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Entries in Portland metro area (2)


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.  



Vintage lovin’ at a closed-for-the-season amusement park (Portland, Oregon couple photographer)  

You know how kids latch on to something they love and get a little obsessed? Well, for me it wasn't My Little Pony or The Muppets or even Cabbage Patch dolls, it was the 1950s. (Ok, it was that other stuff a little bit too.) I don't know how it started, but for several years of my life, I liked to dress up in a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, decorate my room with cardboard records and a jukebox and dance around to Leslie Gore and The Supremes. My sweet parents took me to every '50s-style diner in the Portland metro area.

So you can imagine my excitement when Tony and Alena told me they wanted to do a 1950s-inspired couple portrait session. My inner child was beaming.

We shot the photos at the historic Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland, which was closed for the winter, and was a perfect backdrop for the day.

I brought the era-appropriate pink dishes I bought at a garage years ago, a few old 45s and my vintage suitcases.

Alena and Tony brought their style and charisma. I had so much fun with them. They are both are so funny and full of rapid-fire pop culture references and witty observations. Every time I have a conversation with them, I walk away feeling like I'm funny and witty too.

Tony and Alena, thank you for being awesome friends and for spending a nostalgic Sunday morning with me.