Wedding

Lei & Alfonso
A Samoan & American Wedding

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!

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Wedding

Holly and Sam
U of P and Left Bank Annex Wedding

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It truly is a wonderful life, and Holly and Sam’s wedding made it even more wonderful! Their wedding was a breathtaking day of magic, love, and Mike Piper! I highly recommend Mike, with An Affair to Remember for your wedding coordination and florals. Everything ran smoothly, looked incredible and truly made for an unforgettable evening of whimsy in a wintery wonderland filled with vintage details and luscious florals. I love Holly and Sam and their families and I was truly honored to document their first steps together as husband and wife. Holly looked gorgeous in her Lazaro gown from AniA Collection, and shoes from Vera Wang. Courtney Rogers did all the beautiful makeup and Heather from Dezi salon created the stunning updos. We started at The Nines, Portland’s premier boutique hotel, for the getting ready and first glance. The ceremony took place at the University of Portland chapel and the reception was held at the Portland Left Bank Annex, a super unique event space. The theme of the evening was inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life, the famous Frank Capra film from 1946. I loved that it was playing silently in the background throughout the evening! The talented Judy with Dream Cakes made the incredible cake and Eric¬†Wright with All Wright Music emceed the evening and kept the dance floor
packed! Vibrant Table made sure the food was perfect and delicious and Hybrid Moon filmed the evening’s celebrations. The candlelit ceremony and reception warmed the guests, while Holly and Sam’s amazing energy and true love filled their hearts.
Wow…Thank you and Congrats!

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Jessica Hill PhotographyHolly and Sam | U of P and Left Bank Annex Wedding