It was my pleasure to photograph Adam and Meghan at the Scappoose Creek Inn. They kept it simple and beautiful allowing all of their guests to have a fun day on the old farm. Incorporating the fine details of a wedding is one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer. The details are what make no two weddings alike. This was no exception. They had on site brick oven pizza, doughnuts instead of cake and metal pails for the floral centerpieces, and chickens that wanted to be in almost every photo. Kerri and I had a killer time at this farm style wedding.
May has been especially rainy this year. The rain, however, did not keep Aaron, June and I from getting outside and photographing their engagement session. We met at Cooper's Coffee in SE Portland where I fueled up with a giant Longbottom iced-tea. The flowers were just waking up and it was amazing that we ran into a giant field of yellow flowers that just happened to match the shirt that June was wearing. We had the park almost to ourselves as the bicyclers, runners and families ran for cover in the sporadic torrential downpours. From Mt. Tabor is was a short drive to The Pearl District to finish up our engagement session. I can't wait for Aaron and June's Wedding at the Skamania Lodge. What a great couple.
I had the pleasure of photographing three beautiful women in bridal gowns at The McLean House in West Linn. I offered my services to help update the photography for this beautiful venue. Built in 1927 by Dr. Edward McLean it is owned today by the City of West Linn who, in partnership with the "Friends of the McLean House, " rent the facilities for weddings and special events. I sent out a need for women with gowns, not knowing what kind of response I would get. To my surprise and excitement the response was overwhelming! The weather was perfect and we even lucked out with a full moon for a little Halloween wedding feel at the end of the day. I have to give a special thank you to Janice Morrow of Morrow's Flowers in West Linn who provided a beautiful bouquet for our brides to hold. I can highly recommend her services as a very elegant florist. Bren Minors, whose wedding I photographed on the 4th of July, did an amazing job as our hair and makeup artist. She drove up from her home in Albany for the day and created three very gorgeously distinct hair styles in a very short time. Thank you everyone, I couldn't have done this without you.
If you are planning an intimate wedding of 100 guests or less The McLean House is great. The photo opportunities are endless. As I wanted any image that I created to be able to be duplicated on a real wedding day I packed only the camera gear I would typically have at a wedding. These are a few of my favorites.
No detail was overlooked and the day could not have been more perfect. I met Brenda and Brendon at their apartment in Corvallis on the morning of the 4th of July. They had just returned from gathering flowers for Brenda's bouquet at the local farmer's market. With a stop off at the family farm outside of Sweet Home to put on the finishing touches we left for McDowell Creek Park where the couple were married on a bridge over a creek in front of a waterfall. We made sure to plan plenty of time for photos at the waterfalls. We met back up with the guests at Roaring River Park just down the road for their reception. The star of the day was a quick trip back to Timer Linn Park for the fireworks. The adrenaline kept me going on the drive back to Portland and it was a mad dash for the card reader.
Ellen and Jay's wedding at the Kennedy School in Portland had fun written all over it. I have to give credit to the guys for a HUGE jump shot with one person in a walking cast. The light from the giant windows at the school was so beautiful I had a hard time letting off of the shutter. I photographed Ellen's sister's wedding last year at the McMenamin's Grand Lodge and was equally impressed by the beautiful window light. Beautiful weather, great location, fun couple...I love my job. Thank you Ellen and Jay.