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.
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. 😉
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!
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.
The cards were stacked against Shaylyn and Zane when they first met in college. Shortly after discovering each other, Shane flew away to Costa Rica to study abroad. For many people that would be the end of things but not for these two. They kept in touch while he was abroad and connected again as soon as he returned. They’ve been together ever since and last November they bonded their lives together for good.
Shaylyn and Zane got married on a cool November day in Chico, California. They rented out the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge, decked it out with macrame, dozens of gorgeous plants, twinkly lights, flowers, and beautiful handcrafted details in cement and copper. Their intimate ceremony was held on the bridge in front of a backdrop of hanging willow branches and wooded hills. They chose not to do a first look but instead allowed for one and a half hours of portrait time after their ceremony. This time allowed them to relax after being in the spotlight (because they’re both adorably shy) and spend some precious moments together before getting back to the party. For dinner one of Chico’s famous taco trucks rolled up and put out an monster taco buffet to supply fuel for the epic dance party that was to follow.
These two beautiful people put everything they had into their wedding, making this intimate party extra special for all their closest friends and family. The music blasted late into the night and I could still hear laughter coming from the dance floor as we said our goodbyes.