This wedding felt like one of my very own sister’s wedding. When people would ask how long I’ve known the bride’s family, I’d run out of fingers on which to count... It’s definitely been over 10 years already- which made this wedding all the more special to photograph.
I’ve always thought I should try explaining to the world what it’s like to be a part of something like this. A blog post seems like such a measly way to sum it all up! I've always felt like I needed a soundtrack, stunt men, and green screen for that! ;) But then I realized, all I really need for an example is a sports team. Don’t laugh! Because that is really what it’s like: everyone works together toward the same goal, nobody can really know exactly how the game is going to go, you have to go with the flow, you get foul balls, you get touch downs, highs, lows, you name it... and when it’s all over, you feel like giving everyone a high five and a hug!!! Everyone worked so hard, and it took everyone to make it happen. The camaraderie is awesome and necessary.
And it’s not just the 24 hours of set up, ceremony, and reception. It takes years of hard work, dedication, prayer, love and tears to get to this day. All the way around, it is SO impressive to witness and photograph.
I also thought you should know that these portraits are a miracle. If you only knew how close they were to not being what they are! The weather report said we were expected to get another .75 to 1.25 inches of rain, High Wind Watches were going to be bumped up to warnings, and peak gusts would top 50 to 60 mph. I knew Janna really wanted outdoor photos- and so did I! Things were not looking promising.
Honestly, it felt like all odds were against me, until the minute we were ready to start photos... I couldn’t believe my eyes: the rain stopped and the sun was slowly trying to come out! It was a dream come true, a miracle, an answer to prayer! We were able to get ALL of the portraits done outside. It would occasionally drizzle on us, but we had the coolest vintage umbrellas that we wanted in the photos anyway.....
I love how God "makes beauty out of ashes" and how He makes a way when you don’t see one. I love that we were able to take the photos right next to the Oregon City Bridge! It was beyond beautiful. I was so happy I couldn’t stop snapping photos and saying “I am SO happy! I am so happy!”. I really was so, so, so, so happy.
Everyone was “so, so, so, so happy”.
You should also know that the Bride and Groom both have family bands.
These are The Dunn Mountain Boys...
And here are the Whispering Roses.
When all was said and done, eaten and danced- one of my favorite parts of the whole day were the toasts. So many people spoke, and so many meaningful things were spoken. It was a huge testimony of the influence and blessing that Luke and Janna have been to so many people. It was an even bigger testimony to hear the people they grew up with (the people who “really” know them) say some of the best things ever. It’s obvious that Luke and Janna have already left a huge mark on the world for God’s glory, and I have a feeling it’ll just grow bigger with time.
P.S. I don't know if it's just me, but do these two look like Cinderella and Prince Charming, or what???