Portland Wedding Photographer

Kimmie + Tyler | Ernst Farms Wedding

Welcome, blog-readers, to one of my favorite weddings of all time. And, this one happens to come with one heck of a story. 

So, approximately three days before Kimmie and Tyler's wedding, I was in Portland waiting for my mom's flight to get in. We had a great week of activities planned and I was so excited to have some mommy and me time. That same day I get a message from a Bend photo acquaintance looking for a photographer for a friend whose photographer cancelled on her last minute. The wedding would be in St. Paul, Oregon, on her family's peach farm. Knowing the intense amount of stress the bride must have been under, I decided to give her a call and see what the deal was. Welp, long story short - Kimmie and I are soul sisters. It was like the heavens aligned and we were meant for each other. She welcomed me and my mom into their big family and being a part of this wedding will always be a highlight for me. And, the fact that my mom got to see me work was so special, and she made sure I always had fresh sunscreen on. Sherry is a Godsend, what can I say? 

This wedding was at Kimmie's parent's farmhouse in St. Paul, Oregon. They own a peach and hazelnut farm and they worked their butts off to turn this working farm into a beautiful wedding venue. Kimmie is honestly the sweetest woman alive. She is the kind of person that everybody adores. Her heart is as sweet as Ernst peaches, that is for sure. And Tyler is her perfect match. He got ready down the road at his start-up small batch brewery. You'll see all the hops vines in the groomsmen pictures, as well in all the bouquets, flower crowns, and boutonnieres. Their first look made me cry and when you get to that part you will understand why. When Tyler saw her coming through the apple trees (yes there are apples too), he just melts into the sweetest puddle ever. 

And don't get me started on their flowers! Kimmie is a florist and and made everything herself. Portland brides - HIRE HER. She's a genius. You can see her work here.  Everything about this wedding was sentimental. The huge tables they use for the bridal party at the reception were made BY HAND by Tyler from an old tree that fell on the farm. Kimmie was brought to the ceremony in an old car which was significant to Tyler. She got ready in her childhood home and was gifted an heirloom ring by her mother for her special day. Everyone worked for months and months to make the farm into Kimmie's dream wedding. The whole town of St. Paul was invited and it was a huge party with tacos, beer, and bomb ass cupcakes and can you really even ask for anything more?!

 

Kimmie and Tyler, I wish I had better words to describe how much this wedding meant to me. All I can say is that we were meant to be, without a doubt.. Love you both and I wish you endless blissful years of marriage (and many babies!). 

 

Josh + Paige | Columbia River Gorge Elopement

One of my highlights from 2017 was this elopement in the Columbia River Gorge at the end of August.

Paige and Josh traveled all the way from West Virginia to get married in this beautiful area. Lucky for them this was right before the devastating wildfire that consumed a lot of the Columbia River Gorge in September! Everything about this day was perfect. The weather, the location, the vows, the sunset (that liiiiight). The day started and ended the best way possible- with a shot of Crown. Who needs wedding cake when you've got liquor, amiright? 

Paige is a wonderful human with the most beautiful tattoos. Seriously, I should make it a practice to just get whatever tattoos I want done at the parlors she goes to. Her dress was gorgeous, and perfect for this woodland elopement. Josh is a big sweetheart who is head over heels in love with his bride. The intimacy of an elopement was perfect for them to be totally focused on what was really important-- spending their lives with one another. They did have one guest- Paige's mom came all the way from Japan! In the end it was the perfect day for this perfect couple, and I couldn't have been more thrilled to have documented this day for them. 

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Dustin + Sarah | Chehalem Cultural Center Wedding

These two sweethearts... where do I begin?

Not only are Dusty and Sarah super hot, they have also become great friends of ours. Their wedding was all about them dedicating their lives to one another in front of their family and friends, and it was such a joy to witness their union under God. 

The ceremony and reception took place at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon. The space is super clean, simple, and so beautiful, which was perfect for this timeless couple. They are the epitome of class. We did their first look at Ernst Farms in St. Paul, which is one of my favorite places ever after I shot a wedding there a few months ago (blog coming soon!). I hope you enjoy this classic wedding with two of the most beautiful humans ever.