Monday, January 30, 2012

Cassi + Eastern Orthodox Craftsmanship

Aaaalrighty, quite the odd combination, but I'll get to that, no worries.

Cassi is a student-worker for my mumsy and a very good one from what I hear ;-) Besides heckling me in the lunch-line, I'm pretty positive she's awesome at her job =P But she's also one of the most happy students I know from the to know her a bit through her sisters (one of which I went to school with and shot her Guys and Dolls themed wedding).

We set out for her senior pics and got to talking about location when I remembered a place my sister-in-law told me about. We got there and asked permission from the super-friendly couple...little did we know we'd have the most perfect location that happened to have EVERYTHING we were looking for...field, pond, church, barn...the sun was in the perfect spot and we got to shootin' =)

It wasn't long before we were laughing our heads off about Pirates of the Caribbean and Robin Hood: Men in Tights or whatever else we could come up with:


I do believe at this point, we were laughing and imitating Davy Jones...


At the time of the outfit-change, we were invited to check out the building...Now about this location, it turned out to be the sanctuary for an Eastern Orthodox church! And the couple happened to be the pastor and his wife. They were taking down Christmas decorations and insisted that we take a tour; this place was insanely beautiful!


Even down to the bathrooms, lol...the craftsmanship of the place was incredible. There's not one nail in the structure!


He told us of the icons that were painted in a technique called egg tempera...where the yolk is extracted and combined with ground pigment. The stuff is quite permanent (he likened it to how hard it is to get it off when a house/car is egged, lol)...but everything within the icons has a deep traditional meaning, or just meaning period. For instance, if you see the shades of red on the Bible, that actually came from the red clay they dug up when they broke ground for the foundation. Pretty savvy, eh?


Had to admire the talent and care that went into it! We finished up the tour, did an outfit switcheroo and got back out there. Is it lame that I really liked those chairs?


Aaaaaaand FAVORITE!!


Twas a pleasure girl!! Now I expect no grief in the lunch-line! ;-)

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