sneak peek: Farm Family

Hood River Organic

I was in Hood River this past weekend for a wedding and met Dan. We got to talking and I found out he has plans to turn his incredible organic farm – Hood River Organic - and additional properties nearby into event and wedding venues. I love the area around Hood River. It’s some of the prettiest countryside I’ve ever driven through with views of Mt Hood. I asked Dan if I could stop by and see the farm and learn more about his ideas. I was blown away by the property and excited to have a tour around. Dan spoke to us about his farming processes and his business adventures he has been on over the last decade. He is quite connected  to the food world in Oregon and Washington and passionate about what he is doing in the world. It is always great to feel and see someone’s passion in every step of their process. He even gave us samples of blueberries, raspberries, peas and strawberries – YUM! We also got to meet his sweet dog Junior. He helped lead the way as we walked around the property.

His property is available to rent for special events and weddings so get in early and connect with him soon! This is a space to keep your eye on in the coming years. I know it will be big when the word gets out. Contact Dan at: dan@hoodriverorganic.com

Ragan & Neil’s wedding sneak peek!

What an incredible way to kick off my summer full of weddings. Ragan and Neil were married at Lakecliff Bed and Breakfast on Saturday and everything was great from the people, to the venue, to the food and the weather. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The light was to die for all day. And the view? Incredible. Happy for these two and was thrilled to be there to document it all.

VENUE: Allyson Pate at Lakecliff Bed and Breakfast
DAY OF COORDINATION: Heather Sullivan
CATERING: 3 Rivers, Jimmy and Courtney Dey
HAIR: Sandra Stack
MAKEUP: Kathryn Hoffman
DJ: All wright Music, Jill Wyman
DRESS: BHLDN
SUITS: Men’s Wearhouse
ICE CREAM: Graeters
COOKIES: The Sweet Life
TABLE FLOWERS: Lucy’s informal flowers
BOUQUETS: Maga Decker

Honeysuckle Wins!

There is a reason I am the one behind the camera. I love to create. I love to observe. I love to be behind the scenes. I love to document and collect. I always have. I always knew I would be creative in whatever I chose to do in life, but I never dreamt I would be a business owner or a wedding photographer until one day I was. I stumbled into this world, and thankfully it hasn’t felt like work to me for 9 years. It took me years to even realize I was a business owner and to feel confident in saying so. I know why I’m here, and why I continue to have my business because people enjoy what I create. It’s because of you. I’m thankful for every couple, every family, every person that trusts me to document those fleeting and precious moments we can only keep in a still frame. Thank you for being here and supporting me. You are the reason I get to keep doing what I love to do for a living.

This spring I woke up to find I had been nominated to participate in Oregon Bride Magazine’s “Best Of” 2014. It is a big honor, and one of the most recognized awards by the wedding community every year. The voting is left open to all of Oregon Bride’s readers to start, which means I had enough support in the community (YOU!) to be recognized and voted into the top three independent wedding photographers. I was honored to stand alongside my good friend and talented Yasmin Khavavi.  That in itself meant so much to me. Once the nominees were announced, the voting was only open to our peers in the wedding industry. I have seen the competition come and go every year, and never thought I would be nominated, let alone win. This is a thank you to my peers and the people I have worked alongside in the wedding industry for 9 years. You have all supported me, have been excited for me and my business. I was most excited to walk into a room filled with so much talent, creativity, and my friends. Last night was pretty awesome with or without the award. I love the wedding community here.

Thank you to Oregon Bride Magazine. You are always doing it right. You publish an incredible magazine supporting all our best local businesses. The Best of the Best awards are set up so well to capture how the community loves vendors and how our peers support one another too. Thank you for this honor!

Most especially thank you to Lacy. You’re always making sure I’m excited and present and that I hear it when people support and love me, even when you know it challenges me. You encourage me to be the best version of myself in every capacity. I love you!

Thank you everyone for your love and support! xoxo!!

Luong Family

I met with the Luong family on Monday for a photo shoot. I was so happy to be greeted by such a photogenic and adorable family. We walked around the Portland waterfront for the evening and barely missed the rain that set in as we wrapped up. I loved that Linh brought some balloons to the shoot to brighten them up and to keep us all entertained.

This weekend is the start of my full time wedding season! I’m excited to share more photos with you as I take them. Get ready for a fun summer!

Brittany & Andy’s engagement shoot

I was telling Andy and Brittany on Sunday how I used to drive almost 2 hours to take photos at Washington Park when I first started my business in Corvallis. It was the most beautiful and photogenic places I found in Portland, and it keeps up its reputation. This time of year is the best time to visit the Rose Garden when it is overflowing with roses at every turn. It is breathtaking. I was happy to introduce this garden to Brittany and Andy. They had never visited before so not only did we have fun with photos, but they got to see a new side of Portland. After the garden, Brittany suggested we go to the south waterfront area to see the water and boats. I noticed a little beach under the I5 bridge and we made our way down to it. It was a fun contrast to have the water, bridges and city in the photos after the lush beautiful rose gardens.

Andy and Brittany were totally easy and fun to talk to and walk around with. I loved photographing them too. Brittany’s bright blue eyes are so fun to photograph! It was fun to hear more about their wedding plans and find out how they met. I’m only bummed it feels like so far away until I get to work with them again. You will see more from this beautiful couple next summer when they tie the knot. Until then, go see the Rose Garden when you get a chance to :)