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From a Bride’s Lens: My own wedding experience!

by Jessica Hill Photography in June, 2014

– The Love Story-

It was a warm August night and I was excited to see my dear friend, Kirstie and meet up at an industry event at the Elysian Ballroom. With a black pencil skirt and a peplum top and heels, I felt happy and excited to have a night out in the middle of a busy wedding season. We had a great dinner and a blast at the Elysian Ballroom open house. Kirstie and I felt (and looked) like we were on a set of Mad Men at the stunning venue!

Kirstie was texting a friend of hers that night who was already at Ron Toms. I was just going to head home, but she convinced me to hop across the bridge to one of my favorite bars. I was thinking I would just stop by for one drink and be on my way. She was grabbing a spot in line at the bar, as I made a dash to the bathroom line, which was particularly long for a Thursday night. Waiting and realizing my heels were killing me, I hear a friendly, yet confident question lean my way; “Hi, how has your night been?”

I turned around to look in the direction of his voice, and then our eyes met and I felt an immediate sense of connection, like a bolt of lightening and a beautiful smile came across both of our faces. I was staring into the eyes of an intelligent, creative, kind and gorgeous man and the butterflies were on. We started chatting and when my turn came, I scrambled into the bathroom and screamed a little. I was glowing and beaming and I had to remind myself to breathe! I had never experienced “love at first sight” before and even questioned if it existed, but after meeting Evan in line for the bathroom of all places, I know it does.

Our wedding will be at Mt. Hood Organic Farms on Sunday, September 28, 2014 and I am still screaming a little through every step in the process of this incredible journey of being a bride. Sometimes screaming out of stress and frustration and sometimes it’s pure happiness and excitement.  I truly had no idea how layered and complex the wedding planning process was before now.

I want to share it all with you; the ups, the downs, the little details, my dress woes, DIY invites and more. I realize I have a lot of knowledge to share in the wedding world, as I’ve documented over 400 unique couples at this point. I’ve seen perfect brides have a complete meltdown, I’ve seen a missing groom, (yeah, he never showed…) I’ve seen huge families tear up with complete joy together and I’ve been a witness to a few elopements. One thing remains though; it’s just one day.

I want to welcome you to my world of wedding planning from a bride’s lens. Stay tuned, this is sure to be an interesting few months!

From the industry event, the same night I met Evan! Kirstie is one of my four bridesmaids!

My first time snowboarding and I only fell 200 times!

Guests at a family wedding.

Triple Falls hike!

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Jessica Hill PhotographyFrom a Bride’s Lens: My own wedding experience!

Alice and Scott’s Maternity Session

by Jessica Hill Photography in June, 2014

Alice, Scott and I have known each other now for over three years now. I first got to know them when they hired me to photograph their wedding in 2011. We had a really amazing time at their engagement session in the Pearl district and then their wedding was beyond glorious at Bridal Veil Lakes. I still have a copy of their wedding album in my studio! When they told me they were expecting, I was so excited and even more so with the idea of photographing their maternity session. I’m not sure about you, but I have some bad memories associated to the typical 1980’s maternity sessions. (i.e. black and white photos and some sarongs and awkward posing. and I been on a mission to change that. I love the idea of going in nature and having it be more of an organic and artistic. I just had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Henry and he’s absolutely perfect! It’s my true happiness to be documenting these life-changing moments for such a kind, loving and down to earth couple and their new family. Life is wonderful.

 

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Jessica Hill PhotographyAlice and Scott’s Maternity Session

Lucy and Tim | A Multnomah Village and Waterfront Engagement

by Jessica Hill Photography in June, 2014

Lucy and Tim have a beautiful energy together. Their fun and exuberant love is contagious! Their cute pup tagged along for our first location around their neighborhood in Multnomah Village and finished the shoot around the waterfront and on the Broadway Bridge around dusk with some incredible light. I’m so excited to be documenting their first steps together as husband and wife in September!

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Jessica Hill PhotographyLucy and Tim | A Multnomah Village and Waterfront Engagement

Love Wins! Oregon United for Marriage at the Melody

by Jessica Hill Photography in May, 2014

Last week, a historic event happened in Oregon. Oregon announced that same-sex couples can legally marry! I have always felt that marriage and love is not a privilege kept only for those who have a traditional relationship, but a right for everyone to love and marry whom they choose. I was honored to volunteer at the Melody Ballroom last week on Monday, May 19th, 2014 with Oregon United for Marriage, a wonderful organization that has worked really hard to change the way marriage is viewed in Oregon and beyond. Honoring same-sex couples in marriage strengthens our community, our state and the nation. I witnessed and documented over 10 weddings and thousands of couples who have been together for, sometimes, decades waiting for Oregon to finally recognize them as a married couple. I was humbled and honored, brought to tears, laughed until my face hurt and danced in celebration. Thank you Oregon. Love Wins!

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Jessica Hill PhotographyLove Wins! Oregon United for Marriage at the Melody

Baby Gender Reveal Party!

by Jessica Hill Photography in May, 2014

I was so excited to photograph baby Marek’s gender reveal party recently! Many couples cut into a cake and it’s pink inside if it’s a girl, and blue if it’s a boy! I figured that momma-to-be Liz, a professional baker herself, with her own book out on Amazon.com, would have the gender cake of the century! I was quite pleasantly surprised with the vintage hot air balloon theme and the basket pull! Dan and Liz were grinning ear to ear when the pink confetti showered them and everyone pronounced “It’s a Girl!” Baby Avalon is due this summer and her story is a long and miraculous one. I’m so happy for Liz and Dan and baby Avalon and their families! What a wonderful party!

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Jessica Hill PhotographyBaby Gender Reveal Party!

My Confident Heart

by Jessica Hill Photography in May, 2014

The wonderful women at Aleda Fitness in NW Portland teamed up with Amy Wing Designs and create an everyday beautiful piece of jewelry that means something. Not only is My Confident Heart classy, timeless, cute and will go with everything, $10 from every piece sold will be donated to Girls Inc of NW Oregon to inspire girls from the ages of 6-18 to be strong, smart and bold. I love this organization and what they are doing! The pendants and chains are sterling silver and are meant to be worn during day to day activities. An amazing brand, a great product and a beautiful mission! Check out their website at myconfidentheart.com.

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Jessica Hill PhotographyMy Confident Heart