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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Just can't get enough? Check out their sweet video slideshow!

#NationalBeerDay

Oregon is known for it's majestic beauty, lush green forests, and of course...we can't forget about amazing craft beer. Which made us think....since it's #NationalBeerDay, we need to share some of our favorite images from David and Lindy's fun wedding at Gilgamesh Brewing! This wedding was all about the party - mingling with friends and family, great food, great music...and of course...great beer! Happy Friday!

 

Kyle+Sheila: A Love Story

Kyle & Sheila met while working at Creekside Golf Course In 2008. After a few years of friendship, Kyle and Sheila started dating in 2013. Kyle proposed in May, 2015.

Their vision for their wedding was a rustic barn setting. Kyle and Sheila chose the wedding venue in large part because of the quaint feel of the barn and because Kyle loved the miniature horses and goats. The bridal party consisted of family and long time friends. Sheila met most of her bridesmaids in college and Kyle had worked with three of the groomsmen at Creekside Golf Course (where they met).

The amount of work and effort these two put into their beautiful wedding, featuring home brewed beer as a table centerpiece/party favors was evident. Although Mother Nature had her way with an insanely stormy day, their families pitched in and made the best of it, and we loved the intimate feel of their sweet barn vow exchange.

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We enjoyed every minute of their wedding day, and we're pretty sure they had the MOST FUN bridal party ever!

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Vendors:
Flowers: For the Love of Pete
Cake/cupcakes/dessert: Sweetly Baked
Venue: The Willows
DJ: Only the Best Sound
Food: a family friend
Hair/makeup: Blossom & Beauty
Brides dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Exclusives
Groomsmen attire: Mens warehouse
Decor/signs/centerpieces- DIY
linens, dishes, and cakestands: For the Love of Pete

Top 5 Reasons to get your portraits done in the summer!

5. Barefeet and Sundresses...

4. River/beachy sessions

3. Beautiful summer glow and freckles

2. Golden hour sun

1. And the number one reason to get Summer portraits...
 

CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTOS!

We know, we know... you are thinking... what?! We usually wait until the Fall! 

We get it, the Fall leaves are beautiful. However, the Summer has several advantages over the Fall. First, we have longer days, which means we have more availability to shoot your session! Its really hard in the Fall when the sun sets by 5 p.m., which means most people need to shoot their session on the weekends. What happens when we (inevitably) get rained out...sometimes multiple times? Rescheduling sessions in the Fall and syncing up everyone's schedule can be TOUGH. 

During the summer we can shoot weekends, and weeknights until 8 p.m.! And we are far less likely to get rained out. Although the Fall leaves are beautiful, you'll never get that amazing Summer golden hour sunset...and who doesn't want that!? 

Another advantage to summer photos... cute outfits! Everyone can dress comfortably in dresses, shorts, sandals... in the Fall we often have overcast, drizzly days, which makes for some red and runny noses, less happy kiddos, and bulky coats and sweaters. 
 

Th biggest perk to Summer photos? You're not stressed about how quickly you'll get your photos back - you'll have plenty of time to plan out your cards, keep an eye out for the best deals, and get them ordered, addressed, and sent out in PLENTY of time! 
 

We are so in love with the idea of summer portraits for Christmas cards, that we always do our OWN family portraits in the summer. We already have our own portrait dates on the calendar... so what are you waiting for!? Head on over to our storefront to see what we have available. We have lots of "styled" sessions in the store, but if you like the date and location of a particular event, you are welcome to take advantage of the cute set up, or NOT! Its your call. We can do a totally "normal" portrait session on any of the dates listed in our storefront. 

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We are looking forward to seeing you and catching up with your family!

 

The Meyer Family: The Love Story Continues

Remember these guys? Yup, we've done their engagement photos, wedding, maternity, newborn, 1 year old and NOW 2 year old photos for their sweet family. 
 

Every time we see them, its like no time has passed, and we pick up where we left off. Pretty much every session with them is ridiculously fun and we look forward to it all year!

Oregon really blessed us (FINALLY!) with a gorgeous sunny day, and we couldn't have been more thankful! Take a look at sweet Henry's 2 year portraits!

Mike + Dianne: The Beginning

Dianne and Mike came to us through a previous couple of ours, which is so exciting! We love when our couples refer us to their friends!

As soon as you meet Dianne and Mike, you instantly feel relaxed and comfortable, and their sweetness together was so fun to watch. They are planning an intimate wedding at McMenamins Kennedy school in May and the day just can't come soon enough for us! We were so thankful that they were so flexible and willing to wait for a beautiful sunny day to do their engagement photos, and boy did it pay off. Oregon sure likes to surprise us with the weather!

Chad + Brittny: The Beginning

Brittny and Chad have been so sweet and patient as we have had to reschedule their session due to terrible weather. Well, their patience paid off, as we had the warmest/sunniest afternoon we've had all winter! 
 

Brittny and Chad actually hired us over the phone, as they live all the way in Olympia, Washington! Yesterday was our first chance to meet them and get to know them better. 
 

We could tell right from the start how much these two love each other, and they are getting married at one of our favorite venues this September, Green Villa Barn in Independence! We loved that they choose bright colors for their session, it really made them stand out from the lovely scenery. After having so much fun with these guys yesterday, we are even more excited about their upcoming wedding.