Emily + Brian // WED

Portland’s Classical Chinese Garden, a beautiful setting for any event, was particularly enchanting this October evening. Amidst an intimate gathering of family and friends, Emily and Brian shared their vows with each other just after sunset, under the glow of handmade paper lanterns from local artisans at the Hi-Hi Gallery.  We started the day photographing at Hotel Lucia, then hailed a few pedicabs to travel to the Gardens in true Portland style.

We hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed being a part of this beautiful wedding!

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Happy Birthday, Beautiful!

Today is Joelle’s birthday, and it is a big one. No, she is not surpassing some scary middle-age milestone. It is her first birthday as a mamma!

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Katie + David | Brasada Ranch Wedding

After posting a few photos from this wedding, and seeing it featured on The Wedding Chicks blog, we still feel like it deserves a more comprehensive post.  So please excuse the tardiness of this post, but we feel it is well worth the wait! There were so many awesome details from this wedding that we had to share some more. From the Ketubah (designed by the groom) to the Kid’s Room,  Katie and David make one awesome design team when they put their heads together! In addition to all the wonderful details, they couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting: as they stood before their family and friends, the sun set behind the Cascade Mountains, filling the sky with a warm glow. The celebration that followed was equally as warm with a roaring fire, s’mores, and a lot of dancing!

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Lindsay + Ethan | Portland Urban Loft Wedding

** Update — There were so many awesome images from this wedding that we had to post some more! Be sure to make it to the end of the post where you will see the bride’s brothers serenading the couple. They performed back-to-back a capella renditions of  “Afternoon Delight” and “Almost Paradise”, complete with two-part harmonies. Needless to say, the crowed (and we) were awestruck! If we had a video, they would instantly be a YouTube sensation. **

We have been super-excited for Lindsay & Ethan’s wedding since the very first day we met with them. At that time, they described to us their plans for a unique urban wedding that immediately perked our ears. They decided to hold their ceremony and celebration on the rooftop of a parking garage in Portland’s Pearl District, with a commanding view of the river and downtown. A little unconventional? Yes, but that is exactly what we liked about it!

Fast-forward to 11 months later and Portland is facing a very stormy Labor Day weekend. During a week with lots of rain, and more forecasted for their wedding day, Lindsay & Ethan begrudingly made the call to look for a venue with a bit more shelter. A few days before the wedding, their coordinator Nadia of Creations by Ly, found a stunning venue that matched perfectly with their original intentions of using a unique and creative space. Their ceremony and celebration were held on the top floor of the newly-remodeled Fitzgibbon Glass Building, an open industrial loft with a commanding view of the Fremont Bridge.

Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying delicious food from Simpatica, and taking in the view of the stormy weather outside complete with an evening rainbow stretching across the Willamette.  The bride and groom celebrated with joy and grace, never hinting their week had been full of uncertainty and quick-changes!

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FS featured on the Wedding Chicks!

The fabulous Wedding Chicks decided to showcase Katie & David’s amazing Central Oregon wedding as their feature wedding today! To use their words: “We wanted to end your week with something beautiful.” Sounds great to us, and we hope you feel the same–Head on over to their site and leave a comment for us!

For all of you brides-to-be, the Wedding Chicks is a great resource for lots of style-centric wedding planning details. They have great taste, and we are proud to be one of their preferred vendors!

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Ashley + Elliot // Engagement Session, Downtown Portland

If you have followed our blog recently, you know this month has been a big one for us with the birth of our son, Leland! That being said, it has also been pretty quiet on the photography front (aside from taking a ton of photos of the little man).  Since Leland was due in the middle of October, we made sure our schedules were relatively clear so we could spend as much time with him as possible and get accustomed to being new parents.  The beautiful light and rampant color of Fall is such a spectacular setting for portraits that it has been strange to not get out and take advantage of the season as much as years past. Luckily, I was able to meet up with Ashley and Elliott in downtown Portland for an afternoon engagement session amidst the trees of the South Park Blocks and on the waterfront at the Riverplace Marina.

These two know how to have fun together, and definitely make each other smile! Although, Ashely did give a few “seriously?!” looks towards Elliott after one of his many quick-witted wise-cracks. Just keeping him on his toes! After being dubbed “Papa Bear” by Elliott, which I proudly accepted, we shot in the Park Blocks around PSU and then took the Streetcar down to the waterfront just in time for sunset.  Thanks for a fun shoot you two, we are looking forward your wedding in January! In the meantime, I will do my best to live up to my new Papa Bear status.

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Announcing the newest member of the FS Photography team!

Leland Davis Coyote Flood came into the world on Sunday, October 11th, at 2:17 pm.  He immediately went to mom’s chest, and Dad went straight for the camera! The photo below was taken mere minutes after his delivery. He is a very healthy boy, and our one-word description for him is vigorous! He is a strong squirmer, passionate crier, voracious eater, and keen observer. We are so extremely thankful for such an amazing little man and are enjoying getting to know him and learning how to live as a family.

Joelle in front of the lens!

In a rare turn of events, Joelle stepped out from behind the camera and modeled some beautiful knit garments made by Ryan’s bother, acclaimed knitwear designer Jared Flood (aka Brooklyntweed).  Jared’s first book, Made in Brooklyn, hit stores this fall just in time for sweater and wool hat weather. We are thrilled to see that she made the cover!

For all you PDX knitters out there, Jared will be in town November 17th for a book signing at Yarn Garden.  We also just found this great interview with him on the Oregonian website.

As for Joelle, you may be seeing a little bit more of her in front of the camera in the future . . .

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Olivia & Bethany featured on SoYoureEngayed.com!

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For their 6-month blog-iversary, same-sex wedding blog So You’re Engayged is featuring Bethany & Olivia’s union as their freshest Real Wedding. We are thrilled to see them feature these two beautiful brides! To see more from this wedding CLICK HERE or visit soyoureengayged.com.

Meet Randy . . .

He is one of the coolest Father of the Groom / Best Men I have ever met. He looks like a total badass here, however he is quite hilarious and entertaining! Thanks for the killer look, Randy!