Much of the Oregon coast is buffered by forest, often resembling paths right out of a Tolkien novel. At this wedding, near Yachats, Emily & Tom and wanted some photos along the ocean. Walking through this otherworldly forest, I had them stop for a few moments so I could capture this scene of them all alone, as newlyweds.
Amanda and John’s Oregon coast wedding was beautiful. Even though it rained off and on during the day, the clouds parted occasionally, letting in light like this; a soft beam that managed to fall directly onto the couple. We spent about 30 minutes on the coast, after the ceremony, and the light was pretty flat until this moment. Then it was beautiful. I was very happy to see such light since it’s quite a challenge to set up off-camera lighting on the coast, where winds regularly gust up to 30 mph.
The See-Vue Motel, in Yachats, is a great coastal hotel. Dating from a more laid back era, this hotel retains the typical washed-out look of a lot of coastal properties…all that wind and rain really does its job.
At this particular wedding, the couple knew the owners of the motel quite well so they had the entire place rented out. I shot this image just as the sun was going down; we were headed to the beach for some ‘magic hour’ shots before we headed back up to watch the private fireworks show put on by one of the guests. The See-Vue Motel sits on a large cliff face overlooking the ocean and the fireworks were launched from the beach below so they really weren’t that high over our heads when they went off!