The Fire Breathing Bride at Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast

Elizabeth Kirk used to work in the circus. Willie Smith works in politics. Similar enough professions, I suppose, that it’s no surprise that they got together. And when they get together, boy to the sparks fly! Literally.

Willie and Beth’s wedding on June 23, 2007, was perhaps the most fun event I have ever photographed. Here’s the lineup:

-A goofy, fun-loving couple (for further proof, see their engagement portraits, at Oaks Park);
-One of my favorite outdoor wedding locations (Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast, in Parkdale, Oregon);
-Willie’s bosses: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congresswoman Darlene Hooley, and Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, and their staffs and families;
-Willie and Beth’s fun Cheez-Whiz loving families;
-A groomsman with the funniest toast in the history of weddings. I was laughing so hard I could hardly take a photograph;
-Hoola Hoops in abundance;
-Guests who are in theater, are good dancers, and real pranksters;
-And a jug full of kerosene.

Ah, yes, the infamous jug full of kerosene at the wedding trick. Never seen that one? Neither had I. It was spectacular. I couldn’t stop chuckling to myself.

Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congresswoman Darlene Hooley, and Willie and Beth Smith.

Want to see more? Their slideshow is a lot of fun, and includes a lot more fire-breathing, hula-hooping, crazy-dancing fun. View more of our Oregon destination wedding photography at

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  • June 27, 2007 - 1:01 pm

    Robert Hogan - Absolutely delightful. And a nice antidote to what I was looking at earlier today – the images from the “New American Portraits” show at the Beckman gallery in NYC. Nearly all sterile, disspirited and even hostile. Thanks, Fritz.

  • June 27, 2007 - 8:50 pm

    Anonymous - This is the COOLEST photo. I love the whole blog and website. Beautiful photography and commentary. But the Fire breathing Bride photo is spectacular!!!

  • July 5, 2007 - 10:56 am

    Anonymous - WOW! What can we say except…WOW! You must be so proud of your work. We certainly are! Fritz, you are such an artist and we cannot thank you enough for being a part of our day. We are both overjoyed with the amazing photos that you took of us, our families and friends. What a treat. We cannot stop beaming over them! There were so many times we looked at each other and said “did you know he was taking photos then?” A true testament to your ability. The slide show you put together expresses our personalities and the fun that we had exactly; right down to the music you selected. You really nailed it right on the head. For those that were unable to join us, it is a great way to share the full story. We would recommend you to anyone and everyone. These are not just photos, they are works of art and we can’t wait to share them and enjoy them over and over again!

    Words just cannot express our gratitude.

    Thank you!

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