Rachel and Stephen had the most gorgeous summer wedding in the rolling hills of Oregon at Zenith Vineyard! The day may have started with rain clouds, but it ended with chasing the most beautiful sunset and dancing the night away in celebration!
Wow, words for this day are hard. Mostly because there’s so much I want to say!
I mean, how can you go wrong with a beautiful, Northern Ireland wedding along the coast? AND doing your couple pics at old ruins??!!
Anyways, let’s start with this. Bethany and I grew up together, our friendship has survived a crazy transitional life, the terrible tween years, states apart + countries apart, and into new seasons of “adult-ing” alongside each other. When she asked me to be her bridesmaid AND photographer, I was so so so honored. This gave my storytelling a whole new level. One second I was full on snapping, and the next bawling my eyes out while reading a letter she wrote me. I walked down the aisle with a bouquet, and back with a camera. It was worth every second of running around in a flowy dress to capture the moments!
Bethany and Paddy got married in the most beautiful old, stone building along the Northern Ireland coast. The day was windy as heck, but I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard while dresses & hair flew in every direction during group photos! It was pure joy through every second. Their ceremony was so true to them, i doubt there was a single dry eye there (mine included)!
it may feel like a lot to scroll through, but it feels like a story book to me, from beginning to end. It’s the documentation of one of the greatest days!
The story of this day feels so full and close to my heart! From early morning granola & coffee, mirrors spread ALL over our airbnb, tearful father & daughter first looks, ear to ear smiles walking down the aisle, wind blown hair, frolicking around old ruins, allll the way to the Irish ceili dancing late into the night!
I love you both so much! Cheers to this new season of life!
PS I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT MY SISTER WHO CRUSHED IT AT SECOND SHOOTING!!!!
this is what you need to do… rent a giant airbnb with all your closest friends and make a wedding WEEKEND. eat the best snacks, play games, take too many pics of the cute goats next door, and HECK, have an impromptu rehearsal right in the backyard. kris & lauren did that well - they chose community and people throughout their whole day (and weekend), they celebrated the “village” that had been a part of shaping both of them separately and together. it was SO beautiful.
this boho-chic wedding was not only a DREAM to shoot, but the life that fueled it was so genuine, and I believe that is what makes good images (but, the Rue De Seine wedding dress helps haha)!
there’s an energy behind these two - it’s fierce kindness and welcoming spirits, and I am SO grateful that I got to capture their day!
Mt. Vernon, WA // Maplehurst Farms
talk about a JOYFUL wedding!! BOY! jocelyn and josiah were full of all the giddy, happy feels the whole wedding day! from the first look, to walking down the aisle, to dancing late into the night... these two brought ear-to-ear grins to everyone's faces!
also, can we just give all the heart eyes to Jocelyn's BHLDN wedding dress?!?! I mean WOW. I love when brides pick something unique and true to who they are! And, yep, my jaw dropped when I saw her dress!
but really, everything about the day was so special and beautiful! the wedding the venue, the rolling oregon hills, all the faces during the ceremony, and the sunset during dinner!
so so so grateful for clients who just become the sweetest, dearest friends!! my heart is so full!
dress: BHLDN Wedding Dresses
venue: Langdom Farms, Oregon
suits: Mens Wearhouse
florals: Petal Patch
there's something so special about dreaming up a shoot and then watching it come to life. i could not be more thankful for all the wonderful, creative humans who came together to be a part of this creation! it was so fun, beautiful, and exciting to see everything piece together!
i always tell people to MAKE and CREATE when they're in a rut and feeling drained creatively. this industrial wedding shoot was just that - a catalyst for all my urban, moody dreams. it was something fun and different, and it pushed me to make photos in new ways. my heart is so full!
be sure to scroll alllllll the way to the bottom to see the amazing creatives who made this possible! plus, check out all the pics on the way down. ;)
if you're searching for the dream industrial wedding venue, or those perfect florals that just speak to you, or someone to style the most beautiful details, or an incredible make up artist, or all the other pieces that add personality to a wedding and flare to a wedding... search no further!!
VENUE: The Bindery, McMinnville, OR
FLORISTS: Uflora Planthouse
STYLIST: Totem Wedding and Events
MAKE UP: Make up by Danielle
DRESS: A & Bé bridal shop
CAKE: Abigail Davidson
PAPER GOODS: Gypset Creative
FURNITURE: Vintage meets Modern
MODELS: Ross & Sierra
this moody, romantic mcmenamins wedding was just a lovely little dream to be a part of! It was the perfect mix of industrial meets botanical. Maddie & Farai's journey together is a beautiful story, and ohhhh boy were there tons of joyful tears shed throughout the day!
we laughed through the 100 degree day, climbed fire escapes, drank the BEST beer (ohhhh mcmenamins), and shared in the fullness of their joy together!
// portland, oregon wedding
// urban mcmenamins wedding venue
we all know I'd go to the coast in a heart beat! I don't think I'll ever get enough of those moody, earth tones and intricately textured cliffs. so, when these two good friends flew over to hang out, the oregon coast was a must (and so were photos)! we spent the whole day "beach hopping" and hit up all my favorite spots!
we got soaked by waves (never turn your back on the ocean), ate on the beach while shooing seagulls, saw SO many whales, and had endless good conversations. shoots like this are so life giving - where making photos together just feels like hanging out, being silly, telling stories, and just having fun!
wow, wow, wow, talking about the sweetest, intimate day full of close friends and celebration! Josh & Lilly had the most beautiful backyard wedding, which was basically a magical, forest-y dream!! We ate tacos, trekked through the ferns for photos, and danced late into the night!
