Whitney and Dave. Dave and Whitney. The Tuttles. Tutney. What can I tell you about these two? Maybe how they met, it’s a pretty good story and luckily for me (and you) already recorded on their own blog. It involves a horse called Flickr and a whole lot of Polaroids, which incidentally is also two of the words I would use to describe Whitney and Dave and how I got to know them.
It was June 2012 when I got an email from them titled “Here’s my number, call me maybe”. I completely blame the two of them for my irrational love of this song because what came next was the following: “And THIS might be crazy, but what are you doing next year? Specifically around July 27th 2013? See, this is the day that we have decided is going to be the big day, and if you are not too busy, we were thinking that… you know… uhm, maybe you.. .you could uh… be our wedding photographer?” And that’s how it started.
A year later I was on a plane heading to the Pacific Northwest and just a few days later found myself driving up to Fern Hill Farm on a sunny Friday evening, about to attend Whitney and Dave’s rehearsal dinner. Turns out that flying me from England to America for their wedding was not a crazy idea at all.
The wedding was at Whitney’s parents farm which is quite possibly the best place to have a wedding at. Not being from around those parts it was the most wonderful visual feast for me. Apart from beautiful flowers, Whitney’s dress from the English Department, accessories from Twigs and Honey, colourful pom-poms everywhere, an array of hand painted signs and even a custom made ceremony backdrop – there was a camera bar! With Polaroids featuring heavily in Whitney and Dave’s life they provided a stash of Impossible Project film and cameras for their friends to shoot some insta-magic throughout the day. They even took some of themselves. It was pretty incredible shooting alongside a ton of people taking all these Polaroids, especially having my fabulous friend Ann McGarry there with me, working her Spectra magic.
A massive thanks goes to my (now good friend) Victor Caringal for shooting with me on the day. All the way from Australia he showed up in Portland, Oregon and I could not have asked for more.
Whitney and Dave are clearly two people that are meant to be together. It was such an emotional day with heaps of happiness everywhere. The biggest thanks of them all goes to not only Whitney and Dave but to all the Tuttles and the Johnsons. The amount of support and heartfelt warmth I received from all of you during my time in Portland was amazing and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been there on this day.
All shot on film. Using Kodak Portra 400, 800 and Tri-X 400, Contax 645 and Nikon F100, developed and scanned by the FIND lab.
© Ann-Kathrin Koch 2013. Images look best without watermarks on them. Please don’t use the photos without asking me first.