Destination

Jackie & Jordan
A Napa Valley Wedding at the Estates in Yountville

Jackie and Jordan’s wedding in the heart of Napa Valley, California was a stunning & elegant garden party. I had the pleasure of first meeting Jackie and Jordan during their engagement session on a rooftop in downtown Portland Oregon and we had a total blast as they danced beneath the open sky and cheered with a delicious pinot gris. This sweet and stylish Portland couple decided on a more intimate destination wedding in Napa Valley at the elegant Estate in Yountville, California. Barbara Cohen with BLC Events & team was the trusty & creative event coordinator along with Julie Stevens on the elegant floral design and Melissa Coe, took perfect care as the ceremony officiant. Thanks to Daniel Stark for second-shooting. The al-fresco dining beneath the stars felt like an elegant garden party with thoughtful and personal details and delicious food. The after-party continued in the Barrel Room with live music, fun dancing and yummy desserts. Happy anniversary Jordan and Jackie! Your elegant Napa Valley garden party wedding was one for the books! 

Jessica Hill PhotographyJackie & Jordan | A Napa Valley Wedding at the Estates in Yountville
Wedding

Merrin & Jay
The Evergreen Portland

Merrin and Jay had a wedding for the books. Merrin and Jay and I first connected at Timberline Lodge for their engagements and we had a total blast in the snow at sunset and over a post-shoot beer at the Skyway, one of their favorite places to stop on the way to the Mt. Hood. This smart and kind couple love the outdoors, hiking and each other and felt like immediate friends. They chose the Hi-Lo as their hotel of choice for their getting ready (with the talented Kiss & Makeup on the job!) and first look location and I immediately fell in love with the historic architecture mixed with the hip styling of this new downtown Portland hotel. Their wedding ceremony and reception took place at one of my favorite SE Portland venues, The Evergreen. CK Events coordinated perfectly, along with Arranged for You Florals, who created the beautiful florals. I especially loved their  chartreuse velvet napkins and Spring garden vibes. Event Team Entertainment always makes the party pop and kept a rocking dance floor all night. What a fun and memorable wedding and I’m so honored that I was there to document the memories!

Jessica Hill PhotographyMerrin & Jay | The Evergreen Portland
Features

Redd on Salmon
Featured Wedding Inspiration

The Redd on Salmon St. in Portland Oregon is one of my new favorite wedding venues with urban elegance and industrial elements, tall ceilings, natural light and an ideal location in SE Portland. I hope to photograph here a lot more in the coming year! This styled inspirational wedding shoot was for the Art of Weddings Venue Crawl. Bringing luxe texture, clean modern lines and unique colors (gotta love a blue wedding dress!) to this styled shoot we took a newly renovated industrial space and turned it into an elegant wedding with elevated design and edgy romance. Honored to have it recently featured on the Tacari wedding blog. Credit to the talented vendors that helped make this event & shoot happen: Venue – The Redd on Salmon Street | Styling & Event Planner – Gather Events | Floral Design – Swoon Floral Design | Gown Designer – Elizabeth Dye | Makeup Artist – Kirstie Wight Makeup | Rentals – The Party Place & Vintage Meets Modern | Cake Designer – Dream Cakes | Rings – Chinchar Maloney | Cocktails – Silver Julep | Lighting – Greenlight Creative | Paper Goods – Paper Jam Press | Photo Booth – Snap Bar

Jessica Hill PhotographyRedd on Salmon | Featured Wedding Inspiration
Wedding

Liz and Richard
An Old Schoolhouse Wedding

Liz and Richard’s wedding was a poetic and philosophical day filled with music, poetry and a deep love at a gorgeous vintage old school house in Oregon’s wine country. As soon as I met Richard and Liz, we became fast friends and it felt like we had known each other for years. They have that way about them- that easy going kindness. They now live in Japan as Richard is an internationally known beer brewer and Liz has her own therapy practice. (Yes- they are that cool – Just check out their Japanese Garden Engagements!) Considering Richard’s philosophy professor ordained the wedding, the depth and meaning of their 10+ year love was characterized beautifully in their ceremony and with their vows. The bride wore her grandmothers 1940’s Juliet cap veil and she had a sweet moment with her grandpa remembering her grandma’s life and I was honored to capture it. The team at CK Events were the great team behind the magic of the day. The gorgeous heirloom florals were created by Foraged Blooms, with timeless hair and makeup by Kirstie Wight Makeup team. Honoring Richard’s French heritage, the couple opted for the Croquembouche wedding cake from St. Honore. The entire day was a relaxed and surreal. Happiest one year anniversary to this sacred couple!

Jessica Hill PhotographyLiz and Richard | An Old Schoolhouse Wedding
Engagement

Lei & Alfonso
A Forest Park Engagement

While attending UofP Lei passed out a study-group sign-up sheet for a particularly difficult poly-sci class and Alfonso wrote his name down. Little she know that he would become her future husband! He kept messaging her after the class was over and she was wondering why? Well, Alfonso knew she was something extraordinary and as soon as Lei got the hint she saw how special Alfonso was as well. This kind and intelligent couple and I first met at Jenna & Greg’s elegant and fun wedding last year and had a blast. Lei and Alfonso love nature walks and the PNW and thought Forest Park would be the perfect place to photograph their engagement. We found a grove of palms, caught the perfect light (magic hour yesss!!) hiked on the trails and watched the clouds while laying in the grass. I loved this session and this couple and I’m so looking forward to their winter wedding next weekend at the Portland Golf Club!

Jessica Hill PhotographyLei & Alfonso | A Forest Park Engagement
Engagement

Julie & Joe
A Downtown Portland Engagement

Destination Portland! Julie and Joe decided on Portland for their winter wedding planned for this month at the iconic Benson Hotel. After meeting at their church they knew they had finally found “the one” and decided to create a fun adventure for their friends and family in Portland! They are so sweet and kind and oh so in love! We really wanted to celebrate the city of roses in all of its glory for their engagement session so we decided on Coava coffee in downtown, the Park Blocks Rose Garden and of course, the Arlene Schnitzer Portland Sign on Broadway! We had a blast walking around the city and finding the golden nooks and crannies that this fair city has to offer! Julie and Joe laughed the entire time and I can’t wait to celebrate these two and their amazing love later this month!

Jessica Hill PhotographyJulie & Joe | A Downtown Portland Engagement
Wedding

Grace and Jack
A Black Butte Ranch Wedding

Grace and Jack’s perfect summer’s wedding at Black Butte had a few of my very favorite things; horses, canoes, and s’mores! Black Butte Ranch is one of my very favorite resorts located near Sisters, Oregon with stunning views of the Three Sisters Mountains and Mt. Washington (the one with the pointy top) The staff, food, views and grounds are top notch and I loved the connection the couple have with the location as they have celebrated several holidays there. Grace and Jack met in dental school and knew there was something really special between them. I originally met Jack because I photographed his Dad’s second wedding wayyy back in 2013! (side note: I’m celebrating 11 years of full-time weddings this year!) I absolutely loved Grace’s dress which was her mom’s wedding dress redesigned just for Grace. The flowers were simple and elegant from Jordan at Blum Design and the party was non-stop! With a sweet first look with her Dad, an emotional ceremony complete with tears and Grace’s veil lightly blowing in the summer breeze, and an elegant open-air dinner on the lawn, this was truly a perfect day on the ranch!

Jessica Hill PhotographyGrace and Jack | A Black Butte Ranch Wedding
Engagement

McKenzie & Paul
A Wilsonville, Oregon engagement

When McKenzie and Paul first met, they shook hands and felt it… You know that thing you feel when you instantly connect with someone? Well as soon as they told me their story I knew I wanted to focus on their hands and the connections they make. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting McKenzie and Paul and they feel like old friends, the ones you can go ages without seeing, but then as soon as you see each other you’re right back to where you were all those years ago and it feels like not a day has passed. They are wise, kind, talented, generous and not to mention total babes! They invited me to document their home for a day in their life while they cooked breakfast together in their beautiful Wilsonville home and drank coffee. I love how intimate and cozy at-home photos are, as the couple could just be themselves. Paul then played piano (*and oh my goodness he is talented as he was a professional piano player for years!) on his antique grand piano that was recently restored after a fire. We then took their Harley to the local park for some photos at dusk and wondered to an ancient oak tree. Paul picked flowers for McKenzie (unprompted!) and we had a blast running around in the fields making art and finding light. The dusk light was this gorgeous shade of pink and I love this engagement session and this couple. Needless to say I am oh-so excited and inspired for their elegant wedding this weekend at the historic Sentinel hotel!

Jessica Hill PhotographyMcKenzie & Paul | A Wilsonville, Oregon engagement
Engagement

Hannah & Jason
A NW Portland Engagement

Tater tots, billiards and beer? Yes please! Hannah and Jason are a fun-loving, creative and musical couple who met in NW Portland at Blue Moon over their love of tots, pool and craft beer. This incredible couple both share the love of music in their professions, Hannah a professional violinist and Jason, a long-time music blogger at chorus.fm. I love infusing a couple’s love story into their engagement photos; so we met at their original meeting location and shared tots and then explored the SE Portland waterfront for some moody sunset photos with the Portland skyline backdrop. I loved Hannah’s flowy gown, of which she has many considering her profession, which I think is a definite perk to her job! We had a total blast and I’m so looking forward to their wedding this month at the historic Sentinel hotel.

Jessica Hill PhotographyHannah & Jason | A NW Portland Engagement