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. . .
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. . .
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. . .