Nico & Cassie - Whidbey Island, Washington

Nico & Cassie’s wedding wasn’t easy to get to. That was sort of the point.

By ferry, I arrived on Whidbey Island - a large island in the Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle. Home to about 80,000 residents, which happen to include Nico’s parents. Their home, tucked deep into the woods of Northern Washington, was the setting for their wedding day.

Two Californians who choose to get married on a rain soaked island may have seemed like an odd decision to some. With places on the island with names like Useless Bay, Deception Pass, Double Bluff, Possession Point and Mutiny Bay, Whidbey Island isn’t a likely place for two people to fall in love. But once you start to peel back odd layer upon odd layer, magic is abundant on to the island. It’s the setting for Nico & Cassie’s love story - a place that they love to explore the driftwood strewn coastlines, find the perfectly tumbled skipping stone and take in the dramatic backdrop of the Olympic Mountain range. After spending a day on this strange island, 100 of their closest friends family now understand that magic and be found in even the most unlikely of locations.

To see more from this wedding and to buy prints, click here.

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Sarah & Ed - Gorge Crest Vineyards wedding - Underwood, Washington

On a cold, foggy, October day I drove east from Portland towards Hood River. After crossing the Hood River bridge into Washington and driving up, up, up into the rolling hills of forest and vineyards the fog began to grow. Something about fog makes everything so quiet and peaceful. After a beautiful journey through backroads of yellow topped trees, I arrived to Gorge Crest Vineyards - a spectacular oasis tucked into the hillside. Sprawling views of their vineyards bleed effortlessly into the backdrop of the dramatic Columbia River Gorge. I’m told that Mt. Hood is centered beautifully with the property though the mountain hid shyly behind a dramatic mask of fog on that day.

Sarah & Ed brought 100 of their closest friends and family from all parts of the globe to celebrate with them. They say that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. And although these two won’t need any luck to continue their already effortless bond, the rain persisted for much of their day. Somehow the rain energized their diverse mix of Chinese, Portlandese and Chicagoese guest list who applauded as they wed and danced the night away.

To see more from this wedding and to buy prints, click here.

Wedding planner: Union Event Co.
Venue: Gorge Crest Vineyards
Hair & makeup: Shawna Kim
Caterer: Boda’s Kitchen
Floral design: Bloomsbury
Musician: Gorge Wedding Music
Transportation: Hood River Tours

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Shanna & Patrick - NP Event Space - Brainerd, MN

A few weekends ago I flew to my home state of Minnesota to photograph the wedding of Shanna & Patrick at NP Space in Brainerd. Brainerd is small lake town a few hours north of the Twin Cities and is a place that has very special meaning to the couple who both grew up spending summers at cabins nestled among the tall pines along the many lakes in this area. They invited their closest 150 friends and family “Up North” to be a part of their wedding day.

The last time I saw S&P was back in December for their engagement session in the extreme cold on a frozen lake. I was super happy to get to hang with them again and this time in a much more pleasant climate!

Shanna & Patrick’s wedding was nothing short of breath taking. Let’s start with the venue: NP Event Space. A vast piece of land with an eclectic mix of historic buildings, new, old abandoned and decaying, flowers, grass and blue skies. The properly sits on an old railroad property. The reception was held in the old Blacksmith Shop which dates back to the early 1800s. Everywhere I turned and pointed my lens was magic. I honestly believe that this is one of the unique and amazing wedding venues I’ve ever been to.

These two were so much fun to work with on their wedding day. From their thoughtful vows that they shared with each other before the ceremony to them choosing their wedding day to be the same as Patrick’s parents, this wedding was truly a dream come true.

I feel so honored to have been a part of Shanna & Patrick’s special day. I cannot wait to see where life’s adventures take this awesome couple.

To see more from this wedding and to purchase prints, click here.

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Sarah & Eddie

I had so much fun last week hanging with Sarah and Eddie. These two were in Portland visiting from Chicago to scope out their wedding venue for later this fall. We got a picture perfect, cool, evening for our shoot at Hoyt Arboretum. It was really fun to get to know these two prior to shooting their wedding in a few months. We had a blast exploring the park, admiring all of the amazing trees and of course sharing lots of laughs! I'm super pumped to see these two next month for their wedding in Hood River.

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Peter & Cindy

I had so much fun hanging out with Peter and Cindy on Sauvie Island last week. Peter surprised Cindy with the shoot for their one-year anniversary. It just so happens that they also have something else to celebrate! It was really awesome to meet this super fun and loving couple. I'm looking forward to watching their story grow over the next year.

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Gatzlaff family

I had so much fun catching up with the Gatzlaff family last week near their home in SE Portland and it was so much fun to meet their new addition to their family. We happened to do our shoot on a 90* day but somehow, after being parents for only a few weeks, these two were cool, calm and collected. It is always such a pleasure to see new parents in their element and these two are a shining example of joy. This shoot was super special and I'm excited to watch this family grow and flourish.

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Pate family

I got to meet and photograph a new family last weekend in Washington Park. The Pate family was in town visiting Ben's parents who live in Portland. This shoot hit ontwo of my favorite new things: doing photos while on vacation and incorporating grandparents into your shoot! More and more families that I've been working with in the last few years have been doing both of these things and I think it's awesome! I'm totally going to look up a local photographer next time I go on a family vacay! It's an awesome idea!

