We recently spent a magical Fall day enjoying all the colors of Portland with Christine & Alex, from the leaves of the Hoyt Arboretum to some of the city’s newest and most striking architecture on the Eastside. Now, it’s time to settle into the grey and rain while we eagerly await their wedding this July.
How many couples do you know take the time to create hand-crafted papier-mâché animal masks for their wedding party and family? Before meeting Bridie & John, we would have had to answer “none”, even after working with hundreds of amazing couples over the years. They gifted these works of art to their loved ones before the wedding, and we had a great time photographing everyone from the fox & lion to numerous birds and a father-in-law as a cranky old goat. We were treated to even more surprises as we witnessed the groom’s family introduce everyone to their time-honored toasting tradition of swilling champagne from a steel bucket! This was an incredibly unique celebration for a wonderful couple, and we couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it and document all the joy and fun these two have together. Seeing the the sun set over the mountain at one of our favorite venues, Mt. Hood Organic Farms, wasn’t too bad either!
Jen & Seth are the perfect example of two creative individuals coming together to form one amazing couple. Building on their creative strengths, they brought many thoughtful touches to this endearing celebration. Jen is a talented graphic designer and designed all of the paper goods, from their save-the-dates to the menus for dinner. Seth is an industrial designer & engineering wizard who created and built one of the coolest features for a wedding that we have encountered in quite a while: a wooden geometric sculpture that served as the backdrop for their head table (as well as an excellent photo background). It was an honor to document the wedding of this dynamic duo in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge!
These classically-trained musicians from the East Coast created a beautifully simple and unique wedding celebration for their family and friends at Sunriver, Oregon. Their morning ceremony at Sunriver Community Bible church was followed by a brunch-reception full of delicious goodness from Tate & Tate Catering in Bend. Everything was expertly organized by Mallory with Mint Event Coordination & Design.
Our favorite part of the day came after the couple departed from the reception. We had discussed a few options for portraits near Sunriver, but the couple decided on the more adventurous choice of a short hike up to Todd Lake just outside of town. (Yes, please!) It was a beautiful afternoon with sun, a light breeze, and vistas of the Cascades spreading beyond the tall firs.
Cameron is also a top-contender for our best-dress of the year award with her lovely BHLDN gown. The minimalist back, and simple design compliments her natural beauty so well! This was such a refreshing wedding to photograph, and we feel honored to have witnessed this day for such a sweet couple.
Last Summer we met up with Tiffany & Ryan on a perfect evening to explore Pittock Mansion and Hoyt Arboretum in the hills of Northwest Portland. We are looking forward to their rustic barn wedding this Spring, and the warmer days ahead!
Meredith and Luke gathered their family and friends for a destination wedding at one of our favorite venues, House on Metolius. Nestled between a canyon and a meadow on the edge of the Metolius River in the middle of the Oregon Cascades, it is such a magical spot and a natural choice for bringing loved ones together for a multi-day celebration. The day of the wedding was stormy with passing rain showers, but this outdoors-loving couple didn’t mind one bit–Meredith really wanted some photos in the river, so just before sunset we took off for the river bank under stormy skies and made it happen. We love working with couples with such an adventurous attitude!
Some couples meet through friends, or online, or even at a bar. Well, John & Bridie met on a boat at a sailing race. Needless to say, there wasn’t much doubt about how we should approach their engagement photos. We met up on a long Summer evening and got out and set sail on the Willamette River just outside downtown Portland for some truly unique photos. Their wedding also proved to be one of our most unique of the year, so stay tuned!