|The Trenter Wedding, by Sam Day, 24 x 30, oil on canvas|
Eatonville, Washington is a small town in the morning shadow of the tallest volcano in the United States. Once a lumber town, it now serves mostly as a gateway to Mount Rainier National Park, and as a nest of vacation homes around several lakes. The groom’s parents built their retirement home here, and the couple chose to be married in the large, wooded back yard.
An outdoor wedding in October, in the Pacific Northwest, wouldn’t be complete without rain. Several tents and awnings were readied for guests to move dryly from wedding to table. Fortuitously, sunshine made an appearance during cocktail hour, and people chatted on the lawn. Children played among the trees, and dogs romped and begged. (A pit bull in a bow tie appears in the painting, lower right.) Two great food trucks parked in the drive, one Filipino (the bride’s heritage), and one with a classic pizza oven.
I shared an awning with the DJ. The clouds did open again, and it rained the rest of the evening.