Taylor and Colby have been together for ten years, and this spring they decided to make it official and become HUSBAND AND WIFE!! Colby proposed in Pacific City (remember their epic beach engagement session there?), and they held their wedding yesterday at the beautiful Carlton Hills Vineyard.
Let's talk daddy-daughter first looks! Literally MY FAVORITE!! Taylor's dad had not seen the dress yet and he was shocked as he rounded the corner of the porch to see her as a BRIDE! The reactions in this moment are always worth it!
Something special they did during their ceremony was they had each set of parents give a short reading. It was such a meaningful moment! I love how family-centered their ceremony was.
Then we did portrait time--and WHERE TO BEGIN?? The beautiful vineyard on a hill? The patio overlooking the valley where both Taylor and Colby went to high school? The oak tree lined gravel road? So many beautiful choices!!
The reception! These two took dance lessons for months to prepare for their wedding!
You remember Lauren and Corey's forest engagement session with their sweet dogs, right? I knew their wedding would be just as fun and relaxed--it was in the forest with their dogs too! Lauren and her bridesmaids got ready at McMenamin's Grand Lodge, and I met them there for some photos before we made the drive out to their ceremony site.
The ceremony and reception were at Smith Homestead in the Tillamook Forest, which was in a BEAUTIFUL little clearing in the forest, along the river. After their ceremony, they had a champagne toast and confetti toss, which in my opinion, is the ABSOLUTE BEST way to celebrate just getting MARRIED!!
After that, Lauren's dad presented Corey with his TOP SECRET BBQ recipe, since he was now an official part of the family!
Then we headed into the forest for a little walk with the bridal party. I loved how relaxed the whole day was, because Lauren and Corey put plenty of time into their timeline to do things like "walk around the forest with our best friends". #weddinggoals, people. I love them, and I love the images we created during this time.
Back at the Homestead, the reception guests had arrived and it was time for more FUN! Lawn games were set up in the clearing, and indoors, there was a candy bar, bundt cakes for the wedding cake, and this adorable instax camera for the guest book. I love how much thought Lauren and Corey gave to creating a super unique and FUN wedding for their guests! Love you two---and congratulations!!
The week of catching up on wedding blogs continues!! Next up is Kailey and Andrew's wedding in St. Helens. Their engagement session at Champoeg State Park was super fun and I was so excited for their big day! They started the day by getting ready at a family friend's house, where they had their first look in the backyard. We did a few portraits there before everyone headed to the Elks Lodge for the ceremony and reception.
I loved Kailey's dress! The sheer cape was such a fun, sweet way to soften her whole look!
The groom's expression when he first sees his bride is ALWAYS my favorite!
The ombre cake from Just a Dash Cakes was so pretty!
Congratulations, Kailey and Andrew!
Pink and gold! AHHH! My favorites! There was so much fun sparkly details to this wedding! From the fabulous pink and gold cake to the gold sequined tablecloths--I knew when Lindsey told me about these colors that I HAD to photograph this wedding! Pink and gold were my wedding colors when I got married in 2010, and as you can see from my website--they're STILL my favorite colors! I mean, life is always better with a little gold sparkle, right??
Their details were all just so perfect--and the beautiful florals that Lindsey's friend designed were so pretty!
The ceremony was in the afternoon on the stage at Horning's Hideout, which meant we had a beautiful sunny glow coming through the trees behind them.
I loved how they had a separate table set aside up front for their sand ceremony. It was super easy for everyone to see (and for me to take photos!). And obviously, I think it goes without saying that I loved that sparkly gold tablecloth.
This pink and gold cake from Reedville Catering!! I'm ALL about it! The confetti style decoration on the top plus the pink and white polka dots on the bottom are EVERYTHING!
Portrait time with these two was super quick, but with the glow coming through the trees by the lake and Lindsey and Adam being basically pros after their Oregon City engagement session, they totally rocked it! Look at how adorable they are!!
Lindsey and Adam, it has been so fun getting to know you over the last year. Your wedding was so beautiful--here's to a beautiful marriage ahead of you!
Sorry, friends. I obviously fell down on blogging this winter! I tend to post weddings right away on Facebook and then dive into editing to get my couples their wedding photos back quickly, but I know they're waiting for their blog posts too! I'm doing some catching up this week, and I'm so excited to share Shellie and Kevin's beautiful fall wedding at McMenamin's Grand Lodge in Forest Grove!
Shellie's entrance to the wedding was down an iron staircase from the Children's Cottage down to the ceremony at the Sequoia Grove. Her daughter met her at the bottom of the stairs and walked her down the aisle.