I love when random instagram conversations turn into plans and then into friendships! These two are some of the most kind and genuine humans, and I am SO grateful that I got to hang out and snap pics with them!
Since they were from out of state, we took advantage of the tiny bit of overlap we had - aka 5 am in the morning we drove to the coast!! Worth every bit of that early morning wake up call!
WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW WITH ME AS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
TRUST ME, I know how nerve wrecking it can be to jump in front of the camera (I'm used to staying on this side of the lens myself, haha)! But, my goal is to make it so fun for you two, and basically just a time to be creative, cuddle, be goofy, and run all around with your best friend - plus, we usually hang out somewhere pretty dang cool too!
So, to put your mind at ease, I've put together this little "guide" to get you all excited and to let you know what to expect on our adventure together! Alrighty, let's roll!
1. NOT ABOUT THOSE AWKWARD POSES
I am all about directing the shoot in a way that feels natural, I'm not going to put you in an awkward pose and leave you there for 5 minutes of silence. HECK NO, this will be fun, relaxed, and comfortable. A photographer I know (Ben Sasso) said it best: "It’s dangerous to show up on set with an inflexible view of what you want to create. If you’re trying to direct a couple into delicate, intimate poses but they only sit there for a few seconds before they start making fart noises and tickling each other, you might need to adapt. If they start getting goofy, play into it. If they’re quiet and calm, let them sink further into that. Whatever fire they light, throw some wood on it." So, that being said, I'm not going to shove you into a cookie-cutter set of poses, I want these photos to feel so YOU. We'll play around and get creative, and really lean into who you two are.
YOU JUST BE YOU, I'LL DO THE REST!
2. WHAT TO WEAR?
I know this can be a struggle! I've been there - a million outfits scattered on the bed and trying to decide what looks best together! well, I've made a style guide to help with that! I want to make picking out clothes easy peasy, and I want you to feel confident that you two look so dang good together! So, head over to my Pinterest board to see what outfits, color pallets, and styles look good together! And again, just be you!
3. GETTING INTO IT
Don't worry, I have all the fun little games and ways to get you two loosened up and into it! ;) But, if you wanna sip some wine or swig a beer to get into your groove, totally do it!! I'm game for it all! We can even grab burgers + fries or some donuts if you want! You say the word! And, when the camera comes out though, just fully lean into BEING together! Yes, I'll give you prompts, but it's your job to interact and be yourselves together! YOU GOT THIS.
4. TRUST ME
I gotchu! If you come fully as you are, the trust me to do the rest! Engagement & couple shoots are my absolute favorite because it really does feel like just hanging out + a camera haha. Don't feel stressed at all, I know all the details about making a good photo, so you just need to bring yourselves and the personality!
5. LASTLY... HAVE SO MUCH FUN!
Just enjoy each other, enjoy the space you're in together - whether that's sitting on a clifftop with a view, running up and down the coast, sippin' coffee at your fave downtown cafe, or spinning around in the desert - soak it up! Make jokes, do a jig, make fart sounds on each others' necks, whisper secrets, laugh hard, and cuddle harder! I just want you to fully enjoy yourselves! We're going to have a blast!
I just love hanging out and getting to know you! I fully believe this is a co-creation, we're making these images together!
Have more questions or want to get this adventure on the road? hit me up!!
Oregon, Columbia River Gorge golden hours never disappoint!
the wind was just perfect and the golden hour JUST right! dylan and arianna snuggled, kissed, frolicked, and soaked up every second of our shoot on the gorge! those views are worth every hour it takes to get there!!
These two!! A huge reason I add complimentary engagement sessions to my wedding packages is to make sure we have a chance to HANG OUT and just have fun so we're not strangers on the wedding day! And these two wonderful people are such a prime example - we had soooo much fun running around the tacoma waterfront! Their wedding isn't until September, but I happen to run into them at another wedding they were guests at in Portland, and it was like seeing friends!! That's what I want it to be like!! I want to hear about your wedding, but also JUST ABOUT YOU TWO! I want to hear what you do for fun, learn about what makes you excited, I really do mean it when I say I want to hear your stories! So, definitely take me up on that engagement session, and I promise it'll be super fun!
DANIEL + LIBBY
MAY 5 // 2018
gimme allllll those city vibes. i mean, come on, who wouldn't want to roam the city with these two cuties? portland never seems to disappoint when it comes to finding cool little nooks for photos! every block in The Pearl district is just a photographer's dream come true - those old brick walls, window reflections, coffee shops on every corner! you could say I love me some urban couple shoots!
The beautiful PNW backdrops + these two wonderful humans, I'd call it a solid Sunday!
Burgers, milkshakes, and a WHOLE lotta' love! i've always been in love with all things urban - the textures, the window light, old hardwood floors, harsh shadows. there's so much room for creativity. so, heck yes, an urban wedding is a road straight to my heart! not to mention, the most beautiful portland studio! if you're looking for a good industrial space for an intimate wedding in the pdx area, you have to check it out! this day was just a whole lotta goofy, cuddling love!