Corey and Gretchen :: Jennifer O’Donnell Photographer, Portland Wedding Photographer

The weather report had threatened showers on Corey and Gretchen’s wedding day for a the week prior to the big day.  Sure enough, big, marble-sized rain drops fell from the stormy sky as I drove to the Organic Walnut Farm, where the wedding and reception was the take place.  My mind spun with plan B and C, thinking of alternate spots to find shelter and still get that “farm feel” in the photos.  We met the ladies in a quaint yellow farm house on the property where they commenced getting dressed in their teal dresses and red shoes – the wedding dress hung elegantly on a door frame, waiting to be put on.  Then, a miracle!  The sun came out!  Despite the sloshy, muddy ground, we were able to do all of the couple and group photos outside as planned!  The air smelled of cedar from the fire in the pot belly stove.  Peacocks and roosters crowed in the background while horses roamed in the surrounding fields.  Kids swung happily on the tree swing after the joyful and laughter-inducing ceremony, led by the bride’s uncle, and two loving people were married.  It was a touching and perfect day! 

 

Jennifer and Kenny :: Mt. Hood Engagement Session

I met Jennifer and Kenny near Welches for some snowy engagement photos.  This winter has not been overly “wintery” so the snow that remained was starting to drop in big, heavy, wet blops of snow as we walked the trails at a little camp ground along the highway.  Though it was cold, Jennifer and Kenny didn’t seem the least bit chilly.  Their love clearly kept them warm as they giggled, smooched and cuddled together, sparkling white snow all around them.  I’m looking forward to their August wedding!  It’s sure to be over the top romantic! 

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Lindsay and Collin :: The Oregon Golf Club :: Portland Oregon Wedding Photography

Lindsay and Collin were wed at the beautiful Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, admittedly one of my all time favorite wedding venues.  The rich, deep oranges and chocolate browns of the flowers and brides maids dresses reflected the warms and joy of the day.  Laughter, happy tears, silly dancing, and sweet declarations of love from family and friends made this day extra sweet.  Here’s to many happy years together for Lindsay and Collin!

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Happy New Year! :: Oregon & Washington Wedding Photography

Last month I was honored to collaborate with La Fete Event Design on a New Year’s Eve themed inspiration shoot for the bridal blog Style Me Pretty.  The details of this shoot were amazingly well thought out and many were DIY projects that Kara and Trista, the owners of La Fete, spent hours planning and creating.  The result was nothing short of stunning.  Our model, Diana Blakeslee, was so much fun to work with and, wow, does she have a million dollar smile or what?  Her classic/vintage hairstyle was crafted by the uber-talented Ashley Rauch of AshleyCheri Stylist and makeup was flawlessly done by Kandi Smith of KSN Makeup.  I highly recommend hiring any of these outstanding professionals to help make your wedding day as magical as it could possibly be!  You certainly won’t regret it!

Here as some of my favorites from our collaboration.  Our feature on Style Me Pretty can be found here.

Cheers to you and I hope to see your smiling faces in the New Year!

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Lindsey and Matt :: The Oregon Golf Club :: Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer

Lindsey and Matt have been together forever!  They’d dated upwards of 7 years by the time their stunning wedding at The Oregon Golf Club took place in late August.  The wedding day was picture perfect.  Warm, but not sweltering, the venue was amazing (as always), and the bride and groom were relaxed, joyful and completely head over heels in love.  They were surrounded by long time friends, the groom’s sister and the bride’s two brothers as their wedding party, who all did an excellent job at keeping everyone laughing and the energy ignited.  From the energetic dancing, heart felt speeches, a toast from the groom’s little nephew, and a silly photo-bombing golfer who randomly jumped into the groomsmen’s photos, the day was fabulous from start to finish.  Here are just a few of my favorites from Lindsey and Matt’s day.

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Venue:  The Oregon Golf Club, West Linn, Oregon

Dress:  Allure from AniA’s Bridal

Cake:  Lamb’s Bakery

Flowers: GIGI Floral Design

DJ: Brian with Mobile Music Entertainment

 

Bridal hair by bride’s friend and makeup by bride’s sister-in-law.

