I look back on Lei and Alfonso’s wedding with so much awe and love for how they beautifully crafted a day that represented both of their cultures. I’ve known Alfonso’s wonderful family since photographing his sister’s wedding at the same venue in 2018. The ceremony started with a traditional Western wedding at the University of Portland where the couple originally met while in a study group together (awe!) Lei took our breathe away in her gorgeous dress from Anna’s Bridal and traditional Samoan flower crown from Blum. The ceremony was then followed by a stunning holiday-inspired reception at the Portland Golf Club complete with twinkle lights galore, amazing food and music and mingling. Their gorgeous cake from Dream Cakes was topped with an antique cake topper which has now crowned wedding cakes in their family for over 50 years. After the emotional toasts came the dancing! The couple danced the traditional Samoan dance called “taulagua” with the bride, groom, and bride’s family in cultural attire. The ceremony symbolizes the closing of the event, thanking guests for joining in the celebration. From start to finish their day was filled with endless smiles and unforgettable moments of union between two cultures. Happy one year anniversary Lei and Alfonso!
There’s nothing like celebrating your engagement while dancing on the river and enjoying an ice-cold beer in the grass along the Columbia River Gorge! Stephanie and Adam are getting married this October and it’s easy to see why. These two have such a relaxed and fun energy & our engagement photoshoot at Government Cove was a total blast! Not only did we enjoy peak summer weather, but the sunset itself was totally incredible. Soon Stephanie and Adam will be saying “I do” at Smith Rock for their elopement and next year for the big party at the Eleanor Ballroom. Excited for this smart and fun couple!
Jennylyn and Daniel are celebrating their first year together as husband and wife! The fun and stylish pair are from LA, but decided on a chill Portland destination wedding. They married in the heart of NE Portland at Opal28’s courtyard venue. The small space really made the whole even feel so intimate and special. The decor was autumn elegance with Knot & Fern creating wildly beautiful arrangements of bright pinks, deep reds, and lime green. The ceremony was followed by dinner and dancing and dance did they ever! They brought the house down and partied well into the night. It was a night to remember! Congrats on one year J&D!!!
Sunset on the river with the love of your life? Yes please! Elizabeth and Mark decided to celebrate their engagement with a trip to Government Island, a location on the Columbia River which you can only reach by boat. It was such a gift to photograph Elizabeth and Mark relaxed and in their element on the gorgeous Columbia River. To start off the engagement session, they cracked open White Claws (2020 beverage of the year!) and toasted to their future. Later in the evening the sunset was absolutely stunning making for some gorgeous images on the dunes of Government Island. This stylish (still can’t get over Elizabeth’s floral dress!) and fun-loving couple are getting married this October in Sunriver and I absolutely can’t wait to share the moments from their big day!
Molly and Ryan celebrated their engagement among the potted plants and hanging vines of Blockhouse and Pomarious a stunning local Portland plant nursery. The couple are merging their households and beginning a life together as a beautiful family of five, which meant I had the chance to meet and document their lovely children, Sara, Ben and Jackson. After a fun family photo session, we snuck away with Molly and Ryan to wander among the inspiring greenhouses and capture some intimate moments during a stunning sunset. Molly is a master gardener and we had a blast talking about plants and flowers. They are getting married this September at their home residence in their own gorgeous garden among a small group of family and friends. I can’t wait to capture their special day along with their nearest and dearest.
This stunning Cathedral Park engagement session with Kristin and Jay was so much fun and I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter couple or a more gorgeous evening. Kristin and Jay first set eyes on each other at a Seahawks game in Seattle. As fate would have it, they were brought together again in Portland several years later and things just clicked! We were joined by their dog, Russell (as in Russell Wilson! Go Seahawks!) and we spent a lovely evening wandering the beach beneath St. John’s Bridge, capturing stunning sunset photos along the river, and laughing over old memories the two shared. They’re getting married next Spring at Abbey Road Farm in Carlton, Oregon and I can’t wait!
As soon as I met Patience and Egan we immediately clicked and ended up talking for hours about their world travels (Japan & Greece!) and where to find the best sushi in Portland! (Ichidai and Bamboo!) Egan fell for Patience when they met one another while at summer camp! These two are such a kind, beautiful, and empathetic couple who I had the pleasure of photographing their engagements at Mt. Tabor, a popular urban park in SE Portland known for its views and water reservoirs. With the Portland city skyline as our backdrop, we made our way to a few beautiful locations around this gorgeous urban park along with their cutie pie pup Corgie, Kevin. We headed to the waterfront for some iconic sunset photos with Portland in the distance. I’m honored to have captured the love between Patience and Egan as the sun peaked through the trees amidst mesmerizing sunset reflections on the river. I loved connecting with these two and Patience’s makeup and hair by Olivia Hawthorne. They are getting married this June at the Sentinel in downtown Portland and I just know that their day will be filled with so much love. Thank you Patience and Egan for allowing me to be a part of your story.
Brianne and John are a fun and gorgeous couple full of love, energy and good times! We met up recently for a perfectly Pearl district engagement shoot around a few local landmarks in the Pearl. The bridges, the waterfront, Tanner Springs Park and Via Delizia in the Pearl for some yummy hot coco’s. Love it and can’t wait to photograph their July wine country wedding!
Love this couple and this pic of them looking dreamy!
I’m in love with the juxtaposition between the natural and the urban in this pic.
yes, Jill rocked the hottest heels and climbed rocks to head down to the water front in sparkly pumps! So inspiring 🙂
Jill and Matt are the sweetest couple and super cute. They are in l-o-v-e and getting married in downtown Portland in November. (I love Fall weddings!) Hannah and I met up with them at the studio in Union Station and walked all over the Pearl and the Waterfront for some special pics. Hope you both love the sneak peek J&M and I can’t wait to be a part of your day!