When Mary and Tommy Madsen contacted me to shoot her wedding, I was thrilled. Mary and her Fiancé would travel all the way from Texas. She described a beautiful and simple event, which would take place outside at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. She mentioned the guest list to include just her family and a few close friends. This would make the smallest and shortest wedding that I have ever shot.
This would also make the foggiest and the most windy wedding I have ever shot.
I have been a Newport resident for enough years to recognize streets and certainly major landmarks around town, but upon approaching the lighthouse, I questioned if I had taken a wrong turn along the way. I couldn't see a thing. No lighthouse, no wedding, not a person in sight when I arrived. Luckily, through the fog I caught a glimpse of the lighthouse in the distance and I followed a path to what was to be the venue. To a photographer, the weather would have led most to canceling. It was horrible light, hard to see in general, terribly windy, and even drizzling a bit.
Oh, but this is just when it gets good...
This is where a true testament of love comes in. You know, what they say "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer... in coastal storm or sunny weather." Okay, I made that last part up, but it's so very true.
Mary and Tommy took action. They hunted down a Park Ranger and explained their situation. I was so relieved to find out that the wedding would go on, but just not in the exact location that we had planned. We would have the wedding, inside the lighthouse! Mary and Tommy may not know this, but as a true coastal local, this was an incredible experience to be able to have the lighthouse to ourselves.
This did pose another challenge, which was the logistics of shooting in such a small and unusually shaped room, but we did it! It just took some careful placement in the space that we had.
In all, love certainly won over this wedding. It could have gone so many other ways, but it was one of the most pleasant weddings I have ever been a part of. I am so honored to have been able to capture such resilient and inspiring love.