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Justine & Jon - Round Barn Farm Bed and Breakfast wedding - Red Wing, MN

A couple of weekends ago I trekked out to my home state of Minnesota to photograph Justine & Jon's wedding at the Round Barn Farm Bed and Breakfast in Red Wing. I've known J&J for a few years now. Their wedding was the 5th wedding that I have photographed from their group of high school friends (shout out Red Knights!). It's been awesome to gain a new group of friends over the past few years.

Justine & Jon's special day was truly wonderful. They had the most beautiful June day in Southern Minnesota which served as the perfect backdrop for their laid back wedding. They were married by their good friend Andrew who gave one of the most memorable ceremonies of all time. He had us all laughing, crying and laughing some more. It was one of those parties that you didn't want to end! I had so much fun with these two and am so excited to see where their life adventures take them.

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Nico & Cassie - Union/Pine engagement photos

I had so much fun hanging out with Nico & Cassie last weekend at Union/Pine. I first met Nico several years ago while he was working on his brand Trust Co. who had a space on the second floor of U/P (before it was finished). It was so fun to hang out together again in the same place all these years later. Hanging with Nico & Cassie was so much fun. These two have such an ease to their relationship and a calmness that is infectious. I'm so pumped to celebrate their wedding later this fall!

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Miller-Brown family

I had so much fun seeing the Miller time for our second annual family photo session with them. The last time I saw them, Cyrus was just a year old. Now a year later, he's a big brother! It was so fun to see this family growing with the addition of their one-month-old Edith. We had the perfect Saturday afternoon for a shoot in the park. I look forward to more shoots with this family in the years to come.

To see more from this shoot and to buy prints, click here.

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Higdon family

It was so nice to see my friends, the Higdon's, at their home in Multnomah Village this past weekend. I got to meet 7-week-old Alice and see one of my favorite photo subjects, Cole. It such an honor to have the opportunity to photograph families over the years. I've been photographing the Higdon family for 5 years now! It's such a pleasure to have clients turn into friends. I'm so excited to continue to hang with and photograph this family in the years to come.

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Shehab family

I had so much fun meeting the Shehab family at their home in NE Portland last weekend. Seven-week-old Mina was a star for our entire shoot! It must have been the calming affect of her grandparents who were present for the shoot! It was so much fun watching Samir and My effortlessly glide through our shoot as if they'd been parenting for years! We transitioned from room to room, a few outfit changes, a guitar jam sesh and even ventured out into their balmy backyard on a January afternoon in Portland! I'm looking forward to watching this family grow over the coming months and years!

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Le family

I had so much fun with the Le family last weekend in at their home in NE Portland. We had so much fun playing with their 7-month-old Calvin who was all smiles for the entire shoot. I loved that they invited the entire family for their in-home shoot! We got some great shots with Calvin and his grandma! I hope to be able to work with this family again in the near future.

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Shanna & Patrick - Excelsior Minnesota engagements

I had so much fun hanging with Shanna and Pat last week during my trip home to Minnesota. We met in historic Excelsior, a small town on Lake Minnetonka. We did some exploring, popping in and out of shops to warm up from the frigid cold. After a stroll through the downtown area, we headed to the frozen lake. What an amazing experience to play around on a frozen lake at sunset. It was truly memorable. I'm looking forward to seeing these two on a much warmer day for their wedding this summer.

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Phila & Bill - Cathedral Park Portland

I had the honor of being with Phila & Bill on the day that they legally got married in Portland last week! These two are off to Phila's home of South Africa in just a few days to celebrate with their closest friends and family but they wanted to have a quick celebration in their current home of Portland before their big day.

Their day started at the courthouse downtown with their 6 minute ceremony. When I I met them they were all smiles at Cathedral Coffee near their home in St. John's. Coffee plays an important role in this couple's relationship - their first "date" was over a cup of coffee at the adidas HQ in Germany.

After a quick cup, we headed over to Cathedral Park for a chilly shoot under, around and on the bridge.

I'm super happy for these two. They have an amazing relationship and I can't wait to see all their adventures together ahead.

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Tim & Chelsea - Aria Minneapolis wedding

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of flying home to my home state of Minnesota to photograph Tim & Chelsea's incredible wedding at Aria in Minneapolis. This wedding was super special for me for a few reasons. First, I've know Tim since the day he was born and have grown up with him over the past 20+ years. It was so amazing to watch him marry his new bride in the same venue that my brother got married in four years ago! Tim and Chelsea were surprised with a snowy evening the night before their big day which provided the perfect winter backdrop for their wedding. Elegance was abound as Tim & Chelsea shared their emotional vows in front of 200 of their closest friends and family. Their day couldn't have been more perfect for the two of them and I was so honored to be a part of it. If any wedding could have put the perfect bow on my 2017 season, this was the one! Huge congrats to the newlyweds! I'm excited to see where your adventures take you both.

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Abhishek & Poorva engagement session

I had so much fun with my new friends Abhishek and Poorva last weekend in Cathedral Park. In just a few weeks, these two will be off to Mumbai for their wedding. They wanted some photos of them in the city that they met in and are growing to love, Portland. We got the perfect Autumn day (hopefully not the last one of the year!) for our shoot and had a blast exploring the park. Wishing these two a lifetime of happiness!

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Arneson family

I had so much fun hanging out with the Arneson family at their home in North Portland last weekend. Nick and I have been friends for years so it was fun to hang out with him, get to know his family a bit better and finally get to check out their new house. We had fun taking photos in their home as well as venturing out for a cold walk in the neighborhood. I'm grateful to have friends with awesome families who live in our neighborhood!

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