If you’re familiar at all with the Pacific Northwest, you know there’s nothing quite like a sunny summer day in Portland, Oregon. It’s so green and beautiful here, and Portland brides and grooms have a hard time resisting a sunny summer Saturday for their wedding date. In my previous post, I showed some of my favorite indoor/outdoor Portland venues, so today I’m going to stay in Portland, but show off some of the beautiful outdoor spaces right here in the city. . .
I often have couples ask me for advice about vendors and venues, so I thought I would start posting some favorites, along with some favorite photos of each. I’m going to start here in Portland, Oregon, since that’s where I live, and my first set will focus on wedding venues that are right here in the city. These venues all have indoor spaces, which make them great for all seasons, and most have beautiful outdoor options to take advantage of any sunshine you might be lucky enough to get on your wedding day. . .
This couple met at Lewis and Clark College, so the lovely gardens there were a great choice for this adorable family session. I had such fun with them and their giggly little girls, and I couldn’t get enough of the adorable cowboy boots.
When I was discussing locations for their family session with these adorable folks, the idea of the coast came up, and the boys apparently chanted “BEACH! BEACH! BEACH! until the decision was final. Which was perfect, because everyone was so happy to be on the Oregon coast! (It’s truly one of my favorite places to be - I could stand and stare at the Pacific Ocean for hours.) We had so much fun during this session. And the finished products - big, lovely bamboo mounted art for the living room wall - was truly stunning. . .
Niki and Jeremy’s Columbia River Gorge wedding was so much fun! It was quite a bit snowier in The Dalles than it had been when we visited the venue together last December - and colder too! - but the happy couple and their bridal party took it in stride. I think the credit really goes to Niki and Jeremy for keeping each other and their friends laughing all day. . .
I love it when my wedding clients get back in touch as their families grow! Just a few short years ago we were celebrating their love at Bridal Veil Lakes, and now they have a whole new person to love (and MAN are they in love with her)! I can’t wait to see little Kate grow up. . .
This was my first time photographing a wedding in Astoria, Oregon, despite it being so close to my home in Portland, Oregon. And what a beautiful day it was! I loved our first look in front of the iconic Astoria Bridge, the big windows during their lovely bilingual ceremony, and the gorgeous sunset at the outlook at the Astoria Column. The beautiful bridge was a great metaphor for Johanna and Philippe’s marriage - a bridge between her American family and his French family. . .
I was thrilled when Lauren and Daniel got in touch with me about photographing their wedding after Daniel was a groomsman in a wedding I shot on Whidbey Island last year. I definitely remembered them as “the fun couple” from that wedding - the ones on the dance floor having all the laughs. I had a great time at their engagement session last fall, and their wedding didn’t disappoint: a gorgeous high desert sunset, lovely friends and family, and about the most fun I’ve ever seen on a wedding dance floor. . .