Ron Burgundy once said “I am going to get married on top of a mountain, and there’s going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band. And we will tour the countryside and you won’t be invited.” Now luckily for us, guests were invited, and although there weren’t flutes playing, there was an amazing guitar soloist on the edge of a cliff, and it was in fact on top of a mountain.
The morale of the story is, if you ever find yourself wondering if you should get married to the man of your dreams on top of a mountain, your answer should be a resounding YES! As wedding photographers, we’ve seen our couples get married in all sorts of creative ways, and now we can add ‘at the edge of a mountain cliff’ to the list!
The day started off in the quaint town of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, which is quite literally a ‘one stoplight’ kind of town. As Mallory slipped into her stunning Lazaro dress and was giddy with excitement, my own hubby was across town with Mike and the guys. We all couldn’t help but look at the sky as rain clouds began forming, which of course caused everyone to invent their own rain dance in an attempt to prevent what seemed inevitable. Remember, this is an outdoor mountain ceremony we’re talking about, which doesn’t mix very well with rain! Though some how this time was different, and someone must have nailed the best rain dance ever, because the rain held off in time for what was to be a jaw dropping ceremony. Even Mike, undeniably a man’s man, got a little choked up as he saw his soon-to-be wife clutch her father’s arm while walking down the aisle. It was romantic, it was beautiful, it was perfect.
Our luck continued through the night into touching toasts and blissful dancing. When we asked Mallory and Mike if they would be interested in a night time shot they immediately looked excited. We’ve been stretching our brain power to the limit recently trying to come up with fresh and creative ideas for night portraits. We’ll typically have less than 5 minutes to pull it off, so we get everything set up beforehand so that our couple can hop in and then quickly make their way back to the dance floor. We got the shot and Lincoln showed them a few back-of-camera previews, and we were all over the moon happy that the day was such a overwhelming success that we hugged and talked outside for a few more minutes despite getting slightly rained on. It was just that kind of day and we had so much fun!