Margaret + Jeremiah / House on Metolius Wedding

Margaret & Jeremiah’s beautiful wedding at the luxurious & rustic House on Metolius was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, and we just had to share a little more about this fabulous wedding. House on Metolius is one of the most magical venues we have every experienced, and the energy between this couple, and the love that surrounded them, was no less magical. Set in the heart of Oregon’s Central Cascades, the House on Metolius is actually a historic ranch property on the banks of the Metolius River, which springs out of the ground at it’s source just a few miles from the wedding site. The property includes both rustic cabins and a gorgeous prairie-style main lodge where the wedding party and guests spent the entire weekend hiking, fishing, and relaxing with awesome views of Mt. Jefferson.

The wedding day itself was an intensely personal celebration, with a small group gathered in a field on the banks of the river & the resident cattle herd listening in the distance (which is just what Margaret wanted!). Everything was imbued with the couple’s DIY aesthetic and their love of all things local and Northwest. The father of the bride made a dozen blackberry pies the morning of the wedding, with his own perfected recipe. The bride hand-sewed many of the decorations. A mid-summer supper was served family-style on a rickety deck jutting over the river, and everyone danced the night away under the stars!

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Melissa + Ethan / Gorge Crest Vineyards Wedding

Celebrating your marriage as a mid-summer moon rises above Mt. Hood in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge is just as amazing as it sounds. Melissa, Ethan, their family and friends, were wonderful to work with and a joy to photograph!

Venue: Gorge Crest Vineyards
Even Coordination & Design: Hitched in the Hood

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Casie + Ian / Rustic DIY Ranch Wedding

Getting married during the biggest storm of the year should be a sign of good-luck, in our opinion. It certainly did not stop Casie & Ian from pulling off an amazing wedding. Their original plan to marry in the field shown below, was thwarted by torrential rains, and after some quick creative thinking (and a lot of hard work from friends and family present) they changed their plans to a cozy, intimate cabin ceremony. They exchanged their vows in front of the woodstove, as the rains played a tune on the metal roof above. It all turned out perfectly, and their dinner inside the ranch cook-house looked amazing thanks to the talents of Jessika at Lucky Heart Events. She and Casie spent hours putting together all the DIY touches including herb-infused salts and sugar for the guests, glittery-dipped feathers, lots of miniature golden figurines, and the outstanding brooch bouquet. Their rustic decor was a great fit for the space, and help lend a warm glow to the evening as the storm continued outside. Lucky for us, it subsided enough to get outside for a few photos and allowed the couple to plan the tree they had planned on for the original ceremony.

A big thank-you goes out to Michael Rowley who shot this with me, ran a killer photobooth, and even helped extract a certain vehicle from it’s muddy resting place.

Venue: Flying Horseshoe Ranch
Event Coordinator/Designer: Lucky Heart Events

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Hayley + Marcus / Sauvie Island Engagement

No matter the season, Sauvie Island is one of our favorite locations for wide-open skies and beautiful light. It was awesome to spend an afternoon exploring a few new spots on the island with Hayley & Marcus.

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Kellie + Anthony / Willamette Valley Engagement Photographs

I am not sure which was better: chasing the light into a cow pasture, or seeing a harvest-moon rising directly above Mt. Hood; but the best part of this session was spending a gorgeous fall afternoon with Kellie & Anthony.

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Katie + Joe / Husum Highlands Wedding

This Columbia River Gorge wedding at Husum Highlands B&B included all of the best aspects of the Gorge: a beautiful country setting, orchards, sweeping mountain views, good food & drink, and plenty of sunshine! When I first met Katie & Joe, we instantly bonded over our mutual love for this landscape and all that comes with it. (Including all of the awesome outdoor recreation!) It was an honor to document their wedding in this place that is so meaningful to both of us. We kept joking with each that we may end up neighbors in the Gorge one day, and I don’t think that’s too far of a stretch of the imagination. Let’s just say we wouldn’t be disappointed if that happened!

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Katie + Joe / Downtown Seattle Engagement

Seattle sure knows how to Summer! Even on a cloudy day. Just look at all that traffic on Lake union (there were even a few seaplanes cruising overhead at one point). We had a wonderful afternoon earlier this year visiting some Seattle favorites with Katie & Joe for their engagement session. This downtown Seattle session was a great contrast to their rustic wedding high in the hills of the Columbia River Gorge.

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Jestina + Chris / Merrywood Farm Wedding

After Chris & Jestina’s wedding, we will gladly add “working Christmas tree farm” to our list of unique Oregon wedding venues. Merrywood Farm is a true gem, and somewhat “undiscovered” when it comes to the Portland wedding world. We would absolutely love to shoot here again. The owners were amazingly gracious, and not only do you have access to the entire forested farm, but they have multiple barns filled with an array of antiques and collectibles. It’s perfect for the couple looking for a laid-back venue with tons of vintage-rustic charm. Which is exactly what Chris & Jestina were looking for… that, and excellent food. Their dinner was catered by mobile bbq masters, Rip City Grill, and afterwards guests were treated to both Gelato, and a Liege Waffle station! Jestina & Chris, thank you for feeding me so well and for being such wonderful people.


Venue:  Merrywood Farm
Floral Design:  Amanda Whitman
Make-Up Artist:  Kirstie Wight
Catering:  Rip City Grill, Gaufre Gourmet, Staccato Gelato

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Laurie + Dan / Anderson Lodge Wedding

If you can’t tell by her sparkling smile and quick laughter, Laurie is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet; and Dan is one of the most genuine & sincere people you will ever meet. Together, they make a great combo, and this was approved whole-heartedly by their family and friends on their wedding day. I had a wonderful time getting to know these two and feel fortunate to now call them friends.

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Kathy + Yan-Yu / Cathedral Park Wedding

Kathy and Yan-Yu contacted us to photograph their simple & sweet US wedding ceremony, which was attended by a handful of their closest friends. Although they are both from Taiwan, this couple chose to have their legal ceremony in the city  where they met and now call home.They also plan to have a major celebration & Taiwanese ceremony with most of their family & friends. We had a great time making these images in one of Portland’s most iconic parks.

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