Here’s how badly Amy and Chad wanted good wedding photos for their April wedding at Silcox Hut up on the slopes of Mount Hood:
As I mentioned in this post about their wedding day, they got lucky when it turned out to be nicest day of a cold, wet spring — absolutely clear blue skies, bright sun, no wind. But remember, Silcox Hut is at 7,000 feet. When the sun starts setting, the cold is going to come down around you with goose-pimple-inducing ferocity, especially for a bride in a sleeveless, low cut gown and tiny slippers.
But sunset and the half hour after are some of the best times to shoot. The sunset bathes you horizontally flowing amber light, and the twilight after provides you with rich cobalt blue skies for backgrounds. But at 7,000 feet, with snow all around us (it pretty much buried the hut), I knew I was taking a chance when I tapped Amy and Chad on the shoulders and said, “Now’s the time. You want to do this?”
Did they hesitate? Did they look out the windows of the hut, half buried in snow, and think they’d prefer to stay by the fireplace? Nope! Not for a moment! Off we went into the clear, icy world.
Here’s a shot of the two of them, standing as though in an icebox. I know it’s a cliche right out of a love song, but if they weren’t shivering (and I really don’t think they were), it’s because they had their love to keep them warm.
Maybe they were warmed, too, by the thought that they were going to Hawaii for their honeymoon two days after the wedding. And shorty after they got back from Hawaii, they got their wedding photos!
And here’s how they warmed up my day after seeing their photos: