So, you know the header at the top of our blog with the mountain view behind the words Mountain Musings? Many of you may know that this idyllic scene is the view we can see out our front door, facing west towards the Allegheny mountains. (It's much better in person! In fact, if you come visit us at our hilltop home when it's cloudy, you'll probably hear us apologize and invite you back again when the mountains are clearer and at their most spectacular.)
Several years ago we met the folks who own the farm with the white barn that you can spot towards the right of the photo. Last week, I received a call from this neighbor asking if I'd be willing to take some photos of their daughter's wedding, with the barns and a wedding tent set up, remembering that in the past I'd captured a photo of their land with the mountains rising behind it....you'd almost not know the mountains were there if standing on their property.
I agreed to get the photos, but by the time Saturday afternoon arrived, we had some pretty heavy winds and rainstorms passing through. Thankfully, by the time the wedding was to start, the sun had come out. I took my position at an upper bedroom window and zoomed in as far as I could, testing out a variety of angles. That's Mom's antique lamp, quilt, and reading chair in the corner.
My telephoto lens acted somewhat as a pair of binoculars. Those colorful specks headed towards the gathered crowd are some of the bridesmaids.
Then the bride (the small white speck near the tent) made her way across the field from the barn.
I could hear celebratory sounds faintly wafting in the breeze as I shot out the window. Little did the attendees know there was a camera pointed in their direction from a house across the way.
As the sun began to set, the guests milled around as the horses in the adjacent field looked on. Later, there was a bonfire.
With my assignment complete, I closed the window from the chilly evening air. It was kind of fun to watch a wedding from afar!