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A Rooftop Wedding in Portland

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I used to hate weddings. Well, hate is a strong word. I used to be indifferent about weddings. But time has a funny way of changing tastes. I’ve come to find that weddings are pretty great when conditions are right. Summer? Portland? Rooftop? All of our Seattle friends in attendance? Yes please.

Theresa and I were honored to shoot Jon & Annie Fox’s wedding this August. We usually turn down weddings. They’re stressful, long, and stylistically quite a bit different from the type of film photography we prefer to do in our free time. But when Annie reached out to us Theresa and I were both immediately excited. Jon and Annie were a part of a circle of friends we’d developed here in Seattle, and while we weren’t close, we knew them well enough to understand that their wedding would be exactly the kind we’d enjoy shooting. We weren’t wrong.

Annie is a bundle of infectious energy. I couldn’t help but pre-visualize her beaming face, which you’ll surely see within five minutes of meeting her, and is impossible to forget. Jon provides a perfect contrast to Annie. A little shy, soft-spoken, and crazy smart. You’ll like him immediately and keep discovering new reasons why as you get to know him. They are a great couple.

I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed a wedding more, either as a guest or photographer. It was beautiful. It was heartfelt. It was joyous. And we danced all night. Well, not me, I was too busy snapping photos. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the party. I was even able to sneak in a few 6×6 film photos. Annie and Jon were extremely laid back about our approach, and basically gave us free reign to shoot the wedding as we saw fit. What a privilege. I’m extremely proud of the results, and I hope you enjoy them.

Maybe this wedding photography thing isn’t so bad after all…

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