “work weekend” at the camp so there were volunteers everywhere painting and repairing buildings and cabins. The couple was going to have a very quick ceremony on the lawn overlooking the lake with close friends and family and then move the celebration off site to a cabin rental for an informal dinner/reception.
The day was beautiful but oddly enough these crazy winds rolled in at the last minute. We could barely set up the chairs much less keep our hair/jackets/sand out of our faces. The bride was off getting her hair and makeup done and so the decision was made in the last minute to move the ceremony inside.
Rule #1 on your Wedding Day – Something always goes wrong so just go with it and the results can be beautiful!
Remember all the volunteers covered in paint and hauling hammers around? Well, they came to the rescue! We quickly moved all the work supplies out of the lodge, set up chairs, and decorated with some quickly thrown flower petals. I was in awe of how beautiful the setting became, but I was even more in awe when the beautiful bride arrived and wasn’t flustered in the least by the change in plans. She transitioned through the venue shift with grace and style and had a perfectly beautiful ceremony surrounded by those closest to her.
After the ceremony, we walked into the woods to an area protected by the winds and grabbed some beautiful portraits of the bride and groom and their family — who all participated as the wedding party. The ceremony and formals were perfect and happened in an instant. The rest of the evening was free for them to celebrate over dinner with friends and no formalities.
If you are planning a short but sweet event like this and would like information on my photography offerings, feel free to call or check out the attached reference pages: