Matt + Bethany: A Love Story

We had the honor of photographing Matt and Bethany's wedding! A gorgeous bridal party, a sunny summer day, followed by an amazing sunset and of course...the grand helicopter entrance! It was a dreamy day for this elegant garden wedding.

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Flowers (Bride's bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages): Euphloria

Flowers (Arrangements and Bridesmaids bouquets): Bride's Mom

DJ w/photobooth: Jazz It Up Production

Wedding Dress: The White Dress Portland, Oregon

Hair: Stephanie Kuiper

Cake: Mom and I Cakery Vancouver, Washington

Caterer/Servers: Maggie's Buns Forest Grove, Oregon

Invitations: Ashley Girres (Friend of bride). Etsy: GarrettGraphics

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Adam + Jackie: A Love Story

Jackie and Adam celebrated their April wedding in a serene and intimate little venue. It was our first time photographing at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Oregon City, and we fell in love! The weather could not have been more perfect (it doesn't happen often in April in Oregon!). The theme of their wedding was semi-rustic with a dash of sparkle and shades of purple. They chose to let the incredible Oregon backdrop do all the talking, and it was a great decision. The sweeping views and tall trees and sounds of nature all contributed to the perfect wedding. Our favorite part of the day? Watching Adam serenade his new bride during the reception! Swoon! What bride doesn't dream of a romantic moment like that?

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Venue: Hopkins Demonstration Forest
Flower Crown: Bella Bloom Florals
Other flowers were bought at Safeway, prepared by bridal party.
Cake/ Dessert: Fat Cupcakes
Wedding dress: David's Bridal
Groom Suit: Men's Wearhouse
Officiant, Ernie Claeson

Reflection

As we sit here on the last day of 2015, we can't help but be filled with joy and gratitude at all that we were able to do this year, and all the weddings we attended and photographed. Each and every wedding was different, special, beautiful, and heart warming. We wanted to take a quick jaunt down memory lane and look back at a few of our favorite moments over the year. Happy New Year!

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.

Five on Friday

Our brides and grooms have shared some sweet, saucy, and downright sensual kisses in the years we've been capturing weddings.  But we've photographed more kisses than just between the bride and groom - kisses between dads and daughters, moms and sons, dads and moms - weddings bring out the love in everyone!  Here are some of the sweetest little kisses we've captured that weren't between the bride and groom!

Happy Friday!

Six on Saturday

Um, yeah...so Friday got a teeny bit busy...so instead of Five on Friday you get Six on Saturday!  (It's a bonus photo since you had to wait an extra day!) ;) 

Last week we featured bridal bouquets some of the lovely ladies we photographed carried down the aisle.  Not to leave out the grooms; who often carry their own special bloom on their chest - just like carrying their bride in their heart (awww....)!  Happy weekend!

Five on Friday

We started out the night thinking this post was going to be all about dessert because - well, we're getting this up a bit late on a Friday night and it's dessert time!  But after looking through the photos of all the yummy desserts we've seen offered at weddings, we couldn't help but find ourselves ooohing and aaahhing as reminisced about the neat cake decorations we've seen.  

So instead, here you have five neat twists on traditional cake toppers - with a special shout-out to the creativity of tucking Spiderman among the gorgeous cake flowers!  Sweet cake-filled dreams, everyone!

Five on Friday

We all know how much fun it is to plan what kind of flowers you want (or don't) for your wedding; what kind of cake or cupcakes you'll all indulge in; and what shoes you're going to wear for that walk down the aisle (see last week's Five on Friday!).  But one wedding detail stands out as extra special - the bling! 

Your wedding rings outlast all the other wedding day details.  Long after the flowers are wilted and the one-year cake has been pulled out of the freezer for the traditional anniversary bite (or, if you're like some of us, many years after the cake has been forgotten about and left in the freezer...), your wedding rings are still there as a symbol of your enduring love.  We love staging the wedding ring photos; so much fun and creativity goes into capturing that perfect detailed shot.  Enjoy some of our favorites!

Happy Friday!

Dear Groom

Dear Groom (who is dreading the photos),

Are you feeling like you need a couple of shots of whiskey before you can endure a few shots from the camera?  Don't worry, we've encountered that before.  Many brides show up having planned every little detail, including what kind of photos she wants.  Most grooms basically just show up; albeit madly in love and ready to get married.  Don't get us wrong - we've certainly had couples where those roles are reversed, and we've met grooms that planned the little details and love taking photos.  But you're not one of them, so we decided to share a few things with you.

#1. You will be so glad you did it.  You might be nervous and less than thrilled around the camera, but in the end you will love spending part of your wedding day doing fun, goofy, giddy things with your new wife - and having each and every moment documented forever.  You will be kissing her, dipping her, loving her, spinning her around, snuggling her... and if you do that, those photos will be amazing and remind you every day how beautiful you both felt and looked on your wedding day.  Photos capture more than just images- they capture the memory of the emotions you were experiencing.  You will be able to look at your photos and re-live all those wonderful emotions.

#2. You hired us because we know what we're doing.  When we sat down to talk about your wedding, we showed you our portfolio and the work we are capable of.  By hiring us we consider ourselves bound to making sure we meet or exceed the standards of work we presented to you.  This means that we may have to take you guys out of the cocktail hour to do photos at sunset, or perhaps pull you out of the reception for a few minutes to do a night-time shot.  We will balance getting those perfect shots with letting you enjoy your day - we promise.  This ain't our first rodeo.

#3.  You often won't even realize we are there. The majority of the photos we take during the day is pure photojournalism - documenting every aspect of your day. We spend a large chunk of our time at your wedding just taking pictures of the things you are naturally doing to get ready; things you would be doing even if you didn't have photographers capturing those moments. However, sometimes, we are going to have to pose you. Sometimes one of us will be pretty far away using a telephoto lens, but sometimes you'll feel like we're all up in your face.  When we are that close, it will just be for a few quick shots.  Remember, the vast majority of the time, having a photographer means you won't even realize we are there.

#4. We love photographing the guy stuff.  The camaraderie, the friendship, the style. For us, the groom isn't second fiddle - you are obviously just as important as the bride.  We want to make sure you’re getting what you want and we want to make you look amazing as well. We aim to capture timeless, handsome, dapper and authentic photos.  We want to make your kids look back on your wedding photos and think ‘that was my DAD?!”.  We will photograph you and your best guy-friends together, having fun, being who you are.  Again, sometimes we’ll guide you into poses that make you look good, but mostly it will be pretty casual. 

So go ahead and take a shot to loosen up before we get started on the photos if you still want to.  But we're confident that you won't need to, because we're seasoned pros and we know how to make this the most comfortable experience for you.  And if that's not enough, just remember that your number one girl is going to be by your side...on your wedding day and for the rest of your life.