So much to love about this amazing Castaway Portland wedding! Mostly I can't get over the way these two amazing people look at each other. If I had a daughter, I would tell her to find a partner that looks at her the way that Jeremiah looks a Lizzy. Add to that their incredible friends and family, the fantastic food and venue, and the great music at their super fun dance party reception, and it really was just a perfect wedding day. . .
Becky and Greg got in touch about their Portland wedding all the way from Texas, so I didn't realize it'd be a party full of East Coasters (my people) until the day of - what I fun surprise! It was such a beautiful, intimate celebration at the Leach Botanical Garden in Southeast Portland - very close friends, and a bit of a family reunion on the bride's side. I was warned that the groom wasn't generally thrilled about having his photo taken, but he did great - it's amazing what the excitement and happiness of a wedding day can do for the photo-reticent, I suppose. . .
Emily and Burt and their families were an absolute delight to work with for their wedding photography. I'm not sure I've ever met such an open, welcoming, lovely group of people - my second shooter, Ally, and I spent the day wondering how to get ourselves invited to more of their parties! I've been looking forward to this wedding ever since I photographed Burt and Emily's engagement on the Portland Waterfront, and I was definitely not disappointed - this was simply an amazing wedding day, from start to finish. . .
Hiro got in touch with me a few months ago with a lovely idea: He and his wife Renko were married in Japan earlier in the year, but they hadn't had a ceremony. He was in the US on business and she would be coming to visit soon, for a sort of honeymoon, so Hiro wanted to have a ceremony and take wedding photos here. . .
Wedding season is in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited! Matt and Suzanne's beautiful wedding and lovely family were such a delight last weekend. We started out at the University of Portland for a heartfelt ceremony and mass, took a quick trip to Cathedral Park to take a few rainy wedding day photos with the wedding party under the St. John's Bridge, and then finished the day with a really fun reception on the Portland Spirit, sailing up the Willamette River and enjoying the sunset over the city from the upper deck.
I was so excited when Lauren and Daniel got in touch with me about photographing their wedding. Daniel was the best man in a wedding I photographed this past summer, and he and his fiancée Lauren were about as much fun as wedding guests could be at that reception. I can't wait to photograph their wedding in Bend next summer. . .
Finally - my last wedding of the 2017 wedding season, and what a beauty! Abbie + Matt had a lovely, intimate, family-centered wedding ceremony at Oaks Pioneer Church in Sellwood, and then a casual gathering of close family and friends at the nearby Corkscrew Wine Bar. Spending the day with this adorable family was a great way to close out a fantastic year! I love the stained glass and big windows in the church, and Sellwood Flower Co. did an amazing job on floral arrangements and bouquets that looked and smelled just gorgeous. And Sandy Shipley of Sage Creative performed a lovely ceremony that included the couple's family - so unique and special. . .
So lovely to have the chance to travel down to Bend to photograph Kelly + Morgan's wedding. I love the landscape of the high desert, and Aspen Hall is just a lovely spot for a Fall wedding. Kelly + Morgan's friends and family were warm and welcoming, the food was delicious, the DJ was great... just a big win all around.