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Zack + Melissa | Silver Falls Anniversary | Portland Wedding Photographer

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Zack + Melissa | Silver Falls Anniversary | Portland Wedding Photographer

This  Silver Falls anniversary session is really special to me. When you look at these two, you really wouldn't know that they've been married for 10 years and have 3 adorable babies together. They still look at each other like they just fell in love and it warms the freaking heck out of my heart. We thought Silver Falls would be the perfect location for a moody anniversary shoot and it suuuure was.

It's always a good idea to get images taken of you and your special someone but this case was a little more unique. Melissa shared with me that when they got married they were unable to afford a photographer and it was a regret they'd carried with them for a decade. It's so special for me that I get to create art like this with people who will value and cherish it for generations.

Of course I think everyone should invest as much as they can into photography for their wedding day but in some situations if you just can't, totally make sure to get anniversary sessions so you're able to capture how you and your cutie grow together each year.

When we got to Silver Falls there were little patches of snow all over! We avoided them though because we all wanted a spring look to the shoot. This is the 4th time I'd been there in the last year so I got to see it in all seasons! It's crazy how different it looks in each one. We explored the area around the falls and took some images in the forest before the hike down. These cuties were even brave enough to hop into the FREEZING cold water. They're amazing and I love them.

We truly had a rainy Oregon adventure and I'll never forget this moody anniversary session. Happy anniversary, cuties!!

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Faith + José | Rowena Crest Engagement | Portland Wedding Photographer

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Faith + José | Rowena Crest Engagement | Portland Wedding Photographer

This Rowena Crest engagement session is one of the highlights of my year for so many reasons. These two are special to me. They are funny and kind and easy. I first met them last fall when we had coffee to talk about their wedding plans. They don't have that bubblegum romance that you see all over instagram. They make fun of the other person if they're taking themselves too seriously, they laugh about their mistakes and always make truly understanding each other a priority. Their relationship has layers and each one is beautiful. I also don't think it's possible for José not to make Faith laugh in any situation and that's another reason why these two are made for each other. 

For their engagement session they wanted something nature-y and dramatic so we decided on Rowena Crest! We could not believe how freaking beautiful it was!!! It had major Iceland vibes and we were all over it. It was super chilly and windy as heck but Faith and José were total troopers. It's natural to be worried that major winds will mess up your hair but I always tell clients not to be afraid of wind!! It adds such a romantic and magical energy to any photo. Team wind forever!! 

The day after we did their engagements at Rowena Crest, they messaged me with some really beautiful news. It made me remember why I love and cherish this job so much. I'm not just taking photos, I'm capturing history. Your life is always changing and it's impossible to be completely in-the-moment all the time. When I capture your present moment it's so you can look back later and remember every little detail about what it meant to you. For Faith and José, these images are the last moments before something life changing. That's everything to me.

I feel so lucky to be a part of their story and can't wait to capture their elopement in a few months! 

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Lilly | Romantic Bridal Inspiration | Portland Wedding Photographer

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Lilly | Romantic Bridal Inspiration | Portland Wedding Photographer

I'm in love with this romantic bridal inspiration shoot. I wanted to show brides that you can have a comfortable and simple look on your wedding day that still feels like you.

Getting ready for your wedding day can be such a special and intimate time if you want it to be. Whether you're surrounded by your girls or just putting yourself together, it's the beginning of you on your best day. This is actually my favorite part of the wedding day if you can believe it!! I love pulling brides aside and taking some timeless and delicate photos to capture this time forever. I want you to freak out about how amazing you looked on your day every time you see the photos.

With the help of some amazing local Portland vendors, we were able to create two beautiful bridal looks. A little bit modern, a little bit boho and a lot of romance. Arranged For You florals came through with TWO gorgeous bouquets that added so much to the looks. The accessories were so good, I seriously can't decide if I love the Sara Gabriel veil more or that gorgeous Emma Katzka crown. Thanks so much to Portland's a&bé bridal shop for loaning the dress for the shoot and for styling the looks! 

When you're planning out your bridal look, make sure each piece makes you feel like you. Schedule a time to do a makeup and hair trial with your MUA and redo it as many times as you need until you're totally happy! That's what trials are for!! I'm totally the kind of person that would feel super guilty about asking for more do overs so if that's you too, I feel ya, girl. Try on your dress with all of your accessories until everything feels totally right. 

You don't want to look like a stranger on your wedding day, you want to look like your best self. 

Check out a&beé bridal shop's blog post of this styled shoot!

