Meredith and Luke gathered their family and friends for a destination wedding at one of our favorite venues, House on Metolius. Nestled between a canyon and a meadow on the edge of the Metolius River in the middle of the Oregon Cascades, it is such a magical spot and a natural choice for bringing loved ones together for a multi-day celebration. The day of the wedding was stormy with passing rain showers, but this outdoors-loving couple didn’t mind one bit–Meredith really wanted some photos in the river, so just before sunset we took off for the river bank under stormy skies and made it happen. We love working with couples with such an adventurous attitude!
This intimate holiday fireside wedding at Timberline Lodge was the coziest event of the year! However, before the coziness ensued, we braved the elements for some photos in the winter-wonderland landscape of Mt. Hood. Lucky for me, Valerie and Damen were excited to get outside for photos in the snow, and we tromped around the lodge taking advantage of the contrasting textures and soft light. It was such an honor to be a part of this intimate gathering of friends and family and document the start of this couple’s married life together.
Lisa & Matthew travelled from San Francisco all the way to the top of Mt. Hood (literally—Matthew & his groomsmen almost made it to the summit the day before the wedding) to celebrate their marriage with family and friends. We photograph quite a few weddings at Timberline Lodge, and this one is the winner for the most incredible men’s-detail: Matthew commissioned a silver-smith in Montana to create he and the groomsmen’s belt buckles with the Timberline logo! These gentlemen perfectly pulled off the rodeo-buckle/fine-suit combo. Trend-alert!
It’s no secret that we love shooting weddings at Mt. Hood. There are some amazingly beautiful wedding venues in the area. Plus where else can you get married in mid-summer & go skiing in the morning!? (or hiking, golfing, windsurfing, etc…) Lily & Sam’s wedding was held at Mt. Hood Skibowl, and was a perfect venue for this fun easy-going couple. In addition to enjoying an incredible view of the mountains, guests got to choose between taking the chair-lift or the alpine-slide (think concrete luge) from the ceremony site to the reception! (Hiking the ski resort’s trails or catching the shuttle van were also an option.)
Lily & Sam had an amazing team of vendors, and some of our favorites! Nadia with Creations by Ly did the planning, and Mr. Travis Shields artfully captured the day on video. DJ Gray Matter kept the party rocking with a tightly-curated and endless selection of tunes that you can’t help but dance to.
One of the best surprises for us was the location they chose for their preparations. They rented the modernist-yet-rustic Mule Deer Cabin in Government Camp as a home-base for their wedding party for the weekend. It was photographer’s dream with great light, gorgeous furniture, and tons of thoughtful design details. Seriously, if you are considering a getaway on Mt. Hood at any time of the year, check out the Mule Deer!
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mt. Hood Skibowl
Bridal Prep: Mule Deer Cabin
Coordination: Creations by Ly
Video: Shields Films [view the trailer here]
Photography: FS Photography
Music/Party/Booty Shakin’: DJ Gray Matter
Although they planned for snow, Mary Beth & Brian were greeted with sunny skies and mild temperatures for their mountain winter wedding in the Central Oregon Cascades. This rustic lodge setting is beautiful regardless of if it is blanketed in white or not!
Venue: The Lodge at Suttle Lake, Sisters, OR