Anna and Travis said their vows one year ago at the beautiful Mt. View Orchard in Hood River, Oregon wedding. Beautiful rows of apple trees and the silhouette of Mt. Hood made for a gorgeous location for a simple yet elegant wedding in the orchard. It was the perfect backdrop for a day filled to the brim with excitement and oh so much love! After photographing their snowy vintage-inspired engagement at Timberline Lodge, I knew it would be a thoughtful, casual and beautiful event. Anna stunned guests and Travis alike in her BHLDN gown. Her rustic bouquet and the florals were created by Travis’s mom, a florist in Napa. The wild flowers really added to the rustic location and I loved the mis-matched bridesmaids dresses. The ceremony followed with an amazing fresh meal from a Hood River local food truck, plenty to cheers, and a flash hail storm!!! What happens when a hail-storm hits your outdoor wedding? You dance all night to the incredible beats of DJ Jimbo of course! (Did someone say conga?) What a wedding! Many happy memories, Anna and Travis.
Lei Lei and Michael are celebrating their first year as a married couple and their wedding is one I love looking back on! It was a celebration steeped in beautiful tradition, rich color and delicious food! Before their Western marriage at the Portland Community Church, Lei Lei and Michael hosted a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with family and friends. Throughout the day, the event sported bursts of bright red symbolizing good fortune, joy, and happiness. During the ceremony Lei Lei wore an elegant gown from Charlotte’s Weddings and looked stunning. After the ceremony the large celebration was hosted at HK Cafe complete with lobster, shrimp and delicious cupcakes! The celebration continued into the night with games, speeches, and singing! Michael sang a song to Lei Lei and it was incredible! It was a magnificent night and one that no one will soon forget. Congratulations Lei Lei and Michael.
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!
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!
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!
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.
When you meet a couple that have been together for over a decade, have travelled the world, laughed and danced together, you know it’s going to be a truly incredible wedding adventure. Liz & Richard and I met up at the cherry blossoms at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and had a blast in the blooms. Although it was scheduled to rain, we lucked out and had a great time. We then headed to the Japanese Gardens and made magic. Richard and Liz have a deep love of Japan and have travelled there. It was fun learning about the different garden features, ikebana and sensory experiences. It was a truly an amazing few hours spent with these two and I’m beyond excited for their wedding in wine country this weekend!
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!
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!