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Entries in destination wedding photographer (2)

Sunday
Jun072015

Making the climb together (Portland destination wedding photographer)

My little family and I hiked Wahclella Falls one summer, a trip the guidebooks called an easy trek for the whole family. With our baby boy in a front-pack carrier and our preschool-aged daughter in hand, we climbed the narrow cliffside to get to the falls at the top. At times it was nerve-wracking for this anxious mom, but the view was definitely worth it.

A few months later, I met Eric and Susan, a sweet engaged couple who told me their plan was to get married beside that very same waterfall. I knew the falls would be a moving backdrop to start their forever, and I was excited to photograph it.

Eric, Susan and I had an instant connection. They are two of the most kind, fun and easy-going people I’ve ever met, and it was truly a joy to get to know them.

Recent transplants to the Pacific Northwest, Eric and Susan’s entire families flew from the Midwest for their destination wedding in the Columbia Gorge. Everyone from grandma to toddler nieces and nephews made the hike like champions, and it was so cool to see their all their faces as they caught their first glimpses of the falls.

After an intimate ceremony, we hiked back down the trail to the awaiting party bus. There was dancing and karaoke that made for the most fun bus ride you can imagine.

The party kept on going as the fun group arrived at the Firehouse, a charming fire station-turned restaurant in Northeast Portland.

Today marks one year since that amazing day these two took their vows. Eric and Susan, I’m so glad you picked me to share your beautiful day. Happy anniversary! Here’s to many, many years of beauty and adventure, and making the climb together.


 

Monday
Jun092014

Putting a bird, and a ring, on it (Portland elopement photographer)

Ballgowns and ballrooms just weren’t in the plan for Tanis and Michael. When the adorable, longtime couple decided to tie the knot after 14 years together, they wanted a day that reflected their personalities. The North Vancouver, B.C. natives both love Portland and “Portlandia,” the show that skewers all the unique/hipster/silly and nontraditional aspects our town, and incidentally the elopement they planned could have made for an episode of the show.

After a few days of enjoying our food carts and sights, the couple got married in a quirky ceremony inside Portland’s most famous pastry haven, Voodoo Donuts. With a line full of customers as witnesses, the couple exchanged rings amid Cap n’ Crunch-topped crullers, a painting of Shaft and a man in a hot-pink gorilla suit. A circle of rainbow-colored sprinkles around them sealed the union. A heart-shaped donut the size of a human head served as their wedding cake. (The donut had "Put a bird on it" in icing after "Portlandia's most iconic catch phrase!)

After they exchanged vows, we headed back to the Ace Hotel, where they were staying. The hotel is beautiful and full of eclectic touches, like a photobooth and cruiser bikes in the lobby, and an eight-foot-tall mural of a handsome cat in their room.

Spending the day with them and taking their photographs was such a joy. Tanis and Michael are very loving and kind to each other and definitely one of the most easy-going couples I’ve ever met. Their day was a perfect reflection of the spirited and adventurous life they’ve built together. Tanis and Michael, here’s wishing you MANY more years of happiness and fun!

P.S. The Boston Creme donut I had later that night was fantastic.

If you'd like to see more photos from this fun destination elopement, check out their slideshow below, and email me here if you're interested in wedding or elopement photography that fits your personality and style.