A Mt Pisgah Moment

Emily and Billy were married at the St John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church in Eugene and had their reception at Mt Pisgah immediately afterwards. I wanted to take advantage of this great, late-afternoon light coming in, so I told the couple to walk towards an open field and that I’d meet them there. This gave me a chance to follow them, surreptitiously, and I was able to utilize my long lens for capturing moments such as this one.

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Crashing the Party

During this Mt Pisgah wedding reception, it was the priest who tagged along and got some ‘grab shots’ of the bride and groom! Normally, when I take a newlywed couple away for their portrait session, I’m trailed by the bride’s parents or her maid of honor. This was the first time I’d seen a priest so intent on capturing the moment:)
Perhaps that’s because I shot the priest’s own wedding five years ago, and he knew there’d be some great light and posing going on. I really like the phone camera… 🙂
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I had to add another couple images from last week’s Mt Pisgah wedding. The first image shows how intimate the church was during the ceremony, while the 2nd image showcases, once again, how lucky we got in the afternoon, when the gray skies parted and let the sun find its way through the trees and onto the newlyweds.

Mt Pisgah Wedding

Emily & Bilyan were married in the Serbian Orthodox church here in Eugene last Sunday, but wanted their formal photos taken out at Mt Pisgah. It had been cloudy and raining most of the morning so we were all very happy with how the weather turned out later in the afternoon. Having scouted out the area the day before, I came across this old tree and knew I had to use it in some of their photos. I really like the contrast of the rustic, grainy wood juxtaposed against the formal wedding attire of the bride and groom. A little fill flash to light up their faces was all that was needed to complete the scene. Emily and Bilyan live in Chicago and are having a reception there in three weeks…I’m betting all their guests will wish they lived in Oregon!