Kevin & Alyson had a beautiful wedding celebration at Gorge Crest, with amazing views, lots of love, and quite a few fancy hats! (not to mention some amazing food & music) A huge thanks goes out to Aaron Courter for shooting this with me and capturing some great moments.
Guests traveled from around the globe to celebrate with Kristin & Nick, which is easy to understand why once you meet them. Their sincerity & warmth is immediately recognizable, and their Oregon wine-country wedding was a fitting celebration of such a fine couple. Plus, they really know how to rock a photobooth! A big thanks goes out to Aaron Courter for shooting this with me.
A bit of rain didn’t keep this lovely couple from enjoying the gorgeous grounds of Domaine Margelle or from having an amazing celebration with their closest friends. Nadia of Creations by Ly designed an exquisite event, including the flowers and the bride’s outstanding head-piece. A big thanks goes out to Kelly Wilde for shooting with me and braving a few thunderstorms, some of the work below is hers.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a morning and afternoon with this sweet couple to shoot some engagement photos at their home in San Francisco & around the city. We started off in their SOMA apartment while Jonathan prepared breakfast-in-bed for Suzette & demonstrated his pancake-flipping prowess. (If you take a look at the magazine photos, you may understand why Jonathan is the cook of the family.) We then hit the streets & headed to the beach, with a stop off at the rugged Sutro Baths in between. It was quite a day, and an awesome way to get to know these two. Suzette & Jonathan, thank you for inviting me into your home and sharing your city!
The recent return of rain here in western Oregon seems an appropriate time to share this wonderful Columbia Gorge wedding at Gorge Crest Vineyards. Historically, the weather towards the end of September can go either way. If the sun is out, it is one of the most beautiful times of the year here, but the chance that it will be stormy is just as strong as the chance for sunny skies–and sometimes we have both in the same day.
Although there wasn’t much rain on Matt & Katie’s wedding day, the majority of it fell during the ceremony, starting with impeccable timing right as the bride walked down the isle. In true Oregonian spirit, they embraced the crazy weather and the harder it rained, the larger their smiles became. Everyone reveled in their joy & the visceral experience of sitting in the rain watching storm clouds roll over the Columbia river and the mountain range beyond.
That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day, and it was an awesome celebration! I particularly loved the dramatic skies we were able to capture for our “sunset” photos. A big thanks to Roger Porter for photographing with me & putting up with a bit of drizzle.
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!
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!
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.
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.