Janan & Levi’s wedding

Where do I begin with this wedding? Can these photos tell you the story as I remember it? This day was incredible from start to finish, and I don’t even know if I can do it justice with my writing, but I will try. Janan and Levi held a wedding I would have loved to simply attend without my camera, but I was grateful to be there to document it all. The day started with portraits at Carlton Cellars, complete with a set of donkeys. This detail didn’t make it into the itinerary for me, so it was quite awesome to turn around and see these two ready for their photos in the middle of family photo time.
The ceremony followed up on a hillside, under a giant tree that stood alone overlooking the incredible valley below. A New Orleans style brass band marched up the hill, between the grape rows along with the wedding party and close family as they entered into the ceremony. It was bright, hearty music. Friends and family spoke during the ceremony, listened, and supported these two committing to one another. After the kiss, they led the entire wedding back down the hill into the reception site where they were greeted with wine, music, and incredible food. After the toasts, cake and orange sunset, Janan and Levi (and a couple dozen guests) broke out into a flash mob to start the dance party well into the night. Everything flew by so fast, I couldn’t believe the night was already over when the music stopped. These two kept everyone happy and engaged all day.
Levi and Janan bring a love, honesty, warmth and a playfulness I wish everyone could bring and experience in their lives. It keeps you wanting more in your life and more in those around you. It was an incredible day. I’d live it again if I could. I suppose that is what these photos are for.
I want to give a special thank you to Zach for his mad second shooting skills on this one. Thank you!


VENDOR LOVE:
Second Photographer: Zach Krahmer
venue: Carlton Cellars
Band: The Brassroots Movement
DJ: Jesse Espinoza

Kayla & Jonny’s engagement shoot

Love this couple! They’re so playful and kind and funny and TOTALLY in love. They just make me so happy to be around. I might have kept saying “I just LOVE love” at least 100 times throughout the shoot. When I first met them, they spoke about how important sports are in their lives (especially Kayla being a a soccer coach), so the soccer ball had to make an appearance during the shoot. I’m excited to work with them again soon when they tie the knot in a few short months!

The Van-Nguyen Family

I met with Hong and her family last week to capture them before the three become four. Their sweet boy is two and her second is on the way. The session went beautifully and the weather has been a dream here these last few weeks with sunshine and 80 degree days. I’ll take it Portland, thank you! The things you don’t see in these photos are the behind the scenes silly dances, elmo dancing on my head and a wide variety of noises and awesome jokes only a two year old will get (like “what does the cat say? Moooo?”). (<- I’m funny, I know)

The Sessa Family

It’s fall! I love Love LOVE this time of year. It’s when my busy season is winding down, the weather is cooling off, the boots and sweaters get to come out from hiding in the closet all summer, and the colors are so wonderful! I’ve been busy here (although not posting much) with family photos and wrapping up the summer wedding season. I was thrilled when my friend Caitlin decided to treat her mom and her entire family to a fall photo shoot last week. It was a great way to get started into my favorite time of year. We walked around the Pearl District, stopped by some favorite locations including Tanner Springs, Jamison Square and the Eco Trust Building. They all showed up happy and looking awesome! I mean seriously, look at how color coordinated and stylish this group is. I need them to style shoots for me;)They make me look good. Thank you to the Sessa family for the awesome morning and fun session!

Kris & Todd’s wedding sneak peek

VENDOR SHOUT OUTS!
venue: Youngberg Hill Winery
Dress: http://www.richelekay.com
floral: Floral Sunshine

 

Kim & Kevin’s wedding sneak peek!

VENDOR LOVE:
Scott Larsen Photography
VooDoo Donuts
Hotel Vintage Plaza
Laurelhurst Club
Floral Sunshine

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