 

Vendors

Dress: Truvelle Alexandra from a&bé bridal shop

Crown: Emma Katzka

Veil: Sara Gabriel 

Florals: Arranged For You

HMUA: Harshita Singhal

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Thuy-Linh + Vy | Castaway Portland Wedding | Portland Wedding Photographer

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Thuy-Linh + Vy | Castaway Portland Wedding | Portland Wedding Photographer

Last fall I got to assist Marcela Pulido at this AMAAAZING Castaway Portland wedding!! We started the day off at the church Thuy-Linh went to elementary school in when she was younger. Does anyone else get choked up over little sentimental details like this or am I the only one?? They had their first look right outside the church. it was seriously the most gorgeous sunny fall day! After they exchanged their gifts for each other it was off to the ceremony with all of their friends and family waiting for them inside. Once they went through all the official stuff, they were officially husband and wife and it was time to PARTAY!!

Their reception was held at Castaway Portland and it's now one of my favorite venues ever!! It's open without feeling overwhelming and it's got all of those good good downtown Portland vibes. Once we got to the venue we met up with the wedding llamas, which was totally insane. I've never been so close to llamas and they literally didn't move you guys. It was so surreal. At first it kind of felt like they were dinosaurs? I hope I'm not the only one that felt that way because it sounds super weird in text (lol). We took their couples portraits nearby Castaway Portland with the llamas and I've never seen something more unique than that! They're so fun and cute and seriously some of my favorite images.

After an amazing dinner (thanks Castaway), the cutest slideshow ever and a cameo from Seal, the rest of the night was spent dancing, laughing, drinking and more dancing. I've never been around a reception that was this wild!! This was such a fun bunch and such a perfect way to celebrate Thuy-Linh + Vy's love. Congrats you guys and a big thanks to Marcela for letting me tag along!!

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Analy + Jeffy | Frozen Lake Love Session | Oregon Wedding Photographer

Analy + Jeffy | Frozen Lake Love Session | Oregon Wedding Photographer

Analy + Jeffy are the cutest!! They wanted to do a fun love session in the snow so we headed up to Mt. Hood! We hiked 4 miles through the snow to get to the gorgeous Trillium Lake and finally made it there after 30 minutes of walking. The lake was COMPLETELY FROZEN! None of us had ever seen a frozen lake before so this was such a cool and special moment! Standing on it was freaking surreal. I'd been to this location in the summer so seeing it like this was so weird and magical. It was such a perfect and memorable way to start the year!! So glad I got to share the adventure with these two!

Pasang + Matt | Cape Kiwanda Beach Engagement | Oregon Elopement Photographer

Pasang + Matt | Cape Kiwanda Beach Engagement | Oregon Elopement Photographer

Pasang moved to the states from Nepal only a few years ago and started going to PCC in Oregon. She signed up for the same history class as her friend only to have them drop out before it even started. She didn't know at the time that it was the same class she would meet her soulmate. They fell for each other fast and you can see they're connection with each glance and smile. 

Pasang, Matt and I drove to Cape Kiwanda on the most beautiful September day. We hiked around to find the perfect light and had the best time. We were so worn out afterwords that we got pizza at a local restaurant and talked about life. I cannot wait to shoot their amazing wedding next summer. It'll be one for the books.

Sarah + Jason | Abiqua Country Estate Wedding | Silverton Wedding Photographer

Sarah + Jason | Abiqua Country Estate Wedding | Silverton Wedding Photographer

I met Sarah and Jason for the first time at their Silver Falls engagement session. I was so excited for their wedding afterwords because their love was so easy to capture on camera. It was so obvious that they truly were meant to be together.

Cut to their wedding day 3-months later held at the amazing Abiqua Country Estate in Silverton, Oregon. They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect venue. We were surrounded by beautiful green trees and a gorgeously manicured landscape. Even with the smoky skies from the Canadian wildfires, the light couldn’t have been more magical.

Within the first 5 minutes of meeting the wedding party and invited guests, it was clear that I was not the only one who saw how generous and loving Sarah and Jason’s beautiful souls were. Everyone there was so elated to share this moment with them and I had a hard time holding in tears during the speeches and prayers.

It was a gift to my life to meet these beautiful people and their families. I will never forget this perfect day.

 

Thank you so much to my second shooter Michelle Allan for helping me capture so many special moments.

 

View Sarah and Jason's wedding slideshow here!

 

Thank you so much to the vendors for making this day even more beautiful!

Venue: Abiqua Country Estate

Dress: Bend Bridal Suite

Florals: Gifford’s Weddings

Caterer: That Food Guy Catering

Cinematographer: Jonny Bos