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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#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!

 

Matt + Tessa: A Love Story

Matt & Tessa got married in July at one of our very favorite venues, Log House Gardens in Keizer. They started dating in 8th grade and tied the knot 9 years later! They grew up together, went to every dance together, went to college together and are now spending the rest of their lives together. Their wedding was a sweet mix of whimsical, fun, and rustic elegance, featuring mason jars, logs, a candy bar and delicious cupcakes. We had the best day with Matt & Tessa and their friends and family...we can't wait to see what the future holds for them!

Vendors: 
DJ Apogee Events
Cupcakes:Sugar Sugar
Cutting cake: Kondeterio
Bartender: Just Us Girls
Decor: Danner & Soli
Flowers: Andersons
Bride Dress & Bridal Party: Davids Bridal
Groom & groomsmen: Men's Warehouse
Bride Hair: Mckenna Simpson with Ms.Tease Salon

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

Five on Friday

The New Year is well underway, but we are still in the mood to celebrate!  Let's toast to Friday!  Don't you just love the clink of the glasses, the reminiscing about sweet moments, the promise of exciting things to come... not to mention the delicious drink?  Here's some inspiration to get your weekend started.  Cheers to health, happiness and of course, love!

Happy Friday!

The Little, Beautiful Things

Oh my, everyone.  This past week has reminded us there are some ugly things in this world.  So we're going to take this moment to count our blessings and thank you all for reminding us of the little, beautiful things in this world...

...like ice cream...

...and wild forests and roaring rivers...

...and the ability to let loose...

...and a drink when you want it...

...and a hug when you need it.

As photographers, we've captured these beautiful things in your lives so you have happy memories for a lifetime.  But we can't thank you enough for letting us capture these beautiful things so we also have happy memories to remind us of the beautiful things in the whole wide world.

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!

I Still Do

"I DO." 

Those are the words that essentially make the wedding...well, a wedding.  I mean, Prince Humperdinck made the Impressive Clergyman skip right over "I Do," and that alone was enough to determine that Princess Buttercup had not, in fact, married the awful prince and was free to marry Westley. 

But why "I Still Do" - why would you need a do-over for wedding photos?!

We'll tell you why.  Because you eloped and didn't take formal pictures.  Because you didn't like your formal pictures.  Because you didn't have enough time to enjoy taking your formal pictures.  Because you got married in 1985 and your wedding dress was very 1985.  Because you got married in 2005 and it's a pretty darn good ten-year anniversary gift.  Because you've had three kids and the dress still fits.  Because you've had three kids and the suit still fits.  

Because you're still madly in love with your best friend, and you know that you've essentially been saying "I still do" every day since the day you first said it.  Do you really need a better reason than that?!

This year marks our third year of the I Still Do event.  It's insanely popular, and as of this posting, there are only two slots left!  This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Contact us for more info or to sign up!

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!

Magic

Weddings are magic.  Most folks have a preconceived notion of what a magical wedding looks like.  But we know better.  We know that the magic of love is found anywhere and everywhere, and we get to capture all the different faces of love when we photograph weddings. This rockabilly wedding from last weekend was no exception - it was anything but conventional, but believe you me, it was one of the most magical we've ever seen!  The love between these two is fierce, and that emotion was raw and omnipresent for this entire event. 

This bride and groom created a magical atmosphere by making sure every wedding detail reflected their personalities; from the bride's custom-made dress (by her mother-in-law!) to the records melted into bowls for reception decor.

Congratulations to both of you - it was an honor and privilege to capture the magic of your day and share it here!