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Top 18 of 2018
Best Wedding and Engagement Photography

It’s here! The top 18 from 2018! This is the sixth annual post I’ve created from the top photos from the past year!! For six years now, I have curated a collection of favorites from each wedding & engagement season. (See 2016 & 2017 for more eye candy) This year I just couldn’t decide because I love so many moments for such very different reasons; so I included 18 engagement and 18 wedding photos for a total of 36 finals. (Yeah- more scrolling goodness!) From stunning Crater Lake National Park to the snowy top of Mt. Hood to the historic rooftops of downtown Portland, this past year has been filled with some killer weddings, elopements and engagement sessions. Thank you all so much for your continued support, kind referrals and friendships. I was very humbled and honored to win 2018 best Portland wedding photographer and candid moments with kind and courageous couples, majestic light, and graphic architecture continue to inspire me. Enjoy and I can’t wait to share what’s in store for JHP in 2019 with you soon, including some very fun adventures. I absolutely love capturing the moments that make up your life. Happy 2019 and I look forward to another successful year of making magic documenting the start of your family’s legacy & beyond!

Jessica Hill PhotographyTop 18 of 2018 | Best Wedding and Engagement Photography
Engagement

Merrin and Jay
A Mt. Hood & Timberline Engagement

Merrin and Jay are a sweet outdoor loving Portland couple that recently got engaged and we went up to Timberline to celebrate with stunning photos. The dash of snow on the ground and the evergreen trees were the perfect winter backdrop for their Mt. Hood engagement photos. It was a cold, yet breathtakingly beautiful day on Mt. Hood that ended with a truly memorable sunset overlooking Mt. Jefferson & the Three Sisters; Wow.  After getting nice and cold, we headed to the Skyway bar in Zigzag to warm up by the fire; This is one of their favorite places to stop on the way to the mountain and I love incorporating personal connections into the engagement photography session. These two lovelies are getting married in the spring at The Evergreen and I am beyond excited to photograph their wedding day!

Jessica Hill PhotographyMerrin and Jay | A Mt. Hood & Timberline Engagement
Wedding

Vi & Alex
An Oregon Golf Club Sri Lankan Wedding

Vi and Alex are not only a stunning couple, but also kind, super laid back and hella cool. We had a blast getting to know each other during their downtown rooftop engagement session and their September wedding took place at the elegant Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Oregon. Their wedding was so full of color, light, joy and tradition and I had a blast photographing their remarkable day. Coordination by the always talented Bridal Bliss team with stunning florals by Bella Bloom and hair and makeup from Olivia Hawthorne. Dance party was insane with DJ Zimmie along with an equally insane wedding cake created by Dream Cakes along w/ killer party food with 1927 S’mores. I loved the beautiful Sri Lankan lamp lighting ceremony where the bride and groom and their families took turns lighting an oil lamp to signify the two families becoming one family. This was truly a wedding that  I’ll never forget filled with bold colors, laughter, dancing and SO MUCH LOVE and you can see it in print now in the most recent Real Weddings issue of Oregon Bride Magazine.

Jessica Hill PhotographyVi & Alex | An Oregon Golf Club Sri Lankan Wedding
Wedding

Amanda and Lane – A Union Pine Wedding

Amanda and Lane’s wedding was nothing short of magical. I have known Amanda for over three years and in that time she has become the amazing studio manager and a photographer for my studio, A Lovely Day Photography!  I had the pleasure of getting to know Lane during their vintage RV engagement session earlier this spring and was excited & honored to photograph their stylish Union Pine wedding in the fall. The couple looked absolutely stunning: Amanda was styled in a dress from a & b Bridal Shop Portland and Kirstie Wight Makeup created her hair and makeup look. Lane wore a great tux from Danielli Menswear. The incredible flowers were designed by the talented Brenna Burnett Florals and the exposed cake was done by none other than the team at Dreamcakes. Please check out the very cool video that the killer team at Glitch made as well! The whole day could not have been more perfectly “Amanda and Lane” with all of the unique personalized touches such as the hand made benches made by Lane and his dad that the guests sat on personalized cocktails and s’mores! Cindy with Peachykeen Coordination helped to keep everything on schedule and planned perfectly! Walking down the aisle was Amanda’s favorite part of the day, “I thought I would cry, but I was overcome with happiness in the form of laughter. I laughed all the way down the aisle! These are also some of my favorite photos from the day. I love the look on my dad’s face as he sees my joy”. This was an awe-inspiring and very fun wedding celebrating the love of these two stylish and smart people and I’m so happy for them!

