The Joy of Second Shooting | Columbia Gorge Wedding at Cave B

Last June I had the great pleasure of working with Rosalie Black for a Columbia Gorge wedding at Cave B Inn [next door to the Gorge Amphitheatre]. It was a long drive – 6 hours away – but the views alone were worth it! I’ve always loved second shooting. It gives photographers of all levels an opportunity to work in a location that might be out of their geographic range or style, the freedom to experiment, the chance to learn [there’s always more to learn], and of course the opportunity to make new connections within our industry.¬†When you’re second shooting you spend a lot of time holding the primary’s gear, fixing hair and dresses, gathering family members, etc. It makes the primary’s job easier and gives them more freedom as well to focus on shooting when a second shooter is right behind them making sure everything is just right. The right combination of primary + second shoots can be magical. Once a good match is established you’ll rarely see them apart.

I had never worked in the gorge before, at least not that far north, and the canyon/desert scenery looked like it was in the Southwest as opposed to Eastern Washington. Cave B Inn is also a vineyard/winery. The grounds are actually quite expansive and varied – from rows of grapes, to Tuscan styled lawns, yurts + cabins for the guests, and a cliff side patio for ceremonies. Wow! With a very accommodating staff running support Katie and Justin were up for anything! We had a sunny day with a lively wedding party that made for excellent posed and candid portraits. When it was time for the ceremony the Gorge kicked up it’s [im]famous wind that ended Katie’s veil, but she didn’t miss a beat when it was time to say, “I do.”
View of Columbia Gorge from Cave B Wedding Patio

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Stunning side view of Cave B Resort at Columbia River Gorge Washington

Creative wedding ring photography at Cave B Washington

Soft  green tones on sage bush with wedding rings at Cave B Washington

Detail photography of wedding shoes

Detail photography of bride's wedding jewelry

Groom looking out the window as he gets ready for his ceremony at Cave B Washington

bride putting on earrings at Cave B Washington

excited bride sees groom for first time under a willow tree at Cave B Washington

bride and groom enjoy some time together before ceremony in a willow tree's shade at Cave B Washington

Happy bride and groom just after first look at Cave B Washington

Columbia River Gorge Vineyard is perfectly rustic and glamorous for wedding

bridal portraits with couple at Cave B Washington

beautiful bride with simple jewelry at Cave B Washington

big sky and beautiful gorge at Cave B Washington

dramatic scenery for Cave B Washington wedding couple

Groom and groomsmen portraits in grape vines at Cave B Washington

candid photography before ceremony at Cave B Washington

flower girl flying before wedding ceremony

family and wedding party waiting for ceremony at Cave B Washington lobby

itinerary details at Cave B Washington wedding

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Father walks his daughter down the aisle at her wedding at Cave B Washington

Big sky and view at Cave B Washington wedding

black and white bride with eyes closed during ceremony prayer

candid photography of bride's family during ceremony

keeping the flower girl entertained at Cave B Washington wedding

bride and groom walk back down the aisle after wedding ceremony

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tuscan style lawn for wedding reception cocktail hour at Cave B Washington

candid photography during cocktail hour at Cave B Washington wedding

circular wedding reception hall at Cave B Washington

table setting details at Cave B Washington wedding reception

simple ruffled cake for Cave B Washington wedding

yummy cupcakes at Cave B Washington wedding reception

Cave B Washington house wine

name cards with coordinated wine corks for bride and groom at Cave B Washington

sweetheart table details at Cave B Washington wedding reception

mr and mrs detail photography

tears and cheers during toasts at Cave B Washington wedding reception

bride and groom first dance at Cave B Washington reception

father daughter dance at Cave B Washington wedding reception

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