Photographer: 'Value and cherish the most important things in life'

Photographer: 'Value and cherish the most important things in life'
Photo courtesy Josh Newton

EUGENE, Ore. - A wedding photo set against the backdrop of a forest fire caught fire online, earning the photographer national attention.

"CNN, The Today Show, GMA, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, ABC, NBC," destination wedding photographer Josh Newton said Monday. "They all called and wanted an interview."

Newton, of Santa Barbara, Calif., was in Bend photographing a wedding as the Two Bulls Fire erupted on the Deschutes National Forest on Saturday.

"Right as the bride was about to walk down, a firetruck came in sirens blaring and told the bride we had to evacuate," Newton wrote on his Facebook page. "In tears, her father announced to all the guests that we had to move the wedding.

"Incredibly, the fireman then told us we could have the ceremony and then had to leave. I've never seen anything like what happened next. Everyone moved the entire wedding to a park in Bend, all with smiles and good attitudes. It showed everyone at the wedding what really mattered - the people and the couple.

"The location change didn't affect the wedding at all, it was the most beautiful day. In planning my own wedding, it was an incredible reminder to really value and cherish the most important things in life."

Newton said Monday that the photograph has attracted thousands of comments online.

"Out of the 4,000 or 5,000, maybe 2 that are negative," Newton said. "Generally positive story for people to use, so I'd love to share it."