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
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
Features

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

Amanda and Lane
A Next Hotel and 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 Next Hotel and 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