Last weekend’s triple-digit temperatures didn’t stop these fine folks from getting down!
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!
In April, we had the honor of returning to New York to photograph Kara & Darius’ Central Park wedding at the Loeb Boathouse! It’s always an exciting and refreshing change of pace for us to photograph in the heart of NYC. With clear skies & mild temperatures, the weather was perfect for an afternoon in the park!
Being avid snowboarders from sunny San Diego, Danielle & Marty loved the thought of getting married on a snowy mountain. Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood perfectly matched the bill. Their mountainside ceremony was an intimate affair with friends and family who had gathered there to spend the weekend playing on the mountain & celebrating with them. Danielle was dazzling in her gold (!) dress (Marty didn’t look too shabby either). It’s really refreshing to see a bride veer from the norm for a unique look–well done!
Floral Design: Blüm
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!
Catherine & Mark were married just outside Boston near Catherine’s childhood home. I’ve always admired individuals that maintain lasting friendships into adulthood with those that they were close to in childhood. In my opinon, it speaks directly to the strength of one’s character & it’s something I’ve always aspired to. This was definitely an evident characteristic in both Catherine & Mark. It was awesome to see so many people attend the wedding that had been close to them their entire lives.
The wedding also happened to be just down the road from Walden Pond, and right around the corner from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house. This was our first extended trip to New England, and we Left Coaster’s were impressed by the nearness of so much of our nation’s early history. This area of Massachusetts has done a fantastic job of preserving old farmland as public space and it is surrounded by woods & meadowland, and we loved taking advantage of the pastoral setting for photos. We were a little early for all the fall color, so we hope we can get back to see it (and photograph it) again someday. Catherine and Mark, thank you for a great introduction to New England!