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. . .
Rowan and Ryan had a small wedding ceremony in a field somewhere, weeks before I got to spend the evening with them for the Ecotrust Rooftop wedding reception. So this beautiful evening was just for eating, drinking, dancing, and celebrating with friends and family. I love all of those things, and I love the light on the Ecotrust Rooftop, so it was fine and dandy by me.
Bridal Veil Lakes is one of my favorite wedding venues in the Columbia River Gorge, near Portland, Oregon. No matter what direction I point my camera, everything there is beautiful. And being basically on the side of the mountain overlooking the river, there always seems to be beautiful light. So I was delighted when Liz got in touch with me about photographing her wedding with Kelly there this summer. . .
Kelly and Luke are friends from long ago, when we all worked in a restaurant together in Portland, Oregon. I was so delighted to have the chance to travel to Denver, Colorado to photograph their wedding and get so see the beautiful life they’ve built there together. And I’d heard so much about their families that it was amazing to get to meet them as they celebrated together. I’m so happy that these two found each other and continue to make each other so very happy. . .
This one’s the last of this year’s lovely backyard wedding ceremonies. I loved getting to witness Steve and Krista’s intimate backyard wedding celebration with their big lovable dog Otto and their immediate family, followed by a lovely rooftop reception at the Eastside Exchange. I even talked them into a few wedding day sunset portraits in Sellwood Park. Everyone had a lovely time, especially Otto. . .
This was a long but truly fantastic day. Qatanna and Doug met their families early at Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland, before it opened, so that we could have it to ourselves for photos. Then it was back home for a beautiful and intimate backyard wedding ceremony with their closest friends and families (this was the first time I had the pleasure of shooting a backyard wedding, and there's something so magical about it!). Then we took a little lunch break before heading to Cooper's Hall for a ridiculously fun reception . . .
Jessie and Dave's Camp Angelos wedding was such a beautiful example of an amazing group effort event. Friends and family members pitched in on gorgeous flowers, hand-painted escort cards, homemade traditional desserts, and fun family traditions. Add a bunch of adorable kids, really delicious food, a doggy ring-bearer, and lots of warm, lovely people, and you have a truly unique, memorable wedding day for a fantastic couple.