Carly and Craig : St. James Catholic Church & The Gerding Theater

Carly and Craig are two of those people who are just made for one another.  When you’re around them, they make you feel comfortable, right from the start.  Their beautiful wedding day began at Saint James Church in downtown Vancouver.  Carly and Craig opted to have a “first look” moment and see one another prior to their ceremony.  This allowed them time for just the two of them to have a quiet moment together, as well as get the traditional, more formal photos completed so that family could go right from the ceremony to the reception.  I highly recommend structuring your day this way.  It cuts down on so much rushing about after the ceremony!  After the first look, came the traditional Catholic mass ceremony followed by some time to take more photos in Portland’s Pearl District.  The reception came next, held at The Gerding Theater  in the Pearl.  What an amazing venue!  Congratulations to Carly and Craig on a stunning wedding day and best wishes for many more years of happiness together! 

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A special thank you to Jenifer Johnston Photography for being my right hand lady once again!

Joy and Thomas are married (part 2-getting ready) :: Maui, Hawaii Destination Wedding Photography

Joy got ready at her sister Shannon’s house just minutes from where the guys were cooking the pig.  After we finished photographing the removal of the pig from the imu (see earlier post here), we went to Shannon’s to capture the ladies getting all glamed up.  It was a relaxed morning.  Poor Joy had a migraine. After a massage and some caffeine, Joy escaped to Fierce Salon and Day Spa in Wailuku, HI to have her hair done.  She chose a soft, curled style and was done in record time!  The stylist there was amazing!  After hair, it was time for makeup and dressing.  Joy’s beautiful sisters helped her into her dress while friends slipped her shoes and jewelry on.  It was a busy, but mellow morning.  We caravaned to the church right afterwards, where Joy’s dad performed the ceremony that would bind her to Thomas for life.  <3  But the ceremony photos will come in the next post.  Stay tuned!

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Joy and Thomas are married (Part 1) :: Jennifer O’Donnell Photography, Maui Wedding Photography

This past week I had the honor of photographing Joy and Thomas’ wedding on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.  Wailuku, Hawaii to be exact.  Joy and Thomas actually live on the Island, so the festivities were based around Hawaiian traditions, family and local customs…..all of which I absolutely LOVE!  :)  First up was the cooking of a pig in an underground oven called and imu.  An imu is essentially an underground steam cooker.  The pig is laid on a wire rack that is covered in banana leaves, burlap, and more leaves.  Rocks are put into the stomach cavity to cook the insides.  The pig is then covered in more leaves and burlap and put down into the freshly prepared pit in the ground and covered with hot rocks.  The pig cooked all night, and the groom was up, watching to be certain that the steam kept rising from the imu, to ensure that it was staying hot.  In the morning, I was there to photograph them taking the pig out of the imu.  The groom and his family were there to dig it up, carry it to the trough and slide it out of the wire rack.  They then worked quickly, pulling out the bones and chopping it up to make the fresh kalua (or what we “haole’s” commonly call “pulled pork”).    It was super cool to watch this! 

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Miss D; Portland Oregon Child Photography

Little Miss D is full of delight and zestful energy like most almost 2 year olds are!  In our short time together, we ran, played, made kitty sounds, looked for butterflies and chased.  Photographing children is so much fun!  You never know what will make them pause just for a second and look right at you.  You have to be ready to catch it!  D’s session today was a mini session which is an excellent, affordable option for those of you looking for just a few portraits instead of the full gallery option.  Ask me about scheduling your mini session today! Fill out the contact form at the top of the page at the drop down menu.

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In Love {Battle Ground, WA Photographer}

Did you know I travel for weddings?  Victor contacted me while I was in California shooting a wedding a couple weeks ago.  The email went something like this: “I like your photography and would like to schedule a session the next time my girlfriend is in town.”  Of course, my response was a resounding, “Thank you!  I’d love to schedule a session with you.  When would you like to book it for?”  Next thing I knew, we were booking for the day I flew back in from Cali.  HA!  Amanda was evidently already in town and what better time than the present?!  We took to some romantic fields in some wild Lupine blooms to capture the love that radiates from these two.  They live on opposite coasts, but you couldn’t tell that for a second.  They had their eyes locked on one another the whole session.  Of course, I reminded them that I do travel for weddings.  That is how our journey began after all, isn’t it? 

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