This might be the most important wedding faq that I write! Because at the end of the day, only your marriage license will legally bind your love for each other. In my experience, the license can also be one of the trickiest parts of the wedding day. It's often overlooked since it seems to be self explanatory, even if it's slightly confusing if misunderstood. So, to avoid any and all confusion I wanted to create a list of all the things you need to know about getting a marriage license, from apply to signing!
What can be more flattering than a couple from out of state reaching out to have their photos taken by YOU while on a mini getaway? Not much comes to mind. When the newly engaged Julie and James had started making plans for their trip to the Oregon Coast, they realized that this special getaway (even if surrounded by work events), needed to be documented. It was their first time visiting the gorgeous Cannon Beach, and quickly they decided they absolutely needed to come back and visit. What's not to love about the salt in the air, the stunning view of Haystack Rock, and the endless stretch of beach. I had to brag, but the Pacific Northwest really has the most incredible beaches.
Meeting the two for the first time, especially on such an occasion, was a real treat for me and Jem. It was obvious that this kind and silly pair had a deeper understanding of love and friendship than the average couple. How else can I describe them but sweet, passionate, carefree, and warm.
Being in their presence was a gift enough, not to mention they were so much fun to photograph. They have a way of being fully there with each other at all times, without making it seem like they are ignoring or forgetting the outside world. But simply, enjoying it together.
Choosing the best blooms is something that happens long before the week of your wedding - it happens when you are browsing Pinterest and thinking through your dream wedding. It means taking care to either research what will be available, or trusting your florist to do that! Or event being flexible to look at your ideas and ask a few tough questions and be willing to make some changes.
Shooting secret proposals is one of those session types that I wish we could shoot more of, but it's definitely NOT for everyone. But for those who opt to surprise their babe with not only a shiny ring, but also photos of the special moment, are definitely bring us photographers a lot of joy. Surprise proposals are also VERY tricky...because they're supposed to be a surprise. In our experience actually, we've never had to hide behind trees or cars to capture the event, but actually working with the couple before it even happens. The trick is, finding the RIGHT excuse to keep it a secret. Personally, I loved Keith's disguise. He promised Jenny I was just getting started in this business and needed couples to pose for me to grow my portfolio! At first, Jenny didn't believe him. But he swore up and down this wasn't the moment he would propose...whoops!