Okay, so I have a confession to make. I grew up in Vancouver, Washington. This was long before the phrase ‘Vantucky’ had come into the world. Long before Portland was Portlandia.
My favorite place in Vancouver? The Fort. Even though I’d only visited it a few times, Fort Vancouver was my kind of place: old buildings, live blacksmiths with hot coals, hand-made nails, that spiky log wall all the way around. There’s nothing else like it. It’s a real fort!
Well, when I heard that Kate and Henry were getting married at the Marshall House on Officer’s Row in Vancouver, I knew I had to take them to the Fort for some portraits. They agreed, confessing that they’d never been there. Never been to Fort Vancouver? I thought to myself. Really? I took the opportunity to briefly educate them on the fact that 200 years ago, the Fort was the center of the known universe for settlers and trappers in the Pacific Northwest. It ruled the roost, with John McLoughlin at its helm….
But back to Kate and Henry. These guys are cute and funny. And so are their friends. And crafty. In fact, the bridesmaids were finishing up all the flowers while Kate was getting dressed!
While Kate looks lovely in this pink dress, this, I was told, was only the beginning. And so it was. This was the first of 3 dresses she brought with her to her wedding….
Here she is in Dress #2, her actual wedding dress.
As we were walking outside to take portraits of Kate and Henry, all of these beautiful people in period dress started walking toward us. Of course, I had to ask if we could take a picture with them, and they agreed. Turns out, this was a processional of dozens and dozens of folks from the Fort, all in handmade period dress. It was awesome.
And then there’s the reception. Not your average wedding reception, but a full British tea, scones and cucumber sandwiches and everything. The couple brought every single piece of China in for this event. It was lovely.
Each bridesmaid had their own special petticoat on under their vintage-fabric dresses. We had to show them off.
I have rarely seen brides with flowers in their hair. My own bride had them 15 years ago, and I’ve only seen a couple brides since then. I often wonder why. They are so superbly elegant, and far more fetching than a clump of flowers in the hand. I highly recommend it!
And then there’s Dress #3. A lovely pink dress that looked stunning on Kate. As we photographed, I asked her how many dresses she had. She demurred a moment, and then confessed, “Around 300.” My jaw dropped. A beautiful girl with excellent taste, and 300 dresses…I could photograph her for a very long time to come.
To round out this lovely day, Kate and Henry invited everyone over to Enso Winery, in Portland, where Henry works. There was wine and cheese and toasts and music–a wonderful end to a wonderful day.
Kate and Henry, congratulations to you, and thank you for letting us be part of your amazing day! Have fun in Europe on your honeymoon!
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