Darlene and Lennox have a beautiful relationship. It all started with a friendship that grew into something much more. Something more than I think even Darlene or Lennox thought would happen.
May 14th, 2016 was a beautiful day for a wedding. Despite the rain absolutely drenching us for the better half of the day we rolled with it and got amazing images for these two.
The venue: Coast Hills Church in McMinnville, Oregon
Hair & Makeup: Winter Taylor (Bride's daughter-in-law)
Dress: Custom made by a friend of the bride
Florals: Amelia Vaage
Officiant: Alan Schwartz
Darlene & Lennox started their wedding day by getting ready at their good friend's home. It was a gorgeous home built years ago that brought a certain nostalgia with it. You know the homes with the old, narrow, wooden staircases and the built in nooks. Simply gorgeous. Darlene got ready among her girls upstairs and had her makeup and hair done by her daughter-in-law, Winter.
The laughs and jokes filled the room as she got her hair & makeup done.
Darlene had her wedding dress custom made and she looked gorgeous in it. She wanted something that she could wear on days other than her wedding day and she certainly has. Lennox and Darlene have a tradition now where they'll wear their wedding day attire every month on the 14th while they celebrate that month's anniversary. It's a fantastic way for them to connect once a month and remember what an amazing day their wedding day was.
Lennox got ready in what I called "the man cave." He was surrounded by the men in his life to include his father whom he hadn't seen in many years due to him living out of the country. I can only imagine how special it was for him and Darlene for his parents and sister to have been able to attend their wedding.
Anyone who knows Darlene and Lennox can tell how loved they are. People flock to them and their personalities are enamoring. I met Darlene by chance actually. I was commenting on my cousin's facebook page; she happens to live in Los Angeles and I, living nowhere near that near Salem, Oregon. After commenting I noticed another comment on her post that I found intriguing. Nosy me, I "checked out" the profile of the individual and she lived in the same town as I. I quickly responded with "What a small world we live in..." and that I was so excited to see someone commenting on my cousin's page who lived in the same town. We quickly became facebook friends. I, like most, probably will agree that there isn't a soul who has met them and not fallen in love with them and their love of life.
This was so evident in the number of people who attended their wedding. The church was packed full and people were standing along the walls as well as in the reception area because there weren't any seats left to sit in.
Their ceremony was so beautiful and unique. The men in their lives were called to the front of the stage *all the men in the audience seemed to go up* and they prayed for Darlene and Lennox's marriage. These men also vowed to uplift and support this couple in whatever they may need during it.
A cultural dance of the women was also done. The women sang and danced their way down the aisles of the church and entertained everyone who was there.
After being announced the couple skipped, yes, skipped down the aisle. Upon seeing this portrait, Darlene wrote, " That right there is my husband's "I'm getting down and dancing....Jewish style." dance. Perfect happiness on both of their faces.
Couple's portraits with these two was too much fun. We laughed, we joked, we skipped, and "posed." The love and happiness that shines through on their faces though is amazing. "A love this good deserves to be shared with the world."
The reception was shortly after the couple's ceremony and couple's portraits. It was again at Coast Hills Church in McMinnville, Oregon. They had music and the guests seemed to have a great time!
Mellissa is a Salem Oregon based wedding photographer who travels throughout the Willamette Valley and beyond. If you'd like to get in touch with her to schedule a consult for your wedding, message her here: firstname.lastname@example.org