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The bride and groom kiss by the water at St. Joseph+

As clouds filled the sky and rain started to fall, Christa sat in a small room above the St. Joseph’s Vineyard tasting room. She was full of emotion as she gazed out the window, mentally preparing herself for her autumn wedding day just a few short months before her darling baby was to be born.

I met Christa and George at a small coffee shop in North West Portland for the first time that summer. They told me about their quick and intense love story, how they worked together for years, George dreaming of Christa until her eyes finally opened and landed on him. They fell instantly in love, created life, and started a life together over the course of a season.

Their wedding day was a dream, the overcast sky refusing to let loose during the first look, ceremony, and portraits. All of Christa and George’s closest friends and family gathered together for an evening of laughter and tears, great conversation, and a few crazy dances. They looked on as the newlyweds spun around the dance floor with eyes only for each other until the sun was long gone and it was time to say goodnight.

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bda
  • March 31, 2017 - 6:52 am

    Albert Palmer - Stunning use of light and I really like their first look images in the vines – beautifulReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2017 - 7:19 pm

    Mercedes - The interaction you captured is just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2017 - 10:28 am

    Savannah Lauren - These are perfect, they make me want an autumn wedding!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2017 - 5:45 pm

    Erika Ryan - So beautiful! Such a sweet couple and your photos captured that perfectly. I love the simple tones and sweet moments!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2017 - 9:33 am

    Yolande - Fantastic processing and cool couple! Love the photos in the vineyard and by the lake, beautifulReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2017 - 9:43 am

    Mike Freas - Digging the B&W’sReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2017 - 11:49 am

    Iris Schmidt - I think I love every single one of the images you shared here. Great job capturing their day.ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2017 - 8:39 am

    Shelby Prince - Absolutely stunning work! So great!!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2017 - 12:41 pm

    Jason Lucas - Beautiful Briana! I love your tones! And you + these two killed it with looking natural in their posing. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2017 - 5:45 pm

    Mike Freas - The toning and the lighting are superb. Stellar details!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2017 - 6:01 pm

    Sweetpapermedia - the images feels exactly like autumn!!! perfect execution!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Lisa Lacroix - So pretty. I love everything about this wedding!ReplyCancel

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My grandma, Patricia Edsell (Pat), passed away Tuesday morning. I was in Portland at the time, rushing to change my flight so that I could see her one last time. I didn’t make it… Grandma passed away just before noon and my flight landed at 6pm that evening.

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bda
  • February 26, 2017 - 10:11 pm

    Anthony - Hi Bria.

    I am sorry I never got to meet her. I love seeing the photos of you and her. Strong lady. I really appreciate your story and memories. I loved my Grandmas so much, Wanda and Jean, I believe I can understand some of what it may feel like right now. I am grateful you have that sweet man Andrew there for support. I love you both.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2017 - 7:06 am

    Shaina DeCiryan - This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. I hope that wearing her coat can bring you some comfort, and knowing that her strong creative spirit lives on in you! I’ve also lost two beautiful creative grandmother souls, at age 9 and 14, and I am still sad I can’t show them my photos I take or introduce them to the people I love. But it helps me to never take for granted how lucky I am to be a full time creative, something I’m sure they would’ve loved to do if they had the same opportunities we do now. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2017 - 12:30 pm

    Stine - I am so sorry about your loss. It is one of lives biggest blessings to have grandparents being a large and loving part of your life growing up.ReplyCancel

A bride and groom lounge in a hammock at Sou+

Your wedding day should be all about you, not in a narcissistic way but in a “this is MY wedding day” sort of way. This is the day you are joining your life to another person, promising to love them to the end of your days, and celebrating the love that got you here in the first place.

In the summer of 2015 I had the pleasure of photographing Anna & Ben’s nuptials along side my dear friend Kelly of June Lion. I was inspired by the way Anna and Ben put aside tradition for a more personal approach. They walked each other down the aisle while a good friend sang and played the guitar, brought in their own dahlia flowers to decorate the wedding tent, watered a unity tree after saying their I- dos, and had a killer dance party in a building resembling a barn crossed with a carport.

