Joshua+Lauren: A Love Story

Joshua & Lauren met in English Class at Western Oregon University. They were dating 2 1/2 years before the proposal. He proposed at the top of Spanish Peak, on the Pacific Crest Trail, on her 22nd birthday. She is a computer scientist, he's a special educator.

They chose Ron's Pond because they wanted a wedding in a beautiful, secluded, quiet, and peaceful outdoor setting. Ron's Pond certainly delivers that! It was our first time shooting at this venue and we cannot WAIT to go back! The grooms father married them and it was a tear-jerker for all of us. We teased Joshua and Lauren a bit on their wedding day that Joshua was the most smitten groom ever, but quite honestly, it was true. Their adoration for each other was glowing and they had the most joyful, carefree wedding day. Congratulation Lauren & Joshua, we were so honored to be a part of your love story!

Venue: Ron's Pond, Monmouth Oregon
Dessert: The Hungry Hero Dessert Co.
Dress: Brides for a Cause
Hair and makeup: Ulta
Men's Suits: Men's Warehouse

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Of Love and Softball

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We love it when our couples incorporate those special little details in their weddings that tell their unique love story.  Patrick and Lindsay did an amazing job of this!  We had the pleasure of shooting both their engagement photos and their wedding and boy did they hit it out of the park (see what we did there?)!

This sweet couple met playing softball. When Patrick proposed to Lindsay, he did it in the spot where they had their first conversation- the softball field parking lot. They even chose that very field as the backdrop for their engagement photos! 

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So naturally, they carried that theme into their wedding. Check out the amazing softball-signing guest book from their special day.

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The details didn't stop there!  How amazing are these custom Nike's the bride had made in honor of her new last name?

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And this floral crown she wore was to die for!

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We were all heart-eyes for that bursting color combination of sage green, dusty lavender and plum purple.  Just stunning.

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Boy were we ever feeling the love with this huge bridal party!  There were four groomsman and 12 bridesmaids, who worked hard at decorating this beautiful day for Patrick and Lindsay. 

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And who could forget their sweet golden retriever, Sly, who played a special part of their special day. 

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Thanks to Lindsay and Patrick!  It was an honor to be part of this gorgeous day! 

Make Up: Liz Goff

Planner: Carrie Newson, Bridal Bliss

Flowers: Carrie Newson

Decor: For the Love of Pete

Food: Hitching Post

Cheers, Oregon! It's National Beer Day!

A pre-wedding beer with friends at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. 

A pre-wedding beer with friends at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. 

It's National Beer Day!  Also known as "every day" in Oregon. Seriously, beer is kind of a big deal here Northwest, so it isn't a surprise that you can find delicious craft beer paired with just about everything here.

Cuff links and beer at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.  

Cuff links and beer at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.  

 In Portland, you can drink beer and pedal a bar-shaped bike from brewery to brewery with 12 of your closest friends.  In Salem, you can find your center and a delicious ale at  a yoga and beer class.  So it's only natural that we Oregonians would turn to our beloved breweries when it's time to get hitched!

Toasting to the bride and groom at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.  

Toasting to the bride and groom at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.  

McMenamins owns and operates an eclectic mix of breweries, pubs, hotels, music venues and more, and have saved several gorgeous historic properties along the way.  Many of these properties have event space for weddings of all shapes and sizes.  They offer full onsite catering, featuring their handcrafted spirits, wines and, of course, beer!

Delicious ale at McMenamins Edgefield.  

Delicious ale at McMenamins Edgefield.  

We have been so lucky as to capture many special moments at several McMenamins locations, and National Beer Day seemed like a great day to share some of our favorites with you.  

Cheers!

We love the rustic beauty of the Octagonal Barn at the  Cornelius Pass Roadhouse ! 

We love the rustic beauty of the Octagonal Barn at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

And of course the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse itself is gorgeous as well.

And of course the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse itself is gorgeous as well.

McMenamins  Crystal Ballroom  in Portland sets a dramatic scene for an elegant wedding.  And how amazing would it be to say your "I Do's" like a rock star on stage?

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland sets a dramatic scene for an elegant wedding.  And how amazing would it be to say your "I Do's" like a rock star on stage?

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  McMenamins Edgefield  has so many lovely backdrops, both indoors and out.

 McMenamins Edgefield has so many lovely backdrops, both indoors and out.

Gorgeous sunset at McMenamins Edgefield.  

Gorgeous sunset at McMenamins Edgefield.  

Benjamin and Annie

It's been a little soggy here in the great state of Oregon...yes, soggier than usual.  The reality is flooding in our area has been a bit dangerous (and one of us was actually bailing out our crawlspace the other night...), so we certainly hope that everyone is keeping safe.  But we still couldn't help but chuckle at the photo in the news of a guy sight-seeing his way through the flooded Wal-Mart parking lot in a canoe.

And yes, this is related to our wedding photography because WE HAVE A PHOTO OF A COUPLE IN A CANOE!  Not only do we have the photo, it's one of our favorite images we've ever captured. 

