Engagement

Ellie and Matthieu
Paris to Portland with Love

I first met Ellie and Matthieu back in 2012 at an incredible wedding and we just clicked. They are kind, beautiful, creative and intelligent and I remember thinking what a great couple they made. Ellie and Matthieu first met during Ellie’s time abroad in Paris. They met at a cafe and Ellie asked Matthieu to “break” ten euros but in not-so fluent english so it actually meant to tear in half (cute right!) and from that moment on they started falling in love. Over five years, many travels and now speaking perfect French, Ellie and Matthieu are getting married this upcoming September. Because they are still traveling from Portland to Paris, they looked though these engagement images together via Skype and this is what Ellie shared with me about that moment. “He was smiling the entire time. Ear to ear. He told me they are way better than he was expecting. Thank you so much Jessica. You truly made our hearts feel warm, looking at them together. Just no words. They showed who we are and I love that. Thank you thank you.”

Receiving emails like this truly confirm my life’s work and love. Thank YOU both Ellie and Matthieu and I’m beyond excited to be documenting your first steps together as husband and wife this year and to share this with your amazing family and friends.
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Jessica Hill PhotographyEllie and Matthieu | Paris to Portland with Love
Wedding

Sarah and Carter
A Winter Wedding at the Armory Portland

Sarah and Carter planned a festive winter wedding at the beautiful Armory Gerding Theatre with lots of personal touches, twinkle and laughter. Although their wedding took place almost year ago, there are so many timeless details and oh-so holiday inspired decor, I really wanted to post this when the season felt right… Christmas! When you find out your bride is also a professional fashion stylist, and the planner is Nora Sheils with Bridal Bliss you know the wedding is going to be on fleek! This couple is just as kind-hearted as they are beautiful and I loved how they involved their family in a lot of the overall wedding themes.Carter’s dad was an architect on the building they wed in, which added to the personal feelings of home and Sarah sparkled with family heirloom diamonds. What a gorgeous couple! The white and pinecone stunned blooms from Zest Floral with the faux fur wraps and sequin dresses looked dazzling on on the bridesmaids and the guys looked dapper in classic black tuxes. Truly a night to remember and happy one year anniversary S&C! Happy holidays everyone and hope your heart and home are warm and cozy this holiday season!

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Jessica Hill PhotographySarah and Carter | A Winter Wedding at the Armory Portland
Details

Oregon Bride Best of 2015

It’s been such an incredible year and I’m so honored that Oregon Bride Magazine named me the Best Independant Photographer in Portland… again!!! I won back in 2013 and it feels so warm and fuzzy to win again. This is a two tiered voting process where the public votes first, and then vendors specific to the wedding industry vote later. From the rooftops I shout… “Thank You All!” I couldn’t have done it without your support and votes and you guys mean the world to me. As you know, I live, eat, breath and dream wedding photography and I feel extremely passionate about this incredible industry. It’s a true joy to be celebrated in this way. Much love and Happy Holidays!

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

A pic of my husband Evan and I right after the award ceremony! 

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Jessica Hill PhotographyOregon Bride Best of 2015
Details

Michelle and Chris
A Portland Oregon Engagement

When you first meet Michelle and Chris, you can’t help but notice how so full of love, kindness, joy and adventure they have together and for others! Michelle and Chris fell in love among the castles of Germany and Chris proposed on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, so I knew these photos would be something epic! The engagement session started as a fun day along Mississippi with a beer/photo stop at Prost! a classic German beer spot, and then our day turned to evening and a magical adventure happened all around Portland! We headed to the East Bank Esplanade, the new SE Portland mural “Everything is Everything” (Which inspired me to then listen to that song by Lauren Hill and the Fugees from the way back! SO good! ) and then to their awesome neighborhood around the Alberta Arts area to hang with their cute pup, Charlie.

They are going to be saying their I Do’s on the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii on the shores of the Kealakekua Bay. I’m SO very honored to be documenting this next huge adventure in their lives and couldn’t be more excited for them!

 

Jessica Hill PhotographyMichelle and Chris | A Portland Oregon Engagement
Wedding

Emily and Shane
Hoyt Arboretum and Ned Ludd Winter Wedding

“Like a river flows surely to the sea Darling so it goes some things are meant to be take my hand, take my whole life too for I can’t help falling in love with you.” Can’t Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis Presley

Wedding Ceremony Location: Hoyt Arboretum Redwood Deck
Ceremony Dinner Location: Ned Ludd’s Elder Hall 
Wedding Dress Designer: J Crew
Brides Shoes: Cole Haan
Men’s Suit: J Crew 
Groom’s Ring: Bario Neal Jewelry 
Bride’s Rings: Kristin Coffin
Makeup and Hair: Lisette Murphy 
Jessica Hill PhotographyEmily and Shane | Hoyt Arboretum and Ned Ludd Winter Wedding
Wedding