Their entire focus was on each other, the people celebrating with them, and having one hell of a good time. Refreshingly simple, just as it should be. Anna and Ben’s wedding is proof that you can have a killer wedding on a tight budget as long as you choose the right people to celebrate with you. Of course, it never hurts to find a fantastically rad location that needs no additional decoration to be completely fabulous. 😉

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bda
  • February 8, 2017 - 1:00 pm

    Jentry Dryden - Such a beautiful Pacific Northwest wedding! I love the mood of the day and your wedding photography is absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2017 - 1:27 pm

    karra - OMG. This wedding is SO FUN. Love how personal it was.ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 12:12 pm

    Mercedes - LOVE! The portraits are my favorite. And how awesome is that venue?!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 7:29 am

    Albert Palmer - I love all the little moments you captured – just a beautiful storyReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2017 - 1:07 pm

    Michael Liedtke - Great job on this wedding! I love all the memories you captured!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2017 - 7:08 am

    Yolande De Vries - Fantastic wedding and you have captured it beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2017 - 8:04 am

    Whitney Daniels - These are amazing! Every details seems like little puzzle pieces to their personalities! I hope you submitted these to some big wedding blogs! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2017 - 5:58 pm

    Sweetpapermedia - i love the chill vibe of this wedding! its really unique! great work!ReplyCancel

The bride puts a ring on it. By Laurelhurst Park wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Carlene and Jon- Eric’s wedding was perfectly Portland. They both got ready in the beautifully eccentric Portland Mayor’s Mansion bordering Laurelhurst Park. They dove in and out of doors playing a game of avoidance until their first look on the front porch moments before their ceremony.

They walked just 5 minutes down the street to the steps of Laurelhurst Park for their ceremony. Carlene and Jon- Eric’s guests were seated in just a few rows of chairs at the bottom of the stairs for an up-close view of all the laughter and tears that filled the intimate ceremony.

After wandering around the park for a few portraits of the newlyweds we made our way over to Division Street for the wedding reception at Roman Candle Baking Co. We were greeted with a hand-drawn chalkboard sign welcoming the newlyweds, delicious basil and blackberry cocktails, and more than a few tasty appetizers. Carlene and Jon- Eric wanted their focus to be on great conversation and good food and they completely nailed it. The food, catered by Ava Gene’s,  was to die for (seriously) and everywhere I looked I saw smiling faces, deep conversations, and a few Polaroid snapshot shenanigans to keep things silly.

These two couldn’t have created a more perfect wedding if they tried. See for yourself!

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bda
  • February 1, 2017 - 8:45 am

    Marcela Pulido - Oh my gosh, their details are just heavenly! Beautifully captured 🙂ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2017 - 11:21 am

    Sweetpapermedia - seriously love all those details and how you captured all those rare moments!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2017 - 1:37 pm

    Jentry Dryden - What a beautiful and unique wedding in Laurelhurst Park! Your images are fantastic…keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • February 4, 2017 - 11:04 am

    Mercedes - Your style and the mood you show in these images is so lovely. You tell such a beautiful story of their wedding day. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

Katie & Sean strike a pose in a snowy field. By Tahoe Wedding Photographer Briana Morrison+

Seven weeks before their session with me Katie & Sean gave birth to a sweet baby boy. For many this would keep them home, nesting in on cozy winter days with the newest member of their family, but not these two. Katie and Sean are adventurers through and through. They take every opportunity to go exploring, hiking, camping, you name it. So just seven weeks after bringing their little one into the world they took some precious time for themselves, off on another adventure in the woods.

Katie and Sean drove up to my home in Mohawk, California on a cold evening just three days after Christmas. We had never met before but instantly bonded over a simple vegetarian meal and some tasty local brews.

The next morning we prepped for our shoot and headed out into the snowy landscape of Plumas County. As we made our way towards Truckee, California we found beautiful mountaintop views, giant icicles, and a perfectly untouched snow covered meadow complete with hidden creeks covered with daringly thin ice.

It was a day full of laughter and intimate moments, a mini road trip and mountain views –  a perfect day in my book.

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bda
  • January 26, 2017 - 3:37 pm

    Jentry Dryden - These romantic portraits are so vibrant and beautiful! It really is a love story and I love how you captured these two and their relationship! I live in Reno…looks like I may have to do some traveling and visit that area, too – it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 6:11 am

    Albert Palmer - Cool couple, cool location – cool light – you had it all and these rock! Top work BrianaReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 9:28 am

    Michael - Awesome job on this anniversary session! I loved all these locations you picked out and your composition!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 11:41 am

    Shaina J DeCiryan - Wow, that misty snow is unreal. This couple are total babes- you captured them perfectly. This makes me seriously question why I don’t live in the West Coast. Any engaged couple would be crazy not to book you in Plumas County!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 3:34 pm

    Shannon Rosan - I love these so much! The candidness. The landscape and the snowy haze. It’s perfection 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2017 - 2:17 pm

    Lisa - What a beautiful place to have your photographs in. Love them!ReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2017 - 12:13 am

    Olivia - Amazing photos! This location is incredible!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2017 - 8:51 am

    Marcela Pulido - HOLY SHIT. Everything about this is just beautiful! Seriously, holy crap.ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2017 - 11:12 am

    Sweetpapermedia - this session is everything! the couple, location, style and framing!! great work man!ReplyCancel

  • February 4, 2017 - 11:19 am

    Mercedes - The first set is so romantic and the second really shows their fun style. I loved these!ReplyCancel