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.  

Happiness

Over the summer, we had the joy of introducing you to Courtney and Scottie.  A spectacular couple, the happiness they feel when they are with each other just seeps from every ounce of them.  They are a joy to photograph. 

As we wind down from the busiest season for our business and look forward to the New Year, we thought we'd share their happy.  Their wedding at McMenamins Edgefield was a party - a true celebration of how their love started and blossomed, and every guest there had so much exuberance for what their future holds. 

Hats off to Courtney and Scottie, as well as all of our 2015 couples, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Forevermore

Jenna and Rick

Recently, we came across a story of a very public proposal between two very public people.  A heavy metal rock star and an actress, to be more precise (and now you can all Google it if we didn't already give it away).  Anyway, while it was a wild proposal by a wild fellow (and there was just a little cursing involved), something about the story touched us.  He brought his gal up on stage with her two kids in tow.  He asked for her hand, but then she asked him, "Will you love my children forevermore?"

He said yes.

One of the things that is so beautiful about weddings is not just the coming together of two people, but of two families.  And in many love stories, this includes kiddos. 

Rick and Jenna may not be heavy metal thrashers, but they are rock stars in each others' eyes.  And this past weekend, Jenna married Rick - and his adorable daughter.  We had the joy of photographing their engagement session as well as the wedding, which included this very photogenic little girl... 

Congrats to these two rockin' lovebirds - may you love each other, and that gorgeous little girl - forevermore in you new little family!

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!