There are about a thousand things I could say about John and Paul’s wedding. And I don’t mean that in the cliche kind of way with a photo being worth a thousand words. I truly mean that so much happened, so emotions spilled forth and exploded around us, it’s hard to pinpoint just a few things to say. They originally hesitated and weren’t sure whether they wanted to hire us for two days or just the official wedding day – and we never might have known the amazingness we missed had we not been there the first night. But we were. We saw it all, starting with their Northwest Children’s Theater wedding welcome show. In Paul’s words, it was a great way to welcome their many out-of-town guests and at the same way a perfect opportunity for John and his theater cohorts to put on a fabulous show with no limits.
After the rocking opening dance number featuring our grooms, John quickly transformed into a clown, makeup and all, to produce a love story short skit. Without looking, I don’t actually remember if these words are still in our bio or not – but if not for a very long time the “about us” page on the website included something along the lines of me hoping I wouldn’t have to wait until my sister married to see a balloon man at a wedding. Well, I’ve done better because now I can say I photographed a clown at a wedding!
Following John’s love story performance, several of their friends played and sang to rousing applause.
In addition to belting it out here, Melody also MC’d the evening with a delightful exposition on Portland’s quirkier attributes. It bounced from scaring the out-of-towners to enchanting them and then right back again.
And then they opened up the evening for karoake. Only it wasn’t your average dive-bar kind of karoake… not when your pool of friends has the incredible levels of talent we saw! Some of John’s theater students were in attendance and also performed a few fun hits. I overheard one of their mothers casually commenting that they’d be ruined for karoake expectations the rest of their life after this being the first experience! For us, the best performance was by
Kevin a peep. Yes folks, the kind of peeps you find in the aisles of a drugstore near Easter. It was the lament of the peep, sung to the tune of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
Think this set of photos tops the chart? Just wait. We’ve got more from their wedding the following day and they’re coming soon!