Jessica Hill PhotographyAmanda and Lane – A Union Pine Wedding
Family

Baby Sheils
A Lewis and Clark Maternity

Ahhh! I couldn’t be happier for this wonderful family! After photographing Elizabeth and Tim’s amazing engagement & wedding several years ago, I was honored to photograph their stylish and joyful maternity session at the historic Lewis and Clark campus. Photographing a family’s milestones in this wonderful life is why I do what I do!  Tim and Elizabeth are just as kind and wonderful as they appear and we had lots of laughs and long the way. Also, can we just mention their adorable pup, Penny? She stole the show with several people stopping us to pet her and give her love! Very excited for them to welcome their baby boy later this month! Eeeeek!

Jessica Hill PhotographyBaby Sheils | A Lewis and Clark Maternity
Products

Our Beautiful Wooden Hard-Drives

I am so excited to be partnering with USB Memory Direct to provide wooden hard-drives to all of my couples with their digital wedding photographs. These drives are USB 3.0 meaning that they are fast and reliable…two of my favorite things! Although, I strongly believe in the beauty of printed photos for custom wall art or albums; it is so wonderful to have all of your wedding photos in one place on the drive. Thank you USB Memory Direct for these beautiful drives. 

Jessica Hill PhotographyOur Beautiful Wooden Hard-Drives
Wedding

Taylor and David
A Lan Su Chinese Garden Wedding

After meeting Taylor at the iconic Heathman restaurant (she trained me to be a hostess there while I started this amazing biz back in 2007!) and photographing her and David’s iconic Cannon Beach engagement session; I knew their wedding would be truly momentous. We started with some organic and chill getting ready photos with the couple before the best man and maid of honor revealed the beautiful Taylor via their vintage pocket doors. Her gorgeous hair and makeup by the talented Kirstie Wight. Their wedding was a collaboration of friends and family, from their friend Sarah who created the very impressive florals to Annie who took on the important day-of coordinator role!  Lan Su Chinese Garden Weddings might be some of my absolute faves, with its impressive architecture, lush gardens, bridges and hidden nooks. The emotional ceremony took place after sunset so it was quite dark, but I love the mood it created with the photos! Vibrant Table baked up some very delicious food while friends and family gathered for the Samoan Siva dance. This dance has been a part of David’s family for generations and was very fun to photograph. So incredible to watch and see Grandma literally pass this graceful dance from generation to generation.  Needless to say their wedding was full of true joy and exuberant love and I’m so honored to have been the one to document it!

Jessica Hill PhotographyTaylor and David | A Lan Su Chinese Garden Wedding
Baby

Welcome Baby Ceci
A Portland Baby Photo Session at Home

Mia and Chris and I met at a wine-tasting event WAY back in the day right around the time when Chris proposed! We photographed their apple-orchard inspired engagement session back in 2012 and had a blast together. Since then so much has happened, marriage, houses, careers (Mia is the manager at the Pearl Anthropologie!) and Mia and Chris welcomed their sweet baby girl Ceci into this wonderful world! Was so honored to photograph their sweet family along with their pups at their stylish home in NE Portland. I especially loved the Jonathan Adler couch! (Yes please) and Ceci’s hip and bright nursery. Their older pup passed very soon after these photos were taken so I’m very humbled to have photographed that sweet pup. So much love for this kind, stylish and creative family!

Jessica Hill PhotographyWelcome Baby Ceci | A Portland Baby Photo Session at Home