Once Shellie met Kevin at the front of the ceremony site--they waited, and waited, until Kevin's brother stood up from the front row and walked up to them to MARRY THEM! This was a total surprise they had planned, and it was such a sweet surprise for Kevin's mom!
Then we had some portrait time in seriously the most MAGICAL light EVER.
This bouquet!! It was so beautiful! And I loved the rustic barnwood elements in the reception--always my favorite!
Congratulations, Shellie and Kevin!! This was a BEAUTIFUL wedding!
If you follow me on Facebook, you've seen photos from Camille and Michael's fabulous Thanksgiving-weekend wedding at Troutdale House, but I just realized I never shared them here!! What??? I blame the holidays.
Camille and Michael both got ready on different levels of the venue, but didn't want to see each other before the ceremony. However, they knew that just speaking to each other would calm their nerves, so they planned a different kind of first look! Camille's bridesmaids and mom got her ready, then Michael's groomsmen led him blindfolded up the stairs to the bridal suite, where Camille stood one one side of the curtain. Michael stood on the other side of the curtain, and they held hands, letting each of them calm the other one just with that small gesture.
Michael's reaction when his bride came down the aisle was one of the SWEETEST I've seen in my years of photographing weddings.
We did portraits on the new deck, since it was a rainy day, but we also took a moment during the reception for a quick rainy photo, and I'm so glad they did!
Speaking of the reception--this was a fun one!! Camille and Michael are square dancers, and their reception reflected how much they love to dance! From special dances with grandparents to an epic conga line, these two brought it in the dancing department! Their reception wrapped up with a fun exit--loved the energy this sweet couple had! Congratulations, Camille and Michael!
Kate and Dustin's August wedding at Horning's Hideout in North Plains had pretty much everything that makes a truly excellent wedding: a couple in love, surrounded by the love of their closest friends and family, a post-ceremony exit on a paddleboat, and a giant heart shaped donut from Voodoo Donuts instead of a cake! The Lakeside Area at Horning's Hideout was perfect for a ceremony on the lawn, and after their reception, guests camped under the stars to catch the Perseid meteor shower. All of my very best wishes to Kate and Dustin for a marriage that is just as magical as your wedding!
From the minute I met these two, I knew their wedding was going to be an emotional, joyful day and it totally WAS! You might remember their Jenkins Estate engagement session last fall, where they were basically just super adorable and cuddly and in love, making my job super easy. A few weeks ago, their wedding day was finally HERE! They had a beautiful indoor ceremony and reception at Camp Turnaround in Gales Creek, and in the breaks from the rain, we wandered around the grounds for photos because all the springtime blooms were happening!
Lacey gave each of her parents a special gift before the ceremony--her mom received hers first and that's about the moment that alllll of the happy tears started for everyone!
I loved all the little surprises Lacey had planned throughout the day, and her total focus on enjoying the day with her family! After she was in her dress, the first thing she wanted to do was have a "first look" with her father. Such a great idea to have this special moment for the two of them!
This ruffled cake from Next Dimension Bakery was already so adorable, and then they went and added a dinosaur bride+groom topper! A dino couple!!! Could they be any cuter, really??
And then?? THEN they did a super colorful PAPER AIRPLANE EXIT!!! AHHH! How creative is that?? It was such a beautiful sendoff!!
I'm so thrilled to share Emily & Ryan's fabulous fall wedding at the Green Villa Barn in Independence! First, can we talk favorite things? A barn, burlap, lace, and heirloom details are IT! Emily and Ryan put so much effort into making each detail truly meaningful to them and their families, and intertwined that with sweet little lace and burlap details that made for a BEAUTIFUL day! Congratulations again, Emily and Ryan!
Danielle and John had the sweetest wedding overlooking the water in Lake Oswego this past August. When we first met, I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding the minute John told me how they'd decided on their venue: The Foundry used to be a restaurant that he and his father went to all the time and had lots of good memories at. I loved that they chose someplace so special to them for their wedding day!
Their wedding was full of thoughtful, handmade, classic touches: from the personalized bridesmaid hangers, to the bouquets, Danielle and John put thought into every little detail of this waterfront yellow + grey wedding. It was a beautiful day!
That? Oh, that's just a BOATLOAD of people yelling "Congratulations" to Danielle and John during their portrait time. #awesome.
...aaaaand then we proceeded to party at the most adorable reception ever. That's a CANDY BAR, people. A CANDY BAR!! Danielle and John are clearly my kind of people.
The mama son dance gets me, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
We even got to sneak out of the reception for a few minutes as the sun set to grab a few photos underneath a summer moon! LOVED it! Aren't they the sweetest?? Congratulations again, Danielle and John!