Micah and Joe :: Oregon Golf Club :: Portland, Oregon Wedding Photographer

Micah and Joe are perfect for each other.  They make each other laugh, challenge one another to be better, and make everyone around them feel at ease in their presence.  I was honored to be asked to photograph their wedding at the stunning Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Oregon.  Micah, who lives on the East Coast, had only ever seen photos of this venue online and booked it for it’s gorgeous rose gardens and timeless feel.  As she began planning her big day, she chose soft pinks and sweet details to accentuate the romantic, loving relationship she shares with Joe.  And romantic it was.  And FUN!   There were some tears, a lot of giggles, knowing glances at each other, and lots and lots of DANCING! Joe’s groomsmen were some of the best reception dancers I have ever seen!  I was very entertained and impressed!  It was just such a beautiful day from the couple to the flowers, and everything in between.  Congratulations to Micah and Joe and may they have many years of happiness together!

 

Miranda & Kyle :: Oregon & Washington Wedding Photographer

As I looked back over my (neglected) blog, to my horror, I had not blogged one of my favorite engagement sessions!  Miranda and Kyle met me in Pacific City, a sleepy little coastal town along the Oregon beach.  It’s gorgeous there, but often socked in with dense fog.  This day was no exception.  The fog was so thick for a while that we couldn’t see more than 20 feet out into the ocean.  Thankfully, by the time out evening session took place, the sun was setting and the fog dispersed.  It was heavenly!  Even the breeze was light, which, if you know the Oregon coast, you know how lucky we were!  These two are both teachers who love to play scrabble so we incorporated these two things in with some bright red apples (for the teachers, of course) and an old scrabble game that used to be my parents’ and has been well loved.  We laughed a lot, climbed some dunes and I even brought along my funky beach cruiser for some fun shots on the boardwalk.  Ah, yes.  One of my favorite sessions for sure.  I cannot wait to photograph Miranda and Kyle’s wedding at Langdon Farms summer of 2012.  It’s sure to be one of my favorite weddings to shoot too!

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Luke and Catherine :: Columbia River Gorge Wedding

Luke and Catherine met on their first day of classes in college.  They were drawn to one another.  Luke’s eyes are sparkling and his calm demeanor draws  you in.  Catherine has an easy smile and an infectious laugh.   They are both ambitious, and fun loving, and their friends would tell you they are truly amazing people to have in their lives.  It was my honor to photograph their wedding day, one warm, late afternoon along the Columbia River in The Gorge in a tiny town called Rowena, just outside The Dalles.   The sun was golden, the breeze cool right off the water, and the wind surfers kept us all entertained as they whizzed up and back on the rippling water.   Here’s just a taste of Luke and Catherine’s beautiful day!

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Joy and Thomas are Married (part 3 – ceremony) :: Maui Wedding Photography

In this installment (hee hee), Joy and Thomas opted not to see each other until Joy was walking down the aisle toward her future husband.  She was escorted by her mom and dad and her dad also performed the ceremony since he is a deacon at their church!  It was truly a family affair.  There were happy tears, some laughter, and a lot of warmth.  The perfect ceremony!  Stay tuned for part 4 – coming soon!

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Jessica & Daniel :: Jennifer O’Donnell Photography :: Portland Oregon Destination Wedding Photographer

Jessica and Daniel celebrated their vows over fourth of July weekend at a family vineyard in Petaluma, CA.  It was my honor to be able to share their day with them.  The skies were perfectly blue, and the couple so obviously commmitted to one another.  It was an amazing experience!  Jessica and Daniel opted to have me fly out to CA rather than hire someone already residing in the area.  It’s a smart choice and something to consider if you’re going to be married in an area where photography services perhaps are a bit more spendy.  The moral of the stroy is, find a photographer you love and then see if it would be in your budget to fly them to your wedding destination.  It may save you some money in the end.  

I was accompanied by the lovely and talented Jenifer of Jenifer Johnston Photography.  Some of the photos below are her stunning work. 

Now on to the photos!

The day began with Jessica and Daniel’s first look at Saint Vincent du Paul’s Catholic Church in Petaluma, CA.  This was the moment Daniel first got to see his glowing bride in her gorgeous wedding gown.  I am always excited when couples choose to see one another prior to the ceremony and have a little private “first look” moment.  It feels special and intimate and allows them time to calm any nerves they may be having.

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bride and groom, Sonoma County Wedding Photography, Jennifer O'Donnell Photography, destination wedding photos

The next stop was the Petaluma Visitor’s Center with it’s perfect arches letting in the most phenomenal light!

Bride and groom portrait, Jennifer O'Donnell Photography, Destination Wedding Photographer

Right outside the Visitors Center are some old abandoned train cars.  Jessica didn’t even question our sanity when we asked her to climb up onto the dirty caboose.  I think the images prove that a stunning portrait doesn’t always have to take place at a pristine location.  Jess and Dan, you ROCKED it! 

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Next stop was the actual wedding site; a family plot of land out in the hills of Petaluma featuring plenty of weather worn out buildings, barns, tall golden grasses, cows, curly trees, and a vineyard!

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A couple detail shots of the ring and wedding gown…

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The wedding party was comprised of family and close friends.  Eveyone was so welcoming and fun and GORGEOUS!

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Daniel is a Ranger in the US Army and a bunch of his buddies were able to make it to celebrate with the happy couple. 

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The ceremony was perfect and intimate.

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There was a live band at the reception and everyone danced the night away.  We even were treated to a heartfelt rendition of “God Bless America” sung by the military guys!

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Finally, as the sun crept closer to setting, we snuck away for a few shots in the vineyard way up in the hills.

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As we were driving away, I couldn’t resist a snap of this dairy cow, quietly munching on grass at the top of a hill.  What a perfect evening. 

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Best of luck in the future and wherever life takes your family.  Thank  you again for asking me to play a part in your wedding!