When Margaret asked if, instead of a traditional location-based engagement shoot, I might be interested in joining them for a zoobomb ride through downtown Portland ending up at Por Que No for margaritas, it took me about .012345 seconds to answer with a resounding “Yes!” Moral of the story: if you have an idea for a photoshoot that is unique to you, please let us know because we are all for it. If that idea involves a healthy dose of adventure, I’m in it 120%! (ex: here is the setup I used on a few of these photos).
Emily & Casey are two of the most exuberant & fun-loving people we have ever met, and their wedding at Ft. Vancouver’s Marshall House reflected this in every way. These two know how to have fun! They celebrated at a charming & colorful backyard reception that included hula-hooping, a rockin’ photobooth, and lots of noisemakers on the dance-floor!
Brandi & Rob’s wedding at Kiana Lodge on Washington’s Puget Sound had all the hallmarks of an outstanding Summer day in the Pacific Northwest: plenty of sun & blue sky, with a fresh breeze off the water. It was a perfect setting for their celebration!
Portland’s Cathedral Park is stunning any time of year, but this Fall day was particularly nice with a lot of vibrant leaves still on the trees! After their ceremony in the park, Erin & Jeff headed to North Portland’s Village Ballroom for their reception, featuring a killer taco-bar from Por Que No?!
Kate & Steffen’s wedding re-affirmed my belief that trust is one of the most important elements in wedding photography. Although we met face-to-face for the first time just days before their wedding, we immediately connected and I could feel how excited they were for the images we were about to create together. They reiterated that they had spent a lot of time searching for the right photographer and were so excited to be working with me. After that meeting, I knew that I had their complete trust.
I am not writing this to sound like an arrogant, over-inflated egotist. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’m extremely humbled when a couple chooses to work with us out of all of the talented photographers in our area, and am honored each and every time we get to document this single day that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The fact that someone is entrusting us with such an important moment is a big deal, and being able to feel that trust is so important to creating meaningful, genuine images. So, Kate & Steffen, thank you for that trust.
The best way I can describe Catie & Greg’s wedding is as a rustic-yet-elegant Oregon garden party with a bit of Scottish flair (we really loved the inventive thistle-accented floral arrangements from Creations by Ly). All stylistic descriptions aside, the true focus was on what really counts . . . a beautiful and intimate gathering to celebrate this couple and their life together.
The latest issue of Oregon Bride Magazine has just been released, and we’re excited to have Erin & Brian’s wedding featured there! This Southern Oregon Coast wedding was truly unique–3 days of fun, relaxation, & celebration. Although they’re from Portland (and also, lucky for us, happen to be our neighbors), Erin’s family has deep roots in Bandon, OR, so the spot made perfect sense for an intimate wedding weekend focused on their closest friends and family. Brian is also an avid (and impressive) golfer, and the close access to world-class courses nearby also helped sway their decision.
Kick-off for the weekend festivities started with a karaoke night at a local bar, where Erin & her talented friends let loose on some classic 80′s duets. Honestly, the vocal talent present had all the local heads turning. Erin has been singing in Portland bands, most notably with the Stolen Sweets, for the past decade and many of their guests are accomplished musicians. Needless to say, they rocked the house. The next day, after guests spent the morning and afternoon beachcombing, kite-flying, or hitting the links, the parents of the bride hosted a crab-feed dinner for everyone, complete with an FS Photobooth (nautically themed, of couse).
The wedding ceremony on the third and final day was held at Bullards Beach State Park, just across the bay from Bandon, within view of the area’s historic lighthouse. A chorus of kazoos humming “here comes the bride” led the way while Erin and her father walked down the isle, guests sipped champagne, and the couple said their vows under a driftwood “fort” built by some ambitious-yet-anonymous beach-goers. Their attire–a 60′s era dress & three-piece-suit–was completely vintage and found by the bride. If you like their look, be sure to check out Erin’s carefully curated collection of vintage dresses & accessories at her shop, Lodekka, in Portland. After a laid-back dinner reception downtown, most of the party moved on to a beach-house for a sunset bonfire and acoustic sing-a-long to close out the evening. By the end of the weekend, many new friendships were formed and everyone was honored that they were able to spend the time celebrating Erin & Brian. Thanks for having us there to document it!