Jessica and Aidan
A Lake Oswego Wedding

Aidan and Jessica are truly a match made in the skies. Having proposed in a hot air balloon, this couple loves adventure, travel and embracing life together. To hear a list of their many journeys, it almost sounds like a choose your own adventure novel! Africa, Germany, South America, Myanmar, Indonesia, and beyond. It was such a great time hearing some of their stories, meeting their families and friends from around the world and getting to know this wonderful couple at their July 25 wedding at Lake Oswego’s Foundry. With coordination from Elizabeth at Bridal Bliss and flowers from Jordan at Blum, this was a perfect love story. Complete with a light rain shower during their ceremony on the river, a truly unforgettable moment. Congrats Jess and Aidan and thank you for choosing me to document this great adventure for you both! Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-001 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-002 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-003 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-006 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-005 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-004 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-009 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-010 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-007 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-008Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-011 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-012 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-013 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-014Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-016 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-017 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-018 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-019 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-020Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-021 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-022 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-023 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-024 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-025Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-026 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-028 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-027 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-031Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-032 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-034Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-033 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-035 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-036 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-037 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-038 dad-daughterLake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-039 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-040 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-041 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-042 Lake-Oswego-Wedding-Photos-043

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Jessica Hill PhotographyJessica and Aidan | A Lake Oswego Wedding
Baby

Leonidas Baby Shower!

Yeah for baby Leonidas! John and Julieth are a beautiful and kind couple who are expecting soon and with that comes a shower celebration for both the ladies and the gents!  With incredible styling and coordination for both showers from Nora with Bridal Bliss,  both nights were nothing short of perfection! The ladies gourmet dinner party was breathtaking in a gorgeous white tabletop with exquisite blooms from Zest Floral and a delicious menu from Art of Catering. The ladies had a baby shower to remember! Congrats Julieth and thank you Mary!

The fun guys night celebrated John’s new to-be fatherhood by taking a the Double Decker PDX bus around Portland for a night. With a bar stop at Circa 33, the gentlemen enjoyed cocktails, beer, parlor games and of course, a bottle chugging contest. they followed the night up with an excellent dinner at chef Jason French’s restaurant, Ned Ludd. (One of my personal faves!) SO much fun. Thanks Mark for documenting and congrats John!

Jessica Hill PhotographyLeonidas Baby Shower!
Planning

From a bride’s lens
Now a Mrs!

So it’s officially our one month anniversary as a married couple! We made it through the pre-planning, the rehearsal, the picnic, the wedding and the honeymoon and it feels good. It feels good to be a wife, to have a husband, to now officially be married and to be done with all the beautiful chaos that is wedding planning!

Our wedding was truly a dream, with picture perfect weather, incredible vendors, a stunning view of Mt. Hood, delicious food and drinks, awesome music and all of our closest family and friends in one place. Amazing. I think back and smile and want to do it all over again. (Can I be a guest too?!) Do you know how they say your wedding goes by so fast, it’s so true!

Did things go wrong… Oh yes! Like a table number mix-up that resulted in table nine having over 16 guests, a bus schedule misprint on the website, and upon waking up, noticing that my right eye had a bothered blood vessel due to stress and crying happy tears all weekend (thank god for Paula, my hairdresser who covered my eye with a classic vintage-inspired updo!) I was more nervous than I expected on the wedding day, but not in a bad way, more like a ton of energy, anticipation, anxiety and complete joy was bubbling all over and I definitely was happy to do some morning yoga. Having my ladies there, especially my sister, Lauren (who flew in from Thailand for the wedding) was reassuring and calming. However, seeing Evan was the best moment of the day for me, he grounded me, brought me back to the moment and reminded me that this entire day was for us and perfect in all of it’s imperfections.

Now it’s time to sit back, wait for the photos and video and drink our coffee out of our Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Adler mugs. (One of many very cool wedding gifts- thanks all!) Alas, the thank you’s still need to be done (yikes!) and our kitchen needs to be about three times its size to fit all of our new gadgets, pots and pans; we’re slowly starting the next big life step- buying a home. (but that’s a whole new blog!)

Thanks Jeff Newsom for the stunning art you created and Lindsay Hile for the fun party and detail pics to share.

Jessica Hill PhotographyFrom a bride’s lens | Now a Mrs!
Engagement

Gina and Jesse
A Portland State University Engagement



Gina and Jesse are sweet as can be, and will be getting married this August! Since they met on the PSU campus about 5 years ago, we decided to include a little of their love story in their photos. So, we photographed at the Portland State University campus, around and in a few of the cool buildings there. This ended up being awesome, because we dodged an insane rainstorm! Phew! I fell in love with their pup, Wally, who is a natural in front of the camera. We ended the shoot in Forest Park and love the juxtaposition between the urban vibe and the natural look. I’m SO excited for their wedding this August and can’t wait to share those pics too! Gina’s stunning hair and makeup by the talented Jein King.

 

 

 

Jessica Hill PhotographyGina and Jesse | A Portland State University Engagement