A couple of weeks ago was my birthday. Normally, I ignore it. I mean, as adults we don’t get to have sleepovers where we stay up late sneaking twinkies and talking about boys. It’s just another day. This year was a little bit different though. This year, I worked on my birthday. Taking photos is one of very favorite things to do anyway, but lets just take a moment to have a look at what I was photographing. This year, I got to photograph a wedding just outside of Seattle, WA at a place called Treehouse Point. But wait – it gets better. My couple was the sweetest ever, their 1st dance was to one of my all time favorite songs (Postcards from Italy by Beirut), they had a live bluegrass band called Dysfunction Junction (I know!), not one, but two of my most amazing former brides and grooms were guests, so we got to hang, and did I mention treehouses in Washington State!?! Best. Birthday. Ever.
Sometimes you need to escape. Sometimes you need to remove life’s distractions so that you can concentrate on the important things. Things that are right in front of you everyday, but somehow get lost in the midst of iPhones, TV’s and computers. Things like the sounds of your children playing, long evening walks with your family, card games, fireflies and apple pie. So this year to celebrate the fourth of July, we did. Our dear friends Chis and Jill invited us to share a cabin up on a mountain in Virginia. No cell signal, no wifi, no TV, just us to entertain each other amidst mountain streams, wild raspberry bushes, and a legit Mayberry Independence day parade. We baked with our children, explored the Appalachian Trail, filled water bottles with fireflies for the littles to use as night lights, and stayed up far too late with wine, playing cards and good friends. Technology is great, but we all could use a little radio silence every now and again.
I could happily shoot Gatsby themed weddings every single day. Particularly when they are held in enchanted gardens and are heavily dusted with gold glitter. Super sparkly swoon.