Benjamin and Annie (who are at Bridal Veil Lakes here, not a flooded parking lot...), had a sweet wedding this past summer that brought them back from Abu Dhabi to celebrate their union with their families.

Congratulations, Ben and Annie!


A Very Special "Special Day"

Your wedding day is often referred to as "Your Special Day."  Joe and Esther are a couple that really put the "special" in special day. 

These two are a young couple, but when you watch them together, you become convinced they are old souls that have been connected for eons.  Esther is an antique collector and Joe is a farmer, and every sweet detail of this wedding was the absolute best representation of their love for each other and who they are as individuals. 

They have an amazing community of family and friends that treated this celebration like the party of the century.  Everyone gathered together and put in so much effort helping to create this beautiful wedding to celebrate this union. 

There are no more words to describe this wedding and the bond between these two - just feast your eyes on the wedding itself!

Congratulations, Joe and Esther, on your Special Day!

Love Story Portraits

Weddings are beautiful and amazing.  We know this.  We live this and we breathe this.

And yet you know that at some point during your wedding planning (whether the wedding is over or you're in the middle of the planning) you had the thought, "This is nuts.  We should elope all alone and just throw a party later."  You didn't have that thought???  Liar.

Well, the magnificent Heidi - yes, OUR Heidi - and her handsome hubby had that thought.  AND THEY DID JUST THAT!  A few months ago, they stood on gorgeous cliff in scenic Central Oregon and exchanged vows.  Fast forward to July, and they got all dolled up for the camera so Heather - yes, OUR Heather - could take those fancy-pants wedding photos for them. 

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And now we're in LOVE with this idea.  Ok, so eloping isn't for everyone.  But taking the wedding photos separate from the rest of the hullabaloo of a wedding?!  Yes, please!  It was so incredibly peaceful to watch two people so much in love celebrating their wedding and posing for their photos without the stress of the rest of the night, without the noise of the guests clamoring for certain photos, and without the pressure to finish injustthatmuch time because the ceremony or the reception is going to start.

We're so in love with this idea, that from now on we're offering separate Bridal Sessions as an add-on to our wedding packages.  It's so relaxing to focus on your bridal portraits independent of all the other photos you want to capture - and you spent all that money on the dress, might as well wear it twice! ;)

Ask us for more info on adding a Bridal Session to your wedding photo package.  And in the mean time, feast your eyes on more of Heidi and Jeff's amazing Bridal Session photos, because they are pure love and joy.

Feelin' Hot! Hot! Hot!

Brodie and Kimberly had a super fun and super HOT wedding day!  They celebrated their outdoor wedding on an evening when temps neared TRIPLE digits. These Oregonians didn't sweat though...and neither did we!  Ok, so maybe our little photographer bodies did actually physically produce sweat given all the running around we were doing to capture this day, but we certainly didn't "sweat," as photographing these two was piece of wedding cake.  Speaking of wedding cake - they didn't have one!  Guests enjoyed the couple's favorite doughnuts for dessert.

Their rustic and sweet wedding outside the Octagonal Barn at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse combined a traditional ceremony with whimsical personal touches - such as a reading from The Velveteen Rabbit.  We do believe this was the tallest wedding party we've ever photographed, as the shortest groomsman was 6 feet tall!  The bride was glowing and the groom couldn't stop beaming. It was a night to remember...did we mention it was HOT?!

Showstopper

Leanne and James - this couple was a showstopper.  Leanne is a good friend, and we were honored to capture her special day.  The attention to detail in their Sunriver wedding was impeccable, from Leanne's unique choice of a bridal sweater and skirt to James' custom monogrammed tie clip.

However, someone else stole the show (at least momentarily) at this wedding, almost outshining the bride and groom...the bride's adorable son!  This guy was the definition of dapper and charming, and we just couldn't get enough of him.

This guy had the duty and honor of walking his mama down the aisle, and he took his job very seriously.

After we recovered from that boy's cuteness and the beautiful ceremony, we took some time to reflect again on the lovely attention to detail that this couple put into their day.  Handmade napkins at every place setting, fabulous party favors, and lest we not forget the bride's amazing red-orange strappy sandals that added just the right flair to this party - like we said, a real showstopper!  Congrats Leanne and James!

The Next Chapter

Engagements, weddings, pregnancies, babies...we get to photograph the next chapter that is a BIG DEAL in your life.  However, for so many of us, the next chapter isn't just these moments, it's every day in between.  We were reminded of this last weekend as one of our HHWP couples celebrated their first anniversary.

Jaclyn and JJ had a standout wedding ceremony at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland last May. They marched their giddy-little-selves around for all sorts of fabulous photos, because they were so darn excited they were bursting.

Like most of our HHWP couples, we've kept in touch with these two since their wedding.  We've been able to see how they've reveled in their first year of marriage.  The Crystal Ballroom location reflected their awesome personalities; the wedding ceremony reflected their love for each other; but its all those "normal" days after the wedding that we see reflecting their commitment to each other - the next chapter.  Happy Anniversary!