Ah, Sauvie Island in the Summer . . .
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!
What a day for a sunny springtime wedding! Michal and Bryant were married at Portland’s Columbia Edgewater Country Club. This was one of the most boisterous group of guys we have photographed in a while! Despite the groomsmen’s antics, Michal glowed with a graceful beauty the entire day. The day was also full of surprises including a mariachi band, dart-gun ambush on the dance-floor, and Bryant’s spontaneous rendition of Prince’s Kiss (thankfully, not at the same time)!
Hannah & Sam experienced the best combination of mountain weather for their wedding at Timberline Lodge. A major storm hit night before, leaving massive amounts of snow clinging to the lodge and the trees, but by morning the skies were sparkling blue. Not a bad start for this great couple!
Yes, Brandon & Stephanie chose a stunning venue for their wedding (Mt. Hood Organic Farms is one of our favorites); yes, nearly every detail was lovingly thought out and designed by the couple; and yes, the food was amazing (more on that later). Despite these things, the most memorable part of this wedding was the pure joy that emanated from this couple the entire day–infusing every inch of their ceremony and celebration with a palpable enthusiasm. We see grooms shed a tear or two now and then, but it was really touching to see the tears welling up in Brandon’s eyes while he was hanging out with his groomsmen, well before the ceremony and seeing his bride.
Back to the food. Mt. Hood Organic Farms prides itself on preparing delicious fresh, local foods yet this wedding took that locavore concept one step further. The bride and groom grew nearly all the fruits & vegetables on the menu on their small farm outside Portland. We had the opportunity to meet them there for a photo session earlier in the Summer, and it was awesome to see all their hard work savored by their close friends and family. I could go on about how much we enjoyed shooting this wedding, but will let the photos tell the rest of the story . . .
Heather & Ryan’s wedding took place at one of our favorite outdoor venues in Oregon (which is saying a lot, given the number of outstanding options for outdoor weddings around here!) Bridal Veil Lakes is a rustic spot tucked away in the forest of the Columbia River Gorge, yet is it just minutes from downtown Portland. It’s a great place to showcase the natural beauty of our area to out-of-state friends and family, yet still be close to the city. Beauty was in full abundance for Ryan & Heather as forest fires nearby (but not too nearby!) created a fine haze in the sky & gorgeous light all day! We even had the chance to head over to Crown Point before the ceremony for photos with the bride & groom, and a great view of the Gorge.
Tamara & Jordan’s downtown Portland wedding at The Nines represented not one, but two “firsts” for us. It was the first time we have ever experienced an acrobatic troupe’s performance at a wedding, as well as a free-style BMX show! After that it was an all-out party. Ryan also had the opportunity to shoot a day-after session with them around the rose garden in Washington Park, which proved to be an excellent choice given Tamara’s stunning red hair. The ever-talented Ashley Forrette joined us behind the lens the day of the wedding, and some of these photos are hers.
Sauvie Island in the springtime is one of our favorite locations for gorgeous light & lush green fields. Getting to know Erin & Jasen and seeing their relaxed fun-loving nature together, in addition to the stellar location, made for a seriously memorable evening & some great photos!